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La Fête Nationale: Bastille Day!

July 14, 2010

Claude Monet, Rue Montorgueil, Paris, Festival of June 30, 1878.

Bon Jour!

We may not actually be French… but we still love a celebration!

Bastille Day is the French national holiday commemorating the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.

Celebrated on the 14th of July (le quatorze juillet) each year, the holiday is considered symbolic of the uprising of the modern French nation.
Festivities are held on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

Macaroons from Pâtisserie Ladurée

We urge you to celebrate this monumental day!  Pop open some Champagne (Veuve Clicquot?  it is a special occasion…), consult David Lebovitz, a fellow American in Paris, for a delicious French Chocolate Macaroon recipe,  and indulge by dining on brie for dinner!

If you can’t resist throwing a Bastille Day celebration, here are some party ideas to get you started.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881

Kir Royale

Radishes with Butter and Salt

Petite Croque Monsieur Sandwiches (use baguette slices to make them petite)

Hanger Steak with Pommes Frites (make sure to serve the frites in a paper cone!)

Petite Pain au Chocolat

Crêpes with Nutella and Jam

Au revoir!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:48 am

    Bonjour!! Wish either of you were in Dallas to celebrate in French style! xo

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