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Glamour Girl in Paris…. A Barbie Inspired Party!

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Our sweet little girl turned four a couple of weeks ago! We celebrated with a Barbie in Paris inspired party with all of her little friends. Kate has been really into the Barbie movies lately and had trouble deciding whether she wanted a Fashion Fairytale or a Mermaid Tale theme for her big day. She decided on the fashion theme and would get so excited every time she would see an Eiffel Tower on anything. We went with the traditional light pink, black and white color scheme {love it}. Vicki from Vicki Lynn Photography was on hand to capture every detail! When thinking about what she would wear, I immediately thought of the silhouette shirt by Oh Fiddlesticks that she modeled in our Glam Camping shoot. I called Melissa and asked if she could create the shirt in our colors and allow me to use their silhouette graphic in my designs. She jumped on it and made the most adorable version in pink, black and white! Kate wore a gorgeous pink pettiskirt with the shirt, along with a special tiara that I picked up at the Believe Boutique.

Guests were greeted at the door by this lovely Barbie print by Robert Best {I won it from Layla Grayce last year!} framed in a gorgeous frame by The Vintage Crush and topped with a pink rose flower ball from HomeGoods.

I designed all of the paper goods using the girl silhouette, along with bows, stripes and dots. I borrowed dress forms from Heather and Lindsay, and dressed them up in pink! The adorable tutu was Kate’s very first tutu that my sister-in-law bought her before she was born. I fell in love with the vintage Eiffel Tower tags on Etsy and had to have them.

Each girl was given a tutu, a hair accessory by Banner Boutique and a necklace to wear. Before they were escorted upstairs for a mini makeover, they all checked out the dessert table set up in our front room.

I finally found a piece of furniture to fit on the wall in front of our staircase and it worked perfectly to display all of the delicious desserts! It’s also the perfect piece to store my collection of cake stands and platters!

One of my favorite elements of the dessert table was this beautiful pink Barbie cake that was created by Melissa from Decadent Delights. Inspired by the doll cakes that my mom made for my parties when I was little, it was so fun to see an updated version come to life! This Barbie was a replica of the 1977 {my birth year} doll that I bought and put away when it was being sold for Barbie’s 50th Birthday! Melissa used fondant for the bodice of the dress and butter cream to make the swirls. She topped with rhinestones and edible glitter, which was so sparkly and gorgeous in person!

Charynn from Two Sugar Babies recently created these fondant cupcake toppers in various colors and our contributor, Tanya shared them with me right before the party. I had to have them! She was able to ship some off quickly for the party! They looked divine tucked in black polka dot cupcake wrappers.

I asked Angela from Queen of Tarts to create edible image cookies using the silhouette graphic. They turned out adorable and each girl was given one in their favor bags! She also made some of her gorgeous cameo cupcake toppers, perfect for this theme!

What would a dessert table be without custom chocolate covered Oreos from Sweeties? Kim supplied oreos for Kate’s Fairy Party last year and has now since been seen on dessert tables everywhere! She is such a kind person and I am so proud of her success.

I met Terri of Terri’s Treasures at the Martha Dreamers event and have been waiting for a good time to try out her products! She created perfect pink & black cake balls on black/white striped straws {adorable} along with custom silhouette cake pops! {can you believe how detailed they are?!} They were not only adorable, but seriously delicious. I hid some chocolate ones during the party so I could eat them later.

We have been working with Bundles of Cookies and these cookies blew me away when I opened the package. Look at the detail in the dress cookies! I adore the swirls! They were a hit at the party.

These black and white striped cupcake baking cups were perfect for this party theme! You can actually bake right in them {awesome}! You can’t have a Paris themed party without French macarons! These were shipped in by Crazy about Macarons. It’s hard to ship these little bites of sweetness, but they arrived beautifully and tasted delicious.

