Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ooh La La.....My Parisienne Luncheon


 Welcome....Last Saturday was my PARISIENNE LUNCHEON  and what a wonderful 'fete' it was.  We had a memorable time and I wanted to share it with you.

      Le Table was Grand
This view is from an upstairs balcony and was taken just before the guests arrived.

The beautiful cutwork tablecloth and napkins were my mothers as were the crystal goblets and beautiful green and cream plates. They date back to the mid 1930's. The 'silverware' is really
a mix of my goldware pieces. The napkins are really two that are put together. The inside being an off white laced edged napkin and the outside are the cutwork napkins and they are gathered with a dark green silk ribbon (the same green ribbon that tied the invitations together). Inside was tucked a silk rose and carnation. The color of the rose here is not true. It's really a beautiful shade of dusty rose.

     The placecards

                     La pièce maîtresse (The centerpiece)
The centerpiece is made up of  silk flowers that I purchased at a Flower wholesaler. They actually look real and are arranged in a cream colored soup tureen. It is centered on two 9 foot runners in pale apricot -peach and sage green that are bunched up at the ends. Lengths of pearls are draped at the corners of the runners.

Le Menu
The menu card was displayed on a small antique gold easel on the table. It was printed on ivory cardstock as was the placecards.

Le Salades

 I shared how to make the salads in a previous post. Here I used fresh blue violets from my friend Paula's yard instead of pansies. The dressing is a pear viniagrette.
        (Photo looking down on the salad.)         

   Le Principal (the main course)
        The main course is called  Chicken Friand or Chicken in Puff Pastry over fresh steamed Asparagus Spears. The recipe will be posted later this week. It is seriously to die for. You really will want to make this.        

Le Dessert
The 'piece de resistance.' Dessert was a dense chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse 'frosting' and sweetened raspberries & sauce. Very Very decadent.

Les faveurs (the take home favors)
Aren't these darling.  These Marie Antoinette cupcakes are made with a white cake mix. I just ran out of time to do anything fancier. The skirts (cupcake wrappers) and Parisienne Ladies are put on card stock and my fun friend and neighbor Michelle came over to help me with them.  It ended up being a true labor of love and we laughed and laughed at trying to get the right head with the right skirt. A complete tutorial and the story of doing these cute cupcakes I am putting on a future post.  I bought and downloaded the Marie Antoinettes from an etsy company... Paper Scissors Cake.http://www.etsy.com/listing/94423199/marie-antoinette-soiree-printable.They have alot of other fun cupcake downloads too. My sweet friend also helped me put the puff pastries together and the darling salads together. We have alot of fun doing these things and I appreciate her immeasureably. 

THANKYOU for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed our Birthday Luncheon Soiree... 'Fete a la Parisienne.' Recipes and tutorials will be posted soon.
I will be participating in some of these linky parties:

Show Off Your Cottage Monday CowboyUPhttp://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/
DebbieDoos Newbie Party http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/2012/04/thrift-store-chair-resurrection-newbie-party-started.html
On the Menu Monday http://stonegable.blogspot.com/2012/04/on-menu-monday-week-of-april-16-2012.html#more
  Pink Saturday http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/04/pink-saturday-april-28-2012.html    Show And Tell Friday, I'm Lovin' It Friday, Show Off Your Stuff, Inspiration Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Friday Favorites, Flaunt It Friday, Frugal Friday, Friday Unfolded, Tickled Pink, Vintage Inspiration Friday, Saturday Nite Special, Country Momma Link and Greet Party, Show And Tell Saturday, Sundays Best Par.tayhttp://my1929charmer.com/  Sunday Showcase, Sundae Scoop, Seasonal Sunday, Made By You Monday, Show Me How, CraftOManiac Monday, Masterpiece Monday, Party Time With Cheri, DIY Project Parade, Craftastic Monday, Craft Catwalk, Making Monday Marvelous, Creative Bloggers Party, Mad Skills Monday, Show Off Your Cottage Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Handmade Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Tip Me Tuesday, Tuesday Treasures, Table Top Tuesday, Love It And Link It Up Party, Show Me What You Got, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Tutorial Tuesday, Tutes And Tips Party, Show And Tell Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Creative Share Wednesday, We Did It Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, Home Decor And Organizing Party, Share The Love Wednesday, Transformation Thursday, Strut Your Stuff, It's A Keeper Thursday, Craft Soiree, Fresh Cut Friday
Share your cup Thursday http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2012/04/share-your-cup-thursday-6.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HaveADailyCupFromMrsOlson+%28Have+a+daily+cup+from+Mrs.+Olson%29
Lets Dish http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/
Thriving on Thursdays http://www.domesblissity.blogspot.com/
Tablescape Thursdayhttp://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/
Cozy Home Scenes http://cozyhomescenes.blogspot.com/      


Domesblissity said...

