For me, this year has been all about the French bistro. It started in the spring with a lunch at Bouchon Bistro in Napa, and continued throughout the year, most recently with a dinner at Petite Jacqueline, a charming little restaurant in Portland, Maine. What I'm loving about bistros is the combination of casual elements with refined presentation and service - this is what inspired my tablescape for our "Joyeux Noel" celebration.
herringbone cotton dish towels on Amazon. I tucked a sage leaf into each napkin ring - this is what I mean by casual elements presented beautifully. The napkin rings, a gift from a friend who knows me well, are vintage and say "Madame" and "Monsieur" - perfect for our French theme.
Almondine Bakery. Their mini baguettes were such a hit at Friendsgiving that I wanted to give the full size a try. It was just as good. | Homemade herb butter - it's easier to make butter than you'd think! I may have to show you sometime. | Maldon Sea Salt | St. Helena Olive Oil Company's White Truffle Salt
pickled beets I made at Haven's Kitchen, pickled carrots and onions from my mother's garden, fresh sliced radishes, and rosé to the table. Yes, rosé tastes just as good in the winter!
make Megan proud at Club Monaco's flagship store in the Flatiron District of NYC, I discovered the most beautiful stand of floral bouquets for sale in the adjoining Strand Bookstore. (Leave it to me to abandon clothes shopping in favor of party supplies). The florals are designed by by Polux Fleuriste and are presented in a gorgeous hat box. I will definitely be returning for another!
Hudson Park | Wine glasses: Luigi Bormioli | Flatware: Reed & Barton *I don't recommend this set - the pieces aren't holding up well | French water glasses: Ikea (not available online) | Butter dish: Crate & Barrel (on sale!) | Carafe: Crate & Barrel (similar) | Bread Plates: Fishs Eddy (not available online) | Salt cellar: Vintage | Sea salt jar: Weck | Pepper grinder: Fletchers' Mill (similar)