Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Weekend In The Country
























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.

A demain.

18 comments:

Tabitha said...

What a beautiful table, I love the amethyst coloured glasses

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

RAVISSANT! Letitia, those neutral tones with just a soft touch of amethyst is so exquisite. I love the plates and the flutes. And the menu is delectable. The company will be delighted as, most important the hosts are surely to be their witty adorable selves. I am afraid I can't make it there before tomorrow morning, but please keep the leftovers... merci.
P.S. you have NOTHING to worry about.

la fourchette said...

Bon courage! I can't imagine it will be anything but lovely - dinner sounds delish, the table looks great already and with a couple of coupes under your ceinture, you'll be just fine. (I can soooo relate to this, by the way.)

A-Dubs said...

Your table looks exquisite and the meal sounds absolutely wonderful. It will be a lovely, lovely time.

I obsess, too, but I have nowhere near either your excellent style or your culinary skills and creativity. Have a wonderful evening!

(p.s. You're having a wonderful evening right now, aren't you? Just as I'm having a lovely cup of morning tea.)

Perdita said...

I have similar guest-related-stress! I sympathise.

That glassware is delightful, it really gives the table just the right level of colour against the neutrals.

la Brocanteuse said...

sounds and looks just perfect and welcoming. enjoy your dinner-hugs from Colette ~Afrique du Sud

Jeanne said...

Best wishes Tish for a wonderful evening. I would need a valium at this point in the day if I were contemplating the same! Your table looks lovely and the menu sounds perfect for a winters evening :)

Jeanne xx

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Looks lovely...I am sure it will be delicious.
You set a very nice table and the room is very inviting.
Your guests will be happy that you fussed and tended to the wee details that make everything come together and look seamless.

a Broad said...

I wish I were there !

LPC said...

Simple and brilliant. Also cozy. Can I Skype in? That way I get the conversation while feeding myself, so as not to add stress:). Have fun!

quintessence said...

Your table looks absolutely lovely! The lavender glasses are beautiful! And your menu sounds delicious - I'm sure it will be a total success!

Lorrie said...

A beautiful table, a delicious menu, and what's sure to be wonderful conversation! I hope it's all gone well.

*Chic Provence* said...

Mmm..wish too I were there! Sounds perfectly delish and table is lovely!

Nice to see you Tish!

Kit

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear Tish, your table looks lovely. I love the amethyst glasses too and your beautiful jug. The menu sounds perfect. I hope you've had a wonderful night and no need for an ambulance! xx

knitpurl said...

Dear Tish, hope all went swimmingly well and better than you expected. Butterflies before entertaining is normal here, even when it's just family. A glass or two of wine helps for sure. xo, C.

Rubiatonta said...

Hope you had a grand evening. It's been ages since I've had or been invited to a dinner party. I don't seem to know anyone any more who has them, and my entertaining options are more than limited, given that I'm chez les parents.

Thanks for letting us peep in at your window.

Duchesse said...

We entertain frequently but prefer even smaller table- six! Le Duc says that way everyone talks to everyone else. I like 8; above that I hire help! Have a wonderful time!

Fay said...

ooohhh i so eanted to see you table but it didnt appear Fay xx

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