Monthly Archive for December, 2009

chic parisian party cocktail: le bloody mary

harry's new york bar, paris

harry's new york bar, paris

Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Champs Elysees in Paris, or with a small group of friends chez toi, if you’ve planned it right, chances are you’re going to wake up with one heck of a gueule de bois (hangover) come Friday morning. What better way to Frenchify your New Year than with a Bloody Mary? Bet you didn’t know that this All-American cure-all was invented in Paris, did you?  The Bloody Mary was first created in 1920 by bartender Fernand Petiot at the original Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.  Here’s the original recipe from a 1967 Newsweek interview with the late Mr. Petiot himself:

© Stephane Hennequin

© Stephane Hennequin

le bloody mary

Cover the bottom of a cocktail shaker with 4 large dashes of salt
2 dashes of black pepper
2 dashes of cayenne pepper
and 1 layer of Worcestershire sauce.
Add a dash of lemon and crushed ice.
Pour in 2 oz of 100-proof vodka and 2 oz of extra-thick tomato juice.
Shake, strain and pour.

When in Paris, be sure to stop into Harry’s New York Bar at 5, rue Daunou (Sank Roo Doe Noo, as the sign says) in the 2nd Arrondissement for a little taste of American history in Paris.

Until next time- Bonne Année and Meilleurs Voeux for 2010!

french holiday tradition: new years cards

I really don’t know what happened to me this year.  I feel like it was the middle of October, I blinked, and then it was a few days before Christmas-  and I’ve barely made it through my gift list, let alone sat down to write out holiday cards (don’t you just hate when that happens?).  Luckily, in France I get a reprieve of sorts. Here, instead of sending Christmas cards, it’s more popular to send New Year’s cards.  I absolutely love this little gift of time. New Year’s wishes can arrive up to a few weeks after the 1st of the year,  which means that I can take my time writing them, and my family and friends can receive and enjoy them away from all of the crazy mayhem of the “normal” holiday season. In France, you can find New Year’s Cartes de Voeux at any card shop this time of the year. Online, I like moo.com for funky and modern cards, or ooprint.fr for more traditional or corporate cards.  In the U.S., I recently saw that Wedding Paper Divas has a nice line of New Year’s cards in their Tiny Prints line.  Honestly, it’s a great way to relieve some of the holiday pressure, and a nice little Frenchy tradition to adopt as your own.

cartes de voeux, french new years cards

cartes de voeux, french new years cards

parisian party: weddingchannels blog of the week

I’d like to send out a great, big “MERCI” to WeddingChannel.com for selecting this blog as their Blog of The Week. You might remember that parisian party was a finalist in WeddingChannel’s Bridal Blog Awards this past summer.  Here’s what they had to say:

“Planner Kim Petyt does a fabulous job of fusing cultures to create unique and inspiring concepts for the romantic bride. Kim Petyt’s blog is the go-to source for high fashion in the world of weddings. Take a peak and get inspired! “  (Aw, shucks…)

blog of the week, weddingchannel.com

blog of the week, weddingchannel.com

Be sure to check out WeddingChannel.com for great wedding ideas, wedding dresses, gift registries, and much more!