An Evening in Paris | 1st Birthday Party


You might say that this magnificent 1st Birthday party, from the summer of 2016, took a village to make happen…

For real: a Crepes Stand, a fresh frites station, an Eiffel Tower photo booth, a Mini-Monets Art Tent, a trackless train, a bounce house, a face painter and balloon twister made this party the most magical Paper and Pastiche party yet!

Enjoy the photos taken by Christina Marie Photography and Au Revoir!

Invitations, program, decor and signage were designed by Patty Fanella of PAPERandPASTICHE

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The Mini-Monets Art Tent was managed by Bottle and Bottega of La Grange, Illinois. 

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The Crepes Tent was managed by Gotta B Crepes of Evanston, Illinois. They were fantastic! The Frites Station was managed by PAPERandPASTICHE staff. The rest of the catering was provided by a combination of the Willowbrook Whole Foods and the Wheaton Mariano’s. 

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Face Painter, Margi, and Balloon Twister, Michelle, made a great team! They are both very difficult to book so I recommend contacting them as early as possible. 

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Eiffel Tower Family Photo Booth. Props were designed by PAPERandPASTICHE.

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Samuel Tiger’s Neighborhood


I think that since I get to help other people with their parties, I tend to be more conservative when planning my own. Lately, I’ve been keeping them very small, keeping the decorations to a minimum and just raid my craft bins rather than the shelves at the store – not even to save money, just to waste less!

This was definitely the case for my son, Sam’s, 1st birthday. We invited a few friends to join us for a family day of fun at the Dupage Children’s Museum in Naperville, Illinois, and I even made my own Daniel Tiger cake from scratch (which was a new -and very stressful- experience for me)!

My baby boy adores Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood which makes me exuberantly happy considering my own childhood love for Mr. Roger’s… I made a couple of small “Daniel” circles for the red paper fans I already had in my supplies and some scraps of fabric became a decorative swag for the highchair.

So here are a few pictures from Sam’s cute little party at the Museum. Not pictured, the disco ball in the party room, the magical bubble machine, and the parents’ Prince and Michael Jackson dance party.

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Sam loving his birthday party…just a little bit.
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My DIY Daniel Tiger Cake | Mini-Coloring Books and Crayon Rolls as Party Favors
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The Party Star with his entourage
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Daniel Tiger Party Decorations
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Big Bro Leo loving the Bubble Machine
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Fun-fuel so that we all could play all day
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WIND TUNNNNELLLL! So much fun!

 

 

 

 

Kidchella Party


Brother and Sister Kidchella Birthday Party | November 2015

Chicagoland Photographer Christina Marie Photography

Opening Act Magic and Balloon Art by Lori Wheeles

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Backyard Beach Bash


Amira’s 5th Birthday Party | August 2015

Chicagoland Photographer Christina Marie Photography

Balloon Arch and Floating Centerpieces by Balloons by Tommy

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Baseball Baby Shower


Styled for new mom and dad-to-be, Brynn and Justin – their party host, Amber, requested a fun, unique, vintage baseball theme. Since the Baby Shower took place in late October, we were inspired by a Fall color scheme and a ballpark-themed menu.

Peruse the gallery to view our retro concessions stand, Cracker Jacks Cupcakes, Sporty Pennant Flag Toppers, Baseball Cards and Ticket Stubs Centerpieces, Balloon Thumbprints Guest Book and Baseball Sugar Cookie Favors!

Anything you see here, including the invitation, can be customized for your baby shower or birthday party – just request a custom order through PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com.

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events - Concessions Stand

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Floral Centerpieces

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Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Floral Centerpieces

Vintage Fall Baseball Baby Shower by Pastiche Events | Cracker Jacks Cupcakes
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Jaws Birthday


My son LOVES the movie, Jaws! And, as his parents, so do we!

And it’s Shark Week next week?!

YES.

All of the cute party details and themed eats were provided by Pastiche Events (*ahem* Mom), the Jaws Cake was made by Delish Cakes of Bloomingdale and the main course (not pictured) was provided by Rocco Vino’s Pizza. 🙂

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Vintage Travel Bridal Shower


Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events

Alayson hired me all the way from Portland to help style and cater her little sister’s bridal shower here in Illinois. Alayson and the other bridesmaids asked me to execute their collective vision: a vintage travel, adventure concept for Amber’s May 3rd shower in Homer Glen.