I created new printable designs for cupcake toppers, fancy labels and favor tags for this theme. {find the glamour girl printable collection here}

My friend, Vana at Le Papier Studio whipped up this adorable print for me to display at the party. It was created from an actual picture of Kate in her pettiskirt! It will be such a cute keepsake to have from the party! The tulle pom wands were made by Adisten’s Closet, along with hanging tulle pom poms!

The girls were treated to a mini-makeover including hair styling and a little makeup by our lovely helpers, Courtney, Caitlin, Carly & Cassie! My helpers wore silhouette shirts by Oh Fiddlesticks to match the birthday girl!

We set up a runway outside in the backyard for the girls to do a little fashion show for all of the moms. {no boys allowed at this party!}  I hung the pink tulle poms from Adisten’s Closet along with white paper medallions from Polka Dot Market in the trees.

My friend, Kristy Kay {former Fiesta Bowl Queen} gave our little guests a lesson on walking the catwalk! It was so adorable. After a practice run, we brought all of the moms out to give them a little show! Here are a few of the girls on the runway!

After the fashion show, the girls came in for snacks and to sing Happy Birthday to sweet Kate! I love this photo!

Then it was time to indulge all of the delicious sweets! It was hard to cut the cake because it was so beautiful!

Kate received so many beautiful gifts. This adorable jewelry box matched the party perfectly!

I found the perfect favor boxes in the dollar section at Target and filled them with hair bows custom made for the party by Banner Boutique, a necklace and cookie!

Each guest had her headshot taken and I plan on sending them a copy with the thank you notes!

It’s was such a fun, girly party!
Thank you to all of the fabulous vendors who were involved and especially to my lovely friend, Vicki for capturing these beautiful memories!

Click here to view an adorable slideshow from the party!

April 14, 2011

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  1. Wendy Wise says:

    FABULOUS! Parties like this make me wish I had a GIRL!! Boy parties just don’t have all this pizzazz! Love it!! So fabulous!! Great job Kim!

  2. A little girl couldn’t ask for more.. PERFECTION! Absolutely Adorable! Love all the details.

  3. Marcela says:


  4. bobo says:

    Its every little girl’s dream birthday party.. You have done such a marvellous job…:)

  5. Kami says:

    What lucky girls! There is just something so sweet and simple about the barbie silhouette, I love it! Now I want a Barbie birthday! 🙂

    Great work Kim!

  6. Eloïse says:

    Lucky girls, it’s an amazing celebration, amazing!

  7. etta says:

    Beautiful!!! this is every little girls (and also not so little 😉 ) dream!!!
    happy week end

  8. I love it so much!!! thank you for the inspiration x

  9. Anabel says:

    Fantastique! Love it. Amazing picture slideshow too! x

  10. Rosie says:

    Can’t thx you enough for making us part of this so beautiful and so personal project.
    Best wishes,
    Rosie 🙂
    PS: looking forward to work with you, again 🙂

  11. Crystal says:

    Very Gorgeous Kim!!!! You did an AMAZING job as usual! Every little girl is super blessed to have moms like you, especially Kate! Loved EVERY detail! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Elisha Akram says:

    What a beautiful and Oh so cute Party!!! I love it!

  13. Just beautiful Kim – happy birthday to your gorgeous girl – the party looked just amazing as always. Leanne xx

  14. Margie says:

    Beautiful, Kimi! Wow! So girly and fun!

  15. NICHCOLE says:

    Adorable……as always!!!
    Great job!!

  16. SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Niina says:

    What a beautiful party! I´m sure your daughter and her friends enjoyed it. The Barbie cake is absolutely gorgeous!!

  18. Krystal D says:

    Kate, God has blessed you with such an amazing talent. Your parties are pure perfection. I love reading your blog daily and I’ve been looking forward to seeing this party. Love it love it love it!

  19. Mary says:

    Stunning! Love it!!

