If you’re looking to add a touch of Parisian elegance and style to your Christmas celebrations this year, we have some inspiring ideas and tips for you. From table settings to decorations and embracing the finer things in life, let us guide you in creating a memorable Parisian Christmas party.
Get ready to infuse your festivities with French flair and make your Christmas magnifique!
Parisian Christmas Styling: Setting the Table
In true Parisian fashion, embrace the charm of mismatched crockery for your table settings. Mix and match different plates and napkins to create an individual and rustic feel that exudes a homely touch.
This simple approach adds character and a sense of warmth to your table.
Parisian Christmas Styling: Bread and Wine
Channel the French passion for wine and bread by ensuring everyone’s wine glass remains full and there’s always bread on the table. For a Parisian touch, consider placing St Pierre Brioche Baguettes at each end of the table, inviting guests to share and indulge in this delightful delicacy.
And don’t forget, the french state of mind is all about sharing, spending a quality time with loved ones and indulge in good food!
Décor: Setting the Mood
Create an enchanting ambiance with the flickering glow of candles. Repurpose old wine bottles as chandeliers, light tealights in clean marmalade jars, or mix and match candle holders for an eclectic yet chic feel. Elevate your table’s sophistication by incorporating decorative elements like a napkin and cutlery holder, and make it extra personal and elegant with some handwritten place cards and menus. Download and print our specially created designs to enhance the festive atmosphere.
Ambience: Sounds of Paris
Immerse your guests in the Parisian spirit by playing classic French music in the background. The timeless melodies of Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg will transport everyone to the heart of Paris. And what better way to kick off your Parisian soirée than with a toast of champagne? Raise your glasses and say “Santé” to a delightful evening of Parisian-inspired festivities.
Parisian Christmas Ideas: Decorations
To infuse your Christmas decorations with French chic, keep the color scheme classic with reds, golds, and greens. Incorporate luxurious textures such as velvet ribbons, glass baubles, and handcrafted ornaments that evoke a sense of elegance. Whether you choose to make your own decorations or purchase them online, aim for timeless beauty and sophistication.
Illuminate your home like a glittering Eiffel Tower by adorning your tree, windows, and doors with plenty of fairy lights. The soft glow will create a magical atmosphere and add a touch of enchantment to your Parisian-inspired Christmas celebrations.
Parisian Christmas Ideas: Indulging in the Finer Things
Embrace the French tradition of savouring the finer things in life during the festive season. Champagne and chocolate are essential elements of a Parisian Christmas. Treat your guests to generous pours of Champagne throughout the celebrations. Serve it in saucers, also known as “coupes,” rumored to have been shaped after Marie-Antoinette’s breast, adding a touch of historical intrigue and elegance.
Don’t forget to include little pralines and chocolates, adding sweetness and decadence to your soirée. These delightful treats will evoke the indulgent spirit of a Parisian Christmas and leave your guests feeling truly pampered.
Dressing the Part: A Black-Tie Affair
In Paris, Christmas is a black-tie affair. Embrace this tradition by encouraging your guests to dress in their finest and sparkliest outfits for the “réveillon” meal on Christmas Eve. Opt for velvet, sequins, and satin in jewel tones to capture the essence of Parisian glamour. By dressing up in your favorite dress or suit, you’ll bring a little touch of Paris magic to your Christmas celebrations.
Questions & Answers About Parisian Christmas Ideas
Where can I find authentic Parisian decorations for my Christmas party?
Look for specialty stores that offer French-inspired décor or explore online marketplaces that curate Parisian-themed Christmas decorations. You can also consider creating your own handmade ornaments using traditional French elements like ribbons, lace, and delicate trinkets.
Are there any specific French Christmas desserts I should include?
Absolutely! Traditional French Christmas desserts include bûche de Noël (Yule log cake) and macarons. These delectable treats will add an authentic touch to your Parisian-inspired Christmas party. Additionnaly, you can look at our Christmas dessert recipe page for easy and mouth-watering French inspired recipes using our magnifique product range.
Can you recommend some French Christmas songs for the background music?
Certainly! Alongside Edith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg, you can add songs like “Petit Papa Noël” by Tino Rossi, “Mon Beau Sapin” by Nathalie Dessay, and “Vive le vent” by Dalida to your playlist. These classics will enhance the Parisian ambiance of your Christmas gathering.
How can I incorporate French-themed activities into my Parisian Christmas party?
Consider adding a fun activity like a wine tasting session featuring French wines or organizing a game of pétanque (a traditional French ball game) in your backyard or a nearby park, weather permitting. You can also set up a French-themed photo booth with props like berets, Eiffel Tower cutouts, and mustaches for guests to enjoy and capture memorable moments.
Are there any traditional French Christmas greetings I can use?
Yes! You can greet your guests with “Joyeux Noël” (Merry Christmas) or “Bonnes Fêtes” (Happy Holidays) in true French fashion. These greetings will add an extra touch of authenticity and warmth to your Parisian Christmas party.
Can you provide some tips for hosting a Parisian-inspired Christmas party on a budget?
Certainly! To host a budget-friendly Parisian Christmas party, focus on simple yet elegant DIY decorations like paper snowflakes, homemade garlands, and handwritten place cards. Opt for affordable sparkling wines or prosecco as an alternative to champagne. Additionally, explore local thrift shops or flea markets for vintage tableware and décor items that can add a touch of Parisian charm without breaking the bank.
Thanks for reading our Parisian Christmas Ideas for 2023. Make sure you tag @StPierreEurope in your creations on Instagram and Facebook. And for more ideas, take a look at our seasonal recipes or why not head directly to our dedicated Christmas page.