4.13.2011

Delightful Dinner in a Parisian Home

How often are you fortunate enough to have dinner at someone's home in Paris
Our daughter's good friends graciously invited us to their 
elegant apartment in the 16th arrondissement.

The exterior
The interior courtyard
It's difficult not to appear rude while snapping away photos for your blog...
OK, I might not ever be invited back, but...  

John, above in the foreground, served us a Champagne aperitif, while his wife, Sue (can you see her hiding in the gilded mirror below?) prepared a delicious dinner.

 Their home is filled with beautiful, French antiques.
Notice the Baccarat chandelier with white and red crystals.  
According to their daughter, Jane, this was once a gas fixture.
 Charming powder room.
Large formal dining room. 
Our son surrounded by the mademoiselles:  his aunt and sister and friends.
The dinner menu included a spinach salad, salmon en croute with tarragon sauce,  
a cheese course and an apple tart with creme fraiche....AMAZING!
The kitchen window view.

 Merci, Sue, John and Jane 
for an unforgettable evening!

Best Wishes,
Mary Ann

60 comments:

  1. What a treat this must have been. And thank you for risking rudeness so that we might all enjoy the pictures. Ooh la la.

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  2. Gorgeous!
    You made me smile. When I saw the photos of the bathroom, I could imagine you snapping away in there without anyone knowing it! lol I'm glad you did. Enjoyed all the pretty photos!

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  3. What a beautiful placea and what a fun evening it looks like it was! You are so funny..about the snapping away of the pictures for the blog, the expression of the guy in the first picture with the glasses is worth a thousand words...lol. (He is probably thinking...those Americans and their crazy antics) Great post...looks and sounds like you are having a ball!

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  4. WOW...I had to slap myself to come out of my trance after reading that post! Like I was there just for a moment. Paris in the springtime...how lucky you are.

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  5. One word: ELEGANTISSIME; probably not a real word, but you get the meaning. What a great home. Very Parisian, very chic yet luxuriously unpretentious.
    and the menu...

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  6. Stunning!!!! The floors , I mean seriously does it get any better than old herringbone wood floors in Paris? No . I even loved the pink TP in powder room:)))

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  7. You are seriously having a great time, Mary Ann! Jealous.
    Beautiful images.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  8. What a beautiful home! Love that chandy! The menu sounded fabulous, too! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Lucky girl! I'm green with envy!

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  10. Oh, this so fun!! I love that you are giving us a glimpse into your trip! Have a great time!

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  11. This was just magical!! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the French live and dine. You are a lucky gal!!

    Hope you are having a great time!!

    XO,
    Janie

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  12. Doesn't food just taste better in Paris! Looks like you're having a wonderful trip. Dinner at home in Paris....lovely!

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  13. Thank you for this post. It's nice to pretend that I am at that fabulous dinner in Paris right along with you. In reality, I was having chicken ala king from a crock pot :)

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  14. Mary Ann,

    This felt as if we were all friends coming together there also. How fun for all of you and your expressions show a great mixed of company. Pictures were great treat. Lovely home indeed.

    Bette

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  15. Those windows...that dining room...that molding...that view! What an incredible apartment! Such a classic interior space. You must have had a wonderful time.

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  16. Now those are great friends to have...gorgeous apartment with amazing architecture and windows...what a lucky lady you are!!

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  17. It looks like a dream come true!

    Susan

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  18. What a lovely evening and beautiful apartment!! And I'll bet the food was fabulous too! Lucky you!

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  19. What a gorgeous home and what an awesome invite! Thanks for sharing!
    Karen

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  20. I feel like a fly on the wall at a fabulous
    dinner party.Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your vacation.

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  21. Exactly how I imagined a Parisian apartment to be. It has an understated elegance. The plaster crown molding and dining room paneled molding are making me weak in the knees. Sounds like an amazing experience!

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  22. How much fun! What a beautiful apartment. I love how you started the tour at the gates entrance. Sounds like a wonderful menu too! Paris in the springtime...what could be better?

