11 Secrets the French Know About Holiday Entertaining (That You Don't)

Gabrielle Savoie

The way the French entertain for the holidays is very much like the way they dress: effortless, elegant, and always of good taste. Just like they can throw together the perfect timeless outfit in two and a half minutes, they can throw a smashing dinner party without barely lifting a finger.

There's no denying that the French have a flair for all things food and entertaining—so it would only make sense to turn to them for holiday dinner party ideas. While we're guzzling on eggnog and stuffing ourselves with turkey, our counterparts from across the pond are toasting with champagne and noshing on oysters and caviar. Sound inviting?

It may be time to add a little French flair to your own holiday parties. To enlighten us on the art of French Christmas dinner parties, we tapped Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte, founders of the pottery brand Astier de Villatte and authors of Ma Vie à Paris, a practical guide on embodying Parisian taste. Bring a certain je ne sais quoi to your holidays this year. Santé!

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