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