For my twenty-second birthday this past month, I pulled together a long-time fantasy of mine: an Edith Piaf-themed birthday party.
Before the festivities could begin, however, I spent three weeks (and an undisclosed yet embarrassing amount of money) crafting, cooking, and planning. I was on cloud nine.
Invitations: Hand-typed (using a 1904 Underwood typewriter), stamped, sewn, and mailed (no, not e-mailed or texted)! Also demanded a telephone repondez s’il vous plait.
Decorations: Handmade paper flags hanging above all the windows and doors (used with beautiful papers from Paper Source on Boylston St.)
Drinks: Kristie and I went hunting for cute champagne glasses the day of the party and found 20 mismatched (for 1 dollar each) and a local thrift store. They were so cheap, we didn’t mind if a couple broke! (And a couple did…)
Food: Homemade red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing from scratch.
Music: A well-intentioned but very much off-base playlist made up of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield, and, yes, Edith Piaf.