Knowing my theme in advance really paid off: in April, Michaels had Paris themed decor items for a short while, so I was able to snatch up some charming eiffel tower candles. Also, I've never been so glad to see Christmas - yes, you read that right, Christmas - items at Michaels in July. You see, I was short three silver chargers for my place settings and wouldn't you know it? There they were at Michaels with the way-too-early Christmas stuff.
I have to admit, I had more fun planning the decorations and ambiance than I did the food menu - and it's a gourmet group for pete's sake! Well, I'm happy to report that the food turned out fabulous (doesn't hurt that we all cook the planned menu together), and the evening was utter perfection - if I do say so myself :).
I am the worst at remembering to take photos during events - the worst! Thankfully, my wonderful sister grabbed a camera and made sure to get some shots of the setup. Some of the pictures were a bit premature (didn't have silverware set out yet in some pix), but at least it captures the general feel. Did I remember to take photos of the food? Of course not. Of my delightful, lovely friends? Nope. What a nutjob I am! But hopefully the next time I spend forever and a day planning such an event I'll make the time to take some proper photos. As it is, here's what I have:
What's a Paris themed party without plenty of Eiffel towers to go around?
Nothing like al fresco dining on a warm summer's eve
A little dress up for a plain backyard fence
My "Bon Appetit" banner"
Fleur de lis touches inside the house
"Ooh La La" banner
Menus for the different food courses and drinks were framed and placed at each food prep station
My darling hubby used his artistic skills to write out my welcome sign
Merci beaucoup to my gourmet groupies for a night to remember!
P.S. I'll be posting pics soon of my dad's 75th golf-themed birthday party - including home-made miniature golf course!