Oooh la la Nann! That is seriously beautiful! How absolutely delightful. I love it. I'm drooling from absolutely everything. How absolutely beautiful.

I love it!

Anne xx

Michele said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!! Oh my word, lady, you have outdone yourself!

You stun me, and that is the truth of it and more. How I would have loved to have been a guest at this amazing table!

Your attention to detail is unbelievable - what a special treat for all!

Now, you did this all for your own birthday? That doesn't quite seem right. Someone needs to take you to dinner and I mean right now.

I am just shaking my head at this beauty - the table, the food, the papers, everything.


Shabby chic Sandy said...

Such a beautiful table--and the food is as pretty as the table! I love the fabric bunched up..and the pearls. Everything looks so lovely!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Amazing table! Beauty, elegance and grace everywhere in this setting.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Anonymous said...

Mom, wow, everything looks so beautiful! You'd think you've given a few luncheons before huh?!! It would have been fun to have been a guest at that luncheon for sure. I'm looking forward to you posting the recipe for the chicken puff pastry dish. Lloyd & the kids would love it... De Lish!! I love you mom! Karen

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Nann, everything is just perfect!! Your table is beautiful and your menu is oh, so fabulous!! I want to be a guest at your next party!!! xoxo

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Wow, ohh my goodness! What a beautiful table setting and center piece. The Marie Antoinette vanilla cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous and your menu is excellent. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.


Creations By Cindy said...

Nann, you have outdone yourself! So breathtaking! I love it all.....You are a very gifted and talented lady my friend. God has truly blessed you with the gift of bringing blessings to others! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Unbelievable. This is totally stunning. I am so amazed. Beautiful. What can I say, everything is beyond imagination and perfect. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Wow. Hugs, Marty

Nellie said...

Oooh, la, la, Nann! What a beautiful table and tasty menu! I look forward to the chicken recipe!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Amazingly beautiful!

Marie Arden said...

It is all lovely and that dessert looks great. Yum

Diann said...

Oh la la is right! This table turned out just lovley! Every detail is so pretty! Visiting from WIW

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, for cryinl out loud, Nann! This is just beautiful and the food looks like takeout from heaven!!! Magnificent job on the menu card!!! I'm just blown away with how everything works so well together. NO WAY anyone could have walked out of this luncheon without feeling super pampered!!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Nann, this is gorgeous! Wow, you have really pulled out all of the stops. Love your creativity and beautiful tablescape. I also see my name as a guest. I would be honored....Linda

Anonymous said...

This looks like your best luncheon yet Nann! I love the look of your salads, and I'll be back for the chicken recipe. That looks like something my friends and family would love too. Good thing for you that I don't live nearby...I've been wanting a tablecloth like that. Then again, it would probably be too hard to snatch off of your table unless I learn how those magicians are able to yank the tablecloth off the table while leaving the dishes intact. That's just too much trouble for me, so I guess your mother's tablecloth is safe! Hee hee!!!

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas at my party. Have a great day!

Mary said...

Ooh la la is right Nann! What a beautifully set table and the meal looks amazing starting with your beautiful vase of a salad! Your Marie Antoinette cupcakes are Magnifique!

Mary Sullivan Frasier said...

Mon Dieu, Nann! Le table is just absolutely stunning! And Le menu?? C'est incroyable! Everything is just so lovely that I'm not sure I'd ever want to change it out. I'd just have to have a little bit of Paris in my dining room forever. LOL Oh, and I can't wait til you share the recipe for the chicken. It looks soooo delicious! Thank you for sharing a taste of your beautiful Fete a la Parisienne with us! C'est magnifique! ~Mary

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Nann,
How beautiful it all is! A delectable table of treats. The menu sounds wonderful and the favours are delightful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Tea Time.


Unknown said...

Looks like your parisian party was a big success. I love everything about it!


Unknown said...

Nann your party is Beautiful! Wish I was at it! You are so talented! I am having some friends over next week,guess we will just have a hill billy party..lol Joann

Ellen said...

