Marie Antoinette Theme Party Ideas
A 16th birthday, a debutante party as they were known during the Victorian era, marks an important stage in a young lady’s life as she transitions from child to young adult. And what better way to celebrate this all important coming-of-age party than one inspired by France’s Marie Antoinette who must have organized the grandest balls in Versailles.
“C’est très magnifique!” is the best description for Regine’s sweet 16 – this is after all, a Marie Antoinette-inspired bash. It takes brilliant stylist, Gideon Hermosa and premier party planner, Party Doll Manila Events working together to give Regine a dream party that is very much like the sumptuous 17th century balls at the magnificent “Galerie des Glaces” at the Palace of Versailles. Let’s join Regine and look back at this wonderful memory in her young life with these awesome photos by Anthony Co Photography.
The entrance is enough to paint an image of the amazing celebration that lies ahead. It is made of a series of five arches luxuriously adorned with ostrich plumes.
The ceiling is a canopy of pink fabric and garlands that must have taken several thousands of pink blooms to create. Several chandeliers hang from the ceiling, just as they would have in Marie Antoinette’s ballroom. A cluster of white parasols is a uniquely beautiful addition to the ultra-chic design.
The stage is all about the stunning celebrant – projected on a huge LED screen are photos of Regine taken during her pre-event photoshoot at Las Casas in Quezon City. The photos could well have been taken in one of Marie Antoinette’s apartments in the Petite Trianon! Candelabras on gilded tables are arranged on opposite sides of the stage. Multitudinous pink and white blossoms completed the scene.
The VIP tables are every bit as glorious as Marie Antoinette’s infamous fete with candelabras, porcelain cups and teapots, and a luxuriant collection of purple balls of Allium with densely packed star-shaped flowers and Moth orchids, hydrangeas and roses.
Regine’s guests dine on tables charmingly decked with more candelabras and lovely arrangements of hydrangeas and roses.
Regine celebrates with a splendid towering cake covered in fondant that mimics the color of her gown. Each layer of cake is embellished with filigree patterns in white chocolate. Pretty pink peonies made from gum paste and a gilded frame with Regine’s monogram are the cake’s best features.
Every sweet treat in the dessert spread is a pretty work of art. There are sugar cookies and cupcakes beautifully decorated with pearls, lockets and the monogram R. Take a look at those gorgeous eclairs with pretty flowers and parfait garnished with a slice of kiwi, passion fruit and a cherry served in shot glasses.
The candle ceremony must be one of the most touching parts in the debutante party. Sixteen important people in Regine’s life light a candle and share a significant memory with her as well as the biggest hopes and dreams they have for her. Sixteen roses are presented by male family members and friends before they share a dance with the celebrant.
The program hosted by Dwayne Wooley is a big hit among the guests. The night’s biggest highlights are the special dance numbers by Regine herself! From the grand entrance to the upbeat dance number with her friends at the finale.
Guests gamely pose the night away in this lovely photowall that resembles a French café and patisserie with cakes, meringue towers, porcelain tea set and beautiful flowers for embellishments.
Simply stunning in her fabulous gown, Regine is glowing in confidence and looks almost as if she were saying to the world, “Bring it on!”.
Here’s Regine with event styling extraordinaire, Gideon Hermosa.
Vendors who made it all happen:
Party planning and coordination: Party Doll Manila Events // Styling: Gideon Hermosa // Lights and sound system: LX Events Pro // Photo and video: Anthony Co Photography // Cake: Cake by Mannix // Sweets: Sugarplum Pastries and Sweet Creations by Mums // Host: Dwayne Wooley // Gown: Patricia Santos // Venue and catering: Manila Polo Club