Hoping to throw a party dedicated to the city of love but need some chic Parisian theme party ideas to pull it off? At Peerspace, we get it! As the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals, we know that throwing an amazing theme party comes down to two things: immersive party ideas and a gorgeous party location. Luckily, we’re here to help you with both of these things!
Paris is the city of love and romance. It’s a haven for lovers of art, fashion, history, and European culture, not to mention one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you cannot hop on a jet and travel to France yourself, don’t fret. No matter where you live or what you’re celebrating, you can bring the best of Paris home for your next big fete with a little creativity. Here are some formidable Parisian theme party ideas perfect for lovers of all things French!
1. Book a romantic Peerspace venue
Before you can start planning your ultimate Parisian party, you need to find a stylish venue for your soiree. Peerspace has beautiful event venues in cities all across the globe, all available to rent from local hosts by the hour. We offer you access to some of the most tres chic Parisian-inspired spaces anywhere, all of which will bring your party to life.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Chateau Marminty in Atlanta, GA (pictured above) with space for 30 guests, a chef’s kitchen, a stunning outdoor terrace, and a pool as an optional add-on
- This European house in Los Angeles with space for 30 guests, an opulent baroque and rococo ambiance, a kitchen, and an outdoor space with a pool and a cabana
- This fully-furnished Parisian-inspired space in Portland, OR with space for 30 guests, a kitchenette, A/V equipment, a grass wall, and several beautiful seating areas
- This ultimate-styled Paris apartment in Chicago, IL with space for 30 guests, a lounge with a baby grand piano, a chef’s kitchen, French dinnerware, and outdoor space
- The Kingsley House — a historic French chateau in Los Angeles with space for 30 guests, an ornate entry hall with a spiral staircase, a marble fireplace, and a tree-lined backyard
You get the idea! You can easily find gorgeous Parisian-inspired event venues in cities across the country. And since Peerspace has expanded globally, you can even book event spaces in Paris, France itself! Just browse the listings in your area until you find a venue with that certain Je ne sais quoi.
2. Whip up French cuisine at a cooking party
If there’s one thing the French are known for, it’s their love of food. French cuisine is some of the most delicious on the planet. If you’ve always wanted to be a chef at a Parisian restaurant, then now’s your chance!
Gather all your friends together and whip up some rich French cuisine. Follow a French cooking tutorial on Youtube, or go old-school and whip up a classic recipe by Julia Child. Once you’ve mastered the art of French cooking, you can put your skills to the test at our next Parisian party idea.
3. Feast at a multi-course French dinner party
Nothing says sophisticated like a formal dinner party. If you’re an aspiring gourmand looking to put your skills to the test, you won’t get a better chance to impress your guests. Formal French meals consist of seven lavish courses, but you can always dial back the menu if you want a more casual affair.
Not feeling up to cooking? Pas de problem! Book a Peerspace venue and ask the local host to put you in touch with a French caterer in the area.
Want to pretend you’re eating in Paris’s very own Bois De Boulogne? Then check out our elegant picnic brunch ideas, too!
4. Sample French wines and spirits at a tasting party
If there’s one thing Parisians love more than food, it’s wine. Hundreds of bottles of French wine are exported all over the globe every year, like Bordeaux, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, just to name a few. Grab some of those bottles for yourself and host a wine-tasting party with your friends! Make it even more special by renting a winery near you through Peerspace.
To make it a game, try holding blind tastings and ask your guests to identify each label correctly. Don’t forget the cheese either, like brie camembert and creamy, nutty gruyere. Our mouths are watering just thinking about this Parisian party idea!
5. Style the perfect ensemble at a fashion party
Paris is one of the world’s biggest purveyors of Haute Couture or high fashion. If you and your friends have always dreamed of styling outfits fit for the runway, then why not put your eyes for style to the test?
Gather up a selection of old clothes from thrift stores or secondhand boutiques. Then, have your guests give them new life by styling an ensemble from their favorite pieces. To make it a competition, try handing out a gift card to an online French boutique!
6. Host your very own French film festival
Paris is the birthplace of French cinema, and some of the most evocative, artistic films in the world come out of Paris. If you’re a film buff, then why not host a private French Film festival for your friends?
You have tons of amazing selections to choose from, from classic silent films like A Trip to The Moon to modern favorites like Amélie. Even American movies that take place in France, like Gene Kelly’s An American in Paris, can be fun! To round out the experience, why not host in a chic Peerspace theater?
7. Celebrate Bastille Day at a revolutionary fete
The 14th of July, or Bastille Day as it’s known in the English-speaking world, is one of the most important holidays in France. Think of it as the French 4th of July, since it marks the beginning of the French Revolution.
Parisians celebrate this day with parades, parties, and cookouts across the city of Paris. You can replicate the fun Stateside when you throw your own Bastille Day bash for your friends. For decorations, you can even reuse some of your 4th of July decorations, since red, white, and blue are the colors of France too!
8. Host a Pétanque tournament
Pétanque is a French sport that’s similar to bocce ball or bowling. It’s a favorite game of Parisians young and old, and you can find pétanque courts at public parks all across the city. The goal is to toss a small metal ball, or boule, as close as possible to the target while blocking opposing players from scoring points.
You can play it singles, doubles, or triples, and it’s normally played on a dirt or gravel court. Do you and your friends have what it takes to master this Parisian pastime? Give it a try and see for yourselves!
9. Let them eat cake at a Rococo-inspired ball
Looking for Parisian party ideas that evoke old Paris? Like, really old? Try heading back to the days of Marie Antoinette and treating your friends to a lavish ball. Dress up in a vintage ballgown and pretend that you’re French nobility, then waltz the night away like a debutante at her first ball. For added fun, try making it a masquerade ball and ask your guests to come with artistic French-inspired masks.
Want to be more niche as you plan your Parisian party? Then check out these unique Eiffel Tower-themed party ideas next!
10. Admire French artworks remotely at a digital museum gallery
Want to explore one of the most famous museums in the world without leaving your hometown? The Louvre Museum in Paris now offers virtual tours that allow you to experience the best of the museum from your laptop screen. View classical pieces by artists like Delacroix and Rembrandt in an immersive 360-degree experience. You and your friends will feel like you’re really there, so it’s the perfect Parisian party idea to bring some culture to your fete!
11. Bring the cabaret home with a Moulin Rouge soiree
The Moulin Rouge in Paris is one of the most famous cabarets globally, and the colorful 2001 film by the same name is a spectacle all its own. So why not evoke the moodiness of a French cabaret with some sultry decorations, and ask your guests to come in their most colorful partywear? Dance with your closest amis to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, or put on some classic French tracks. You can even take the stage yourself and put on a performance that’ll wow your friends.
Don’t forget to also book the perfect Peerspace venue for instant Paris vibes.
Parisian theme party ideas: conclusion
We hope this list of ideas is leaving you saying, “oui!” to all things Parisian theme party! Start by booking an on-theme Peerspace near you and then use these suggestions as your guide. Before you know it, you and your guests will be having the time of your lives. And who knows, it may just become an annual tradition!