First of all, I will have your dessert first! Your table is exquisite. So romantic and just as precious as it can be. Happy to have found you through Kathleen.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Ooh-la-la is right Nancy. You did yourself proud with this one. Love, love the salads. The table setting with your heirloom dishes is absolutely gorgeous. What can I say about the take home treat? Nothing more that WOW! Thanks for sharing with Share Your cup!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tablescape! I especially love your mother's plates and the litte flowers tucked into each napkin. The food is literally making my mouth water. :-)

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Gorgeous overhead shots! The food looks out of this world. That salad could be in a magazine. I am anxiously awaiting the main dish recipe. I already know I need to make it soon!


p/s I did go by Tuesday Morning last week but no luck. I'm going to try another one today if I'm over that way. My hubby and I are going garage-saleing again and I think we may hit that part of town so I'll let you know if I find those napkins!

Shari @ Swinging on a Star Creations said...

You did an absolutely beautiful job down to the last detail. Makes me want to be there to take in all the french lushness!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

You put so much thought into the tablescape and menu and it really shows. So lovely.

Barbara said...

So pretty! I love your views from above, showing all those beautiful details. I so want a piece of that cake right now. Lovely!

The Partiologist said...

Everything is just lovely!

à la parisienne said...


What a gorgeous feast you created! Those salads are the prettiest I've ever seen!!!
Wow, I bet every guest felt like a queen and how lovely of your to give them such an experience.

I would love to share your fête on my blog. Just let me know if that would be okay.


Ineke Original said...

Fantastic!!!! Happy Pink Saturday greetings from Holland.
with love,

Diane said...

I have no idea where to start with this comment! The table - those stunning linens! The food - that gorgeous dessert! Oh my, what a fabulous blog - thanks for sharing this one - wow!

Dru said...

What fun ~ and everything is just absolutely gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday to you...

LV said...

A grand table setting fit for a king. Well done.

Lorraine said...

What a fabulous party!! Love the tabletop, the food and those Marie Antoinette cupcake favors are darling!! I have Marie in a teacup this week, if you'd like to take a peek! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a delight to see gorgeous pink every week, yours are lovely!

My PINK please come and see when you have time. Have a safe and happy weekend!

Warm Heart Bears said...

What fun. I feel like I was there too! Thank you for sharing your luncheon with all of us. Happy Pink Saturay.

Self Sagacity said...

romantic and soft. it's inviting. visiting from pinksat.

Kathleen said...

How lovely! The table is beautiful, and the food looks magnificent! What a wonderful job you did on this luncheon, they must have been tickled pink to be so honored!
Thank so much for sharing this at Let's Dish, Nancy, it is beautiful!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Wow! This is seriously gorgeous. The love you put into the food and decor absolutely shows in the details. Can't wait to get my hands on those recipes. What an honor to give us a peek in to the soiree!

Shabby Sweet Tea said...

Jeepers Nann! You really pulled out all the stops.... So lovely!

The Tablescaper said...

Such an amazing event!!! Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Greetings from Australia♥

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Ooh-La-La. Amazing Tablescape! Beauty, elegance and grace every where in this setting.This is my Favorate sweet lady. Thanks for sharing, and Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Nann!

You are one talented lady! I just love every thing you do. This wonderful table is not only pretty but the food looks amazing! I am so wanting to come to lunch at you house :)

Thanks for sharing this at my party (last week).

xoxo Bunny Jean

The Charm of Home said...

Just beautiful! You have a gift for a lovely table! Have a great week!

Unknown said...

Such an absolutely gorgeous tablescape, Nann. Your menu looks so delicious as well. What a celebration!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hey sweetie, just hopping in to say that I am featuring your luncheon on my blog today. Well deserved feature!

Crafts a la Mode said...

This was so much fun to read and so much fun to look at the luscious pictures, too. Amazingly beautiful. Who was lucky enough to be invited to this grand soiree?

Best wishes, Linda

chateau chic said...

Wow, what a gorgeous table and gourmet looking luncheon!! Will you invite me next time??
I'm happy to be a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

Unknown said...

How absolutely beautiful! The guests must feel very special to be a part of this soiree! Those cupcakes stole my heart - love them!

Bliss said...

How come I don't have a friend like you to pamper me with edibles? I would lick the tires on your car to clean them to be invited to your food parties.


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Everything looked sooo pretty! And the food...oh my, such a sensory delight for the tastebuds! ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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