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The World of Château Bouffémont: Thanksgiving Day at Château Bouffémont

 

Autumn is ending and long nights are drawing into winter; the trees in the Montmorency forest are almost bare and all is peaceful along the leaf-lined forest paths. We’re entering a time of quietude and reflection, the necessary dormancy for nature to regenerate in time for spring – but within the cosy rooms of Château Bouffémont, the glittering festivities are just beginning.

 

 

Thanksgiving is here, a celebratory and joyful day of bonding with loved ones, on which we enjoy plentiful food symbolising a good harvest and a warm table. From North America to Japan, Germany to the Netherlands, days of thanks are celebrated in many different countries – each formed with their roots in the celebration of a good harvest. But what they all share is a focus on loved ones coming together to bond over thoughtfully prepared meals: on this day, they share gratitude for each another and the food they’re enjoying together. And what better setting for joyful celebration than our royal château near Paris?

 

 

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THE WORLD OF CHÂTEAU BOUFFÉMONT: FIAC, International Fair of Contemporary Art

Our digital newsletter keeps you up to date with everything happening at Château Bouffémont – this week we delve into FIAC, International Fair of Contemporary Art.

 

 

A land of rolling pastoral hills and picturesque rivers, the Val-d’Oise region invites gentle reflections on nature and the self. Camille Pissarro’s paintings of ‘the essential nature of things’; Claude Monet’s Impressionist works formed in field-fresh air; Vincent Van Gogh’s Post-Impressionist dream fragments: imaginations have wandered through these green valleys and discovered in themselves unheard-of ideas.

 

This week we see FIAC, International Fair of Contemporary Art, launch in the heart of Paris. It offers a continuation of artistic imaginings and creativity, with a selection of almost 200 galleries – from Amsterdam to Zurich, New York to Tehran – given spaces in the city to exhibit works. Installations come from the modern masters of the early 21st century through to those pushing the boundaries of contemporary artistic thought. And with our French château near Paris, conveniently situated just 30km from the centre of the city, your stay affords the perfect time to visit this renowned art fair.

 

 

Among the grandeur of iconic Parisian settings, from the Grand Palais as a bastion of Art Nouveau to the Musée du Louvre, FIAC throws open the doors of the contemporary art world. Observe and explore vibrant aesthetics, immersive performances, cinematics and movements that crackle with potential. You can even experience a revival of Henri Matisse in joyful and unexpected forms, thanks to collaborations with Maison Matisse and artists given the opportunity to celebrate him through their own expressions.

 

Switch seamlessly from a royal château in France to regal glories, designed to showcase Parisian splendour to the world. The decorative intricacies of the Grand and Petit Palais, and the verdant Jardin des Tuileries, are works of art in themselves. They make an ideal backdrop to this international art event and host the majority of FIAC installations.

 

As you enter the Grand Palais, a billboard by Emekah Ogboh sets the tone for visitors with a thought-provoking message. Once beneath the glass-domed roof – a feat of Art Nouveau architecture, with its masterful ironwork – you can wander the many booths, which incorporate a large sculptural work by Yayoi Kusama in the Victoria Miro booth through to landmark pieces from the Hauser & Wirth collection. You can also meet artists, attend book signings on the Balcon d’honneur and more.

 

 

While you have to have a ticket to see the Grand Palais installations and events, the FIAC Programs also include a cultural performance program (Parades for FIAC), conferences (Conversation Room) and film screenings (Cinéphémère), that are free and open access – many hosted within the Petit Palais. Make your way past the imposing yet alluring golden gates into the marbled atrium, and explore the setting of this sister to the Grand Palais. The inner garden provides a thoughtful and picturesque setting in which to contemplate, discuss, or simply sit quietly for a moment. Close by, Jeff Koons’ ‘Bouquet of Tulips’ offers a tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks in the Champs-Élysées gardens.

 

 

This year, FIAC continues to offer a series of Hors les Murs, Outside the Walls, exhibitions in spaces beyond the Grand and Petit Palais. Head to Place de la Vendôme to experience more of Yayoi Kusama with her enormous, inflatable polka dot pumpkin. In the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, take in the beauty of the garden cloaked in its autumnal colours, and enjoy twenty artworks that respond to their richly historical surroundings. If you’re imaginative in your observation of the garden, you’ll be rewarded. John M. Armleder’s new reading of his ‘Furniture Sculpture FS 85a’ sees three chairs suspended from trees in the Jardin du Tuileries, transforming this monumental work.

 

 

When you have taken your fill of art and let your imagination run free, our château near Paris awaits your return for a peaceful place to reflect. See you next time, for more news from us at the Château Bouffémont.

