A French-Themed Celebration… Ooh La La!

This party is adorable! From the vintage furniture vignettes to the clothespinned pictures to the hanging frames it’s a perfect match-up of delicious entertaining and interior design.

I love the antique suitcase used to prop up handmade favors and the little chalkboards with various party labels – of course the menu is French heaven. Chris of Celebrations at Home threw this French-Themed Birthday Party for her husband just a few weeks ago.

From Chris: “We went with a French Happy Hour theme as sort of a nod to the time we spent in France, BC (before children). For the decor, I used what I already had, and was so pleased with the result.”

H’orderves themed “A little taste of France” included: Goat cheese toasts with caramelized onions, Brie tarts with strawberry preserves, mini quiches, and “french” fries served in paper cones with a fleur de lis embelishment. An old suit case was used to serve the toasts out of, and pictures from the couple’s actual trip created a ‘banner’ out of clothespins.

Guests were greeted with French wine and champagne in front of the adorable hanging frames (see top image). Chris created this area using a pvc pipe frame system to hold old frames (I use this same idea to create ‘outdoor curtain’ areas), a ‘C’ for Chuck (her hubby), and curtain panels. An old chest stood in as the perfect bar and a garden urn held iced champagne.

The dessert table served up fruit tartlets, palmiers, croquembouche, and macarons from Petites Bouchees.

Take home favors consisted of various monogrammed items: note pads, coaster sets, and note cards. The bags were wrapped with coordinating paper used throughout the party, and a monogram tag was attached with fleur de lis wax seal. I love this vintage suit case was used to help display the favors.

More photos at Celebrations at Home’s Facebook album and be sure to check out Chris’s great website for all sorts of entertaining inspiration!

Lonny Online: Take 5

Lonny recently published it’s 5th online issue – and the June/July release is a great cover to cover read. Because of it’s soft-copy presence, the editors can bring 239 colorful pages to life and enough ahhing & oogling to fill at least one afternoon.

I’ve actually had to break my Lonny time into two or three coffee cup increments over the past week because there’s, well, too much! But here are a few of my favorite spreads:

I miss print. I miss my Domino and while I look forward to House Beautiful and Elle Decor each month it would be wonderful for Lonny to one day create an issue that I can dog ear, too. Until then, check out the entire online issue here.

PS Wouldn’t it be great if we could subscribe internationally {at a reasonable price} to a few of our favorites? I’m a huge fan of faraway publications such as RealLiving in Australia and NZ House & Garden from New Zealand.

A Special Honoring for All of the Dads

Happy Father’s Day!

Here’s a quick look back at the three special dads in my life… To my Dad, step Dad and Father-In-Law: Love you guys very much and thank you for the special Fathers that you are!

Clockwise from top: my Dad (Jerry) and step Dad (John) walking me down the aisle (Kevin & my anniversary is next week so I look forward to sharing a few more wedding photos), my Dad and I touring Balboa park last year, my brothers, sisters and Kevin with my Dad in San Diego, my FIL (Randy) on a bike trip down the coast of Oregon with his sons (and me in the sag wagon!), and finally my step Dad with my brother and I when we were little.

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