So, it's the day after Thanksgiving and if you are lucky enough to go shopping...IN PARIS...well, why not dream?
Start your day off right with a proper French breakfast. A classic French breakfast is a simple meal, based on fresh bread. The French like to eat fresh baguettes, cut into tartines (segments about six inches long, split through the middle and spread with butter and jam). The tartine is the exception to the usual French rule (and etiquette rule) that bread should be broken, rather than bitten. Serve with fresh orange juice and peti noir (coffee without milk).
This tablescape is very casual with the Eiffel tower as the centerpiece. The Cafe de Paris coffee pot, demitasse cups, and plates (which I have had for years) wardrobe well with the blue and brown French toile fabric table topper. Oh so French...Breakfast in Paris!
Breakfast in Paris
Breakfast in Paris Menu
Now you are set to shop 'till you drop! After a long morning of browsing the shops on rue Saint-Honore and rue Cambon, relax and enjoy an Afternoon Tea in Paris. The French love to take tea in the afternoon and the tea foods I'm serving are surely enjoyed by Parisians everyday!
Afternoon Tea in Paris
Afternoon Tea in Paris Menu
Croissants with Jam
*Paris Tea is available at Harney Teas
Afternoon Tea is also referred to as "Low Tea" because it may be served in the parlor with guests seated on the sofa or chairs and the tea served from a low coffee table. I've enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the Ritz and I was served in this fashion. When you are enjoying tea in the parlor, just remember that the teacup and saucer are married and should never be more than twelve inches apart. Your serviette should be opened completely and placed just above your knees where you might also place your tea plate.
Enjoy breakfast, a little shopping, and Afternoon Tea in Paris--or, you could just go to McDonald's for a sausage biscuit, fight the crowd and shop at Target, and then have lunch at Chick-fil-A! Whatever you do, I hope you have fun on Black Friday!