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Dining Al Fresco No 1.: French Dinner Party

Last summer, we looked at four menus for four kinds of picnics. And you guys seemed to like that! So this summer, we’re doing it again. Only this time, we’re going to look at four kinds of dinner parties. These parties are meant to be had outdoors on your patio or balcony or backyard so plan your seating accordingly.

First up, we’re going to throw a French dinner party. Just imagine yourself in a stripey dress, relaxing on your patio with a glass of something red and a few of your closest friends in the dusky Friday night twilight. In my mind, this is the epitome of adulting. Here’s what I would serve at my French dinner party:

Cheese Board – You know me and my cheese boards. While I’ve never had a party fancy enough to serve one as an appetizer, I love the idea of snacking on crackers and cheese while you hang out on the patio, visiting before the meal.

Salade Lyonnaise – Since everyone is putting a fried egg on everything these days, this classic French salad seemed appropriate.

Lobster Pot Pie – Lots of French dishes are hot and heavy stews that you don’t really want to eat when it’s 90 degrees outside. But lobster is a summer flavor that will be perfect served in personal sized portions.

Strawberry Frose – I’m late to the rosé game, but this slushy drink sounds delicious and will make even the non-wine drinkers feel fancy.

French Cruller Bundt Cake – After you’ve stuffed yourself with cheese and egg and lobster, dessert should be light and fluffy. A simple cake like this won’t intimidate you into buying dessert.

Top image via The Venue Report

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