French Flea Finds, Paris

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When en France, one must flea.

Here’s a peek at a few of my favorite new finds…

I never met an old french soup bowl that I didn’t love, and these have a fun “lion cub head” instead of the traditional French lion head design.

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I’ve coveted old French jam jars for years and years – at long last, this summer a beautiful dappled collection shall return home to A Perfect Event.

The best flea market in Paris in my humble opinion, is Marche de Vanves, on the south end of Paris, near the famous Montparnasse neighborhood of famous writers and artists.

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Another treasure I’ve longed for each summer as we stroll the marche – antique oyster plates!

These are from a second market, Marche d’Aligre, on the east side of Paris, near Bastille.

As a young, wistful teenager, dreaming of future party planning days, I loved my friend Katy’s mother’s collection of oyster plates, hanging so elegantly in her dining room.

These will be the foundation for our upcoming DIY Decadence Trends Party at A Perfect Event on September 7, noon – two, please join us – and see them brought to life in Chicago.

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Old, charming carafes…

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My mother has the most beautiful old wooden bowls for salads – growing up every single salad she served looked like a Bon Appetit cover.

She helped me spy these two bowls last week, and now I can enjoy a new generation collection in my own home. Yay.

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These may be my number one find.

Perfect for all of our upcoming Thanksgiving photo shoots.

What do you think?

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Oh how I love mustard pots…

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And cafe au lait anything, everything, always.

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Amitie – friendship.

Oh, how I love this find!

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This big copper cauldron almost got away.

Well, actually, it did get away.

Mom found it at Marche d’Aligre, for an amazing price.

But it was so big!

And I was thinking about how heavy it was – and how much room it would take in my suitcase – and had a flash wave of being practical, and walking away.

Then, I mentioned it to Mike, who said “What? You didn’t buy it? Go back!”

So, we did the next day, and it was gone…

And I was crushed.

Then, it just so happened, we found almost the same one, but round in shape instead of oval (I did prefer the oval one, rats!) at Marche de Vanves, and for almost the same great price.

Phew.

Home it comes, to chill wine and champagne at our next bar.

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Another treasure from my childhood – my mom’s old ironstone bowls.

Love this oval platter – but ugggh – it is so heavy too.

The kind vendor told me she loves it for arranging asparagus in spring…

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These olive cutting boards are amazing.

And I placed a huge order – for hundreds – to be shipped straight away to A Perfect Event.

The artist said he couldn’t charge me for the small one on the right – as it had a “bad mark”.

See the black spot?

I told him I pay extra for those “worms”!

The long one on the left is for saucisson, sausage.

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This collection of French children’s Fairy Tale china is going to make the most enchanting baby shower detail, non?

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Now it’s your turn.

What Paris flea find is your favorite?

We’ll style it up when we return, and send you a photo, bien sur.

Summertime tip: Protect your Ring

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Hello and happy summer!

This clever, coral crab beach ad in the new issue of CSBrides magazine reminded me to share a great travel tip.

My latest jewelry obsession: remember to always insure your valuables – especially with traveling this summer – and of course all of you brides and grooms flying off to honeymoon.  

No matter what type of jewelry, gifts symbolize a very special memory, and should be properly insured with my favorite, local midwest friend: Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance by Jewelers Mutual at ProtectYourRing.com.

Tra la la – now off to travel and soak up summertime inspiration, worry free.

DIY Mother’s Day Brunch on WGN, 9:30a, May 8th

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Time to toast to Mom…

And we’re going to show you how, step by step.

It’s all things fabulous for a Mother’s Day Brunch for a Bunch – grocery to gorgeous style.

Juicy Bubbles Bar, anyone?  Care to try spring’s hot Carrot Juice cocktails?

Or, how about teeny tiny Pancake Stacks, and French Toast Berry Skewers, with Vermont Syrup Drizzle?

Well, we KNOW how you’ll feel about our chic Cookie Bar from Mindy Segal Cookies, and Chicken n Waffle Cupcakes with Maple Glaze from Swirlz Cupcakes.

Tune in today to WGN, 9:30a – and see what’s cooking for your hot mama.

DIY Cinco de Mayo, Fox Good Day Chicago, May 5, 9:45a

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Cinco de Mayo is all about fun, festive food and drink…and Fox Good Day Chicago, tomorrow at 9:45a!

Ole – we have so many delicious AND healthy recipes for your fabulous holiday.

We’ll start out with setting a colorful, bold serape, lantern and floral table…

Next, Margaritas – but with a twist…

And of course our fave veggie, gluten free taco bar…

Plus savory small bites from the infamous Pearl Tavern: gazpacho sips, guacamole mini martinis, and Waffle Chicago’s spring must have the “woughnut”!

Start your week off with us – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Monday at 9:45a, Fox Good Day Chicago

And don’t forget our free download printables for Cinco celebrations:

http://www.debililly.com/wp-content/uploads/diy/cinco.pdf

Photography: Ashley dePencier Photography

Charitable Confection Cocktail Party this Friday!

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Join us, won’t you?

This Friday we are so thrilled to be joining A Charitable Confection, Chicago’s top chefs, and decadent desserts galore to raise money for teen anti-violence group Project Orange Tree, one sweet bite at at time.

Pop on in – and sip, savor and scoop up our gorgeous gourmet gifts and candies galore – just in time for Mother’s Day, spring parties, and more.

See you Friday.

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