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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Weekend Entertaining ~ The Impromptu Life


Some of the best times I've ever had in my life have been unplanned affairs. Spontaneous get-togethers that seemed to just fall into place. It seems true that when one is young, one is in constant readiness for a good time. Saying YES seems much less complicated.



A dictionary will tell you that impromptu means "not prepared in advance" or something "suddenly or hastily prepared".  But impromptu is actually a French word that comes from the Latin in and promptus which literally means "in readiness". 



For many years now I have enjoyed declaring that you have to be prepared to be spontaneous.  The idea at first seems a contradiction. And I don't mean merely having a willing spirit. I mean that one can order one's life in a way that allows for a departure from the norm, and always having a few things in actual readiness. Sort of like the overnight bag waiting for the going into labor, but much more fun!


 A few simple and savory things on hand really gets you all the way there. But for that extra je ne sais quoi, knowing where to get a crusty loaf or a special dessert at a moment's notice is a useful bit of information. A candle, and a plain linen cloth makes a simple occasion memorable. Voila!

















Ready for fun Summer nights? Always!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

18 comments:

  1. So true! What a delightful setting and the graphic on the French baguette is absolutely wonderful.

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  2. Some things are better spontaneous! Like bread wine and cheese.

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  3. I agree, some things are always better spontaneous like wine, bread and cheese!

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  4. A good lesson (and thanks for the etymology... who knew?) and so true. My husband and I are big believers in hospitality and we make sure we *always* have enough food in the house for unexpected-but-very-welcome guests.

    Likewise, I *always* carry some form of entertainment (a book or a notebook) in my purse lest I get stuck on public transport. Almost happened too - the Tube got stuck in the dark. It was like the opening scene of a cheap horror flick. All ended well, though :)

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  5. I think that unplanned and spontaneous events are always the best....less stress and more fun.

    Thanks for the lovely post.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  6. "Prepared to be spontaneous"...I agree! Great post.

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  7. wine, cheese and a baguette...that will work for a get together! love the silver tray with the roses!!

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  8. This works of me, Wine, Cheese, and french bread. Who could as for anything more....

    Pattie

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  9. I agree! Yesterday I set aside all the work needing to be done, and called the family to come down. Fortunately they could, and we had a great time. Also want to say your Thursday retro post with the adorable map tray, cherry linens, and wicker basket and ice bucket was soooo cute! I was just catching up. love, Kay

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  10. The setting is beautiful. Love the Paris napkins.

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  11. What a delightful and thought provoking post! You are right, being prepared to be spontaneous is the key.

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  12. i love the french definition of impromptu! it is a goal of mine
    to always have on hand something for last minute get
    togethers, but you have prompted me to take it to the next
    level.

    thank you!

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  13. I agree with you here....I love this post Great photos as well!

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  14. Agreed! This is our favorite way of entertaining!

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  15. I love this post and I love the dinner! Bread cheese and fruit washed down with a glass of wine, what could be better.

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  16. Very nice setting of the table..
    unplanned affairs turns out a lovely
    memory.

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  17. Hi J,
    I love spontaneous, way better than planned, and planned spontaneous is clever! Yummy!!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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