What could be cuter than a pair of French Bulldogs? Francesca Tosti hosted a birthday party for her daughter Eames with a pawsitively precious theme in mind. Think Frenchie-faced cake pops, puppy party favors, bone-shaped sandwiches, and more.
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A Fairytale Story
For Francesca Tosti, mom and event designer of 50by50 Event Design, a birthday party for her daughter Eames is a magical opportunity to "create a little world."
"We have two frenchies (Kitty and Piggy) and my daughter loves them so much and she actually said she wanted a Frenchie party," Tosti explains. "Her first word was 'owl' (so we created a story invitation where she goes on a little adventure with Kitty and Piggy following an owl through a forest and into a beautiful field of flowers where they have a surprise celebration for her birthday."
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A Seat at the Table
And the name of that celebration? A very apropos "Frenchie Le Fleur."
The party was hosted in a sunny private courtyard of Hollywood, California, enshrouded with lush greenery and springtime florals. On the table seating adult guests, Tosti added a few outdoorsy elements: crepe paper flowers, floral wreaths that doubled as decorative charger plates, wood calligraphy cut-outs by Woodums, and a mossy table runner.
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The Kids Table
For the children, a table was lined with comfy floor pillows. As the centerpiece, Tosti spray-painted miniature Frenchie figurines to a pristine white and dressed them up in teeny-tiny floral crowns. Similarly, each place setting was propped with a take-home accessory: Frenchie dog ears handmade from felt with flowers. There was endless fun to be had: a bubble machine, bouncy house, obstacle course, and even a sand pit where they could search for "bone" surprises — Tosti remarks, "they just had an absolute blast with all that."
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The invitations inspired art for the whole party — Designed with the help of portrait artist Zachary Baldus, the imagery was printed on plates, cups, and party favors through Zazzle. A dress was even specially made for the birthday girl from fabric printed through Spoonflower.
Each little guest received a party favor box including beaded Frenchie necklaces, non-toxic nail polish with personalized "kitty kolor" and "piggy paint tags," and temporary tattoos.
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On the menu, Tosti prepared gourmet sandwiches for the adults and small "bone" shaped sandwiches for the children. There was also a fresh vegetable platter and fruit bowl, respectively, for savory and sweet taste preferences. Above the food table and buffet-style spread, a copper arch read "bone appetit."
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For the grownups, grab-and-go salads were packaged in mason jars with small vials of dressing tied to each lid. (That's a tip to keep them soggy-free!) They were grouped together on a wooden tabletop stand.
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The Birthday Cake
Sweet and Saucy Shop baked three different themed sweets for the party: cake pops, macarons, and this custom cake that undoubtedly garnered lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" and happy squeals from the crowd of guests. As for those adorable twin toppers? They're modeled after the Frenchie dog duo (which, synergy alert, were mirrored in the wall-mounted busts by Nocik above the dessert table).
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Frenchie-Faced Cake Pops
Or should we say, "cake pups"? These smiley, pointy-eared faces were arranged on a miniature cake stand.
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Also among the spread of sweets, Tosti brought her own homemade gluten-free desserts — specifically, a platter of cookies and cheesecake.
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Doughnuts and Milk
Is there a better birthday combination? Miniature doughnuts each dripping in a sweet pink glaze — baked by Fonuts — were stacked on vintage-style milk bottles and topped off with a pretty paper straw. Oh, and the almond milk? It came from Tosti's own kitchen.
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A Toast to Celebrate
To serve a large crowd, Tosti filled glass beverage dispensers with two different flavored waters: lemon and thyme, and edible floral with heart-shaped strawberries. She also served bottles of wine: pinot noir and rosé. For the kids, watermelon mint juice was served for sipping.
For Tosti, the birthday party was about being able to "create something completely unique." Guests mingled over wine, snapped photographs together in front of the booth, and jump in the bouncy house — in the end, "everyone had a wonderful time."
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Event design, rentals, gluten-free cookies, cheesecake, and almond milk: 50by50 Event Design
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Photo booth: Brass Street Booth
Cake, macarons, cake pops: Sweet and Saucy Shop
Chocolate gems: Elise Cakes
Crepe paper flowers: Event florist
"Frenchie Le Fleur" artist: Zachary Baldus
Wood word cutouts: Woodums
Custom felt Frenchie busts: Nocik
Custom plates, cups, and party favor box: Zazzle
Custom fabric: Spoonflower