The invitation said "Champagne & Onion Rings, Oysters & Absinthe". This party was off to a good start! And though one needs little more for sustenance, we took the Parisian bistro theme and ran with it. Getting the French jazz band Avalon
to perform set the perfect tone for this backyard fete. While they charmingly sang and played, guest enjoyed plenty of champagne cocktails, sazeracs and mini croque monsieurs. For dinner, we kept it totally simple and classic--e.g. steak au poivre and frisee with lardons & egg--with more ever-present champagne (and onion rings, of course!). Bistro lights over small cafe tables made the whole night feel cozy and Amy's
use of garden roses throughout the party was stunning and chic. I'm longing for a trip to Paris and this party with a glimmer of my associations: Hemingway's obsession oysters, my favorite restaurant's profiteroles and a semester abroad filled with boozy love and fun. Bon Anniversaire Ryan!! xx
gin, champagne, lemon
lavender champagne cocktail
lavender, champagne, bitters, sugar, lemon
cassis, champagne, twist
rye, absinthe, sugar, peychaud's bitters, twist
burnt sugar, water
raw bar with oysters on the half shell & mignonette
mini croque monsieurs
duck confit, pickled cherry & ricotta on endive
french cheese boards, grilled toasts & accoutrement
steak au poivre
onion rings with remoulade
potato & fennel gratin
haricot verts with cherry tomatoes & thyme
frisse salad with lardons & egg
profiteroles with espresso chocolate sauce
Wowey. What lucky souls!
Just once, I would love to go to a truly fancy party like this :)
This is perfection! Feels like Paris just looking at the pictures.
Lovely party....felt like Paris, for sure!
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