Thursday, March 19, 2015

“March” down the center!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, Bonjour! In Provence, amongst my friends, the main form of socializing happens at dinner parties or luncheons several times every week. Sadly today many Americans have “created” the “idea” that they don’t have “enough time” to devote to giving a dinner party.

A dinner party is really easy and doesn’t take much preparation time and effort if you have the right formula to follow! I keep the menu simple! I don’t like to spend more than 90 minutes total in the kitchen preparing all the food!

My usual formula is:
  1. A first course of a cold or hot soup or a lintel salad which can be fixed the day before.
  2. A main course of a meat or seafood cooked in a sauce served with a grain like brown rice and a steamed green vegetable drizzled with olive oil and spices.
  3. A dessert can be store bought or as simple as ice cream served with mixed fresh fruit. 
Setting the table is my favorite facet of the preparation, and I like to do this the day before. My standard formula for the table always starts with a “march” down the center of the table of candlesticks and candelabra. With this “structure” in place, I can easily intersperse flowers, fruit and ivy, both in containers as well as strewn directly on the table! This “march” becomes a “march of illumination magic” once lighted for the dinner, casting a delicious glow on not only your guests but also the silver, porcelain, food and flowers you have laid out for this occasion. How could anyone not feel very special being at your table for this bon goût moment???

See following photographs of some table settings which each have a center “march” of antique lighting devices structuring their layout! If you happen to be in need of a tasty “march” of lighting down the center of your table, study the selection of 6 different suites available now at Au Vieux Paris Antiques shown here or visit the website and see even more.

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith 337 332 2852

The following suites of antique lighting
are available now at Au Vieux Paris

Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

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

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