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French Party, Paris Party Theme

 

Begin planning your French Party Theme / Parisian Party with the invitations.

 

Create your own Invitations or there are many to choose from to purchase: make out the names as "Mademoiselle or Madame" in the invitations. You can use the Eiffel Tower, a Sidewalk Cafe, a Wine Bottle, etc as your inspiration.

 
Springtime in Paris Decorations

 

A Springtime in Paris theme could be setup as an outdoor cafe, complete with bistro tables, fresh flowers, and wine glasses. Add small candles. Or go for the magic of the twinkling lights for your evening French themed party!  Cover the tables with beautiful gossamer, silver paper place settings and Eiffel Tower centerpieces (which also make great favors!).

If its in the budget and you want to do it right, rent bistro tables and wrought iron chairs and place them on your patio, deck or throughout the yard/garden area. 

Place a large French flag at the entrance to the party area, or have mini flags around the room, or even used as centerpieces. Another idea for the flag:  laminate them and use as placemats.

Use a single stemmed red rose in a vase or a full bouquet of spring flowers.

For a great centerpiece, check out the Eiffel Tower Centerpiece

If you will be hosting your party at dusk, add some candlelight with the Eiffel Tower Votives.

 

 
Parisian Themed Party Activities


Great eats and conversation.

A Caricature artist to draw your guests, set them up with easels to look more Parisian. Send the drawings home with them as great favors. 

For a teen Parisian Party, have a Paris Fashion Show.

Play some "French Trivia". Look up some interesting and unusual facts about France, French people, French cuisine, or art. Give a prize to the guest that knows the most ** I can provide you these facts free, just let me know!

Have your guests arrive in berets and scarves. Have a contest for the best dressed, or most authentically French!

Arrange to have someone from your local wine shop and give a short presentation on French wine. Afterwards, have a wine tasting of all French wines.

Have a French cooking lesson and teach guests how to prepare a traditional French delicacy. Crepes are a good idea, because they are quick and tasty. 

 



Parisian Party Favors

 

There are a large selection of personalized items and favors that would be especially appropriate for this Springtime in Paris theme. All of them can be engraved with the designs shown in the Invitations section. One of our favor favorites that can be used throughout the whole evening is a romantic wine goblet just perfect for pretending to sip wine in the park nearby the Eiffel Tower! What an elegant and classy item to give to your loved ones!

Another favor idea would be to bundle up a small package of flavored coffee along with a few chocolates. Red Gossamer is the perfect fabric to wrap these up in - then tie them off with a piece of white wired ribbon - simple but beautiful!!

The French are known for their rich foods and delectable pastries, so have fun with your food choices when hosting a party like this! You can easily serve only finger foods and desserts with this theme, but we have enclosed some main dish choices if your palettes are longing for a heartier fare!



MAIN DISH (some choices are renamed to sound genuinely French!)

French cuisine selections - most served with a white sauce
Loire Pork Loin
Boulevard Beef
Seine Salad
French Onion Soup
Croque Monsieur
Café Chicken
Quiche


Parisian Party FINGER FOODS AND PASTRIES

Croissants
Cheese trays
Eclairs
Roasted garlic and crackers
Pate'
French bread


Parisian Party DRINKS

Several options of coffee
Bottled water (especially those bottled in France)
Red and white wine choices


 
French Party Recipes

 

 

Tapenade on Olive-Oil Toasts
Ingredients

4  ounces oil-cured olives

4  ounces Gaeta olives

1/8  teaspoon dried thyme

Pinch dried rosemary

1  small clove garlic

1  tablespoon plus 1/4 cup olive oil, divided

1  loaf French bread, cut into 1/4-inch slices

Directions

1. Press olives with flat side of knife to loosen pit; remove and discard pit.

2. Process olives, garlic, thyme and rosemary in food processor pulsing until chopped. With motor on, pour 1 tablespoon of the oil through feed tube and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl.

3. Heat broiler. Brush bread slices lightly with remaining 1/4 cup oil on both sides. Broil on cookie sheet 6 inches from heat source, 1 to 1-1/2 minutes per side or until golden. Serve with tapenade. Makes about 5 dozen toasts.

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare olive mixture. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

 

Goat Cheese Tart Recipe
Ingredients:

 

For the Dough:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon salt
4 to 5 tablespoons water

For the Filling:
4 tablespoons blended oil (half olive oil and half vegetable oil)
3 to 4 Portobello mushrooms cleaned, trimmed and diced
3 pounds goat cheese
6 eggs, lightly beaten
One head roasted garlic, cloves removed and minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Mesclun Greens (optional)
Pickled beets (optional)
Spiced Walnuts (optional)

Directions:

Make the Dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, add the flour. On low speed, beat in the butter until it resembles a coarse meal. Add the salt and enough water to make the dough come together in a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

The Filling: In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil and mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until all of the liquid released from the mushrooms has evaporated. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Use a kitchen towel to squeeze out the excess moisture.

In a mixing bowl, combine the goat cheese, eggs, garlic, chives, thyme, cream, and mushrooms. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to soften slightly and gently shape the dough into a rectangle. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to an 11-inch by 15-inch rectangle and gently ease it into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking sheet. Turn the excess dough into the pan and gently press with your fingers to create the tart's edge. Pierce the bottom of the crust all over with the tines of a fork to prevent the dough from rising unevenly during baking. Line the tart shell with foil or parchment paper, and weigh it down with pastry weights or dried beans. Bake the pastry for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry just begins to turn tan and the rim is golden. Lift the foil or parchment paper and weights or beans from the tart and bake 5 to 7 minutes more, or until the crust is completely set. Place the crust on a rack to cool slightly. Do not turn the oven off.

Into the cooled crust, spread the goat cheese mixture out evenly. Bake the tart for 25 minutes, or until the cheese begins to turn golden.

Serve: Place a slice of tart on top of a bed of mesclun greens and garnish the plate with the pickled beets and spiced walnuts.
 


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