Le Cordon Bleu

So exciting…here I am once again at school in Paris. Its such a dream come true.

A few weeks ago I had the time of my life at French Pastry School, with my parents. We made the most amazing patisserie, and learned great chef secrets about pastry and desserts. I plan to use and share all the recipes at all of my upcoming events, from weddings to children’s parties.

Here I get an entirely different perspective. We are preparing everything from Filet de Rouget a la Tapenade, to Salade de Fenouil with Citron Confit, Lamb aux Herbs de Provence, Tomate au Chevre Frais, and so much more.

And of course there are Julie et Julia posters all over the lobby.

Bon appetit!

Debi Lilly

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Handmade journals

As I wandered along today window shopping in all of my favorite petite shops in St Germain in Paris, I came across these adorable journals. How fun to design for gifts (have you started your holiday shopping yet?) for any occasion.

You could take a set of blank journals or diaries, and customize them with photos, vintage postcards, artwork, tickets and more. The “theme” of the collage would vary with the recipient: theater tickets and Playbills for the Broadway fan, seashells and seaside poetry for the beach lover, etc.

Wrapped with a gorgeous ribbon and fun set of pens or pencils – its a unique and treasured gift.

Debi Lilly

Chief Eventeur
A Perfect Event
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Chicago, IL 60657
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Last one…

The jaw dropper…lasers and fog create another universe among the garden of kings, Salle des Marronniers.

Debi Lilly

Chief Eventeur
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More Versailles

The illuminated kings…

Debi Lilly

Chief Eventeur
A Perfect Event
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Chicago, IL 60657
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More Versailles…

Illuminated white waving “branches” lead the way down dark, mysterious garden maze-like paths.

These are new this year – tres fantastique!

Debi Lilly

Chief Eventeur
A Perfect Event
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Chicago, IL 60657
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Sunset over Les Jardins a la Chateau Versailles

Tonight is one of my very favorite nights of the entire year…Les Grande Eaux Nocturne de Versailles. There are so many reasons this is the most magical night of the year..

First, you picnic at L’Orangerie at the top of the gardens as the sun sets, casting the chateau, fountains and entire Grand Canal in a warm orange glow.

Then, as you begin to stroll the gardens themselves you are greeted with millions of opalescent bubbles, creating a dense sea of laugher, surprise and delight (and these are the adult reactions!).

Each of the two dozen gardens are turned into fanastical vignettes – from turn of the century fountains and statuary swirling in green laser beams and rolling fog, to oversize battleships rising from the depths and then sinking in cannon fire, glowing tree branches leading the way down dark, mystical paths, and fire cannons sparking to the beat of a gorgeous symphony.

Each year when I attend, I feel transported back in time, to the Marie Antoinette world of french aristocracy. I walk along the paths of kings and queens that threw lavish, over the top fetes and parties centures ago…and here today, still do.

Debi Lilly

Chief Eventeur
A Perfect Event
3050 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
T 773.244.9333
F 773.404.2112

2008, 2007, 2005 Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Platinum List
2007, 2006 Best of Citysearch – Editorial and Audience Winner -Party/Wedding Planner, Chicago
2006 Elite Traveler Magazine – Global Black Book – Chicago’s Most Accomplished Luxury Event Planner
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