It takes more than a little (read: a lot) of red wine and a cheese plate to throw an authentic French fête. The art of the French Dinner Party is all about mastering a laid-back atmosphere and chic accessorizing, from the tablescape to your outfit. We spoke to the editors of about the items they always have on hand for the perfect soirée. And guess what? Even an American can make them look stylish.
In France, it's forbidden to drink wine in a water glass or champagne in a wine glass. So, it’s important to have several drinkware options on the table that are fitting for the drinks being served during the meal. And for the elegant touch, crystal glasses are a must!
$38.70, Set of 2 Ripple Champagne Glasses, Ferm Living
To dress the dining table, there’s nothing better than a beautiful linen tablecloth, a natural material that is undeniably timeless.
$136.39, Selena Washed Linen Tablecloth, Caravane
In France, if you invite people over, you take on the table decor and yourself. A pretty little dress is a must.
$496, Mid-Length Dress With Delicate Flounces, Maje
To bring sophistication to the table, marble is a dishware trend French editors love. For an aperitif, rather than a dish, use a marble cutting board to serve food.
$30.85, Green Marble Round Plate, House Doctor
Wine is non-negotiable when organizing an evening with friends. Therefore, having a stylish way to serve wine is key. Try a decanter made of blown glass, which will help let the wine breathe.
$126.97, Carafe Spirales, L'Atelier du Vin
Romanticism in France is not limited to dates! Candles are important for creating an intimate atmosphere, no matter who you're dining with. The light is softer and, therefore, more pleasant than direct lighting. Be cautious of scented candles, however, which can affect the taste of food and wine!
$25.99, Fitia Marble Tea Light Candleholder, La Redoute
Welcome your guests in style with evening makeup, perfume, and a fresh manicure — for French women, it's all in the details.
The French art of living requires high quality dishes, especially porcelain, faience or stoneware, one of the hottest trends of the year.
$43.89, Dinner Plate In Stoneware, Merci
Just like wine, a French meal can’t exist without bread. Instead of placing a baguette on the table, opt for a designer bread basket instead.
$43.90, Corbeille Wire Bowl, Made In Design