Amber and her fiance, David, love to travel together and the notion that Marriage is a Journey { Not a Destination } was so inspiring: A little English Patient, a smidgen of Roman Holiday and a bit of Before Sunrise (I tend to pull my inspiration from my love of film), this shower looked and felt as beautiful as I had hoped it would…

It always helps when your new clients have amazing taste and pitch-in to help! They were a delightful family to assist and I hope they have a wonderful time at the upcoming June wedding. All the best to the beautiful couple! { Le meilleur! }

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Mimosa & Bellini Bar
Mimosa and Bellini Bar for the In-Flight Cocktails
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Centerpieces
Hydrangea Centerpieces with touches from the couple’s engagement photo shoot, as well as vintage paper airplanes.
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Cupcakes
Chocolate and Sea-Salted Caramel Cupcakes | White Chocolate on White Vanilla Cupcakes
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Baggage Claim { Favors } – Luggage Tags from Etsy { VeryVerdant } and Suitcase Sugar Cookies from Mrs. Campbell’s Cookies.
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Vintage-looking Postcards were used to write advice, well wishes or travel recommendations to the happy couple.
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The Pretty Bridal Party and Guest of Honor

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Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Airplane and Hydrangea Centerpieces

Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Pastry Bar

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Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Luggage Tags by VeryVerdant on Etsy
Love is a Journey Bridal Shower by Pastiche Events | Luggage Tags by VeryVerdant on Etsy

River North Anniversary


Coral and Jade 35th Wedding Anniversary by Pastiche Events | Chicago

The Guests of Honor were Gary and Kathie and the event was hosted by their very thoughtful children, Amanda and Greg. The event took place in a family member’s private penthouse suite in River North, Chicago.

Graphic design, sweets table display, floral arrangements, pretzel treats and cupcakes provided by Pastiche Events.

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Forest Friends Baby Shower


Photo by Rita Norkiewicz

Twins Baby Shower at The Red Oak Room of Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.

Parents-to-be: Holly and Pierre | Babies-to-be: Jacques and Julien

Free Printables for the Cupcake Circles are at the end of the post. Just click to open the 8.5 x 11 image and save/print as PDF.

To order an instant download of the Forest Friends Thumbprint Tree, please visit my shop, PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com. Each download is for personal use only and costs $8.00.

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Forest Friends Thumb Print Tree by PAPERandPASTICHE.etsy.com

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.Pennant Flag Banner by Pastiche EventsForest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Sweets Table Jars by Pastiche Events

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Carrot Cupcakes | Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Sweet Table for Twin Boys by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Book Crate | Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.
The prizes for the games were all items that Holly either loves, misses or craves – Yankee Candle Summer Scents, Mint Scarves, Mint Soap, Coconut Coffee, Red Wine and mini cans of Sofia Champagne.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Forest Friends Baby Shower by Pastiche Events, Chicago.

Event Styling, Graphic Design and Sweets Table Confections provided by Pastiche Events.

Fox Cake and Mason Jar Floral Arrangements provided by Holly’s Mom and Aunt Linda.

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Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF
Click to open and right-click to save/print as a PDF

Winter ONEderland Party


Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Most of my Winter ONEderland designs are now available on Etsy. A few are even instant digital downloads! Feel free to contact me using the Etsy Convo system if you’d like me to create more than what’s currently listed.

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For the new year, I had the pleasure of styling and coordinating a Winter Wonderland party for little Giulia’s first birthday. Her parents had some wonderful ideas which included an artificial snow pit and a s’mores bar, and together, we decided that an evening filled with winter activities (indoors, of course) was the way to go. Being that we live in Chicago and we have been pummeled with snow this winter, that didn’t stop every guest, young and old, from enjoying the festively frosty itinerary we had planned for them. The sugar cookie decorating, bounce house, giant double slide, hilarious balloon artist, magical sweets table, s’mores, hot chocolate and a snow-pit made this the prettiest, most charming party ever for this sweet little girl’s big day.

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Birthday Cake Popcorn | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

With help from her big sister, Amira, Giulia blew out the candle on her first birthday cake. The cake was made by Alicia from Delish Cakes in Bloomingdale but the banner was designed and created by Pastiche Events.

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Hot Cocoa Bar | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Hot Cocoa Bar | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Personalized Dry Erase Board Favors | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Personalized Dry Erase Board Favors | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Sugar Cookie Decorating Activity | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Sugar Cookie Decorating Activity | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Sugar Cookie Decorating Activity | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Sugar Cookie Decorating Activity | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Chicago Children's Entertainer: Ken the Flying Fool | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Chicago Children's Entertainer: Ken the Flying Fool | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events
Chicago Children's Entertainer: Ken the Flying Fool | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

Artificial Snow Pit | Winter Onederland Birthday Party by Pastiche Events

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Event Styling, Management and Graphic Design by Patty Fanella, Pastiche Events

Photography by Holly Biset, Glen Ellyn | www.pasticheevents.com

Catering by HomeMade Pizza Co., Hinsdale | www.homemadepizza.com

Smash Cake and Pastries by Delish Cakes | www.delishcakes.net

Children’s Entertainment and Balloon Art by Ken the Flying Fool | www.flyingfool.com