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how to host a garden party like the french

how to host a garden party like the french

Hosting a garden party, à la Française, brings to mind images of sophistication, charm, and joie de vivre. From exquisite cuisine to picturesque settings, French garden parties epitomize the art of refined entertaining. Here is our guide to help you infuse your next garden party with a touch of French flair.

how to host a garden party like the french

To begin, set the scene with quintessential French elements. If you have, use wicker furniture with comfortable floral cushions, white linens, and delicate porcelain tableware. Utilize lush greenery and vibrant blooms to make it feel like you are in the Proveçal countryside.

how to host a garden party like the french

Next, curate a menu inspired by French culinary traditions. Offer a selection of artisanal cheeses paired with warm baguettes, charcuterie boards featuring savory pâtés and cured meats, or delicate canapés such as a pissaladière or miniature quiches. For a sweet finish, indulge guests with decadent pastries like macarons, éclairs, or fruit tarts.

how to host a garden party like the french

When it comes to beverages, channel the spirit of Parisian cafes with a selection of wines, champagne, and refreshing cocktails. Serve classic French cocktails like a French 75 or the ever-so-popular, Kir Royale (made with crème de cassis and champagne).

how to host a garden party like the french

Entertainment is key to ensuring your garden party is a hit. Consider putting together a jazzy playlist to serenade guests as they mingle and savor delicious bites. Alternatively, organize lawn games like pétanque or croquet for a touch of playful competition.

To capture the essence of French hospitality, pay attention to the small details. Consider adorning bathrooms with petite floral arrangements, infusing every corner with a delicate scent and beauty. Opt for individual hand towels, each gently folded and placed with care, offering guests a touch of luxury. These seemingly minor touches contribute to the overall ambiance of refinement and thoughtfulness, ensuring that every aspect of the gathering reflects the art of French hospitality.

how to host a garden party like the french

By incorporating these elements into your garden party, you can effortlessly create the charm of a French fête. So, embrace the art of French entertaining and elevate your outdoor gathering into an unforgettable soirée.


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Written by Sarah Nusz

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