Friday, March 2, 2012

Easy formula for successful entertaining!

Chers Amis du Bon Gout ,   Bonjour!  With days getting warmer and longer, you probably are thinking of celebrating Spring's arrival with some entertaining. For this endeavor, I like to have a formula for success which is both "guest pleasing" and also easy on me the host.  For dinner parties, I find the formula that works best is 1)simple foods prepared beforehand with fresh ingredients, 2)served in courses with attractive serving pieces, 3) fresh flowers and for certain 4)candlelight in abundance SVP !! After a work week in an artificially lighted office, looking for hours at a computer screen, most guests respond in a big way to "candle light therapy"!  Some of my "prepare a day before" favorite main dishes, whether I am entertaining in Uzes or in Breaux Bridge are : gumbo, pasta primavera, gazpacho, or shrimp and avocado salad.  For desert, a completely easy and very big guest pleaser is some good dark chocolate ice cream with crème de menthe splashed over it and a garnish of pecans and/or fresh fruit.  

Find following four photographs of entertaining to inspire you, followed by ten photographs of antique items useful in entertaining, available here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques.   In particular, if you are in need of candle sticks, I just brought back from France, a batch of fabulous ones in my plywood lined suit case. Also to further your candle light program, I have a great collection of chandeliers and sconces in stock. Please plan a visit here soon. 337 332 2852 

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith

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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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