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Paris Party Ideas



 

Eiffel Tower
Paris eiffel tower
Yearning for Paris? If you can’t go Paris, Paris must come to you. After all, it’s the city of romance, culture, art and food, all elements for the perfect party. It’s a very flexible party theme, and you can use it from baby showers to bachelorette parties. Here are some tips for you to host an authentic Parisian party.

Invitation vers Paris : Get Your Tickets!

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Paris invitation card
If there’s one symbol that people often associate with, it’s the Eiffel Tower. Print out beautiful pictures of that landmark You can also make it more stylish by shaping the invitation like the tower itself.

You can also make your invitations look like one-way airplane tickets to one of the most glamorous cities in the world.

Another invitation design idea is to shape like a classic French beret in red and white stripes. Don’t forget to remind your guest to come in their most fabulous, chic-est clothes, or at least their berets, scarves and tight, wide-striped shirts.

Décorations de Partie : Decorating Parisian

The city of Paris is a very diverse one and you can have myriad options to choose from for decorating your party. Use the ambiance of famous Moulin Rouge, the Louvre, the lobby of the famous Hilton Arc de Triomphe, or a typical French cafe. A mishmash of all these is also a good idea, although that can be too much of a hassle, so just stick to one unified theme.

You can’t clear up your party space of the not-so-Parisian home appliances or furniture, so just cover them with dark velvety cloth. Set up iron-wrought chairs and tables, the kinds you see in Parisian cafes. If you can’t find iron-wrought chairs and tables, you can use red bistro tablecloths. Put little lamps or small vases with roses as centerpieces.

replica Edgar Degas
Replica Edgar Degas
You can also put up replicas of paintings and works of famous French artists like Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Francis Picabia and Yves Tanguy. They can also make very good conversation pieces. Put up the French flag or even cardboard cutouts of the Eiffel Tower for a real Parisian feel.

Play French music from classics like songs from Edith Piaf and Gilbert Bicaud to more modern ones sung by Alizee or Vanessa Paradis.

You can also opt to give the party a more romantic feel by setting up sepia lights or using yellow lightbulbs instead of just white light. Keep the lights low or employ some candlelight to make things really romantic. Another alternative to romantic lighting is stringing up Christmas lights to make the surroundings look like a starry night.

Ordinary paper plates and plastic utensils would stick out like a sore thumb in a Paris party, so find French-themed plates, utensils and drinking glasses or cups.

Mangez à Paris: Real Paris Treats

Paris is one of the best places to go to for a real gastronomic experience, so make sure to have that right at your own party! Here are some délicieux Paris food and drink recommendations:

  • French Onion Soup. A soup with clear broth and a strong flavor of onion, this is the perfect starter to any French-themed party. Coupled with slices of French bread and you’ll instantly be transported to heaven with the first bite.
  • Souffle. This dish has very simple ingredients, but remember, souffles can be very tricky to do. There are a variety of souffle recipes you can try, like cheese and spinach.
  • Quiche. A French food made from eggs and milk. Other ingredients such as vegetables, cheese or meat are added to the mixture before getting baked.
  • Pork Roast with Rosemary. Seasoned with salt and pepper, rubbed with olive oil and roasted with seasonings, this is definitely one French-inspired dish that you wouldn’t want to miss out.
  • Pork Fillet Mignon with Onions. If you have a feeling that your guests are a bit on the unadventurous side, you may want to try this recipe. A pork dish with a thick brown onion sauce and a potato side dish, it’s a safe serving, but a sure hit.

