Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What are you doing the day after Thanksgiving?

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
Orange Juice
Petit Noir

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
Petite Quiche
Croissants with Jam
Paris Tea*

*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!


a. said...

Fabulous! I love the Eiffel Tower napkin holders!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Miss Janice! I've never stolen anything before but I would love to reach into the computer and "borrow" this french tablescape. I adore everything from the coffee pot to the toile which is very unique!!! I love french anything and have a croissant with jam whenever I can!lol Enjoyed your beautiful post! Sincerely, Jeannette

CMB said...

Shopping & tea in Paris sounds like the perfect after Thanksgiving thing to do! Love that Aqua toile!

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Miss Janice, Thank you for the beakfast and dream Paris shopping experience all in one.
I worked jewelry retail for so many years.
Oh, the pain of Black Friday. My feet would literally go numb. ~Melissa :)

Gone said...

What a fabulous tablescape!! I love the Toile!! Your posts are always filled with the nicest items and "goodies".

*Dreaming of Paris*


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Bonjour Mlle Janice! Loved your post! I'm a retired French teacher and I enjoyed every word of it. All of your "Frenchy" things are so cute! I enjoyed the little trip to Paris. I'm putting you on my list! Merci et au revoir...Debbie

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh yummmy! how fabulous! I wish that's what I was doing :)!

Instead, i'll be knee deep in Christmas Decor :) getting the house all ready for company, but Im pretty happy about it, its my favorite time of year!

Hugs, Cynthia

Pug1 said...

Wow, I love your post!!!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

I love this idea...I just may do this myself...and it sure beats the other suggestion...(good for stress and an upset tummy)!
I like to use fresh croissants for my Paris breakfasts...with fresh strawberries. I will have to try the tea you mentioned, too!
Thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

Breakfast and shopping in Paris sounds divine, however, breakfast at McDonald's and Target shopping truly sound more like my day darn it!

Bo said...

Miss do know how to entertain! The table settings were so pretty with your fabulous Parisian collections. ;-) Bo

A Hint of Home said...

You have very pretty tablescapes.
I try not to venture out on Black Friday so it would be a good day to stay in with croissants, jam and a cup of hot tea.
Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What fun! I love all of your French and toile dinnerware and linens! Your settings are beautiful, and so is your food. Thanks for whisking me away to Paris for a few minutes. Enjoyed it ever so much. laurie

Unknown said...

That looks so beautiful. I would love to come to either breakfast or tea. Thanks for visiting my blog. Love yours, you came very highly recommended.

Nanette said...

These are lovely settings. I believe the only thing that would pull me away from such a lovely breakfast would be the promise of this beautiful tea in the afternoon!

Anonymous said...

Ooo la la, Miss Janice! This is wonderful!! I love that Eiffel Tower. Been to Paris a few times and I've never sat at a table set as prettily as your is!! I love the gorgeous tabletopper, plus the dishes!!
Hope your move goes smoothly.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

What inspiring tablescapes, Miss Janice! I think you have given me a wonderful idea for a new "tradition" among my friends! We can gather together for a little Parisian breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, and then enjoy a day of bargain-hunting together. I hope you are not exhausting yourself with all that you must be doing in preparation for your move. I also hope you have plenty of help!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Thanks for visiting. I love your blog! You have a new follower.

Nancy Rosalina said...

Oh Miss Janice...I love this post! That french tablescape...OOH LA LA! I love those dishes too! Love it all! Nancy

Sandra said...

L-O-V-E your blog! Will be def reading you everyday!!

playsdolls said...

Miss Janice thank you for the wonderful trip to Paris for breakfast ,shopping and lunch.It was very intertaining.I love your tablescape,the dishes are wonderful and the Toile tablecloth I just love.

Anonymous said...

Haha! What a great concept! We are doing a kick-off-the-holidays brunch at our house. But if we weren't, I'd be stealing this idea! ;)

With Love from New Orleans said...

Greetings Miss Janice! What a divine blog! I am so excited to be inspired and learn! Have a safe move!

Unknown said...

Love , love it. Love the napkin holders alot. mishelle

mrs shortcake said...

absolutely darling!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Oh, I would much rather do the French shopping day than McDonalds and Target!

What beautiful settings. I decorate the day after shopping for me that day.

Kara said...

Love the tower, love the napkin rings, love the plates, love the idea, love it love it and love you…..

Thanks for a great “trip” on a cool autumn day.

Your girl, Kara

Teresa Jane said...

Missy J,
I think Teresa Jane sees something on that table she gave Miss Janice...yes, I do. How lovely Miss Janice makes a table, don't you think ladies? If we all could dine with her everyday we would have better manners. Have fun on the move. I think she should invite everyone over for tea after she gets settled.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Janice, Love your Parisian the heck out of Mickey D's and Target. Your china is fabulous. If Miss Vanna sees it she will have a fit! LOL While you are shopping TJ in Midtown, I'll be at the one in East Cobb on Saturday. :-) What goodies will you stock up on? Any two-buck chuck? :-) Be careful on your move...hope it's a breeze! Susan

RetiredAtLast said...

Have a peaceful and safe journey.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh, that Eiffel tower table, napkin rings, the cute tea it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the trip.... I went to Paris when I was 13. I would love to return one day~

Essential Oil Premier University said...

Love, love, love all those Eiffel Towers. My thing!!



Rhondi said...

Ah Paris! What a wonderful day. Thanks for taking us there. Merci!
Hugs, Rhondi

Bev said...

That all sounds lovely! Several years ago I had tea at the Savoy in London.

However, breakfast today is more like the Weight Watchers my robe in front of the fire.

I decided several years ago that there is not a sale in the world worth fighting the bargain-hunting crowds the day after Thanksgiving here in Dallas!

Unknown said...

Miss Janice! Paris Tea is my altime fav! I get it at William Sanoma. It is the perfect blend of vanilla, lavender and earl gray. Your tables are so pretty. What a great way to spend the day after Thanksgiving!

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