Edith Piaf birthday fete

For my twenty-second birthday this past month, I pulled together a long-time fantasy of mine: an Edith Piaf-themed birthday party.

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Taking a break during party prep.

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Mid-party, in my ruby red 1940's silk dress (thanks, Etsy)!!

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.

Handmade paper flags hanging in the living room.

Music: A well-intentioned but very much off-base playlist made up of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield, and, yes, Edith Piaf.

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One of the invitations, complete with cupcake-shaped confetti cut from the pages of an old French bible.

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