  • Souffle
    Souffle
    french onion soup
    French onion soup
    quiche
    Quiche

  • Chicken Fillet with Roquefort Sauce. Cut a chicken breast into small strips, fry in olive oil in medium-high temperature. Take the chicken out, put the Roquefort cheese in, soften and mix with sour cream. Put the chicken back in and mix with the cheese. Serve with sautéed potatoes and green beans. It’s a traditional French food item that’s very easy to make.
  • Sea Fricassee on Shredded Vegetables. Made from scallops, salmon fillet and dovesole fillet, these ingredients are quickly fried in butter and served with cream in a nest of vegetables
  • crepe
    Yummy crepe
    Crepe. Another pastry that can be eaten with sweet fruits, vegetables or meat. You can make a version of this by using pancake mix, but the French would probably be scandalized.
  • Croissants. Another trademark French menu item. Croissants can also be very tricky to eat, but luckily, many restaurants carry their own interpretations of this classic.
  • Cheese Trays. The French love their cheese along with their wine. Assemble a great cheese platter for your guests that will surely impress them. Include Camembert cheese, Brie, Goat’s Milk Cheese, Roquefort (made from ewe’s milk), and Fromage frais.
  • Roasted Garlic and Crackers. Eating whole cloves of roasted garlic may seem like a challenge, but if you roast the garlic properly, they may be easier to digest than you think.

  • creme brulee
    Creme brulee
    brioche
    Tasty brioche
    fondue
    Fondue

  • Brioche. A soft and tasty French pastry that comes in small rolls. It blends well with butter, jam and coffee.
  • Chocolate. Have an array of various chocolates to appease even the most avid of chocolate lovers. (If you want to create homemade, read how to make homemade chocolate)
  • Fondue. Here’s a fun fact: Fondue actually comes from the French verb fondre, which means “to melt”. Have your favorite chocolate or cheese fondue for you and your friends to enjoy. (Learn how to make cheese fondue)
  • Crème Brulee. Here’s another French treat that you wouldn’t want to miss: The crème brulee. It literally means “burnt cream” and is a dessert consisting of a custard with a hard caramel shell. It’s a very impressive serving at any restaurant and is sure to impress your guests.
  • red wine
    Red wine
    Drinks. Have different blends of coffee, ranging from the mild to the darkest ones. The French also love their liquor, so make sure that you have white and red wine.

Show Your Joie de Vivre: French Party Games and Activities

Paris is all about style and culture, but it can be lots of fun too! Have a great time with your friends at your Paris party with these French-themed games.

  • French Trivia. Find out the biggest French culture geek in your lot by assembling questions regarding Paris and its motherland. The one with the most correct guesses wins.
  • It’s a Mime! Hire a French mime to entertain your guests with his antics.
  • Best Dressed. The one who is the most chic wins a prize. Rate for stylishness, class and audience impact.
  • Easy French Food. Have a mini cooking session with all of your friends by showing them how to cook easy French food! Not only will they have fun, but they’ll also learn something new as well.
  • Paint Like the Masters. A lot of the most famous artists we know today are French. Find out who’s the Monet among you by holding an on-the spot painting contest. You can choose winners based on the zaniest or the most coherent paintings among the lot.

  • painting
    Painting
    blind wine tasting
    Blind wine tasting
    caricature
    Caricature couple

  • Caricature Drawings. Hire an artist to sketch wonderful caricature drawings of you and your friends. It also makes as a great souvenir for them to take home after the party.
  • Blind Wine Tasting. You don’t have to be an expert on wine. All you need to have is at least three different bottles of wine and ask your guests to guess which wine came from which bottle. The one who guesses all wines correctly wins.
  • French Movies. Have a mini movie viewing of your own by showing classic French movies.
  • Translate the French Sentence. All of you have probably taken even the most basic French classes, so put your learnings to a test by grouping your guests into teams and having them translate the most number of French sentences correctly. The team who translates the most sentences the most correctly, wins.
  • Have a Quick French Tutorial. If you and your friends are not exactly familiar with the language, have a French tutor over. It can be a friend who is well-versed in the language. Let him teach a few basic French sentences that will be very useful when a real Paris trip comes at hand.

Watch this basic french tutorial

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Find Paris right here in your hometown and throw a party with flair and style. Not everyone can boast that they brought all their friends to the city of lights all in one night and now, you can. Don’t forget to give your guests small gift favor bags with a tiny array of colorful French patisseries. Enjoy your Paris party. Ayez l’amusement !

 



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