Parisian Dinner Party: Gift Etiquette + Kir Royales

Parisian Dinner Party: Gift Etiquette + Kir Royales

This recipe is part of a series about throwing a dinner party like a Parisian. Stay tuned all week to see how the entire soirée comes together. 

I hope you've all been enjoying the articles about throwing a Parisian dinner party! Some of you may be wondering; why on earth did Jane do this? Well, there are two reasons. 1. I love theme parties and 2. I wanted to thank my mom for being my mom. We spent Mother's Day this year with Brandon's mama, so that meant the Saturday before would be devoted to Queen Melanie (as my dad adorably calls her.) Have I told you about my mama? She's wonderful. Paris is her favorite city after New York. Ben&Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream is her flavor of choice (weird, I know.) She loves going to the theater, and enjoys sipping on ~sophisticated~ beverages, so what could fit the bill better than a Kir Royale? As a host, I love Kir Royales because of how freaking easy they are. All you do is pour Chambord into a flute, and top with bubbly. There's no planning, thinking, chilling, shaking, or crushing beforehand. It feels regal and tastes very unique, as black currant isn't a flavor we consume much in the U.S.                   *Some liquor stores don't carry Chambord, so order online or buy it a few days in advance. No one likes to be running around at the last second hunting down French liquer*

I know that it's traditional to celebrate Mother's day over brunch, but isn't it so much more special to do something unique to your mom? If the kitchen is her favorite room in the house, book a cooking class for the two of you. If she's an outdoorsy lady, plan a morning hike and lunch afterwards. When giving gifts, it's more important to focus on the recipient, rather than the societal expectation. I have a funny personal story to share with you about this topic..

The first year that Brandon I were dating, I was so nervous about what to get him for his birthday. His birthday was before mine, so it was the first big gift exchange we would share. I went over my head trying to think of something extraordinary. After endless deliberation, and futile online shopping, I bought him a private flying lesson. When I told my friends, they were envious of the "great idea." We talked about how creative, awesome, and exhilarating this gift was! I couldn't wait to tell him the big secret I had planned. I wanted him to tell me I was the #bestgirlfriendever.

And yet, when I gave him the card, his eyes slowly glazed over. He smiled, acted grateful, and forced some excitement. And then suddenly it hit me, like a cinder block over the head. I totally forgot that Brandon was afraid of small planes... WHOOPS. As you can guess, we traded the gift in shortly thereafter. 

The moral of the story is when celebrating someone, make sure you think about them. Brandon wanted a quiet birthday and would have been happier with simple dinner plans. Why did I try to find something that sounded cool but served no purpose to his personal interests? I learned my lesson and used this principle when planning a Mother's Day celebration this year.  Since my mom likes Paris + fancy dinner parties, that's what we did. Think about this when figuring out what to bring to your friend's house. For your sister's birthday. A gift for your boss. Don't just give something for the sake of giving it. Be thoughtful and sincere with what you're presenting, and make sure it's relevant. And remember, treat your all of the important people in your life like family. 

Kir Royale
1/4 oz chambord
champagne (I used Veuve Cliqcuot)

Pour Chambord into a champagne flute, or coupe. I used simple + affordable coupes (below). Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist, if you desire! Drink foolishly, or responsibly :) 

Have you ever given a terribly unfit gift? Felt awkward receiving a particular gift? What have you learned from that experience?

photos cannot be shared, downloaded or repurposed for any reason without written credit to Jane Poretsky + Be Like Family

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