The Iconic Hostess :: Amelie

amelie french entertaining party style ideas

Bonjour mes amis! I hope your passport is up to date because today we’re taking a little trip to Paris (you don’t mind, do you?). I (Ana) remember the first time I saw Amélie—it was in one of my favorite old movie theatres that has since closed down, with a bucket full of buttery popcorn and a sense of wonder and excitement at every moment that unfolded on screen. Have you seen it? If not, you must! It’s truly one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever seen on film, and so it’s no wonder Miss Amélie made for the perfect muse for June’s party inspiration. Keep reading for all the tres chic details…

The Drink: Rosé sometimes gets a bad rap in America, but if you ask me, it’s one of the most chic imports from France. I like mine dry and crisp, making it perfect for summer months, especially because you can get a great one for around $12. And make sure you get one that is only a year old, so for this party you’ll be looking for a 2011. Ask your wine store expert what their favorites are, and specify whether you want sweet or dry.  The fancy ones come from Tavel, although you can get good ones from Spain and America as well. Bottles of this piled high on ice is all you need to keep your company cool and satisfied. For more on rosé, check out Bon Appétit’s recent Summer Wine Guide.

The Food: Rosé pairs great with lighter flavors like seafood, and would be delicious alongside a seafood platter or garlicky mussels and French fries. Just make sure to serve with plenty of fresh baguettes! For the final course, a classic crème brûlée works beautifully, or if you want to really do as the French do, you can never go wrong with a great cheese plate.

The Entertainment: Your delicious dinner will be the star of this party, but Yann Tiersen created a beautiful soundtrack for Amelie that’s just right for the evening. Add Carla Bruni to the mix and you’ve got the perfect playlist.

And Why Not…

  • Include lavender in the flower arrangements or at the table settings for a taste of Provence
  • Plan ahead and order bread from the famous French bakery, Poilâne. They will FedEx loaves straight to your door for $35, shipping included.
  • Take a cue from Paris and serve a simple salad of greens and vinaigrette between the main course and dessert

*images: baguettes 1. Chanel No. 5 2. rosé 3. Our inspiration 4. dress 5. cheese plate from A Cup of Jo 6. dinner plate 7. candle 8. crème brûlée 9. flats

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22 Responses to “The Iconic Hostess :: Amelie”

  1. Ashlyn@Pinecone

    Gorgeous post – love it!! All three of my girls are taking French – and I never hear the end of all things French-ified ; )

    The flats and dress are so cute!!

    Happy weekending,
    Ashlyn

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  2. Jess

    What a cute post!! Now I wish I had space for entertaining…haha

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  3. Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing

    This is a fantastic post! Thanks, Ana! After an exhausting week spent lovingly with family this weekend is a movie weekend for sure. Adding another viewing of Amelie to the list now.

    bisous,
    Ashley

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    • Ana Perkins

      So happy you enjoyed it Ashley! Yes, Amelie is the perfect movie for this wknd. You need some creme brulee to crack along with her when they talk about her favorite things : )

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  4. Casey

    Beautiful inspiration! May I ask what platform or program you use to format your images into these posts? Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

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      • Casey Vasta

        Thanks Chanel! That’s what I was thinking.

        I was in Austin last week and stopped by Feathers – you were right, it’s awesome, thanks for the advice. Check out Barley Swine for dinner some night if you haven’t made it down there yet. Absolutely amazing. Take care!

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  5. Erica | cupcakes and coffee breaks

    Ah, I love france! The baguettes, the crepes, and of course, the cheese plates. I’ve been wanting to host a party lately specifically so I can lay out a cheese plate (preferably on a chalkboard plate, I love that idea). I’m so jealous of my parents, who are in Paris this weekend… if only. Thanks for the inspiration, and for making me feel a little less jealous of mes parents cette weekend avec l’inspiration du Paris! Ah, France…

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    • Ana Perkins

      Ah! My parents just got back from Paris. It’s not fair is it? I need to suggest “family vacations” again a la my high school years so I can tag along : )

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  6. Lauren

    I recognize that candle! Great post, Ana.

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    • Ana Perkins

      And I bought one for myself today!! I told you they looked so French to me :)

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  7. Katie

    LOVE this idea. I am so doing this for my 25th birthday party this summer! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Katie

    Also, if you were to get flowers for this event that are in season for the summer, what kind would you choose?

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    • Ana

      Hi Katie! Sorry I am seeing this so late :) Maybe varying types of flowers in white and cream shades with some lavender and even some rosemary in the mix. I think a palette of white would suite this layout beautifully — understated and elegant. So French!

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  9. Debra Kapellakis

    Beautiful, wonderful idea(s).

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  10. Jamie Herzlinger

    The red & white stripped dress reminds me of my daughter…she loves everything stripped!!! Its so fun and youthful, but timeless…a must have in every woman’s closet!

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