  20. Andrea Fraga says:


    This is Gorgeous! Barbie is one of my all time favorite themes, beautifully done! Sabrina and I watched the slideshow and she was dancing and loving it. Happy Birthday glam girl, Kate!!!!

  21. Sara says:

    I love every single detail!

  22. Amanda says:

    LOVE it! Such a lucky girl!

  23. renee unsworth says:

    You are a fabulous mom and such a creative and detailed party planner. Gorgeous and memorable for your little Kate!

  24. OH MY GOODNESS! This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! It is something every little princess needs! And Kate, SHE IS SUCH A DOLL! The little girls were so adorable. It is the cutest birthday party I have ever seen!

    OK, when we have a girl, can you come TX to a party???? 🙂

    Amazing job!


  25. Heidi says:

    Beyond Stunning! You have such an amazing talent when it comes to styling parties. Can I hire you for Elle’s when she turns one in Dec?! As always thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a wonderful day.- Heidi

  26. Let’s do it again!!! Soooo fun Kim!!!! XOXOXO

  27. maria says:

    so awsome!…now i wish i was 4!lol

  28. I love love this party!! every little girls dream! I have you featured on my blog today:)


  29. such absolute cute perfection! you always create the sweetest parties & your love for kate is shown in every small detail!

  30. Melanie Ralbusky says:

    This is SO amazing! You have outdone yourself with this party! My girls are still too young, but I plan to use your ideas when they get older. You deserve a standing ovation for this one! 🙂

  31. jessie says:

    Kim!! Where to begin? Seriously. Everything looks incredible!! I could live in those cupcakes.

  32. Marijke Daye says:


    This party is absolutely gorgeous! Stunning!

    Where do you get your cake pedestals? They are beautiful.


  33. Nicole says:

    Incredible party!!! Do you happen to know where to purchase those pink dress forms?

  34. i just love it kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fabulous wor, darling party fr your little kate! love! xoxo

  35. Ashley says:

    AHHH, This is such a beautiful party! You and your team are so talented! Cheers!!

  36. cindy says:

    omgosh, so amazingly cute and sweet! can you adopt me? lol…fantastic work 😀

  37. so perfect!!! in love with every detail!

  38. Kattrina says:

    I usually hate barbie cakes because they always seem to be done with ugly barbies with a bad hair do! Thanks for changing my outlook 😉 This is simply adorable from head to toe!

  39. lisa s. says:

    Absolutely amazing! What a wonderful party you created for your sweet girl! I will definitely have to keep this idea tucked away for a future party…thanks so much for all of your inspiration xoxoxo

  40. So fun and beautiful! The favor boxes are so great with the lovely hair accessories, what lucky guests!

  41. Fabulous Party Kim! Not to sound cheesy but I remember when you showed her 2 yr party to me when buying my daughter’s 1st birthday gear from you! Love to watch your business and her grow.

  42. Beatrice says:

    Oooooh these girls are just cute !!! And what amazing party ! Congrats !

  43. Zang says:

    Wow, I loved reading and browing through that! I felt as if I was invited. 🙂 What a lucky girl Kate is to have a mom like you! And everyone else who was invited and contributed to the party. Thank you for sharing. Now, I want to make a great party for my son. I don’t have a girl, so I think this will be harder or easier depending on how I look at it.

  44. Absolutely stunning!! What a fun day for Kate and her friends. Awesome job as always!

  45. Ceilidh says:

    Beautiful! I love every bit of this party!

  46. Christy says:

    i love!!

  47. Gretchen says:

    AMAZING! The colors and the design are perfect! I will definitely use this as inspiration for an adult paris themed birthday party we are b.a.s.h.ing up later this fall! =) LOVE IT!!

  48. Antonia K. says:

    Absolutely beautiful, very inspiring. Can’t wait to do my daughters party.

