Start With an Apéritif
Before-dinner snacks and drinks, known as apéritif, or apéro for short, are taken seriously in France. When apéro are served at home, they’re presented in a separate space from the dinner table, if possible, while guests arrive for the party. The drink can be any cocktail of your choosing —for example, a classic martini, a spritz, a glass of Champagne, or a Champagne cocktail like a Kir Royal. The snacks should be simple and salty to whet the appetite, such as olives, charcuterie, and radishes with salt.