Thursday, April 16, 2009


I was so disappointed to have missed the Paris *Foodie Friday* last week that I'm indulging myself by bringing it to you today.

*Please enlarge the photos to view the details*


A Parisian dinner for two




A selected beverage from the Eiffel Tower carafe.




Bon Appetit dishes adorned with Vintage linen handkerchiefs.
The lil' Marie Antoinette shoes were purchased from the dollar store.
They made the perfect pair for salt and pepper.



The beverage glasses with french script are compliments of Lidy at French Garden House.
"Un Verre D'Amitie" translates to "A Glass of Friendship." Folk lore has it that glasses like this were kept on the top shelf to be taken down and used only for friends.


I wanted to share a few of my favorite French treasures .
You'll find crown embellishments everywhere...from my jewelry
( as pictured on the dress form in the first photo )
to my business card compact that is also from Lidy.
My vintage Marie bottle is from Tracie at my Petite Maison. It has a brass stamping of Dauphine de France it's Circa 1940.
The perfume bottle appears to be clear cut crystal, but if you look real close...



It actually reflects a rainbow of colors. Beautiful Aurora Borealis prisms.



Our entree
Pastry wrapped Chicken/Pancetta Cordon Bleu.



I adore these dessert plates.
There's a different Parisian pattern on each one.
I fashioned a napkin ring from a miniature tiara.


DESSERTS!
Fruit tarts (filling from my Napoleon recipe) on a Sugar cookie crust.
Mini Cream puffs drizzled with white chocolate.


Three tier cake and heart shaped sugar cookies .
Butter cream rosettes on vanilla & chocolate cupcakes.
Fruited Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.




Take a stroll over to our gracious hostess Designs by Gollum to visit the other foodie friends.

80 comments:

The Bloom Girls said...

This post is adorable! I also just love all things French! We Bloom Girls spent 5 days driving around Provence last September and we are both longing to return. It was such a wonderful experience for all the senses, the scenery was a feast for the eyes, the food..a celebration for the taste buds, the fragrance of the soap factory and the outdoor markets a delight to the nose and the birds singing and conversation at outdoor cafes music to our ears! Thanks for taking me back for a minute!

Blessings to you!

Karyn

Kristina P. said...

I need to come to a party at your place! Everything looks so cute and delicious!

Joyce said...

I love it all!
jOYCE

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

I will swim to get there to have a seat at your table Sara!!!!
Oh my oh my ...all looks so gorgeous,You did a great job of that post it was like being right there

Happy To Be said...

Oh Sara girl you out did your self with this one...BRAVO!! my friend jsy beautiful from the table to the food...its wonderful..so much eye candy...I love what you did with the little shoes for slat and pepper..girl I can't say enough about how beautiful is this...and I love Lidy and all her wonderful things and her blog...Thank you so sharing...this is going to be hard to beat girl..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Martha said...

A great French tablescape and meal! Love all of your little pastries!

Candy said...

Thanks for indulging because I too missed last week. Love those fabulous rose cupcakes.
Thanks for the trip.
Candy

bj said...

Oh my goodness, you did a magnificent job on all this! The table is beautiful as well as all that food. Ummmmm...I just love every single bit of it....
xo bj

~CC Catherine said...

Sara, Love your French themed Foodie Friday post...Love it! ;) The size cake pans I used for the German pancakes are regular round cake pans for a three tier cake. I've also used cast iron skillets on occasion. Either works well, you just want to make sure the pan is coated well with butter to prevent sticking. I make the largest batch the recipe offers. I was able to get five large round cakes with the largest batch listed on the recipe that is on the post. Let me know if that answers all your questions. Good luck! You will love these! ;) Now...PS: You don't want your batter to be too deep in the cake pan., or jelly roll pan. I'd say 1/4" deep would be the deepest you'd want it. Maybe try experimenting the first time with a little more in each pan. Depending on the size of yours, that could make a difference. ENJOY the German Pancakes! ;) ~CC Catherine

imjacobsmom said...