  49. Kim…as always it looks wonderful! What a great way to celebrate your daughter!

  50. Shelley says:

    Oh Kim. You’ve done it again. —Absolutely stunning. 🙂 –I want to walk that cat walk! So fun. 🙂 -Shelley {howdoesshe.com}

  51. christie says:

    Absolutely stunning. I LOVE the theme and the color scheme!

  52. Lory says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL! Kim, i’m looking for the same piece of furniture that you had the dessert table on. where did you find it? i need something to store all my stands too!!! 🙂

    As always beautiful event, very girly!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Lory!
      I found the piece at a local furniture store, Razmataz! I need to see if I can find the manufacturer’s info to help locate it elsewhere!

  53. Jackie says:

    what a beautiful party! i only dream of being so creative! amazing job!

  54. Ansley says:

    Amazing details all around! I have a 3.5 year old daughter, and she would absolutely adore this party! So, so cute!

  55. Gladys Madrid says:

    Hi Kim,

    I’m a big fan of yours and your work is just amazing!!! kate must be so happy coz she always have a pretty & fabulous birthday!!! keep up the good, actually a great work! You truly are an inspiration!!!!

    PS. I super love this theme!!!! it’s awesome 🙂


    gladys 🙂

  56. Oh Kim, you’ve somehow outdone yourself!! Every detail is breathtaking!!! I’m just in love with the whole thing!!! Beautiful, beautiful work!!!

  57. Stephanie Vercoe says:

    Such a beautiful party! I am sure Kate loved every moment of it.

  58. Marina Reyes says:

    Amazing and fabulous! Saw the the video from the photographer and enjoyed it very much. The music she picked is perfect for the theme. Thanks for sharing.

  59. Sue says:

    AMAZING party! I love every detail, and I love the dessert display cabinet!

  60. The most gorgeous birthday party I have ever seen. Oh how lucky those little girls were to have you as the party planner! x

  61. Kim, everything is just so gorgeous, creative, pink and pretty! You just keep delighting – thank you! xo

  62. Wow, I am blown away at all the details that went in to making this party so fabulous! Love, Love, Love, your little girl’s party! You are an inspiration! If only I could pull a party off like that…oh yeah, I have two boys that are not so into Barbie or Pairs. I don’t mind living vicariously through your beautiful images of the party.

    Thanks for sharing!

  63. Oh my gosh Kim!!! You are a party goddess. I’ve been working for the last two days on my sons’ train birthday and seriously I didn’t do a tenth of the work you’ve done for this amazing party!!! I am just blown away by the amount of work you do and how amazing it ends up…it’s all worth it! She must have felt like such a princess. I hope she never forgets this party (although I’m sure with all the amazing ones you do she has a lot of awesome parties to remember!)

  64. Holly says:

    SO, SO cute!! I am totally loving the pink and black paris theme lately and I can’t wait to use the printables for a baby shower or my little girl’s birthday party! Thanks so much for ALL the inspiration! XOXO

  65. Angel says:

    Oh my goodness I just love how you did this party very beautiful and princess like!! I know your daughter loved it!! The cakes looked yummy too 🙂

  66. What can I say that all the dozens of commenters haven’t already said?! I am totally in awe of every fabulous detail — from the superb styling to the impeccable craftsmanship of each and every supplier. Huge KUDOS to Kim and everyone!!!

  67. sandy says:

    hi I would like to know if you know where cand I find a picture of the shadow girl so I may make a cookie cutter?

  68. Kim Maddock says:

    Ahh! Adorable! I just redid my daughters bedroom with a vintage Barbie theme. I am dying to know if you have the Silhouette Jewelry box design? It would match so well!!! Let me know how I can get it.
    Thanks bunches!

  69. Kim this is SO lovely! Thanks for sending me the link so I could see my Paris tags on display! What a gorgeous party it must have been!!

  70. Zoe says:

    My youngest daughter loves the Barbie movies adn this party is beautiful, not a hint of Barbie pink in sight! The girls look like they had so much fun, being catwalk models and the decorations and party favours are simply gorgeous.

