Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How To Throw A Bastille Day Party

Not everyone has the luxury to travel to France for Bastille Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the French version of Independence Day right from your home.
Bastille Day, July 14th, is a French national holiday. The occasion commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris on July 14, 1789, an act that led to the French Revolution. Today, Bastille Day is celebrated in France with fireworks, parades, festive food and drink and getting together with friends and family much like our Fourth of July.

Les Decorations
Decorate your home in red, white and blue. Just as everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is French on Bastille Day. Show your support for the French by donning your table with red, white and blue--the colors of the French flag. Place small flags and Eiffel Towers around the room for a French patriotic effect.
Art De La Table
French style is all about understate elegance. Your linens, glassware and dishes don't have to be expensive, just chic. Simple white stoneware adapts easily to French Style. Add blue and/or red napkins with these adorable Eiffel Tower napkin rings and tablecloth and you've got a festive Bastille Day table. Instead of flowers, rethink the bakery aisle and have a grouping of long bread baguettes as a centerpiece that of course, get pulled apart for guests to nibble on.

Eiffel Tower are available at The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery
Le Menu
Serve simple and classic French food such as a platter of salade nicoise, petite ratatouille tarts and a delicious country pate.  While French wine is très aproprié, we also suggest a wonderful cocktail crafted of St. Germain Liquor and rose champagne to make your guests will feel festive.
Simple sweets such as Macaroons, palmiers, and if you wanted to send your guests away with a little remembrance favor, these Eiffel Tower butter cookies are the perfect parting gift.
La Musique 
Entertain your guests with French music. Get into the spirit of Bastille Day by playing a selection of French songs. Of course, you must include the French national anthem, the "Marseillaise". In addition, choose a CD of Edith Piaf chansons and classic French folk songs. Our favorite that has an essence of French is by a Portland, Oregon based petite orchestra called Pink Martini, the CD Sympathetique.

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