I am turning 30 this month...ahem, as you know. I am going to have a party--probably 20 to 30 people at my house--and I wanted to do something FUN, so I have decided to make it French themed. (Quelle suprise!) Beaujolais nouveau comes out soon, so I am going to grab some bottles (if not a case, LOL) and I want to have a signature drink. I will have an assortment of cheeses, maybe a cantaloupe and ham dish, and of course, pastries. Do you have any ideas to add to the mix?
Your party sounds so fun! And how smart to pick a theme around a limited-time-only wine.
It sounds like you already have a good start menu-wise, but here are some ideas based on whether you feel like cooking or shopping. After all, you should only cook a big meal on your birthday if you really feel like it.
If you feel like cooking:
Croque monsieurs (Perfect drinking food!)
How about a sweet or savory galette? Maybe butternut squash and caramelized onion or apple
Maybe some spiced nuts with herbes de provence?
One large quiche or mini quiches
Baked brie in puff pastry
Some fresh vegetables and dips like aioli and tapenade (or artichoke tapenade)
Or, for a more formal meal, how about ratatouille, some grilled sausages, and a big salad?
And for dessert, in my book, nothing is more birthday-worthy, and French-y than a chocolate soufflé cake
If you feel like shopping:
Pick up some pre-made tapenade and serve it with poached, chilled shrimp and crackers.
Serve pâté with cornichons and mustard with baguette slices
Ham and cheese sandwiches on mini croissants
Chocolate truffles (Whole Foods has really good ones)
Maybe something light and refreshing with Lillet, like Lillet au Citron?
Or a French 75?
Or a French martini
Does anyone else have French party food ideas for my friend? Help a mademoiselle out!
[Image from James Beard's Fireside Cookbook]