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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: coming spring 2013

As you, the faithful readers of this blog, know- I’ve been pretty lax in updating posts for the past few months. But I do have a very good reason for my absence… So, I’ve been planning weddings in Paris for over 7 years now, and sharing my adventures through this blog for over five- and now I’m bringing the Paris wedding love to the masses! I’ve written a book called The Paris Wedding, published by Gibbs-Smith, and it will be hitting the shelves in Spring, 2013.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project. The book is basically an insider’s peek into my “little black book” of wedding and party planning in Paris. I’ve included the “ugly” (like the nuts and bolts on navigating the legal red-tape of marrying in France as a foreigner) as well as the “pretty” (personal shopping tours to the best boutiques for wedding dresses, wedding cakes, gifts, favors, and even your honeymoon trousseau) and all of the stops in-between.

I’ve been very lucky in that Paris is quickly becoming one of the hottest European destination wedding locations for stylish couples looking for a unique experience.  But in today’s economy, a Parisian celebration is still out of reach for LOTS of couples. So, while this book is a sweet, handy, go-to guide for those planning a wedding or celebration IN Paris - it’s also an awesome look-book of ideas for brides wanting to bring that certain Frenchie  je ne sais quoi to their local celebrations.  With gorgeous photos of timeless scenery and stylish Real Parisian weddings, The Paris Wedding is filled with ideas and inspiration- each chapter overflowing with gorgeous photography and details to incorporate into any Parisian or Parisian-inspired wedding or event.

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The book is available now for pre-order on Amazon.com and other online booksellers, and will be on bookshelves in the Spring. And while I have your ears, I want to offer a GINORMOUS thank you to all of the vendors, clients, family and friends who helped to make this dream possible. Next stop? Oprah, of course!

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The very last drop of  Indian Summer that we had here in Paris this year happened the last Friday of Fashion Week. I remember because this was the same night of the “A Very British Affair” wedding event,  which highlighted the best in British bridal to be found on either side of the pond. Tucked away inside the most deliciously discrete voie privée in St-Germain- des-Près,  the private townhouse where this event was held was the perfect venue to host this intimate gathering of some of the UK’s bridal éliteStephanie Allin, Nicki MacFarlane, Hermione Harbutt, Ruth Shaw from Harriet Wilde Shoes and representatives of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes Ltd from the U.S. sipped cocktails on the terrace, while ballroom dancers (led by American in Paris danseur en résidence , Marc Reed) and live jazz musicians swept us away on a cloud of utter Parisian fantasy. I was able to sit down and chat with most of them after the event and will share our conversations in upcoming posts, but in the meantime, here are a few images from that magical evening:stephanie-allin-in-parisbritish-wedding-show-in-paristop to bottom, left to right: sorbet-colored flower girl dresses, nicki macfarlane. noir headdress (black swarovski crystals and onyx): hermione harbutt. gown detail: stephanie allin, swarovski crystal heart booties: hariett wilde. bridesmaid and flower girl collections, nicki macfarlane. parisian townhouse at night, lit up from the inside. laser cut invitations: cutture. paris dance instructor: marc reed,