  71. Amazing theme, beautiful day and the luckiest girls in the world! Thanks for even MORE inspiration, Kim! 🙂

  72. Marcie says:

    So elegant, for such sweet lil girls!! One of the parties of my “DREAM” list of parties to design.
    You are just as sweet & gracious as you are talented Kim! GREAT role model for us “up & coming” designers <3

  73. Catherine says:

    A belated Happy Birthday to Kate! Mama threw a fabulous party!

  74. Heather G. says:

    Oh my goodness, Kim, this might just be my favorite party yet!! Being that I’ll be 28 in a few weeks and *still* love to play Barbies (I jump at the chance whenever Leila asks!) this is so right up my alley! The day of Leila’s Alice in Wonderland party this year, she said she wanted a “fashion girl” party instead. I’m thinking we might have to copy Kate’s party for Leila’s 5th next year! XO!

  75. Heather G. says:

    ….and happy belated birthday to Kate! She is just as precious as can be!

  76. louise says:

    This looks so fun! The details are amazing, but I have to say the idea of the runway show is awesome! And having thier pictures taken as they strut thier new dos!! love it!

  77. katrina says:

    WOW! over the top 🙂
    You did an amazing job on this party, but I really need to know..
    where did you get that amazing black buffet table?

  78. Lauren says:

    Oh wow!!! I have been out of town and anxiously WAITING to get to a computer so that I could see this post! It was worth the wait! This party was absolutely spectacular! I LOVE the black and white color scheme accented with light pink. It exudes such sophistication with such a youthful femininity. That Barbie cake is amazing! Great job, Kim, once again!!

  79. Soooo incredibly darling! I think next year I’ll just hand our girls’ party off to you!! Can you make it to So Cal in Feb/March?? 🙂

  80. Wow Kim.. just getting a chance to see this party fully. It’s seriously BEAUTIFUL and LOVELY and makes me wish my little girl was young again 🙂 XO

  81. Jenny Barber says:

    this is AMAZING… we now have our party theme for next year… we love Barbie:)

  82. Jennifer says:

    Hi Kim, love the party. I’m throwing my daughter Kate a Summer in Paris party on July 24th. She’ll be nine. She is obsessed with all things Paris. 🙂 I really love the silhouette of Kate in Paris with the poodle & Eiffel tower. Do you have a better photo of that. I would really love to print one for my daughters Bd if you wouldn’t mind. Thanks so much for the beautiful party ideas.

  83. Kessler Hardman says:

    Hi Kim! Gorgeous party! What Barbie did you use for the cake?

  84. Alana says:

    I have been trying to find those adorable dress forms everywhere! Any idea where your girlfriends got them from? Adorable party!!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Alana!
      Hobby Lobby always seems to have those dress forms! Also, Pier One has a small black one that is really cute! Hope this helps!

  85. Gloria says:

    Just what I was looking for … It’s amazing, my daughter will be delighted … The idea of tutus is perfect … Thanks for the idea…Greetings from Canary Islands!

  86. aries haries says:

    Hello Kim!
    I’m Aries from Malaysia. OMG, your little girl party is so adorable & cute. This is a 1st time, I saw a perfect party for a little girl. It’s really awesome…. =)

  87. Trish says:

    This is a beautiful party! I love all the details! I am using this as a reference to decorate my daughter’s new bedroom. 🙂 Thanks!

  88. Janet says:

    Nice theme but really over the top for a 4-year old party. I imagine this soiree cost a mint with all the catered specially designed treats, invitations, and decorations. Would a 4-year old even remember all the expense going into this function or is it more for the adults to ooh and ah over? Everything here was made by some company. This has such a Martha Stewart flair attached to it that it detracts from the real purpose, which is it for the children. Kids want to run and play at this age not have hair and makeup applied, which should be dedicated to older children. The only good this serves is providing ideas, but honestly this looked like money wasted. Kids at this age could care a less about that stuff. You could make your own cupcakes and buy a doll cake from the grocery store, a few party favors, and play some games at more than 1/2 the cost. I can guarantee you that none of the perfectly matched plates, icing swirls, fancy invitations, and decorations matters to a kid and is geared toward adulation to the host/hostess.

