An indoor enchanted garden party

04.28.2016

I know, I know, I’m repeating myself here, but hey, Spring has arrived and it’s time to open your house to gatherings and feel-good moments with friends. But some of you may not have a backyard or patio to host an outdoor party. Welcome to my indoor enchanted garden!

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We hosted a ‘saucisson’ party with some friends last weekend and I decorated my living room like an outdoor space.

Ah, LE ‘saucisson’. We, French people, have a thing for saucisson [transl: salame/salami], whether French made ones like Rosette de Lyon [my absolute favorite], or Italian salami [Finocchiona, Crespone, and Hot Sopressata]. Salami plates are an easy party dish because the prep time is close to zero! And in my book, you know what sounds really good for dinner? Anything I don’t have to cook!

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I placed different sorts of Italian salami platters on our coffee table, with some fresh bread and rosé wine, and voilà! Limited prep time, maximum impact!

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Columbus Craft Meats is my little corner of Italy here in San Francisco and my go-to craft meat brand when I miss French and Italian charcuterie [pronounced shar-KOO-ter-ē].

Born in 1917 in San Francisco, Columbus Craft Meats was founded on a pursuit of perfect taste — from high-quality ingredients to authentic slow aging processes. The taste of their Italian salami is as close as what I’d get at my local traditional market back in France. Paired with simple ingredients [think fresh French pickles, or ‘cornichons’, parmesan cheese and of course French bread], my ‘saucisson’ platters were a huge hit and everyone devored their plates.

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I also quickly prepared a fresh salad made of cantaloupe and mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and a balsamic glaze.

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For the decor, I went for an easy going, outdoor vibe… except that my party was taking place indoors. I kept the table and sitting arrangement very low on the floor to keep the mood casual and laid back. I ran a string of lights from wall to wall above the table area, and attached some ivy to cover the cables; I also updated my chimney with a bunch of eucalyptus leaves and white candles, and placed some air plants on the table. Magic isn’t it?

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Special thanks to Columbus Craft Meats for kindly sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are honest, and my own.

 

 

9 comments

  • Mary Jo Hoffman

    Oh, these photos make me swoon! I wish I could join you for one of these gatherings. So inviting!

    • French By Design

      Aww, come over, we’ll host another saucisson party for you, @Mary Jo! Xo-

  • Darina

    Mmmmm….delicious! I love such parties :)

    • French By Design

      The best, when you can enjoy friends over without spending the entire time or afternoon in the kitchen. Happy Spring, @Darina!

  • Carolina

    Hahaha, I laughed at your “you know what sounds really good for dinner? Anything I don’t have to cook!”. I’m with you on this! Love the indoor garden theme you created, perfect with the uncertain weather we have here lately.

  • Ella

    I love your fireplace and the food looks yummy.

    • French By Design

      If only you could smell this eucalyptus, @Ella! The entire first floor smells like a forest! Definitely redoing this at my next party hosting! Xo-

  • Paperblooming

    So lovely! Perfect for a cloudy day :)

    xox
    Paperblooming