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
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
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.
Themed Party Activities
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
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
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
French Onion Soup
Parisian Party FINGER FOODS AND PASTRIES
Roasted garlic and crackers
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
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
1. Press olives with flat side of knife to loosen pit; remove and
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
Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare olive mixture. Cover
and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Goat Cheese Tart Recipe
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)
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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