Homemade French Party Decorations

Updated April 17, 2017

French themes work well for birthday parties because they inspire a variety of fun decorations and delicious food items. Consider hosting a French party for your school's French Club or French class. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a decoration kit; you can make your party decorations with household items and inexpensive craft supplies.


Start your party off on the right note by making visually striking, French-themed invitations. Print the party details in a glamorous, cursive-style font, and address your guests as "Mademoiselle" and "Monsieur." The common party invitation term RSVP actually comes from the French phrase "répondez s'il vous plaît," so write that on your invitation as well. Mount the party details on contrasting cardstock or construction paper, and add a cut-out Eiffel Tower shape for a finishing touch.

Red, White and Blue

Decorate your party in red, white and blue, the colours of the French flag. Hang streamers cut from construction paper or inexpensive ribbon and fabrics. Make a French flag to hang in the doorway. Use a large piece of poster board and cover it with construction paper or acrylic paint to make the red, white, and blue sections. Sprinkle red, blue and white confetti on tabletops.

Create a French Bistro Atmosphere

If you're serving food, cover tables with white lace or red-checkered tablecloths and add tall candles for a romantic, French vibe. Individual candlesticks work well, but if you have an old candelabra lying around, bring it out. If you'll be hosting your party in a garden, hang lanterns or twinkle lights from the trees. Print your party's menus on off-white or gold paper in the shape of a fleur-de-lis.

Cardboard Props

Trace a simplified image of the Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, Louvre or other famous Paris monument on a large piece of cardboard or poster board. Paint the image with acrylic paint and add details with glitter glue pens for a little extra sparkle. Cut the image out once you're finished decorating it, and lean it against an open wall or next to the party's entrance.

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