7 Steps to a Memorable Family Gathering in France
Whether you want to plan a quality evening for your partner and children or you’re in the midst of organising a huge family gathering - here’s how to plan a memorable get together in France:
Pick the right venue
Let’s start with the venue. The space you choose has the potential to make or break a party’s success, so think carefully. You want style, beauty, space, great outdoors space, and any equipment/tableware etc you’ll need to host a party for the number of guests you’ll be hosting.
Think about the sort of things your family guests relish. Would the perfect venue be a stone's throw from a major city (so you can pop in for a late night bar crawl) or are you much better suited to idyllic rural isolation so you can all unwind in peace and switch-off from the usual everyday hustle and bustle?
Plan a French feast
Food is always such a huge priority at any French Loaf gettogether, at home or in the Dordogne. And since the French love food so much, it’s not hard to plan a real French feast for your guests. The local markets are the place to head if you want fresh, seasonal produce and French delicacies. It’s such a treat to wander the streets and smell all the produce, to the melody of local French accents.
We recommend stocking up on plenty of freshly baked French sticks, you can never have too much when there’s children around.
Don’t forget the aperitif
If you want to entertain French style, the locals like to start their dinner parties and gatherings with appetisers before the main meal. They don’t need to be complicated, try cherry tomatoes and bread with pâté or tapenade (olive paste).
Keep the children happy
If the children are happy, the adults can relax. An outdoor space is a must for us if we’re planning a summer gathering. If they’ve got somewhere to run around, let off steam and get lost in a world of their own imagination then older party goers are likely to be able to enjoy a whole conversation! Garden games and ride-on toys go down well too. And if they’re old enough, a swimming pool can keep them happy for ours. Plus, family water fights and pool bombing competitions are always fun.
Take a walk
Once dinner is done with, take a walk altogether and take in the French countryside. Walk by the meadows of sunflowers and look out for bugs together. Encourage friendly competition to race among the greenery or have a family singalong as you enjoy being out in nature together.
Let the drinks flow
Make the most of delicious and affordable local wines and let the good times flow. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, drinks should be a central part of your gathering in France - allowing you to keep hydrated while sipping something delicious. Create a child-friendly mocktail with fresh fruit juices and lemonade or make a cooling jug of cucumber water.
Not sure where to start when it comes to local wines? If you’re staying with French Loaf we suggest booking a tour at Chateau Thenac to sample their wines and take your pick.
Finish with cheese beneath the sunset
The French are masters at staying out late. They often don’t start their evening meals until 8pm and they’ll still be happily chatting together hours after. Keep your family gathering out in the fresh air as long as the weather holds and finish with cheese, more French bread, and the sight of the setting sun.
Excited to get planning a family gathering in France. Take a look at our French holiday properties now to find the perfect venue.