Boy you really went all out and it looks fab! Or should I say Magnifique! ~ Robyn

Dixie said...

Sara... thanks for inviting me over to visit... I've spent the last 15-minutes reading and salivating over your delicious blog!

now... as for todays post.. everything looks sooo wonderful... for me.. I think my favorite thing is the Friendship glass... such a sweet (and very French) idea!

have a beautiful weekend!

Carrie said...

The cookies look too pretty to eat. Wow!!

The other food and the table look wonderful.... but the desserts.... oh my goodness!!

honeysuckle said...

What a lovely Parisienne remembrance--so elegant and beautiful!

Chandy said...

Delicious and beautiful! What a combination! Great job!

Tammy518 said...

I love your French tablescape and food! Thanks for your sweet words on my blog.

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, your Paris table is just awesome. I, too, just love everything French, especially crowns, Eiffel towers, French script....just about everything you had on your table.

The pastries looked super yummy and very fancy. Almost too pretty to eat! Just a perfect table in every way! Amy :)

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

Wow, do you know how the set a lovely table! I love have you used vintage handkerchiefs. I also like the Marie shoes from the Dollar Store, they look vintage. The Eiffel Tower carafe and the friendship glasses and perfume bottle are all so pretty. Everything comes together perfectly, you are very talented indeed. I'm going to add you to my list of favorite blogs. Thank you for visiting mine and for the kind comments. :O)

Olive Rue said...

Hi Sara. These are all so gorgeous. Love the paris theme. Hope you have a great weekend.

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful post..such a pretty table..I love the idea of the shoe salt and pepper shakers..and the food looks delicious..
I didn't know last week's Foodie Fri. was a Paris theme..uh oh!

Really Rainey said...

I missed last weeks "paris" theme too... but You really made up for it! I felt like I was there... I especially LOVED those friends glasses... I am going to look for some on the internet! They would be a great gift! Your post is magnifique!
~Really Rainey~

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

WOW!! Your blog is so sweet. All of this food looks wonderful. Especially the Pastry wrapped Chicken/Pancetta Cordon Bleu.

Yes, I paid a dollar for all of the silverware at the yardsale. it was for the whole plastic bag full. It's fun that you have the same knife.

xinex said...

Everything is so beautiful, from dishes,accessories to food on the table. Anything French look so classy, love it!...Christine

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love, love, love this French themed table. You have so many pretty treasures that evoke France. And I also adore those desert plates (I wish you had shown all of the designs). That food is making my mouth water. What a pefect French party. laurie

Mama said...

Sara your paris table is superb, I love your dishes they are so elegant and I am drooling over the pastries, yummy, Happy weekend, Kathy.

Thibeault's Table said...

Such a pretty post.

The Stylish House said...

Sara,
I am glad to see I am not the only night owl around. I was working on my blog when your comment came through. Discovering a site like yours is such fun and inspirational, you have done a beautiful job. The moment I saw your header I was hooked! I am going to have a better look around. It is nice to meet you…. ~Cathy~

robinrane said...

love your blog! It's just deeelightful~
Robin
All Thing Heart and Home

The Vintage Kitten said...

WOW, Sara, Ooh La La! That is a feast and a half for the eyes. Beautiful and Stunning.

P.S You mentioned your friend from the UK's accent and things she says. Well I dont think you would understand a word of what I say as I have quite a distinctive accent. I am from a place called Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK and people from there are called 'Geordies'. The only person I can think of that is famous who you may have heard speak with my accent is Cheryl Cole from Girls Aloud and Britains X Factor??? Some Geordies are what we describe as 'broad Geordie' which means the accent is even harder for someone from outside Newcastle to understand. We say things like 'Howay the lads' (come on the lads when referring to the football team)'Gannin to the toon'(going to the town) 'Alreet Pet or Alreet Hinny' (an affectionate greeting to a lady asking how they are) and if you asked some one for directions and they told you to 'Torn reet at the roondaboot' it would mean Turn right at the roundabout! LOL! See I talk gobbledygook! X

P.P.S Mr Kitten told me to tell you 'he could eat a scabby horse between two bread vans' that means he's hungry. Hee Hee!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Oh I love everything about this post. I love your dishes and glassware. I love the way you set things for heigth on the Paris boxes. All of your little trinkets are just darling. I wanted to grab one of those pastry covered chicken goodies and your deserts lookes delectable! Thanks, by the way, for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment.

