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foreversandals
« on: August 18, 2008 04:37:27 PM »

So my friends love to cook. And they love the opportunity to cook fancy meals. And I love opportunities to host. So we're having our second annual fancy dinner party this coming Sunday [the 24th]. As I plan [and scour this board for ideas], I thought I'd post our progression.

- Guest list [done - 11 people]
- Menu [in progress - French theme]
- Seating arrangements [done]
- Place cards
- Menu cards

I'm waiting on the final menu.
But I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for me. Just simple ideas. Decorations and such. Anything.

Here are some pics of last year's dinner party:






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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008 05:14:15 PM »

On the decor for a french country look - wrought iron, thick woven baskets, chunky clay pottery and candles, deep hues of red, burgandy, green and gold.  Roosters and sunflowers are great images for the table and accessories.  And fresh flowers, but simple arrangements.



Sounds like so much fun - what a great idea and a great group of friends.
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spooky.kitty
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008 05:29:22 PM »

 Lips sealed i don't mean to sound nitpicky but you didn't set the table right

heres the basic setting

*if you want to add a salad fork it goes to the left of the dinner fork*

heres a site for folding napkins (click click)

also i'd go with a low tablescape like this

 Cheesy hope i helped
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foreversandals
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008 05:29:53 PM »

Thanks habitat-lady!
I'll be sure to keep some of those ideas in mind. I'm trying to avoid spending too much money, but I'm sure some of those ideas can come through anyway!

Its great fun and its not that hard to pull together with people who are willing to help out!
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foreversandals
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008 05:33:27 PM »

Thanks spooky.kitty.
I guess we switched the knife and spoons around. I'll be sure to get that right this year.

Thanks for the tips on the low table scape. That might be nicer for conversation.

And I'm really excited about that napkin folding site! I haven't seen many of those. I love trying to make the napkins look fun. I'll be sure to use one of those!
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High Strung
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008 05:38:00 PM »

French country decorating usually includes all of the above, although sometimes the green is replaced with blue and the red left out or very sparse.  Anything painted white.  Light and airy decor.  Ivy.  Think shabby-chic, before it was shabby...lol.  Maybe some chair covers for a little more cohesion (pillow cases with some pretty ribbon work really well for this).

Can't wait to see the finished product!

PS. I almost forgot!  Toille and floral fabrics in those colors are often incorporated.
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