Julie & Julia Dinner Party

21 February 2012

More than two years ago I wrote on this blog that I wanted to host a dinner party inspired by the movie Julie & Julia. And this past Saturday, John and I did just that!

We were furiously preparing right up until the last minute (seriously, the kitchen was a disaster zone at 5:30, and guests were scheduled to arrive at 6!), so I didn’t get too many great photos, but thanks to my Instagram pals Graham and Nancy, I put together the collection above!

Our dining room table (which normally seats four) expanded to seat all ten of our guests. We went simple with a white tablecloth, then added small bunches of carnations in milk glass and mint julep cups and some heart confetti. My parents also surprised me with a delivery of red and pink flowers, which was SO sweet of them! We served Julia’s recipe for boeuf bourguignon and plenty of fresh baguettes in latte bowls with our simple faux-French cloth napkins. Guests were guided to their seats by hand water-colored place cards, and went home with crepe-wrapped chocolates. We also had a little bar set up that stayed within the color scheme (red and white wine, Shirley Temples (my fave!), and raspberry lemonade) and featured heart striped straws.

The best part, though? Besides the company, it had to be the outfits. I wish I had a photo, because everyone completely dressed the part – and looked fabulous!! I’m already dreaming up our next dinner party…

P.S. More Instagram photos

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February 21, 2012 10:39 am

We had such a blast with you all! Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful evening! Can’t wait to do it again soon!!!

February 21, 2012 11:34 am

It was such a wonderful evening! We had a lovely time and are still talking about the adorable decorations and yummy food. Thank you so much!

February 21, 2012 1:25 pm

Love Julie and Julie, and love this idea! Sounds like y’all had a fun dinner party. Thanks for sharing:)

February 21, 2012 9:05 pm

Cute Pictures! Adorable!



February 22, 2012 10:30 am

It was so much fun! You are wonderful hosts. I’ve been dreaming about that beef bourguignon ever since! Thank you for having us! (Even though we left a lovely stain on your carpet! Ha!)

February 24, 2012 1:46 pm

What an adorable idea! Everything looks amazing :)

February 28, 2012 6:01 am

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