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vintage car- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

If you are looking for an excuse to throw a party especially with a French accent, Bastille Day is right around the corner. Such fun details (which can also parlay into a chick Fourth of July dinner party) and I got to harbor my inspiration from my dream of living in France. I say every year that I’m going to take the summer off and go study at Le Cordon Bleu but in the meantime I’ll just settle for being a stateside Francophile. This shoot (shot by Nickie Cutrona) can also be seen in Lonny Mag.

children in garden- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

cheese side board- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

Think of different ways to display apps or snacks. A sideboard from our clients home was easily transported outside, and fashioned for an upscale “cheese cart”.

long table shot overview- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

You may have seen our Facebook Live video with Southern Living last week, here is a great idea/trick to steal- I found a great striped rug on sale at Target, which made a perfect table runner!

overhead of table- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

Place setting- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

I don’t like using bread plates, etc on table because it can seem cluttered… Here, individual baguettes are preset with vellum menus and tied off with butcher twine for a nice detail. Try playing with flavor profiles in your olive oil- herbs, citrus, etc.

peach salad- Tara Guerard Soiree/NIckie Cutrona Photography

french chalk board- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

sunflower cake- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

A single tier coconut cake looks straight from the French countryside with a solo sunflower bloom. For a variation for Fourth of July, try blue hydrangea blooms.

table with guests- evening- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

guests with sparklers- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography


7.10.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We weren’t lying when we said we planned to celebrate Bastille Day all weekend long, and we’re thrilled that Lonny was there to join us. Check out their site today to see our tips for planning a subtly French fête!

7.14.14   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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BastilleBlogIn case you haven’t noticed, we are very fond of our French heritage here at Soirée – from our name to my last name (Guérard), and even to the name of our blog! So of course we couldn’t let the biggest fête in France pass us by without sharing our favorite ways to celebrate. Our team has gathered all you need to wear, serve, play, and admire for Bastille Day on Monday, but we might go ahead and start partying this weekend. It’s the French way of course!

WEARRouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Romance, $35, Chanel; C’est Bon Pullover, $60, Madewell; Vintage Chanel Big CC Pendent Necklace, $2,541, Shopbop; French Connection Fast Lois Chambray Shift Dress, $69, Gilt; Tidal Stripe Easy Tote, $44, C. Wonder; Navy Polka Dot Linen Women’s Classics, $54, TOMS

SERVE: Grey Goose Vodka, $32, BevMo!; San Pellegrino Sparkling Beverage, Limonata, $34 for 24, Soap.com; French Macarons,$31, Macaron Cafe; Pom Pom Drink Stirrers, $10, C. Wonder; Veuve Clicquot Brut NV, $41, Total Wine; Crème Brûlée Recipe

PLAY: Fun illustration from one of our favorite French brands Anne Fontaine; Classic French cocktail – French 75; City Bike, $298, C. Wonder; Little French Songs CD by former French first lady Carla Bruni, $12, Amazon.com; Red & Blue Striped Fringed Garden Hammock, $40, Gardens & Games

ADMIRE: Some of our favorite French images, icons, and artists. We especially love the Degas painting – a similar look can be found here.

Bonne Fête everyone and happy weekend!

7.11.14   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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