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How To Host An Elegant French-Themed Soiree This New Year’s Eve

Add some French flair to your New Year’s Eve and party with a sophisticated pop of luxury.

As we launch into a new roaring twenties, this NYE calls for something special.

Unquestionably the most hedonistic and glamorous decade of the last century, the 20s brings with it evocative images of flappers, jazz and champagne, making the start of 2020 the perfect excuse to theme up your evening and bring the French savoir-faire for entertaining to Australia.

Whether you’re hosting a summery outdoor picnic to catch the fireworks, enjoying a glamorous evening with friends or simply counting down to midnight with family, here’s how to ensure your NYE is dripping with French class, sophistication and a certain je ne sais quoi.

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Champagne

A bit of a no-brainer -- if you’re hosting a French NYE you’re going to need bubbles, and only the best will do. But we’re not just talking any champagne -- we want what the French are drinking.

G.H. Mumm is in one of the leading champagne houses in France, and its bold house style celebrates the finest pinot noir grapes in the region.

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It’s also one of the most popular champagne brands in Australia, used to cheers glamorous events such as the Melbourne Cup Carnival, après-ski parties on the slopes of Thredbo and even to toast events at the Sydney Opera House in 2020.

Ultimately, Mumm is the perfect champagne to host your NYE celebrations.

NYE tip: stock your fridge with the classic Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge Brut NV and make sure your flutes are chilling in the freezer.

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Take It Outside

There’s always an edge of luxury to dining al fresco. If you’re hosting a summery outdoor picnic to catch the fireworks, try a French theme with red-checkered picnic blankets, baguettes, cheese, and Mumm Champagne.

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Or if you’re hosting at home why not take your party to the backyard? String up the fairy lights, decorate a table with some simple linen, a few fresh flowers, stacks of candles, and artfully mismatched crockery and your guests will feel like they're dining in a romantic French café.

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Bread And Cheese

No French-themed party is complete without carbs and dairy. Ditch the water crackers or kale salad and embrace piles of freshly baked bread and cheeses. Baguettes are a staple in any French meal, or for something different, add a crusty olive sourdough into your shopping cart.

Now for the cheese. Avoid anything that will stink the house down if you’re trying to go for a glamorous evening and opt a mild, creamy cheese such as a Saint-Marcellin or Brillat-Savarin which pair perfectly with bubbles.

Head to a specialty shop -- or fromagerie -- where passionate owners can talk you through the tastiest options and help discover some truly mouth-watering selections for your cheeseboard.

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Music

Yes it’s NYE but this is no time for Swedish House Mafia tunes -- we’re doing 2020 with some much-needed French class, remember?

Log on to Spotify and queue a few French-themes playlists. We’d recommend starting with French Chill, and amping the vibes up with Florence Given’s French Bops as the soiree continues.

For those looking for a midnight kiss, you’ll be pleased to know that the French kiss under the mistletoe on NYE not Christmas, so string a few bunches of le gui up and loiter around them for the stroke of 12.