Under construction: A partially set table that needs some straightening, a closed curtain to cover the radiator, and more plates.
As you may recall, if in the unlikely circumstance we invite more than six guests for dinner chez nous I need an ambulance idling in the driveway. I'm that hysterical. Even a couple of coupes as I work, doesn't work.
On such rare occasions I obsess even more about the setting of the table. That way I figure everyone will be wowed (although I have serious competition from my best French friend who sets the most gorgeous tables and has no fear of having 24 at table) and be more sympathetic toward the food. And, never do I let a coupe reach empty during the cocktail hour. That usually helps too.
At any rate, we're have a verrrrry small dinner party tonight. On the menu: bouillon; pot au feu; two cheeses, Camembert and a chevre; vanilla ice cream and tuiles cookies from our brilliant pâtissier. Great bread from our equally brilliant boulanger and couple of nice wines -- as yet unchosen.
Et voila. Wish you were here.