Our first celebration in France!
After weeks of assembling furniture, buying all the necessities for our place, and cleaning up the garden, we finally have something to celebrate.
Happy 40th Birthday Alfonz!
We invited a few of our friends to celebrate Alfonz’s special day!
It is always the same recipe for a great party.
1 Part Food
Two homemade lasagnas and one baked mac and cheese for the kids, along with one veggie plate and one cheese plate, loads of chips and dips, olives and pickles to round out the meal. The fridge was stuffed with marinating meats and back up pizzas in case the food runs out. You never know how much to make. It usually ends up being too much!
Our close friend and neighbour, Celine, brought over appetizers; tomatoes, cheese and meat on a toothpick and cheese with sausage stuffed phyllo pastry. She had the help of her son Luca and Angelina went over to help bake a cake for the celebration. A giant thank-you goes out to them. Everything they made was delicious and was eaten up.
1 Part Friends
We invited a few families we have gotten to know over the last 5 months to help celebrate our special occasion, people that already know us quite well. We wanted to invite more people, but being our first party, we don’t know what the proper etiquette is in France. So we winged it!
Everyone came between 2:00 and 4:00pm, and we had hot food arriving on the table throughout the course of the party, incase some ate lunch before they came, or if other planned to stay for dinner.
It makes for a great time when you have a variety of people that don’t necessarily know each other. Even in a small town like Capestang, you often see familiar faces but don’t always have the opportunity to talk with them. It was a good mix, and the conversation flowed both in French and English.
I had an entire conversation with a girlfriend in French. Another conversation in more of a version of French, lets call it ‘Frenglish’ and others only in English as they spoke French back. I love that we have friends that we can practice on that don’t laugh too hard when we make mistakes!
1 Part Wine
Boy did we drink! Everyone brought over a bottle of their favorite wine and we sampled a good portion of them. We haven’t been drinking in excess too often since leaving Canada. Once with Csilla in Hungary we tied one on over at her place, and twice over at Christophe’s place here in Capestang but all in all, not nearly as often as in White Rock, B.C.Canada!
At Les Platanes, our home, we have a drink with dinner or on occasion a glass of wine with lunch. Today was truly a celebration, one that called for higher alcohol consumption.
Alfonz has never felt or looked better in the 23 year I have known him. If ever there was a time to cut the rug, eat high calorie Italian food, and drink until you couldn’t, it was today!
Funny thing, no hangover! I think it is the lack of preservatives in the wine. When you drink high quality booze, and eat high quality food at the same time, it may be beneficial to your health. I’m just saying. A study should be done!
Enjoy the pictures!