An Evening in France Dinner Party

An Evening in France Dinner Party

Bonjour!

I mentioned yesterday that we hosted a super fun, French dinner at our house this past weekend so today I wanted to share a little more about that.

There’s a small group of us that get together once a month for a fun family dinner.  We rotate who hosts it and the hosts picks a country/theme, plans a yummy dinner then the guest bring wine that goes along with the theme.  Our first dinner was Spanish themed and we enjoyed Sangria and Paella.  Yum!

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Our second dinner was Italian and we had delicious Italian wines, appetizers, lamb, salad, risotto and roasted potatoes.  Again, yum!

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This month was our turn and we decided to go with France as our country.  Bon appétit!

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I actually have quite a bit of French in me so it was a fitting country to choose.  For my table decor I went with lace, lavender plants, candles and white dishes.  Crisp, clean and fresh 🙂

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Dinner was planned when I thought the weather would be a little cooler but it was a nice and toasty 96 degrees again 🙁  Which made the Beef Bourguignon not as enjoyable at least to me….

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However, everyone else seemed to enjoy it and that was all that mattered 🙂

More on dinner in a minute but to begin with lets talk about cocktails!

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Our cocktail starter was a drink I’d always wanted to try.  A French 75!  It was very easy to make and it just so happened I had the perfect vintage high ball glasses that had belonged to my French Grandmother.  Sante!

Appetizers were also french themed and included a crudite, baked camembert cheese with toasted rosemary bread and prosciutto wrapped melon.

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Funny story, I purchased the cheese on Wednesday and for the next few days The Hubby and I couldn’t figure out why our fridge stunk so bad.  I cleaned it out a few times and finally realized it was the cheese!  I was worried it would taste bad but it was a huge hit and gone by the time dinner was served.  Similar to brie but more ripe and therefore much stinkier 😉

Along with the beef bourgiugnon, I prepared a Frisee salad with grapes, pecans, bacon and homemade croutons, a sweet potato and parsnip gratin Asparagus with hollandaise sauce and bread.

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Dessert is pictured in the bottom right and was a French Apple Tart that was served with French Vanilla Ice Cream.

Of course we couldn’t leave out the kiddos during our dinner so they were seated close by enjoying their corn dogs, french fries and fruit 🙂

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I think Buddy may have gotten a little more of the girls food than they did ;-/

Such a fun and delicious evening spent with friends!

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We are taking a month off during October due to craziness between weddings, fall happenings etc. but starting back up in November with more fun theme dinners!  Can’t wait!

QUESTIONS – 

  • Have you ever hosted or been to a theme dinner?  
  • What country would you choose to prepare for dinner? 
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