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Late Summer French Appetizer Party

Late summer is the perfect time for French-inspired eating. Gather friends for a shared appetizers-as-dinner get-together. A perfect excuse is a celebration of Julia Child's birthday, August 15. You can watch the movie Julie & Julia or enjoy some trivia games. There will be plenty of laughter—life's best medicine—and good food!

Plan and Work Ahead

  • Issue French- or cooking-inspired online invites with a link to the recipe each guest will prepare.

  • Or, gather friends for coffee or over lunch at work. Divide the recipes among you.

  • Find more French-inspired appetizers and other recipes giving you entertaining inspiration no matter the season.

  • Remind guests bringing appetizers to have preparation completed as much possible before they arrive. Note ahead if refrigerator, oven or counter space will be needed.


Serve Buffet Style

  • Mix-and-match neutral dinnerware and linens since people are bringing appetizers or desserts on their own serving plates. An arrangement of pots of herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme makes a fun neutral centerpiece. Or use sunflowers just like in a Claude Monet painting!

  • For a buffet, all the food is set out in one place and guests take a plate and help themselves.

  • Set up a drinks table outside the kitchen. Keep it simple.


Party Fun & Games

  • Watch the recent movie Julie & Julia or selections of the original TV series The French Chef with Julia Child, now on DVD, with your friends.

  • Everybody likes trivia. Search the Internet using search words ‘Julia Child’ and ‘trivia’ for plenty of help putting your own game together.

  • Who of your friends can do the best Julia Child impersonation à la Dan Aykroyd? Who can tell the most entertaining story of their own experience preparing one of Julia’s recipes? Award prizes of a cooking gadget like a whisk.

  • Use this appetizer menu when your book group reads one or both of the books that inspired the movie: Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia or Julia Child’s My Life in France written with her nephew Alex Prud'homme.

  • Or, once ‘Julia fever’ has calmed down, treat your friends to an all-things-French gathering while discussing books like Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française or Sara Houghteling’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

  • Watch a movie together, like one based on a book by the French writer Colette, such as the recent Chéri or the classic Gigi.

Menu

It’s a melting-pot appetizer! French ratatouille, Greek cheese and Middle Eastern bread make a top-notch pizza.
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Hosting an appetizer buffet? Showcase these mini chicken sandwiches that boast a do-ahead prep tip.
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Four ingredients and three steps--all you need to make these refreshing appetizers!
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Love onions? Triple your pleasure with a tasty appetizer spread that's ready in minutes.
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You can serve this flavor-packed salmon fillet as an appetizer or main course. Either way, it'll be delicious!
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Six ingredients and 10 minutes prep to baked melt-in-your-mouth hot appetizers!
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Your favorite fruits have never tasted so good! Try this tart that features fruit layered over a sweet, creamy filling and a tender cookie crust.
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Dessert in 10 minutes? Whip up a super-easy mousse using soymilk, pudding mix and white chocolate.
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