SusanQ said...

What a wonderful collection! I really enjoyed your post and all the details. The chicken Cordon Bleu and French tarts look wonderful!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Absolutley divine and delightful! I loved my trip to Paris by way of your blog!

Lisa said...

Forgive me for being so late to comment! This is adorable! the Eiffel Tower carafe is darling. And the food looks divine.

Nancy Jane said...

This was so charming, that I feel like I've been on vacation! Wonderful job...Nancy

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Bravo, Sara!!!!!!!! Everything looked sooooooooo beautiful and OMG, the food!!!!!!!!!! Okay, please pass on the recipe for the wrapped chicken! PLEASE!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Debbie said...

I'd love to be invited over too! That sure beats paper plates and plastic forks anyday:)

Florida Sue said...

I was delighted that you visited my blog, and I am having great fun catching up on all your posts. We certainly do have similar tastes and also our sense of humor is spot on. I too grew up in the "Rabbit Ear" generation. Don't be a stranger, you are on my list as well.

Cheers,
Sue.

Judy said...

What a wondeful French post! You have some great things. Your shoes caught my attention. I'll be posting about my "shoes" this week. Can I come over for your next party?

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Oh my what a GORGEOUS tablescape and such yummy looking food. You have so much talent in the kitchen and artistic too.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sara, Everything is perfect. I just love the Eiffel Tower carafe and your dessert plates are wonderful.
The lil' Marie Antoinette shoes are a great dollar store find. WOW!
Also adore the crown napkins rings.

Your party is lovely and so very inviting. I just love your blog and all the special details you create in your posts.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Good Luck in the giveaway.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

FrenchGardenHouse said...

I haven't had breakfast yet, but this looks so delicious I could skip that and start with dinner!:)

Thanks so much for showing off our favorite French Glasses, they are back in stock!

xo Lidy

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Those Frenchies really know how to cook! I think I would love to inhale French food every day of the week...if I could figure out how to take the calories out of chocolate croissants!! :)
Carrie

Barb said...

Sara,
This is lovely.

Thanks for coming by and the sweet comment about my 'blue' Monday.

I can't wait to see what your tutorials are. When will you be posting them??

I'll be back.

Blessings,
Barbara Jean

wendy said...

WOW - all I can say is wow --beautiful decor and you have a real sense of style. I'd never know how to put that stuff together.

Helen said...

ohhhhhh ... my favorite on this post has to be the perfume bottle. So pretty and unique.

The French Bear said...

Wow, that all looks fantastic!!! I 'll make sure you decorate for my next party!!! I love all your Parisian goodies! I have beautiful linen that I purchased from Lidy at FGH too!! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I truly appreciate having you taken the time to say hi!
Cheers,
Margaret B

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Ah, zee French. So much style. Such lovely food.

Susie Q said...

This is just wonderful! I loved every bit of the design, the Parisian treasures but the food! Ohh La La!
Thank you for whicsking me off to Paris if for only a few minutes...

Warmly,
Sue

Jean Tuthill said...

I loved the trip to Paris. Also, the pastries are to die for, so perfect and so beautiful!

vivian said...

OMG!! darling... where do you live?? I want to come for dinner! now.. will you post the recipes for the tarts, the cordon blu jobbies and the cake? My mouth is watering. what a fabulous setting. I love it!
hugs!
vivian

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sara, you did a wonderful job with this post!

I'm still on blogging break, but I checked in for a few and wanted to drop by and thank you for the sweet note you left on my blog. And I'm so glad I followed the bread crumb trail you left for me! I would have hated to miss this!

You did a wonderful job, and those tarts look divine!

XO,

Sheila

Rosa said...

