Saturday, January 14, 2012

EVENING IN PARIS

I told my sweetheart I wanted to go to the City of “Luv”, for Valentine’s Day.  His loud and long laughter led me to believe I would not be going to Paris, sooo, what’s a girl (I use that word very loosely) to do?  Create an Evening in Paris tablescape, of course.  Now I’m not sayin’ that a tablescape can replace a trip to Paris, but I did have fun doing it, and the grands said it was the best trip to Paris they had ever had (we won’t dwell on the fact that none of my grands have ever been to Paris).

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Now I know what you’re saying to yourself --“Did Laurie really hang a shower curtain behind her table?”  Well, like I said before, what’s a girl old woman to do when she’d really rather be in Paris?  Hang a shower curtain, of course!

shower curtain

When I found this shower curtain marked down, I knew I had to have it, because it’s probably the closest I’ll ever come to getting back to Paris (I went when I was in high school – yes! the Eiffel Tower was there way back then.) 

Recently, when I went to an estate sale (the one where I fell and injured my hand), I found some really cute little French plates (they may have made the hand injury worth it).  They are scenes from French operas, and, of course, I had to have them.

plates ALL

Aren’t they just soooo charming?   I also knew, when I spotted this cute cloche on line, that I NEEDED it!

cloche

Just look at all of the French images on every side of this cloche.

cloche mos

I decorated the Eiffel Tower with little clip-on vials of flowers.  These vials are made to clip onto a outdoor table umbrella.

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The pretty Eiffel Tower “Evening in Paris” pictures are the creation of the talented Karen Harvey Cox at A Scrapbook of Inspirationcandle towerI used a Paris-themed towel to catch any wine drips.

towel

champagn bucketstems

mugs

This is not French.  It’s from Williams Sonoma, and I just think it’s kind of a handy thing to have around.  In the next photo, I’m serving cherry tarts from this heavy-duty cake stand.

cake stand

I moved the tarts to a different server and turned this cake stand topsey turvey, and it became a punch bowl!  Who thinks up this stuff?

punch bowl

punch ladel

punch cups tarts

More Paris-themed plates.

plates

chex mix

And a romantic evening in Paris wouldn’t be complete without some kisses.  I’ve used these little tin Paris souvenirs for everything from salt cellars to spoon rests, but they are serving up kisses on this table.

kisses

At another estate sale, I purchased “love” handkerchiefs (yeah, I go to a lot of estate sales).  I used the hankies as napkins.  I am so sorry, but my mind has gone blank.  I purchased the pretty lace napkin covers from a blog (it’s a blog I love to visit, but I have racked my brain, and I can’t remember the name of that blog).  If I purchased these from your blog, please remember I’m an old woman, and forgive me.  If you’ll leave me a reminder, I’ll amend this post to add your blog name.

hankie

napkins

table full btr

I’m having a Valentine party linkup on February 10th.  Anyone who links to that post will have a chance to win one of the following prizes:

A combination cake stand/punch bowl;

A set of four black and white Paris-themed dessert/appetizer plates;

or

A Paris-themed cloche.

All you have to do to be eligible to win a prize is link a Valentine or love-related post to the Valentine party on February 10th.  GIVVEAWAYS CMBND

That Paris shower curtain has the best scenes from Paris.  Just look at this one!

FRENCH ARTIST

Thank you for sharing my evening in Paris.  I hope you’ll be here for the par-tay on the 10th of February.  Laurie

37 comments:

Sarah said...

Laurie, you are the best! I love the Paris shower curtain. What a cute idea. You know I took in every Parisian detail of your Evening in Paris table. I do think it's time you and your attorney went to Paris though.
You can tell him I said so! ~ Sarah
I'll be at the party. ;-)

Palomasea said...

This is so wonderfully creative, Laurie! Bravo... :))
xoxo,
- Irina

Cindy J. said...

Amazing!!! That's all I can say, cause your creativity just leaves me nearly speechless..truly amazing! Love ya, Cindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hello my dear BOSS sleeping friend..now girl I loved my evening in Paris with you..I still say you have to be the best grandma in the whole world but I bet your grands kids are going to grow up thinking all grandmas do these kind of things NOT lol!! I pray all is GREAT in your world my dear friend..Hugs from my mountain to yours Gloria

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh honey I wished I coud do your par=ty..I could show everyone my "new heart" ha ha!! hey it works for me girl..Love ya Gloria
ps..was thinking the other day about the midnight raid and Big purses from our RMS days and what fun we had makes for great memories for me girl..Love Gloria

Debbie said...

I smiled all the way from the shower curtain to the French kisses. You are definitely one of the most creative bloggers out there. I love those opera plates that you got from the estate sale, and that punch bowl is fantastic!

I will definitely be here for your partay. Now, to start thinking up a great lovey dovey post.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

ooolala...this is the best of Paris and no plane trip required.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, you totally amaze me. What a fabulous tablescape. I LOVE it all. Yes, I will be at the party and have your button on my sidebar. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Is there an award? cuz I think you should get it. You did a great job with the Paris theme...fabulous! Oh, and the cloche is absolutely divine!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Well, you KNOW I love this, Laurie! I am drooling over those fabulous opera plates! And that shower curtain...I've never seen it before! I once had a hotel room with a window in the shower with a view of the Eiffel Tower. lol Gotta love those French! Happy Sunday!...hugs...Debbie

Sue said...