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: How to Organize the Best Private Dinner Party

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 006: Organizing A Private Dinner Party

 

With its immaculately-designed luxury interiors and 19thcentury beaux-arts architecture, Château Bouffémont is renowned as the perfect setting for a destination wedding in France. But that’s not the only option – while an undoubtedly elegant backdrop for a French chateau wedding, Bouffémont is also available as a special occasion venue near Parisfor anniversary parties, birthdays, christenings, family reunions, and more.

 

These smaller gatherings and parties can be trickier to plan than larger events – there is a greater focus on details, and a desire to ensure that every single element is perfectly personalised. For this month’s vlog-to-blog instalment, we talk you through the top tips for hosting an intimate dinner party at the chateau, with guests who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with us.

 

From choosing the menu to picking the best music, styling the venue and maximising the décor, we have you covered. A chateau for hire outside Paris, Château Bouffémont is well-suited for everything from a small dinner party under the crystal chandelier, to a large Gatsby-style bash with a ‘20s theme. Read on to discover the best insider information to help you plan the best private dinner party for a smaller group.

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: Choosing Flowers And Decorations For A Wedding

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 005: Choosing Flowers And Decorations For A Wedding

 

Château Bouffémont is a French chateau for rentwith a difference. With our harmonious balance of baronial grandeur and ultra-modern attitude, the castle can be styled in endlessly kaleidoscopic new ways in order to provide the pitch-perfect backdrop for your big day – whatever your artistic vision may be.

 

Flowers and decorations are an essential part of this transformation process, as they provide the all-important fairy tale element befitting of a French chateau wedding. For this month’s vlog-to-blog instalment, we took a trip around a Parisian flower market with Billy Folchetti – a frequent collaborator with us at the Château, and the founder of the celebrated, high-end agency Luxe Paris.

 

Billy takes a ‘made to measure’ approach to every event he designs, maximising the capabilities of an event space in order to reflect the mood and style of the couples he works with. Read on below to discover his top tips for curating a romantic wedding atmosphere via the medium of flowers, and to learn more about styling for your big day when planning a destination wedding in France– or watch the full video to witness Billy and the rest of our team in action for yourself.

 

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: How to Organise the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 004 : How to Organise the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

 

Here at the Château Bouffémont, show-stopping events are kind of our specialty – and if it’s a French chateau wedding package you’re after, you’re definitely in luck. A destination wedding in France provides a classically chic setting, with an outdoor wedding offering a great way to incorporate the beauty of local scenery into the occasion. Guests will love to enjoy the fresh air and greenery of an outdoor setting, often opting for seasonal florals and decorations to reflect the beauty of the seasons. Read on to find out our top tips for planning an outdoor wedding.

 

Our latest vlog, co-hosted by Jennifer Fox, an American wedding planner and long-time partner of Château Bouffémont, is packed with tips and tricks to help you pull of the most perfect outdoor wedding. She talks us through how the chateau recently organised an outdoor wedding supper for 40 people, after a ceremony held in the Grand Salon.

Read on below to learn more about how to organise a beautiful outdoor wedding when you stay at a chateau in France– or watch the full video to see how the team use our beautiful grounds to their very best potential.

 

 

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5 Creative Ideas for an Exciting Corporate Event

 

It can be tricky to think up ideas for corporate events that will be memorable in all of the right ways, while genuinely furthering your organisation’s broader objectives.

Here at Château Bouffémont – an enchanting private venue for such events on the outskirts of Paris – is perfect for organising activities within a wide range of settings. You can find some suggestions below to assist in making your next corporate event one to remember. 

 

 

A gourmet activity

It is sure that there are a few members of your team who have always fancied themselves as a potential Bake Off champion, so why not put their culinary credentials – and that of your other workers – to the test?

With the broad assortment of gourmet activities that CHÂTEAU BOUFFÉMONT is able to host in its extraordinary grounds ranging from cooking classes to chocolate workshops, we’re sure there will certainly be an event that you could hold to bring out your employees’ gastronomic skills.

 

 

Something artistic

As creative as both brilliant and abysmal cooking can be, it may be that you also have a few adept artists, photographers, singers, floral designers or even perfumers on your team.

Events such as the singing lessons, floral design and photography classes that are pleased to be able to host at the spectacular stone-built residence could be ideal for drawing those abilities out, while also enabling everyone to bond in an atmosphere of fun.

As the Creativity at Work site explains, the arts and creativity bring various benefits in team-building and your wider organisation, so you shouldn’t be dismissive of them.

 

 

Horse riding

As your staff can soon find out, horse riding isn’t something that only the most discerning enthusiasts of all things equestrian are able to do.

