The French treat every meal as if it's an occasion. This, to me, would seem to give them a special advantage when it comes to entertaining (where apparent effortlessness is key to a successful soiree).
So, how does one hostess the French way? Mimi Thorisson, mom, cook, blogger (and owner of 14 dogs!) shares her secrets.
Top 5 Tips for entertaining à la française:
1. Be elegant and understated.
2. Always choose a beautiful wine list for your guests.
3. Always start with ice-cold champagne, served with home-made gruyère cheese puffs.
4. Write a hand-written menu for each guest.
5. Take your time. Savour the moment. A good meal can last hours and hours.
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What are your tips for successful entertaining?
(Image: Oddur Thorisson for MANGER)