Madeline Birthday Party Ideas

by Stacy D. Cooper

Ludwig Bemelmans created the character Madeline for a series of children's books in the late 1930s; the books follow the adventures of a little girl living in Paris. The popularity of the series continued to grow despite Bemelmans death in 1962, even spawning a cartoon series which ran from 1993 to 1995. Introduce your daughter to Madeline and the beauty of Paris by throwing her a Madeline-themed birthday party.


Invite guests to attend the Madeline-themed birthday party by purchasing Madeline books and writing the invitation on the inside cover. Include the time, date, location and RSVP information. As a nod to the Madeline TV series, set the party time from 3 to 5 p.m. On the episode "Madeline's Birthday at the Zoo" Madeline's surprise birthday party was to begin at 3 p.m., but it didn't actually start until after 5 p.m. If you don't want to send a book invitation, pen the invite on a piece of stationery stamped with a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Tie the invitation around a small Madeline toy. Mail the invitations to the kids to begin building the excitement for your little girl's birthday party.


Re-create gay Paris in your little girl's party room in honor of the Madeline theme. Cover one of the walls with a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Print pictures of the Madeline book covers, cut picture frames out of card stock or construction paper, and hang them on the walls to mimic an art gallery. Use blue, yellow and red colors as those are the most-used colors in the Madeline books. Create and hang a birthday banner at the entrance to the party room. Set a vase filled with red and yellow tulips in the center of the table.

Food and Drinks

Your table of food should add to the room's decor. Place fruit tarts on pedestals and a tray of chicken salad-filled mini crescents in an old-fashioned suitcase. Fill paper cup containers with French fries and create a candy bar. Or make stuffed French toast and serve with a side of fresh fruit. Offer the kids freshly brewed tea poured from a traditional tea kettle. Set out a bowl containing cubes of sugar and a small pitcher of cream for the girls to use as they prepare their porcelain cups of tea. For those who dislike tea, offer lemonade, bottled water and milk. Make a layered cake with Madeline's face and the words "Happy Birthday" on it. Or shape the birthday cake to look like Madeline's hat, making sure to write the birthday message on the hat's bill.

Party Favors

Greet party-goers at the door with a passport which will take them from America straight to France. Stamp the passports before sending the kids back to their American homes. In addition to the passports, fill small suitcases or lunch boxes with body wash, lotion, lip gloss, toothbrush, toothpaste and a small plastic bag of candy. Attach a thank you note written by the birthday girl to the suitcase handle before giving the party favor to party-goers as they leave.

About the Author

Stacy D. Cooper received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University with an emphasis in writing and literature. She is fascinated with books, reads constantly and is the owner and publisher of a book review blog and website. She currently writes for online content providers while raising her two daughters.

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