There are parties, and then there are parties…meals eaten and moments shared with friends that you will remember for the rest of your life. This last weekend was one of those. Someone called me brave to invite a few quasi-strangers to come spend the weekend at our home, and have a dinner soiree in their honor. Well, I just trust my intuition I guess, and that is always confirmed by my dogs, who gave our guests the full kissy terrier welcome. Roll out that red carpet…..love my guests and we were going to party the weekend!!! The petals that dropped off the garden roses just went right on the table….we roll with it here…make use and have fun was our motto~
Not having a staff, I had friends descend, and we had a work party and a whole lot of fun and a little instruction. The scene was finally set. Mo and Linda, you are the BEST. Love you ladies and can’t wait to be in Beaune with you…it is significantly easier than this, I promise, but WOW was this fun??
I made a run to Los Angeles Flower Mart for some flowers, ok a bit obstructive but they looked great….hired the chairs, GOLD as we have in Paris. My Dad said it looked like an insane asylum and Ophelia should parade at any moment. But the rest of us, I think, thought it was divine. Yes, I am a hopeless romantic,and this is my style…..grey tulle x 300 yards, Limoges and vintage crystal, linen, French sterling, and fragrant pink garden roses. Hand-picked guests who will connect. Oui. My style~
I was absolutely blown away by my guests and their generosity and their joy. Like long-lost sisters, Elizabeth from Vintage Henhouse, Jennifer from A Well Styled Life and Terri from La Dolfina all came from San Francisco, and we had dinner the night before, so we could visit a little. Only a little…we have to get together soon or go to Beaune to really visit. But OH what ladies… do you know how I LOVE you!!!! For the Saturday dinner, we started with pumpkin soup in a real pumpkin that burnishes to a nice shiny color as in France. This was just one of a bunch of appetizers. Olive branches in the candle hurricanes, my touch. lots of Pretty for my girlfriends~…Terri’s vase of roses next to the pumpkin were so lovely~
We had dinner, a lengthy, fantastic dinner. I didn’t get any pics of it. Someone will post the menu or I will later. I spent weeks working it out and then redid it all based on what was fresh at various farmers markets that week. Dang we ate well…..I came out at the end of the meal to a thunderous clapping of hands….oui, it was good and I love that you all enjoyed it… all I want is for you all to be happy and eat and drink well this evening!
I know some thought we were slaving away in the kitchen. In reality, we were having our own party, a food-fest and great joy rolling out the pasta and assembling the salads. And speaking of great Joy, we sent eight year old Joy our guest out to “parade the pasta” which she did to perfection. As we rolled and cut it it was hung over chairs and French cloths in the kitchen, screen grab below from Mary’s Instagram, who thought this was a real hoot. Yes, we could hire staff, but this is infinitely better. This is how we party, together.
My most awesome guests insisted on doing dishes the night of. The next day, more to be done, but not too bad; it was manageable.
As we inhaled the aromas of silver dollar Eucalyptus gifted by Mary….
and as we listed to Chopin and had our tea and coffee together….it was a lovely way to start the day with Elizabeth aka LaContessa and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life….love love love love love you ladies….
We had the company of the dogs too; providing us with a little entertainment along the way…screen grab from Jennifer’s Instagram….
Meanwhile marble and Eucalyptus are divine….we are still enjoying them and thinking of the party several days later.
The tables were cleaned and yesterday I took the tulle down, until next time.
I candied the rose petals from these roses to use at the next cooking class. These are beautiful little reminders of the party.
Meanwhile I will continue to relive the party a little…
And continue to enjoy my sweet gifts brought by my friends. Terri had it nailed….she brought me so many amazing things that you will see pop up here and on Instagram….a Bonjour flag? Yes Please! Love this!!!
Making memories….and planning new ones. I think we will be on party hiatus until the spring, but now we have got something else in mind, something very fun and slightly different.
You can see more pics of the party and prep on my Instagram feed HERE.
Next up is my Christmas/Holiday 2014 workshop and cooking class….look for more images and details here soon…