I’m throwing a birthday party for my best gal pal this evening, and we’re celebrating by getting together for an intimate dinner with girlfriends, laughter, & a little bubbly.  When hosting at home, I like to keep things super simple, while still infusing the gathering with unexpected touches that make guests feel special.  My color palette for tonight’s party comes from this lovely invitation (above) by sugar paper.  It’s pink, girly, & sophisticated… just like the birthday girl!

The tabletop is inspired by the birthday girl’s favorite flower, pink peonies.  I’ll cluster them in low, tight bunches down the center of the table, and a pink napkin will give a pop of color to each place setting.  Hmm, any ideas where I can find a similar pink & white striped linen?

Now is the perfect time to try out one of these modern riffs on classic balloons & streamers.  Really, did you ever think that crepe paper could look THIS chic?  And I found a great online source for these HUGE balloons.

What’s a birthday party without a layered birthday cake… or these flowery cupcakes perhaps?  Get Martha Stewart’s recipe for this beyond-gorgeous Ruffle Tower Cake.

Okay, okay, so my dining room looks nothing like a French chateau… and we’ll all be in jeans… but this girly, sugary, land of pastels & flowers is SO like the birthday girl that I had to include it as inspiration.  Tomorrow I’ll share details on the menu, but for now I don’t want to spoil the surprise! Bon anniversaire, ma chérie!

Images: {Row 1} Invitation, sugar paper {Row 2} Pink Napkin, Karl Juenson via party perfect; Pink Stripes, Style Me Pretty; Peonies, Black Eiffel {Row 3} Streamers, Martha Stewart; Balloons, Dior ad; Balloons, Style Me Pretty {Row 4} Cake, Martha Stewart; Cupcakes, Style Me Pretty {Row 5} ‘French Open’ Shoot, Vogue Oct. 09

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    Melissa A. | October 29, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like a fun and oh so pretty birthday party. I love all your inspiration and the balloon link.

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    Sidney | October 29, 2009 at 10:56 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE peonies! Sounds like its going to be a fabulous birthday party…can’t wait to hear more tomorrow…

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    TERI REES WANG | October 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    You are sweet to treat your friend with consideration and curtsy and charm.

    When in a pinch or even in play, I tend to search out the bed linen isle to find the next worthy table display.

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    imtaz yusuf | February 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I loved all the pic for the party. It is just beautiful. I am planning my daughter’s 1st birthday. I loved ur pink streamer. Would you mind telling me where I can get them? thank you.

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    Abby Barnett | March 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Camille…check out http://www.premierprintsfabric.com/collection.shtml. I think you will find something very similar there!!!

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