I’ve never been quite sure why “just staying in and watching a movie” gets such a bad rap. A low-key Friday evening with a small group of good friends can rival the most glamorous nights out on the town in my book. Lately I’ve been toying with the idea of planning a few get-togethers around the idea of screening a short film on my projector and then just hanging out afterwards. Sounds fun, right? I started imagining a dinner party designed around Albert Lamorissi’s 1956 featurette, Le Ballon Rouge. The 34-minute short follows a young boy and his budding friendship with a somewhat mischievous red balloon. Set against a slate-grey Paris, the almost completely wordless film is a masterpiece of visual storytelling. With it’s sweetness and sincerity, Le Ballon Rouge may have inspired more than a few Pixar moments. While I’d love to host this party for my friends, I think this concept could also make for a darling children’s party! Lamorissi’s pretty palette could translate to the tabletop with grey glassware and linens, marble and pewter pieces, and a few very bright pops of red:

1. Follow up dinner with classic french ice cream from Pierre’s.
2. Wouldn’t it be cool to have invitations printed on a balloon?
3. Guests could sip from grey and white striped straws.
4. Bring in a touch of zinc with this two-toned vase from French Connection.
5. Guests could make sundaes in these smoke grey glasses.
6. Serve dinner on this gorgeous marble-top table from 1stdibs.
7. A bowl full of bright red cherries would be a playful hint to the movie.
8. A classic and collectable Gilchrist #31 ice cream scoop would be perfect with the Pierre’s.
9. Guests could lounge on the floor to watch the movie with a few ticking stripe pillows.
10. A collection of mis-matched vintage french chairs would be darling around the marble-top table. And of course, you’ll need one perfect red balloon!

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Comments (15)
  1. 1
    Meredith February 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Love this idea! The Red Balloon is high on our Netflix queue – now, I’m thinking that I should go move it to the top!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      You definitely should, Meredith. I think you’ll love this little film. It’s really magical.

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    Yana Puaca February 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I agree- this is such a great movie and I love the idea of hosting a themed party around it. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Yana!

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    Camille Styles February 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I love anything Paris inspired… and this board has definitely got me thinking about a Red Balloon-inspired first birthday party for Phoebe!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      That would be too cute. She’ll have to wear a little grey romper!

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    [email protected] February 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Love this concept/board … gorgeous! xxx

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Debra!

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    Lizz Vaghi February 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    this is fabulous! movie nights in never seemed so appealing!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Awesome. Thank you, Lizz!

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    Paprika February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I love this post, nights in are great and so much fun with the right bunch of friends, this would be so pretty with all those little detailsxx

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Thanks, Paprika!!!

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    Laura February 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I so love that you do this. We enjoyed our “at home” date night as well with a gluten free version of Italian dinner while enjoying Cary Grant & Sophia Loren in Houseboat.

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith February 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Laura, that sounds like so much fun. I haven’t seen Houseboat — I’ll have to put that one in my Netflix queue!

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