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celebrating black friday in paris

In a very short time, all across the U.S., family and friends will gather together to celebrate that most reverent American holiday- Black Friday. Since Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in France, that means that technically Black Friday doesn’t exist in France either. But if you happen to be in Paris over the Thanksgiving week-end, why not create your own tradition and celebrate Black Friday comme les parisiennes.

Start the evening by inviting your friends around for an all-black apéro: Try your hand at home-made foie gras and truffle “lollipops”, served with a refreshing black cocktail, like Eristoff’s Black Up. Or maybe something sweeter like black licorice macarons from Ladurée with cold flutes of sparkling Piper-Heidsieck Black Cancan by Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Next, slap on a fresh coat of YSL Pur Couture Noir and head on over to Dans Le Noir? for dinner. Sure, it’s been around for a while, with locations now open in London, Barcelona and New York, but what better way to spend Black Friday than at the original pitch-black dining experience?   Top the night off  at BC Black Calvados, the branché black and chrome nightclub that’s been a Paris standard since the 1950’s. Not exactly a Paris bargain, but I bet you’ll spend less there than you would’ve at Macy’s Black Friday Sale!

Dans le Noir?
51, rue de Quicampoix 75004

BC Black Calvados
40, rue Pierre 1er de Serbie 75008

change is good

French wedding style expert kim petyt

After nearly 10 years of planning weddings and events in Paris, I’ve decided to set aside my (fabulous!) wedding planning hat and take an extended hiatus from parisian events.

My idea to create an agency to service English-speakers in love with the romance and style of Paris was born out of necessity- In 2001, I planned my own wedding in France, long-distance from San Francisco and without being able to speak French. Since wedding planners didn’t really exist in France at the time, when my husband and I moved to France soon after, I decided to tap into my experience in corporate and social event planning and create parisian events. The idea was to help other romantic, Anglophone Paris-lovers like myself to create their dream celebration in the “City of Love”, and I’m extremely humbled to say that the idea took off like wildfire! Over the years I’ve had the opportunity and honor to work with some AMAZING vendors and some absolutely wonderful clients, many of whom have since become dear friends. I’d like to thank all of you for inviting me into your lives, and for helping me to make parisian events the success that it has become.

I’ve decided now to focus my energies more on sharing what I’ve learned over the years with others, on both the creative side and the business side. Writing my book, The Paris Wedding, has given me a great opportunity to share my expertise on French- and Parisian-style weddings with the American market.  I’ve been very lucky in that Paris is becoming one of the hottest European destination wedding locations for American couples. With this comes more American vendors looking to tap into this growing market. This past year, I’ve been lucky to have been asked to speak with entrepreneurs about the cultural aspects of the business, and am continuing to build on that with a roster of future speaking engagements and other information-sharing opportunities.

My heart still belongs to Paris and weddings, of course, so please continue to follow me on my book site, facebook, twitter, pinterest and my curated newsletter, J’ai Deux Amours” . I also continue to write for lifestyle blogs like “The Daily Basics” and my own Parisian Party, and am always open to speaking or writing opportunities about French wedding or social entertaining styles, the cross-cultural entrepreneurial experience, or the destination wedding industry in general.

Thank you again for your years of support.

kids goodie-bag ideas for a french-themed wedding or party

made-by-joel-paper-city-paris-4In my article on today’s lifestyle blog, The Daily Basics, I share some of my tips for fun, inexpensive souvenir ideas from Paris. That started me thinking about French-themed goodie-bag ideas tailored specifically for children.  After all, if you’re throwing a Parisian party, why should the grown-ups have all of the fun?

With a bit of time online, here’s all you need to keep les petites occupied during your Paris-themed celebration:

Mon Cahier de Coloriage: I Love Paris: Paris is there for the coloring, with its great monuments, its beautiful museums, its bustling streets, and its funny Parisians!  Available online through les parisettes, this book guarantees a full 10 minutes of calm and quiet. http://lesparisettes.com

Eiffel Tower Spinning Top: These mini  metal spinning tops are durable and quiet and are great options for some old skewl fun.  Available at Saprista in the 15th arrondissement and www.saprista.com

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Did you know that the Michelin Man has a name? It’s Bibendum. You can get some really cute Michelin Man swag for kids, like toy cars, watches and school sets at www.michelin-boutique.com. They also have pretty cool grown-up toys as well.

Another character that is pretty popular in France is named “Barbapapa” which, incidentally, is how you say cotton candy in French. Barbapapa is basically the French equivalent of “Shmoo” (which most people who read this blog have never even heard of. Sigh.) Anyway, there are tons of silly little Barbapapa toys available, one of which is this set of 3 wooden puzzles in a little box from Vilac. It’s small and compact and would fit nicely in a kids’ goodie bag.

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Shhhh…this next one’s a secret that I use on my own kiddies all the time: Carambar! These famous French candies are super-chewy caramels that clamp to your teeth and take about 5 minutes to get unstuck! A handful of these doozie’s just before the ceremony is exactly what the wedding planner orders to ensure a tranquil walk down the aisle.

Lastly, tie it all together in a sporty TinTin backpack from the Tintin Boutique.

Be sure to check out my post on The Daily Basics for other souvenir and goodie-bag ideas for both kids and adults!