Ideas for a Bastille Day-Themed Party
The Americans celebrate their independence on July 4. Ten days after that, it’s the French who celebrate their freedom from monarchial rule on what is known as the Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale, as the French call it.
The Bastille is actually a medieval fortress and prison in Paris and on that fateful day of July 14, 1789, an outraged group of Parisians stormed the Bastille. That event signified the end of the monarchy and France’s shift to the modern republic via the French Revolution.
In France, it is celebrated with a military parade on the Champs-Élysées and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. It’s a momentous occasion for the French, so they make sure to celebrate Bastille Day no matter where they live at present. Actually, whether you’re 100 percent French or have some drop of French flowing in your blood, or you want to show your support to a French friend, you can host a Bastille Day-inspired party.
Here are some ideas to get your started:
- Find the right supplies.
You can host a successful themed party with the right party supplies, and by right, we mean Bastille Day-inspired party supplies. Party Supplies Online has French Bastille Day decorations, so you might want to check out our items.
- Decorate with feelings.
French or not, there’s something about celebrating a national holiday. It brings out the patriot in a person. So if you’re going for the Bastille Day feels, make sure you have French fleur de lis hanging whirls suspended from your ceiling. It would also be a good idea to stick French scene cutouts or French street signs on your walls.
- Spread the table with love.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to channel Raymond Blanc. Whip up a delectable French meal and cap it off with tricolor French macaroons downed by café au lait. Seeing as it is not a formal party, you can use red, white, and blue disposable plates and cutleries for the food. Just make sure you have a decent supply of French Paris scene lunch napkins nearby. Moreover, make sure each table is properly decorated with French – Eiffel Tower centerpiece.
- Get into the groove.
You can do that by donning French-inspired costumes. As the host, you can dress up in a Marie Antoinette costume while your better half can dress up as King Louis XVI. Male guests can come in an instant Frenchman fancy dress while female guest can turn up in a French maid costume.
Keep these suggestions in mind as you plan your Bastille Day-themed party. Keep the delicious food, conversations, and laughter flowing and you’ll surely have an unforgettable party.