“You don’t get smarter as you get older. There is just less stupid stuff left that you haven’t already done”
Andrei & I are like awkwardly, fan-girl obsessed with Paris & France. Like if I weren’t “me“, I’d think we were totally obnoxiously annoying about our fascination with a place we’ve literally travelled to all of one time. My room at university, & now our condo in Toronto, has very “French/Parisian” vibes, we watch endless Versailles documentaries & we will not shut up about our recent visit – like we both now claim to be Paris Travel Experts… a self-given title I feel like local Parisians would be very much not on board with. So naturally for my 28th birthday, I wanted to pay homage to a place that bears absolutely no familial or historical significance to me whatsoever by hosting a Parisian Style Bubbly Brunch. Read on for all of the deets.
The food sucked. Like honest to God sucked. I was nowhere near prepared to host a brunch for 18 people & I’m nearly positive that a good majority of my guests left utterly famished. So my “expert blogging advice” here would be to get it catered or potluck the crap out of it. Everything you see on Instagram & Pinterest is a lie & far too complicated & hard to try & pull off all on your own. Realist, not pessimist.
That is all… moving on to the more successful arenas of this afternoon.
Side Note: my friend’s flatbread, grandmother’s scones & my cousin’s cupcakes – as pictured – were like the only things that did not fail. In fact – they were absolutely incredible!! She (my cousin) is a fabulous Toronto baker & you should totally check her out here!
The Mimosa Bar
I read somewhere that brunch without mimosas is just a sad, late breakfast. I conquer.
Obviously I had to include a Mimosa Bar… champagne is like THE quintessential alcoholic beverage of France. Not to mention it’s synonymous with celebration, so a champagne/bubbly bar was a total no brainer for my birthday brunch get together.
I loooooooooooved, loved how this particular mimosa bar turned out! The flower wall is just so friggin pretty! I got the idea from an Instagram photo that Lauren Conrad posted a few weeks ago & totally ran with it! I thought that it would be super tedious & annoying to assemble but it was actually SO easy – you can find the DIY that I followed HERE.
In terms of the actual ingredients used for the bar – I chose to go with peach, orange & cranberry juice for the mixes & then laid out a variety of fruits that guests could use as garnish for their champagne cocktails! Also – I printed out a “Bubbly Bar” sign & stuck it in one of my cute, little gold frames – it costs a grand total of zero dollars & adds a nice little touch to the mimosa bar!
SO cute! I totally recommend trying this simple Mimosa Bar for your next brunch party – they are always such a hit!
The decor is one of the most important aspects of setting an ambiance! In terms of the colour I went with soft pinks, whites & black… AKA quintessential “Paris”. The centrepiece for the brunch table was of COURSE the Eiffel Tower – I totally forgot to take a picture… whoops! I bought this for my University Room & it’s still very much on display in our condo here in Toronto. Another party staple that has nothing to do with Paris but EVERYTHING to do with birthdays is balloons! Sticking to theme, I went with white & blush coloured balloons & just had them scattered all over the floor giving the space a really fun, whimsical feel!
What are some of your favourite party tips?! Because, honestly…. I need them.