We can support with arranging horse riding classes with professional instructors to ease your team into the basics, all within the expansive countryside that is open for exploration, by virtue of our advantageous location in the heart of the Montmorency Forest.

 

 

More intense sporting activity

While endurance event series such as Tough Mudder have gained considerable popularity in recent years among those seeking a more intense kind of team-building event, there are many different sports that your staff could pursue as part of a suitably tailored group activity.

That is no less the case when you choose Château Bouffémont for corporate venue hire in France. You may not have known, for instance, of the priority access that we can provide for your workers to the highly exclusive Paris International Golf Club, where such activities as tennis and golf can be experienced with the benefit of excellent facilities.

 

 

Exploring the cultural riches of Paris

Given that Château Bouffémont is, after all, situated a mere 30 kilometres (18.5 miles) from the City of Lights itself, it would be practically churlish not to organise a corporate event that embraces Paris’s broader cultural treasures in some manner.

Indeed, you may wish to ask our team about the discovery tour that we can provide of the French capital’s most resplendent theatres, museums and other landmarks.

Another option is for you and your team to simply ‘go it alone’, perhaps by exploring hidden gems such as those detailed on the salutfromparis website, encompassing some of the city’s most underrated parks, gardens, shops, markets, itineraries and more.

Why not contact the Château Bouffémont team today for a more in-depth discussion of how we could serve the specific requirements your brand has for its next corporate event?

Ever Considered Hosting a Family Reunion? Start Planning Now.

Chateau Family Reunion

As a magnificent venue of rich heritage, Château Bouffémont continues to attract the interest of families around the world interested in organising a reunion or other family event in a friendly, intimate location.

But if you are considering organising your own family reunion – whether with the aim of reuniting half a dozen of your closest relatives or a great number more of your brood – there are many details to which you will need to pay particular attention.

Here are just some of them.

Who are you planning to invite?

The matter of who you would like to attend the family reunion will naturally greatly influence other elements of your planning, such as the date and location.

The basic parameters of the invite list – such as whether you only intend to invite immediate brothers, sisters and cousins, or instead more distant members of the family who you may not have been in contact with for many years – will need to be decided first.

This is the very least you will need to know before you start to send out invitations for your family reunion – which, as the Gathered Again website explains, is an aspect of your event that deserves plenty of thought in its own right.

Determine a date and location

Once you are sure of which family members are both likely and willing to attend, you will be able to survey them on the location, venue and date that they would prefer for the reunion. On establishing a decent idea of the wishes of your would-be guests, you could then forward each of them three nominated venues to rank in order of preference.

It is a good idea to plan such an ambitious event as a family reunion at least 12 months in advance, not least because you may need to allow such an amount of time to ensure the desired venue is available.

Whether you are interested in a venue in France, the UK, the United States or anywhere else in the world, you will naturally wish to ensure that every member of your intended party can reach it easily and will be appreciative of the surroundings you ultimately choose.

What makes our own venue an excellent choice?

Various factors are likely to guide your prospective attendees’ preferences in relation to the venue itself. Given the disparate nature of the wishes expressed within families for such an event, it is no surprise that Château Bouffémont is such a sought-after family reunion venue.

After all, we offer it offers the finest of all obvious worlds – a tranquil location in Montmorency Forest, but also with the big-city stimulations of Paris and the international connections provided by Charles de Gaulle Airport within easy reach.

All the while, hiring Château Bouffémont for your family reunion also means all of the benefits inherent in an exquisite and luxurious stone-built residence with large, sprawling grounds. Both indoor and outdoor activities can be arranged for your reunion event, bearing in mind what may be the widely varying ages of your family members.

Consider appointing people to organise your reunion

It is unlikely that such a significant event as a family reunion can be planned to the most intricate detail by just one person.

It may, therefore, make sense to appoint members of your family to positions related to various aspects of the event, encompassing such responsibilities as keeping an eye on finances and booking accommodation, right through to sending out invitations and organising activities and excursions.

Finally, it will be time for you to spread the word about your impending family reunion among the people that matter! Contact our professionals here at Château Bouffémont to discuss how we can best accommodate your intended event.

Inspirational Places For Your Video Shooting

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Photography by Graham Oakley

Selecting the perfect shooting location for your organisation’s corporate video can be a more challenging and complicated process than you may first anticipate. After all, there are many different competing parameters and priorities that you will need to consider for a shooting location, ranging from the sheer visual appeal of the site to the atmosphere and nearby transport links.

So with these factors in mind, here are some suggestions for what kinds of places you should consider when you wish to truly inspire with your choice of shooting location.

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