Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I'd Rather Be In Paris

A cousin and her family are planning a trip to Paris

this summer and wanted a little help with their plans.

In honor of their visit for the day,

I pulled together a few Parisian details.

I gathered up a group of Eiffel Tower

and fleur de lys souvenirs from previous trips.

I wanted to set a festive mood while

we enjoyed brunch and discussed Paris.

A bouquet of fresh flowers . . .

In a Parisienne pitcher . . .

Gave a bit of color to the buffet . . .

Of white serving pieces.

More colorful flowers . . .

Filled a crystal bowl encircled by a trio

of French poupées for the table centerpiece.

The whimsical dolls are

original Parisian creations by Cerri' Art.

Each Mademoiselle features a unique head

decorated with an extravagant head-dress.

The flexible bodies easily adopt various poses.

These exotic creatures are full of whimsical details.

Though their millet filled bodies are flexible,

the arms and legs are Limoges china.

Each unique, the whimsical mademoiselles offer a

touch of fantasy and make one want to exclaim, "Oh, la la."

To keep the table simple, rattan chargers

held dinner plates that feature bold, colorful fruits.

Vintage French flatware offered a touch of elegance.

While cobalt stems held the

cheerful yellow linen napkins.

The colorful fruit plates are

by Rainbow Gate in Santa Fe, NM.

Each is hand made and hand painted.

We discovered Rainbow Gate Pottery in 1995

and purchased four of their colorful plates.

With subsequent visits to Santa Fe through the years,

we've added more plates, each featuring a different fruit.

Our brunch started with sweet Beignets and coffee.

Fresh fruit salad of grapes, melons, and berries

Oeufs brouillés or French scrambled eggs with a side of bacon

And of course, croissants

To which one might add a bit of sweet cream butter

And orange with fig or strawberry jams

I'm here for the summer, but would rather be in Paris.

What about you?

What vacation plans do you have in the works?

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