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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!

the paris wedding book signing at the left bank jewelry in chicago

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Paris Weddings are coming to Chicago!
Next Thursday, August 8, from 6:00 - 8:30PM, The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery, will be hosting a book-signing and tête-à-tête avec MOI! Please pop by to say “bonjour”, pick up a copy of The Paris Wedding and soak in some Parisian-inspired wedding loveliness provided by The Left Bank and  St-Germain.
The Left Bank Jewelry is an adorable little boutique tucked away inside Chicago’s DePaul neighborhood that specializes in wedding accessories, luxurious handmade veils, jewelry and unique gifts. I’d only been back in Chicago for a few days, but after 5 minutes in the shop I was nearly homesick for my adoptive City.  Owner Susan Metropoulos has done a flawless job of recreating the look and feel of an intimate Parisian boutique. The unique, quality pieces in her shop are worked in amongst eye catching displays that are just so charming and so typiquement français-  like weathered wooden cabinets, glass chandeliers fresh from the boudoir, and textiles that make you want to reach out and touch them!  I couldn’t imagine a more perfect venue to host The Paris Wedding.
Please spread the word, mes amis, and à bientôt!
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The Paris Wedding Book Signing and Tête-à-Tête

August 8, 2013
The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
1155 West Webster Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois 60614
6:00 - 8:30PM

vintage jewelry in paris: au grenier de lucie in the paris flea market

Ivintage Paris wedding jewelrynspired by the recent 1920’s Great Gatsby style wedding trend, as well as all of the other Parisian Art Deco loveliness that seems to be circulating around, I felt compelled to pay a little visit to one of my favorite boutiques in les puces (the Saint Ouen Flea Market of Paris), Au Grenier de Lucie. Opened in 1987 by Franco-British couple Lucie Ellis and Alain Dufour, Au Grenier de Lucie in the Marché Aux Puces in Paris has been on the “must see” lists for vintage jewelry lovers from around the globe for nearly a quarter of a century. Since her retirement in 2005, Lucie’s son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Heidi Ellis, have continued her passion for vintage fashion, growing the business so much that in 2009 they moved into a larger space in the Puces, at the Marché Vernaison.

Au Grenier de Lucie offers a whole range of costume jewelry dating from the 1920s to the present. Their jewelry is sourced worldwide and includes pieces from French designers such as Chanel, Yves St. Laurent, Lanvin, Lacroix and American classics like Miriam Haskell and Joseff of Hollywood.  During Paris Fashion Week, their sweet little shop is bursting at the seams with fashion editors from Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar—all looking for that unique piece. They pride themselves on the fact that they can guarantee a special something for everyone, even a princess. They also carry a range of rare nineteenth-century crowns that they’ve collected from churches around France.

Heidi and Jason took me exploring through their precious treasure-trove, and spoke to me about what Parisian women are on the hunt for when looking for vintage bijoux fantasie (costume jewelry).

heidi ellis: The typical French client always knows what she’s looking for and what suits her best. She’s not driven by designer names but by her desire to “get it right.” Many Parisian women opt for the classic pearls and simple designs. As regard to French designers, they appear to be particularly drawn towards Christian Dior 1960’s pieces. However the younger Parisian girls love Balenciaga and Lanvin. The Parisian women also opt for Miriam Haskell 1940’s to 50’s pieces, as they do Bijoux Heart one-of-a-kind pieces. Chanel has long been a favorite for all women everywhere, of course, and her stunning pieces are always sought after. Other highly regarded designers include Yves St. Laurent and more recently Christian Lacroix. However, for some it is not about the designer but about which piece draws them in, lights up their faces and makes them feel special when wearing it.

parisian party: Paris is known for being the “center of the universe” when it comes to the Art Deco movement in design and style. What ways can vintage jewelry be incorporated into a French wedding look, in particular, if a couple wants to play up Paris during “les annees folles”?

heidi ellis: Many a bride has found her treasure in Au Grenier de Lucie. As jewelry is timeless, any of the pieces can be incorporated into a wedding look. Some girls love the pieces from the 30s and 40s, whereas others opt for contemporary designs that use vintage components. The key to success is finding that piece that adds the finishing touch. Some of the key jewelry designers from the Art Deco era were Chanel, Miriam Haskell and Elsa Schiaparelli. All three designers were committed to fashion and were rivals in their day. The 20s and 30s are so nostalgic and it is easy to understand why weddings depicting this era are so popular today. Finding pieces by these three designers from this era are rare. However, we do come across them from time to time, and they find their way into many ladies’ treasure-troves.

parisian party: Vintage designer jewelry pieces can often carry a pretty big price tag. You also sell certain lines in your shop that are new pieces made from repurposed, high-end costume jewelry. This can sometimes offer an alternative for brides on a budget. Can you tell me a bit about some of these newer designers, and what was it about them that attracted you to carry them in your shop alongside the classics?

heidi ellis: Bijoux Heart is a favorite of ours. They create the most beautiful, unique modern pieces made of vintage stones and modern crystals. Their designs and colors are exquisite, and the craftsmanship is truly remarkable, as Tracy Graham and her partner Robbie are so committed and passionate about their work. We’re delighted to be the only boutique in France offering their line of jewelry. We also like to encourage young Parisian designers such as Kormilitz, who uses vintage components in her designs as well. It was wonderful to see her excitement when we agreed to become her first point of sale in Paris. We feel it’s so important to support new, aspiring, young designers.  For us, it’s essential to house a range of designs to cater for all tastes. We have one rule: If it is beautiful, then we have a place for it in our boutique!

au grenier de lucie
Marché Vernaison, Allée 1 stand 25, 99, rue de rosiers, Saint-Ouen

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