SUMMER PARTY: BASTILLE DAY



Coming up next: all the Bastille Day beauty. Celebrate today with all things French, red white and blue.


But there’s no such thing as Bastille Day in France. Why not? Because in France, July 14th is simply known as la fête du 14-juillet (the July 14th holiday) or more officially, la fête nationale (the National Holiday).



Mini champagne bottles in the most beautiful blue glass hue? Yes please. My Gigi collects blue glass, so these are a big favorite for me. What reminds you of your favorite people in the world?



Layer in accents of France with small objet at the table - favor boxes, flags, or small souvenir gifts at each setting.



France’s national holiday isn’t named after the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution because the holiday isn’t really about that event. Several different dates were considered in 1880 to serve as the national holiday, and July 14th eventually won out because it was the day of la Fête de la Fédération, a joyous celebration in 1790 that honored the new government and commemorated the one year anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (a prison where Louis XVI jailed citizens for speaking out against the government).



So...la fête du 14-juillet does celebrate this symbolic victory during the French Revolution, but the holiday is mostly about national pride: the tricolor bleu-blanc-rouge flag, France’s national anthem La Marseillaise, and the values liberté, fraternité, and égalité are much more important to this holiday than the storming of the Bastille.



Cheers to you France - à votre santé!


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