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How to Throw a Madeline-Themed Birthday Party

by Janssen Bradshaw

In honor of Brightly’s birthday, we want to help you celebrate yours!  So we’re launching a new feature that, each month, will provide adorable ideas for children’s birthday parties based on a beloved book. This month we start with one of the greatest picture books of all time: Madeline.

Isn’t Madeline such a classic? The text, the illustrations, the hijinks, and that unforgettable yellow hat with the blue cape. I just love her.

What could be cuter than a party based on this gorgeous book and timeless character?

Of course, you can hardly think of Madeline without thinking of Paris, and a great Madeline party combines the two (macarons, anyone?).

From treats to decorations to activities, there are plenty of great ideas to make throwing a memorable party a cinch. In no time, you’ll feel like you’re strolling through the Louvre or popping into a French café.

Book Display
Book-Display

I love this display of all the different Madeline titles, plus the banner with some of the most famous lines from the book! This is a great way to set the stage for the activities to come.

Madeline Story Time

Madeline-Story-TimeIf you need an activity to introduce guests to Madeline and her adventures, or if you’re looking for a quieter closing activity to help people wind down, reading aloud is an ideal activity — and always a hit with children.

Give a Dog a Bone

A fun spin on the classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” You can use paper bones or real dog bones!

Yellow Hat Cookies

Madeline-Cookies

These cookies — they’re irresistibly cute. Plus, they aren’t very hard to assemble and they’re so iconic.

French Food Table

Food-Table-with-suitcases

I love the red suitcases as decorations, plus the displays of French food. The Madeline color scheme (red, blue, and yellow) really pulls everything together perfectly.

Madeline Capes

CapesNothing makes a party feel festive like costumes. These capes are simple to whip up — just a circle of fabric cut down the front and then a ribbon glued or sewed on. If you really want to go all out, find yourself a nun costume.

Lessons at the Louvre
Lessons-at-the-Louvre

I don’t know many children who don’t like art projects, and art lessons at the Louvre are extra-fun. Display the masterpieces on the wall afterward for instant decorations and let everyone take a stroll through the “museum.”

DIY Crepe Hats
Crepe-Hats

These hats are darling and make both great costumes and good decorations. You can have the children help make them if they’re a bit older or do them yourself beforehand if the guests are younger.

French Flag Cookies
French-Flags

How gorgeous are these sugar cookies? And if you’re not up for frosting them, go with madeleine cookies instead — they’re the perfect treat for this party!

Two Straight Lines Game

With painter’s tape, make two parallel lines along the floor. Two children at a time, have guests stand on the lines — one child on each — and then walk down the lines in a variety of ways, whether hopping on one foot, going backward, or somersaulting.

Straw Eiffel Tower Project
Eiffel-Tower-Craft

Pull out the glue and construction paper and everyone goes home happy. This is so simple and perfectly gratifying.

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