Oh, you shouldn't have. But I'm so happy you did. What eye candy! I'm still fanning myself! Lovely, all of it!

southerninspiration said...

What a delicious looking meal, both for the tummy and eyes!!

Suzanne

To answer your question, since the recipe for Mr. Goodbars is made in a jelly roll pan, it yields quite a few bars, depending on how you cut them. Larger ones, you might get 30, smaller maybe up to 42.

prof en retraite said...

Oh Sara...This is just beautiful! I love everything! All of the little Marie touches are just perfect...especially the shoes! And your food...yummy...especailly the pastries. Makes me want to hit the p√Ętisseries in France! Thanks for sharing!!...Debbie

Vintage Tea said...

Everything looks wonderful,

Victoria x

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your French table is beautiful! Oh my!

Gabrielle Eden said...

Wow! I just found your blog because you visited mine. Yours is beautiful. What inspiring photography! Have a wonderful day!

nikkicrumpet said...

So VERY ooo la la!!! Loved the setting and those yummy treats! I want to be invited to the next yummy french celebration!

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks for coming by my blog the other day. Your blog is delightful as is your home. The recipes look wonderful. I'll be back when I have a few minutes. Mimi

rochambeau said...

Looks luscious Sara Sweet!
You did a beautiful job

xox
Constance

Lori said...

what a great post...i LOVE your glasses from Lidy, she has the best stuff...i also love your Marie bottle from Tracie, i had actually been scoping those out...too cute!!!

Anonymous said...

I really like your blog! I just passed a blogging award to you. You can receive it on my Boogieboard Cottage blog. Mary :O)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Thanks for leaving me a comment. Wow! Your dinner for two is fantastic. I think I would eat the dessert first. Yummy!

Marydon said...

Absolument magnifique! Exquisite presentations. I am intrigued.

Love your flowering tree ... we just planted a new one to replace the (2) we lost because of age. I truly missed them.

I'll be adding you to my 'following', you will inspire me.
TTFN ~ Marydon

A Thing for Roses said...

C'est magnifique! Did I spell that right? I love all things Paris/French. Got to visit there three years ago and loved every minute of it. Thank's for bringing back some fond memories.

Lisa

Raggedy Girl said...

Happy Table Scape Thursday!

I am stopping by to visit From Between Naps on The Porch and your French table scape is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

from Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

Katy said...

Divine tablescape and beautiful food! Lovely work pulling all these elements together! Great job.. Please stop by my blog check out the give away this week! ~Katy

xinex said...

What a pretty tablescape. Makes me feel like being in Paris again, one of my favorite cities, soooo romantic!...Christine

Janie's World said...

Ooh, la la, everything looks magnificent! Especially the desserts!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Sara! My mouth is watering!! I love all of the little Parisian touches - like the tiara napkin ring. Too cute!!!

Any of the wraps left? NUMMERS!!!

xoxo
Becky

Carol said...

Beautiful!

KJ said...

Awesome tablescape! I'm sure this was immensely memorable for ALL!

KJ

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Tres chic and yummy looking too!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oooo, la, la....tres chic! LOVE this, every bit of it!!! FABulous!!!
;-D

susan said...

That perfume bottle is gorgeous and the food has sent me into a near fatal sugar craving :)!

Jill said...

Everything looks great and yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sheri said...

How beautiful! What a gorgeous post! I love anything french, but this was exceptional!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Sheri

Robin said...

beau !.......J'aime vos plats

Hope your day has been beautiful

Sandy Michelle said...

Thanks for your sweet Blythe comments. I purchase all the miniature items on-line. This is such a lovely post! It brought me back to my time in Paris! Bravo!

Sandy xox

cindy said...

It all looks wonderful! I love the little shoes as salt/pepper holders. What a fun idea! You did a beautiful job! :D

-c

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sara,
This is quite late, but I just found this lovely post. You set a beautiful table and everything looks scrumptious and beautiful! You touch my heart, thank you for linking back to me (and you make my day ;)
xo~Tracie