7.06.2017

FIVE TIPS FOR A CASUAL FRENCH DINNER PARTY


Bonjour from Paris!   
If you follow me on Instagramyou know what I am up to!  
This seems like an appropriate time to tell you about a casual, French dinner party that we hosted recently in San Francisco.
Please ignore my "Franglish" on Howard's menu (he did the cooking).  

1.  I made the menu for free using Canva...and emailed it to our guests in advance.  

2.  I also made the Lemon Tart and added lemon zest to the custard and garnished with raspberries.




3.  An assortment of small French products were purchased at World Market and wrapped as party favors.  You don't need to go all the way to France!   

 The Eiffel Tower ribbon is from World Market, too.

4.  Have you checked out Minted.com's HUGE assortment of cloth napkins in fun, unique, artistic patterns?
They gave us the dotted diamond napkins to review.  
That sparked the whole black and white theme.  
The napkins are more luncheon sized and take some time to arrive (specially made--so order in advance).

5.   These black and white straws are placed in a water glass through a thin lemon slice.


It's our last day in Paris.  We are headed home tomorrow.  I don't think we have ever had a long, TWO week vacation before.  
It was awesome!

Thanks for visiting!


12 comments:

  1. I would love to be a guest at this soiree!! That Howard is a Renaissance man! Darling favors, every detail perfect!! Can't wait to hear about the trip!!

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    1. Let's get a date on the calendar, Cindy!

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  2. This looks amazing. Your guests are very lucky.
    Lemon tart is a classic. In August, wild blackberries are everywhere here. They are almost TOO sweet (almost. I still manage to eat them by the handful). I put them on top of a lemon tart--their sweetness with the tartness of the lemons is perfect, and so are the colors of bright yellow with dark purple.

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    1. They sound delicious!! I wonder if I can get some in the market today to try before we leave!

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  3. You and Cindy are the queens of gorgeous tablescapes! Your guest must love getting an invitation to dine in, what is always, the perfect party setting! You're probably getting more inspiration for future celebrations. Safe travels home!
    Au'revoir xo
    Gail

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    1. Thanks, Gail. I will call you on Sunday if I'm not too jetlagged :)

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  4. I just looked at your Instagram photos. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Love your French-themed menu. We had friends over recently and I prepared a French salade Nicoise for dinner. It was simple, yet elegant. I hope you share some more photos of your trip to Europe, Mary Ann.
    Claudia

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    1. My daughter, Alie and I both like to make Salade Nicoise...perfect for the warm summer nights.

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  5. Soooo, after eating in Paris, was anything better than Howard's dinner? I pulling for the home team! And is there any better marriage than lemon and raspberries? Yum. Two full weeks of vacation...wonderful memories. Looking forward to hearing/seeing about it.

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    1. Yes...I want to do a post on Sicily and inspiration that I got for things to do at home.

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  6. What a beautiful table setting Mary Ann. It sounds like out was just delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gabrielle! I was a fun night.

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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