Un dimanche à Paris :: Pelouse en Fête @ Parc Monceau

Monday, April 22, 2013

The lovely Meg documenting this ridiculous moment! 


Each year the Mairie de Paris close the lawns in almost every park in the city to the public for the colder six months of the year so the grass can "rest". It is forbidden to walk, sit, run, play on the grass that gets fenced off to the city's inhabitants and visitors. To someone who had just arrived from the Great Southern Land and grew up with huge green spaces at immediate disposal for any al fresco folly, the notion of this was just absurd and I vowed to, one day, throw a huge picnic party to celebrate when we were allowed on the lawns again.
Yesterday this very idea, which had been banging around in my head since my first springtime in Paris three years ago, was realised and to say I was ecstatic of its festive fruition would be an absolute understatement.

It was such a joyous day; the weather was positively perfect and Parc Monceau came alive with families and young folk all rejoicing in the early spring sun. Everybody I had invited, both long-time friends whom I've known since my first week in Paris and bloggers-about-town I'd only just met through social media and their invitees, got into the spirit of the fête superbly and I can't thank everyone enough for coming along and helping celebrate. It was so lovely to catch up with familiar faces and become acquainted with so many of the ladies whose blogs I'd been following for a long time and have come to cherish.

Despite my usual Sunday practice of taking photos of everything I see and do I was so nervously occupied with hosting duties that I didn't get much of a chance, and I'm not all that much of a photographer as it is. So for more absolutely stunning pics of this gorgeous day I've pasted links below to the posts of the gracious girls who have shared the day also.
Organising this little picnic made me miss terribly the event production work I loved so much prior expat life and the cogs are already in motion scheming up an even bigger and brighter fête for 2014!
Watch this space!

xx

:: 'La Pelouse en Fête au Parc Monceau' - Little Pieces of Light
:: 'Pelouse en Fête' - Paris in Four Months
:: 'Diary | The Weekend' - Ambitieuse
:: 'Pelouse en Fête: Celebrating Spring in Paris' - Expat Edna
:: 'Pelouse en Fête' - De quelle planète es-tu?
:: 'Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau' - Diane, A Broad
(Pavlova cutting pic credits: Olivia)

22 comments :

  1. Three years of dreams and it finally happened.. You're amazing!! thank you so much for the invitation and once again, I'm so gutted for being sick and to miss a glorious event such as this! EVERYBODY is raving about it xxx

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    1. It was a long time coming, I'm sad it's over already! Would have been lovely to meet you! I'm sure I'll get to, soon! xx

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  2. Thank you so so much for a wonderful day :)

    xx Carin

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    1. You're so welcome, Carin! Thank you so much for coming along! xx

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  3. Thank you so much for an amazing weekend! Looking fwd to more of it!

    x Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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    1. It was so lovely to finally meet you, Milters! You're very welcome! xx

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  4. Lots of fun there - hurrah! What a shame I missed it and look at the pavlova!! /drool

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    1. I was not expecting the pavlova to be such a hit! I'll have to get my bake on and make some more (or at least share the recipe soon enough!) xx

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  5. Oh it was such a wonderful day and I can't thank you enough to have let me be part of it :)
    Oh and tasting the pavlova was a whole new culinary experience for me... loved it!!

    Hope to see you soon!

    PS. You should definitely get back to event planning!

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    1. Oh, you're so sweet! I'm so happy you came along and you enjoyed it! xx

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  6. It was divine, you are so talented and special xxx

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    1. Thank you darling Olivia! Thank you for bringing your bling for everyone to see! I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to check it out but it looks amazing in everyone's photos! xx

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  7. You have intense decorating skills. Can't wait to see what you do at the Hive! BTW your pavlova was to die for. Thank you for not only hosting and organizing this fabulous affair, but for allowing us non-Aussies to indulge in the delights of the land down under!
    Lots of bisous.

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    1. Thank you lovely. Argh! The Hive. Nervous as all hell. But I'm so very excited! You're so very welcome for the intro to the pav. Hopefully not the last (O needs to wow us with a super organic, sugar-free version!!) xx

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  8. Oh, I so wish I could've made it! I was cooped up sick in a chambre de bonne across the street. Next time? ;)

    Glad you were able to celebrate a beautiful spring with such a fabulous group!

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    1. Oh, and you were nearby?! Definitely next time! I hope you're feeling much better! xx

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  9. Was so sorry to miss such a clearly beautiful picnic. Love hearing about all that you have up your sleeve, especially after you get back from The HIVE!
    xx
    Daisy

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    1. It would have been so lovely to have had you there! Oh, I just hope I have good things to report!! Scary! (but the good kind!) xx

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  10. Thanks so much for organizing! Can't wait to get together again soon -- there are a lot of holidays coming up in May... :) (and I'm leaving in late June so want to get all my picnics in before I leave!)

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    1. Oh, yes! Love the May holidays! I'll be locked away in my craft cave for most of it but must surface before you leave! xx

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  11. I need to get invited to your next picnic!

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    1. Hi Melissa! You most absolutely will! xx

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