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  23. Thank you for sharing, and I hope they forgave your for the photos. Just tell them that many many of us swooned over their home, and all will be well.

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  24. wow...this is fantastic! lucky you!

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  25. Still sooooo jealous!!! I would love to see all of these antiques in person. Someday! Thanks for taking some pics for us!
    Kelle
    xx

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  26. This looks like a scene straight out of a movie. Oh so chic!

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  27. A delightful vicarious glimpse into a lovely home -- that chandelier, oh my!! I've just found your blog via By the Bluegrass, will browse around a bit. If you like bird/nature decor, come and visit me too!

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  28. What a wonderful experience. The home is beautiful and just what I pictured an elegant Parisian home would look like.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  29. What a treat this must have been! Dinner in Paris....but in someone's home. That chandelier is BEYOND amazing....so excited to see what else you do while you're there!

    xo Elizabeth

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  30. Oh my goodness...what atreat and gift to have had dinner in such a beautiful sorroundings and in PARIS!!! The chandalier is way over incredibly stunning!!! I am for sure your newest follower, hope you visit and do the same, this way we could drop by always! Thank you for sharing this beautiful evening with us.
    HUGS
    FABBY

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  31. I'm jealous! This is beautiful. And how about that chandelier?!

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  32. What a lucky girl. A fab home to be sure and your son will never be the same!
    xx

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  33. Beautiful - thanks for sharing. What I like most about his tablescape - it was the real thing. People were present and food was served. Delightful!

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  34. What a lovely, lovely home! The chandeliers look fabulous! Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

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  35. What a treat! I think it's always more special to visit a place and then get invited to a home. You can really get to know a place a little bit better! Lovely!

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  36. My Goodness! What a dream trip! I have always wanted to go to France. Maybe someday? Their home is absolutely elegant and beautiful. So are all of the lovely people! Thanks for sharing this on my Friday Pretties. It is all certainly Pretty!
    ENJOY,
    Joyce

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  37. Mary Ann, Thanks so much for stopping by. Considering you are away in Paris, I didn't really expect a reply. Have fun!!

    Ahhh..I see you are already doing that. Thanks a million for sharing your wonderful visit with us. I LOVE these photos!

    I have to laugh about being invited back and blogging. Most of my friends seem to feel honored when I ask to take photos of their home and event. They feel just a little bit 'famous'.

    There are such great ideas for decorating in your friend's home. Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of France with us. I doubt I'll ever get to visit.

    Have a great day,
    Donna

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  38. How much fun would that have been? I can only imagine. What a beautiful apartment. Loved the little powder room. Have a great weekend. Mona

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  39. Wow- absolutely amazing! It's what I imagine a beautiful parisian apartment to look like- and better! How lovely! Enjoy the rest of your unforgettable trip. :)

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  40. Wow~ What an incredible and fun experience!! Everything looks absolutely amazing~love the sweet powder room and that gorgeous gilded mirror! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

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  41. I am green as I read this and so happy for you to have that experience. Their home is just lovely. The gilded mirrors everywhere are gorgeous and I love the way they mixed the mirror with the very simple frames in the powder room. No one does it like the French. Thank you for sharing this and thanks to them for allowing it. Have a great time!

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  42. Brilliant. Simply brilliant. I wish I could be invited there too. One of my dream places to visit is Paris.

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  43. Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing.

    I'm sure you'll get invited back too :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  44. Lucky Girl!! What a beautiful place. France is on my list of place! Grandpa's last name was Jaques, think I am a little French? LOL . Loved the photos!

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  45. What a beautiful home! This is like a movie...you lucky girl!!
    I am living through you here!!

    Pamela xo

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  46. I'm always in awe of the ceilings and moldings in the amazing homes of Paris. The chandelier is a jewel; I loved seeing it. Thank you for risking another invitation to show us these wonderful pictures. Cherry Kay

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  47. How gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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