French Bistro Themed 25th Birthday Party

Jill's Bday Collage

It was an honor and a privilege to decorate a French Bistro themed 25th birthday party for my lovely roommate, Jill. She studied abroad in France and misses it terribly, so we decided that this year we’d bring a little bit of Paris to our apartment in Boston. Allons-y!

First and foremost, we needed to invite people to the soirée. I decided to take the traditional chalkboard signs that are iconic to French bistros and use them throughout the party, starting with the invitations.


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I’ll try to let the pictures do most of the talking, since there are a bunch!

I didn’t have any actual chalkboards, so I made my own lookalikes by painting canvases black and using a chalkboard paint pen to decorate them.



I propped up my homemade wine charm favors and picture frame guest book on a wine crate.




I made a Happy Birthday banner (in French!) using card stock and the chalkboard paint pen.


If you haven’t had a kir, you really should! We had trouble finding crème de cassis, but we made do.


Oh, and did I mention I made some custom wine labels? This is a great way to make inexpensive wine look special!

Wine Label 2

The last thing I want to do the day after a party is wash 30 wine glasses, so I got these plastic party glasses and put labels on them.


Wine, bread, cheese, dessert. All you need for a great French themed party.



Empty wine bottles make excellent vases/candle holders!


Close-up of Jill’s favorite French cookies, Le Petit Ecolier!


It was a great party for a great girl. Here’s to many more!



2 thoughts on “French Bistro Themed 25th Birthday Party

  1. Christina, this looks so adorable! You thought of all the details down to the smallest thing! And those wine glass holder/decorations/thank you gifts were great!

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