A Magical Night in Paris on New Year’s Eve - French inspired New Year's Eve Celebration

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Salut Mesdames et messieurs il est temps à souhait toi Bonne année! (Hi ladies and gentlemen it's time to wish you a Happy New Year!) Cette année, la fête comme vous êtes à Paris en France! (This year party like you are in Paris France!)

This year for New Year’s Eve throw a party people won’t be expecting. Take them away for the night with a magical start to the New Year in Paris France! You may be miles from being able to stand in front of the grandeur of the iconic Eiffel Tower but with the right touches and around the world décor. You can bring Paris France to anywhere you are having a New Year's Eve Party. The midnight hour of New Year’s Eve brings promises of luck and good fortune in the New Year. Deck your party out with drippings of gold to represent good fortune as well as dusky greys and brooding blacks to represent the midnight hour.

To start with, set the mood of the party with a hanging Insta- Mural.The Paris cityscape insta-mural is perfect for bringing Paris to your party space. Simply hang this along a wall and you have a fantastic photo opportunity as well as a great baseline for the theme of the celebration.

Next you are going to want to set your tabletops. Use a flat black tablecover to create the overall theme of the night sky throughout the party. The plastic rectangular table cover in black is the ideal solution for achieving this look. To cover the legs of these tables, use the plastic table skirting in black to match the tablecover. Down the center or your table, place the printed Eiffel tower table runner to break up the solid color of black and add some design. In each place seating, set the table with the Paris plates, beverage cups, and napkins. Having the table already set makes for an easy transition from guest arrival to serving dinner. Keep the dessert plates as well as the beverage napkins off to the side to serve dessert with later in the night.

Welcome guest to their seats with a tiny “thank you” favor for attending the party. Set each seating with the Eiffel Tower Favor Boxes filled with some sweet treats to munch on while guests wait for the party to start or tiny trinkets to take home at the end of the night.

Since this is Paris France we are trying to recreate, it would not be complete without the sweet aroma of French pastries wafting through the party space. For this themed party, it would be a fantastic touch to include a pastry station alongside the guest seating to easily access at the end of dinner and before the midnight countdown festivities begins.

To set this up, use the same jet black, tablecover that was used for the guests seating to cover your table. This time set the Sequined Table Runner down the center of the pastry table to give the setup a unique touch. Above this table hang the Glittered Paris Streamer. The sparkle in the table runner as well as in the streamer will easily complement each other making your pastries stand out.

French Crepe Recipe

Traditional Crepes

Unless you are an experienced baker, French pastries can be hard sometimes to conquer. Stick to traditional recipes but keep things simple. Try out the well known and loved Crepe with some fresh berries, a spread of chocolate filling, and a dusting of white powdered sugar!

What you’ll need:

1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 large eggs,
1 tbsp. of sugar
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 ½ cup of whole milk
1 tbsp. of butter

How to make:

Grab a large mixing bowl and whisk together your flour, salt, eggs, and sugar, while slowly adding in the milk. You then want to let your batter stand at room temperature until its gets a little bubbly on top. This takes about 15-20 minutes.

Turn the stove top on medium heat and melt butter in a small skillet. Make sure to swirl your pan to coat thoroughly with the butter. Next, take your batter and drop evenly onto the pan adding ¼ cup of batter at a time. You will want to swirl the batter the same way you did with the butter to coat evenly.

The crepes only take about 2 minutes to cook, and then should be flipped to cook 1 minute more on their other side. Continue to repeat these steps until you have enough to serve your party! This serving here makes about 4 crepes. Courtesy of: (Guyette, 2017) https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a52114/easy-basic-crepe-recipe/

Another item that is fairly easy to make are chocolate truffles. These tiny treats are easy to pop into your moth in one bite and keeps people on the move all night without missing a beat out on the dance floor. These are great for those who crave something sweet but want to keep the dessert portion light.

Chocolate French TrufflesChocolate Truffles

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract

How to make:

Start by melting your chocolate chips and milk in a microwave or a double boiler. Stir this mixture until smooth and add in the vanilla. Next you want to cover and refrigerate the mixture for about 2 hours or until its firm enough to roll.

Once chilled, the chocolate should be rolled into 1 inch balls and covered in coatings of your choice. This can be coco powder, chopped nuts, sprinkles, etc. This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen truffles. Courtesy of: ("Chocolate truffles," 2006) https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-truffles

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