  89. Daniela says:

    Love all the details especially the colors. A friend of mine is pregnant with her first baby girl and I’m honored to help plan her shower, her only request was that colors be black, white and pink and modern.

    Think this party could be modified if the silhouette was of a baby carriage or contemporary crib. Love the stripes. Great inspiration

  90. Ellie says:

    I love the idea and I absolutely LOVE the Eiffel Tower cookies:)

  91. bevs says:

    i’ve been browsing the web for several days looking for a BARBIE inspired party but nothing beats your creativity and idea. I wish I could also get the printables for this one. How can I get it?:)

  92. Lucymary says:

    This is a beautiful party! I love all the details! .

  93. Lovely party indeed!
    May I ask where you found the tin boxes in the 3rd picture? The ones with the crystal knobs. Did they hold favors?

  94. Maria says:

    Beautiful design ..great work you are inspiring me to do something like this for my daughters 3rd bday..
    I love the cake plates u used I found a bunch on amazon what sizes did you use in height. It would be a huge help your design is perfect.
    🙂 maria

  95. Maisie says:

    I don’t like it but I do like the small cupcakes

    How can you put your photos on this website because I want to do that for Lilly rabbit party

    Love Maisie Ruth Evans I’m 9

  96. K.C. Andrews says:

    Hi Kim,

    Your creations are awesome! I’m blown away at all your creativity!

  97. kate says:

    such a beautiful birthday party for your little girl! and, i love your buffet table! do you know the manufacturer? i’m looking for something very similar — with ample storage. thanks!!

  98. TJ says:

    Have you considered using glass straws? They’re super classy and toxin free. I’ve seen a few brands out there. my favorite is simply straws, i love the travel case each straw comes with http://bit.ly/simplystraws

  99. Christie Vasilevski says:

    Hi there,

    I absolutely love everything you’ve done! The detail and glam is fabulous!

    I am thinking of doing a Glamourgirl in Paris theme for my daughters christening. I really love the black and pink tutu on the mannequin. I’m just wondering where you got it from, cause I love love to order one for my little girl.


    • Kim says:

      Hi Christie! I’m so sorry but my sister-in-law bought that tutu for Kate before she was born! (she’s 5) It was from a local boutique.

      • Christie Vasilevski says:

        Ooh bummer…..well it’s very cute!!! But thaks so much for getting back to me. Seeing as you are in the know of all these pretty things. Do you know of any places I can find cute black and pink tutus? Well websites……as I think your local and my local are on the opposite sides of the globe 🙂

  100. Marla says:

    Such a stunning party + adorable kiddos!

  101. Alicia says:


    Just wondering where i could buy the barbie paris sillouette tshirt?


    • Tina Dahl says:

      That shirt was made by Oh Fiddlesticks who used to have an etsy shop but they have closed it down. So sorry!!!

  102. Crystal says:

    Se ve espectacular, muy original!!

  103. Jessica says:

    Is there a website where you can buy a barbie girl for my party?

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  104. Jovanna says:

    lovely everything looks beautiful. Love the cookies

  105. Kristin says:

    Hi. I am making this party for my 2 little girls’ birthdays! Can I buy the print off of you? I can’t find it any where!!! 🙂 Just wondering….


  106. Lily says:

    What an amazing party you have there. Just wondering, where do you set up this website, any link? Is it free?thanks

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  108. amanda lucas says:

    Love this! Do you know where I can get a shirt like this made?

  109. Alyssa says:

    I really loved your ideas.
    Pictures were great.
    I enjoyed reading!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope she loved it too.

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