My birthday happens to fall in April which is one of my favorite times to visit Paris. The city is in full bloom and there is a buzz of happiness in the air. The city isn't just for engagements under the Eiffel tower or romantic getaways it is also a great place to celebrate a girls weekend away or a birthday. Here is a list of five ideas for those who are thinking about or planning a birthday celebration in Paris.
1. Spa time. By now you will know my love for French skincare products and my favorite are from Sisley Paris.
I can tell you from first-hand experience from a facial at the Sisley Spa in NYC that it is quite the experience. What is better that getting pampered on your birthday to make you feel special? I can't wait to stop by La Maison Sisley for a facial when I am Paris. The last facial left my skin glowing and it's the perfect way to fight that tired jet lag look and feel refreshed.
2. Take a cooking class! I have taken several at La Cuisine Paris and I can't recommend them enough. I have done the macaron class and a pastry class where I learned to make éclairs and chouquettes. The classes are done in English and you will meet some great people while you learn to cook/bake some of your favorite French dishes or pastries. Next on my list is baguettes and croissants. Who wants to join me?
3. Book a photo shoot. If you are traveling to Paris solo or with a loved one or group of girlfriends I can't think of a better memory than professional photos. I went years without a photo of me in Paris and I finally had some taken by my friends of IheartParis They have been capturing me over the years and have given me the best gift of photographs of me in Paris. They will make you feel comfortable and natural so you don't have to worry. Make sure to pack something colorful and fun for your photo session. I always leave my outfit choices to the last minute!
4. High Tea. You can have one pastry with a candle or why not go big and go for a full high tea at one of the luxury hotels. I had the pleasure of enjoying high tea at Le Bristol on my last visit and there were so many sweet treats I had to take a box home. The lobby is stunning and even if you dine solo like I did there will be people watching to keep you company. I even had a group next to me send me over a glass of bubbly.
5. Shopping. The best way to guarantee you will have a present that you will love is to pick it out yourself. Paris is the perfect place to do some damage when it comes to shopping. The euro conversion works in our favor right now this may be the perfect time to buy yourself a Chanel, Louis Vitton or Goyard bag you have had your eye on.
Bonus: If heading any of these ideas are out of your budget and you are looking for something to remember Paris without breaking the bank. Grab a book at Shakespeare and Company and sit on the Seine with a picnic or at a café. You can't beat watching the world go by in Paris.