It’s no wonder that my very favorite Entertaining With story we’ve ever ran was the one with Justine Gilcrease — after all, she’s French. When it comes to entertaining, Parisians have cultivated a level of cool that’s seriously taken generations to achieve. They don’t shy away from luxury or elegance, but it’s all delivered in a way that’s a bit… undone. The fine china is out, but the party might very well end up in the kitchen with some amazing obscure vinyl playing while people open yet another bottle of good wine. In terms of decor nothing is too contrived or uptight — instead there’s a sort of rock-n-roll recklessness when it comes to fine things. It’s inspiring. An entertaining style that seems hard to execute, yet so easy to enjoy. And I should know — I’m writing to you from Paris right now.

When our friends at GILT turned us on to their Le Creuset sale, I couldn’t help but imagine a perfectly Parisian dinner party designed around it. I’m obsessed with the collection in “Cerise”, a deep crimson that would look so good in an all-white kitchen — and it’s on Gilt.com right now and available to shop at up to 70% off.

Cerise is Le Creuset’s bestselling hue, and no other shade embodies the passion and romance of the French quite like it. I love that the pieces go straight from the stove to the tabletop, since the iconic hue gives a distinctively Parisian touch to the setting.

Here’s what’s on my dinner party menu:

No Parisian party is complete without fresh flowers (have you seen the flower shops in Paris?) so I’d love to fill a few vases with fresh stems from a local shop. I’d tie on a linen cross-back apron and get cooking — Le Creuset cookware is authentic French cookware still made in France, so I’d have that going for me. Then I’d nix the overheads and eat by candlelight — maybe some simple taper candles in pewter candlesticks. Before dinner there would obviously be cheese (and maybe even after dinner as well…).

Supplies from GILT: Le Creuset pieces in Cerise, French cook bookFlower bucket display, Antique serve ware, Antique candlesticks, Champagne bucket, Linen apron, Bread and butter plates, Cheese knife set

Wouldn’t it be fun to send out hand-lettered invitations complete with wax seal before the party? I love these gold on black custom invites by the written word.

I’d also probably use the party as an excuse to invest in some fun artwork. I’m always keeping my eye on the art section at GILT — or who knows? Maybe I’ll do a little flea market shopping while I’m here in Paris… #splurge

6 comments
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    karin | September 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Love this segment of true French chic and such, but honestly, didn’t like the first picture of the young ladies with her boobs hanging out (perky or not)….I would worry about my soup!

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    Kim | September 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    J’adore! The French knows how to throw one hell of a party!

    xox, Kim
    http://www.loveandbisous.com

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    roseofthecity | September 22, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I have always been in love with using mismatched but complimentary china. I pick up a lot of my pieces at flea markets and estate sales.

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    peppermintdolly | September 23, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Great post – love Le Creuset!!

    Rxx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

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    Caitlin - Wanderer and Wolf | September 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Great post – I”m especially loving that apron! I am the queen of putting down spoons when cooking and chatting and then forgetting where they are. Definitely should get an apron with pockets! Aprons should be like dresses right – if there aren’t pockets, I don’t want it.

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    David | September 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I am French and I must correct you about your point #6 : we do love to have a great cheese platter with cheeses from different regions (Comté, Roquefort, Munster, fresh goat cheese), but only with baguette or good country bread. Never serve your cheese with crackers, except for appetizer ! And we never skip the dessert. Instead of macarons, keep it simple and finish with a simple but good homemade pie with fruits from your garden and a tiny glass of schnapps, Calvados or Gentiane.

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