When faced with an Auction theme "An Evening in Paris" to benefit a local church/school, I thought, "What if my friend Chef Dave Cruz came down from Napa to cook dinner?" Called up a friend who has a great house for entertaining and asked if she'd like to co-host a dinner with me. Neither of us knew the full extent of what we were getting ourselves into. It was hard work, but worth it.
Part of the fun, and issue, was the theme we came up with for the dinner: Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon. A fun, elegant, casual dinner party for 15 people was based on the fact the china has a French-theme. My china is based on 'the Loire Valley,' which I learned was France's valley of kings, a UNSCO World Heratage site. Versaille wasn't far away, Marie's Petit Trianon would be an ideal site for the dinner in mind. Queen casual.