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From simple, chic decor tips to rich, classic recipes paired with a great bottle of red wine, you can’t go wrong with a dinner party inspired by France. Your guests will feel both a sense of romance, and that ‘je ne sais quois’ that only the French can create. Here’s how we pulled it off:
FIRST, THE TABLESCAPE
First, we fused modern, clean-lined plateware with antique, sterling silver cutlery atop fine linen runners — pairing each set up with linen napkins and rustic wooden napkin rings.
For our centerpiece, we took inspiration from Provence, choosing simple wild flowers and pairing them with a corresponding floral “runner” made from the excess buds. Finally, we chose to add a real French touch by incorporating a fragrant sprig of bright purple lavender to each setting.
To warm up the space, we added subtle mood lighting with brass-held candles and used sheepskin throws on the backs of each chair.
AND THEN, THE MEAL
We love classic French cuisine — and to do it justice, you need to treat your food like a star. Serve this red wine-infused Coq au Vin with a simple side and dessert for maximum effect.
Charcuterie Plate: Bleu d’Auvergne, Cabecou and Gruyere cheese, dry cured salami, prosciutto, cornichons, Dijon & whole grain mustards, fruit and nut crackers
Warm baguettes & butter
Plat Principal: Coq au Vin
Plat d’Accompagnement: Steamed French Green Beans & Butter
Désert: Simple sliced Cantaloupe