Not everyone can say they have a really fun (not to mention über sweet) sister-in-law. Eva, my husband's sister, moved to Amsterdam eight years ago and comes home every so often bearing goodies and Dutch treats for all of us. She truly has become a treasured friend. After falling in love with a Dutch gentleman, we flew to Holland this past spring to experience a lovely Dutch-American wedding with celebrations and a party that lasted all day AND night. The Dutch know how to party! My children have experienced a wonderful taste of the Dutch (she biked my girls all over Amsterdam!) and French cultures through her and our trip overseas. When Eva recently celebrated her birthday, I cajoled her to do a guest post about her party. If you know Eva, you know she loves a good fête. In the words of Ms. Taute:
How to Throw a 'Fête Française'
France is one of my favorite places in the world. My husband's family has a small cottage close to the city of Chablis where the famous Chablis wine is grown and made. The small villages in the area are in their original condition with small tucked away boulangerie's (bakeries) where you can buy the best fresh bread every day. The morning begins with the tastiest butter croissants while sipping a cappuccino, and ends with cheese that melts in your mouth and wine that tickles your taste buds. I mean, who wouldn't consider that heaven?
For my birthday this year I decided to put on a French Party or a 'Fête Française'. This is a fairly easy thing to do. Here are the hosting essentials and photos of the set up:
- french cheese (fromage)
- wine (some really fantastic wines are under €10!)
- wine glasses
- fresh flowers
- extra mis-matched wine glasses (can be found at thrift stores)
- Antique serving pieces
- mustache favors
- a wardrobe palette of red, black, and stripes
- a little bit of Edith Pilaf in the the background and
some great friends, of course!
When inviting my guests I asked them to also bring
French cheese and wine which created an abundance of goodies coming
through the door all evening long. I had lots of extra flag labels so guests could label their own cheeses. Here are some of my Instagrams (@evataute) of the set
up! I hope you get inspired to bring all of the goodness of France to
your home for an evening. Au Revoir et bonne chance!