OMG- those plates are wonderful, Laurie! You've put together another fantastic "trip." Your cloche is just amazing and you dressed it so well. We really gotta party together someday! I am in awe of your talents, girlfriend~ hugs, Sue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You can come up with some of the cutest ideas for your table settings!! Love it all!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You are so creative. I felt like I was back in Paris!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Hi, Laurie! I haven't visited in a while and I was thrilled to see this post, as I LOVE anything Paris and/or any French items whatsoever! And you did a fabulous job here. You have lovely things, especially those Eiffel towers. I love too how you put the black and white bows on things! And very nice new plates -- sorry you had to take a tumble to get them. Man, you go all out to get something you want, don't you?? LOL! ;)
Take care and see you on Pinterest!
Best,
Gloria

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Laurie, you AMAZE me with your creativity! Love this post! Doncha worry, I will be at the par-tay!

The Kramer Angle said...

Wow! Amazing! Seriously!

Gail

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Laurie, you are such a creative gal!! Never would I think of using a shower curtain in that way ~ but hey, it WORKS!! Love all your Eiffel Tower themed items, and must show this post to my ohsogrownup 15 1/2 yr. old granddaughter who collects Eiffel Towers. She'll have fits!!!!! Just beautiful, sweet friend!

Palomasea said...

Merci, chere Laurie, for visiting me!! :)
Thank you for the kind message, and yes, what a blessing blogland can be..such dear people!
Enjoying your gorgeous tablescape again..can my table look like this every day? ;)
Oh, I'm also following your beautiful boards on Pinterest!
A lovely week to you,
xoxo,
- Irina

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Honestly Laurie I think you are a tablescaping genius!
What a fabulous, creative, masterpiece!
Really I don't know where to begin because I am in total awe of your creativeness!
Well I love love love it all!
Can't wait for your party!
Hugs my creative friend,
Cindy

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Paris is the best party theme I can think of! I think your shower curtain is a perfect backdrop and I love all the little Eiffel towers in your tablescape.

DogsMom said...

Who thinks up these things? You do!
You have to be the most fun mom/sister/aunt/cousin/grand/best friend anyone could wish for.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I am like you I will never get to paris so this all looks so good to me

I would love to be at your paris party

The Tablescaper said...

This is an amazing table. You have a phenomenal amount of Paris themed items! I love those punch cups and the handkerchiefs were brilliant.

- The Tablescaper

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Darn it..... this "girl" missed the darn party... I'm sure it was wonderful..... you are hilarious.

Huggies...
S

Rettabug said...

This HAD to be a FUN party, Laurie! You thought of everything & I ♥♥♥ your Paris backdrop...very creative!

I just posted your Valentines Party button on my sidebar & I hope to be at the party. Thank you for hosting it every year.

fondly,
Rett

p.s. I don't feel so bad about still having my Christmas tree up, now that I've seen all of YOUR STUFF!!

Liz said...

Hi Laurie
Your fun table scape has totally inspired me! :)
I need to get my post planned for Valentine's Day!

So glad your having your party again this year.
~Liz

xinex said...

You always make me laugh with your posts, Laurie. You are so entertaining and I just love your City of Love tablescape. Great Paris elements on the table and the shower curtain just completed it. I will be flying back home on the 10th but I will link to your party somehow...Christine

xinex said...

You always make me laugh with your posts, Laurie. You are so entertaining and I just love your City of Love tablescape. Great Paris elements on the table and the shower curtain just completed it. I will be flying back home on the 10th but I will link to your party somehow...Christine

Nezzy said...

You have truly gone over the top here girl, this is magnificent...just like a trip to Paris. What a treat!!!

Have yourself a fantastically blessed day sweetie!!!

I'm wowed here............

Kathleen said...

Oh la la and all that Frenchie stuff! Great idea! You could have gone toParis, SC!
Love all your cute ideas, and the food looks good too. I just don't have an Eifel towers in my stash!
I am working on your party. I am getting heart ♥ burn!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a fun evening in Paris! I love your pretty table set with your pretty dishes and those wonderful punch cups!

Di said...

This is great oh yes we all want the prizes!! A new follower, Di@cottage-wishes

Marlis said...

This is simply wonderful.. doing some catching up this morning. You have certainly transported us to a lovely place! great plates.. xo marlis

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Sweet Laurie! LOVING the Paris Theme party. And the shower curtain back drop ROCKS! Lol You're so funny! I have to tell you, the Parisian Cloche is Awesome...Loving the LOVE cloth napkins too. I think you did a total FRENCHtastic job here lady! :)

You always do!!!
Don't stop being YOU!
:)
~CC Catherine

liz said...

YOU are the Best!I just found an answer to all that I've been looking for - Paris Theme Party. My daughter is having a sweet 16 party and I've been looking for something unique and I FOUND it here! Your ideas are awesome! Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Hello. I absolutely love all of your Paris stuff. Where did you find it? We are tying to put together a Paris themed Prom on a very limited budget. I love your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

SavannahGranny said...

Loved the night in Paris. You attended to every detail. Hugs, Ginger