Paris, France is known as the City of Lights and for being a place where romance shines through in its culture, food, wine, and spirit. Because of those romantic connotations, many people choose to base parties, bridal showers, or weddings around a Parisian or French theme. If you are the bridesmaid or other lucky lady (or gentleman) put in charge of hosting a bridal shower, a Parisian theme would be perfect for a couple planning a French honeymoon, or just a bride with a fancy for France. While there are several different color themes that can be used for a Parisian themed bridal shower, this article will give suggestions for a truly girly party using mainly bold black and white stripes and pink accents.
Set the mood for an evening (or afternoon) in Paris with invitations that feature images typically associated with France, such as the Eiffel Tower or poodles as shown on these invitations from Pink Frosting. Etsy seller PaperCandee offers these girly invitations that also look like passports in pink, black, and white.
Whether you’re having a sit-down style shower or plan on only having buffet and gift tables set up, drape the tables with black and white striped tablecloths such as these from Prestige Linens. If you can’t find black and white striped linens, go with a white tablecloth and black runner. Because not everyone has easy access to fine china, try elegant-looking but disposable plates. Party at Lewis carries heavyweight disposable square plates in a variety of sizes. Use a larger size white plate as a charger with a smaller black plate for the food. Pair these with a pink cloth napkin and silver or black utensils. Because you’ll be serving champagne, try these square plastic champagne glasses or wine glasses, which coordinate with the plates. Have the centerpieces made from romantic real or faux red, white, and pink roses in black and white vases. These Birdcage Tea Light/Place Card Holders in black would look lovely and also could double as a favor for attending guests.
France is well-known for its cuisine, and for your bridal shower you can plan an appetizer menu based on French favorites. In addition to having either champagne or wine along with your punch or other beverages, have cafe au lait available to go with the dessert. Serve gourmet cheeses and grapes with artisan bread, quiche, fondues, canapés, and baguettes. Epicurean and Easy French Food are two sties that have French inspired appetizer and dessert recipes.
Easy French Food
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