Bonne Fête des Mères!

We just received large shipments of tablecloths and kitchen towels from France, and are putting new items online every day!  These are all-new items that we haven’t had in stock before. Visitez I Dream of France and take a look at our selection to find just the thing for mom (or yourself).

As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required for the shipping special. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Below are some examples of great gifts for mamans…more info on our website!

New French Gift Ideas for Moms

Fifty Hour Candle Scented with Lavender Fragrance. (Fifty Hour means it burns for 50 hours.) Click the photo to view on our website.
Fifty Hour Scented Candles - Lavender

Dog Trots Globe to Paris & Provence – Hardcover Book. In this fun read — Chula, a 9-year-old Sheltie, shares her dog’s eye view of France. Click the photo to view on our website.
Dog Trots Globe to Paris & Provence - Hardcover Book

Le Cluny Cotton Coated Provence Tablecloth – Olives Yellow – Round/Rectangular. A new design from top-selling Le Cluny French Country Collection, this coated tablecloth will transport your table to Provence. Click the photo to view on our website.

Le Cluny Cotton Coated Provence Tablecloth Olives Yellow Round Rectangular

Beauville Ice Cream French Hand-Printed Tea Towel. Attention Dads: this is a perfect item for the kids to present to Mom! Click the photo to view on our website.
Beauville Ice Cream French Tea Towel

Victorian Gold Tone Bejeweled Charm Necklace. Click the photo to view on our website.
Victorian Gold Tone Charm Necklace

Handmade Glass and Metal Tray Decorated with Yellow Flowers. Click the photo to view on our website.

Handmade Large Glass Tray - Yellow Flowers

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French Gifts, $5 Shipping!

Now through December 31, take advantage of our shipping special to order charming gifts for others, or fresh decor for your own home. Pay just $5 for standard shipping. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required.

Holiday Boutique Hours

Mondays 12/12, 12/19: 11AM – 3PM
Tuesdays through Fridays: 9AM – 5PM
Saturdays: 10AM – 5PM
Online: Anytime

Click any of the photos below to view more information about these gift ideas on IDreamofFrance.com!

Gifts for Foodies

Check out our selection of French-designed melamine spoon rests, cheese boards, and other pieces from Le Cadeaux!

Le Cadeaux Benidorm Cheese Board

Made in Provence, this old-fashioned French honey from L’Abeille Occitane is pure and natural.

French Provence Natural Honey

Nutmeg and Cinnamon Grater Gift Package: This superfine stainless steel grater comes packaged with nutmeg and a stick of cinnamon. Perfect for eggnog, bechamel sauce, mashed potatoes, stew, spinach, cheese, soufflé, fondue, and so on.

Nutmeg and Cinnamon Grater Gift Pack

Gifts for Hostesses

Cooked in copper cauldrons “just like our grandmothers did,” the Old-Fashioned Christmas Jam from Les Confitures a l’Ancienneis a traditional French treat made with cane sugar. This holiday treat contains chestnuts and clementines.

French Christmas Chestnut Jam

Invented in 1900, the Bougies la Francaise perforated candles or “bougies trouées” were the first candles with internal perforations. As the candle burns, the wax fills the perforations to burn later instead of running down the outside. The result is a candle that burns longer with less wax.

Bougies la Francaise Perforated Taper Candles

From Tissages Claude, the Parisiennes tea towel is a plum-colored, whirlwind trip through Paris with cupcakes, flowers, a chandelier, a bicycle, and mais oui, the Eiffel Tower!

Tissages Claude P

Gifts for Babies (and Their Parents)

French babies have been teething on Sophie the Giraffe by Vulli since 1961. Now the babies of America can too!

Sophie the French Giraffe Teething Toy

Adorable, durable Baby Cie dinnerware is a sure winner.

Baby Cie Jungle TV Tray

Gifts for Nesters

Made of Limoges porcelain from Philippe Deshoulieres, this set of six plates depict an old-fashioned French circus or cirque. Jugglers, trained horses, wild animals are all represented in beautiful colors.

Deshoulieres Le Cirque Limoges Cocktail Canape Plate Set of 6

From Pre de Provence, this 1.0 fl.oz. tube and 150g bar of soap are paired as a packaged gift set. They are available in Natural, Lavender or Verbena.

Pre de Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream and Soap Gift Set

A bientôt!

French Dinner table

Receiving guests around a dinner table is a a very important part of French culture. Having guests over for a religious occasion, anniversary or other important date requires flawless planning and execution. Every person sitting at the table will become a judge of the affair and any faux pas will necessarily become a subject of gossip for years to come.  This may seem a bit exaggerated (and it is) but I do remember my mom really stressing trying to prepare Easter or Christmas dinners for a dozen family guests. So here are a few dos and don’ts for successfully setting a French table:

Silverware: They should be organized in the order in which they will be used from the outside to the inside.

Forks: Left of the plate, facing down.

Knives: Right of the plate, the cutting side of the blade facing toward the plate.

Dessert spoon and cheese knife: Over the plate with the handle to the right. Spoon faces down and the cutting side of the knife toward the plate.

Glasses: From left to right, from larger to smaller. In order: water then red, then white.

The plates: Positioned one to two centimeters (3/8″ to 3/4″) from the edge of the table. Never use more than three stacked plates. After the main course, the dinner plate (and presentation plate) are removed and replaced with the cheese plate and then the dessert plate.

Presentation plate: Optional, it is there to help present the other plates. It is removed when the cheese is served in its own plate.

Dinner plate: Used for the main course.

Soup bowl: Called a deep plate (assiette creuse) in France, its shape is in between a plate and a bowl.

Bread plate: Optional, the small plate is positioned above and left of the main plates.

French table place setting

French table place setting

Tablecloth and napkins:

Napkins can be folded in many ways: in a glass, in a plate,  in a napkin ring, as a square, in the shape of a flower, use your imagination! The Napkin Folding Guide has 27 ideas to get you started.

Tablecloth folds: If you are using a round tablecloth, all folds should be ironed out. If you are using a rectangular tablecloth, you can leave a fold lengthwise, but the crosswise folds must be ironed out. If you have table extensions, you can use several tablecloths to cover the whole length — or just visit our website or call us and order the correct size!

Decorations: Your table should be quite full when the food is served, so you do not need much to decorate. Avoid flower bouquets that are too large as they will block the view between guests. Try two or more smaller, short arrangements of cut flowers instead of one large arrangement that people will strain to see over. If one of your guests brings you a large bouquet, thank them, but don’t feel obligated to add it to the dining table if it’s too big or carries a strong fragrance. Placing their gift on a side table, coffee table, or bar top will show your appreciation just as well.

Do not use scented candles during a meal — instead, try our perforated taper candles, which will burn longer without making a mess.

Make sure to put enough salt shakers and pepper grinders (try our salt, pepper and herbes de Provence ceramic mills), trivets, and water carafes.

To avoid making too many trips to the kitchen, have a place nearby where you can keep your serving utensils. A buffet table or sideboard is designed just for this purpose, but if you don’t have one, a small table or a tray will do just fine.

Now it is time to get everybody seated and enjoy a delicious French meal!

Information courtesy of www.clase-frances.com.ar.

–Jean-Michel

I Dream of France
 

 

French Gifts, $5 Shipping!

Now through December 31, take advantage of our shipping special to order charming gifts for others, or fresh decor for your home. Pay just $5 for standard shipping. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required.

Gifts for Foodies

Check out our selection of French-designed melamine spoon rests, cheese boards, and other serving pieces from Le Cadeaux!

Le Cadeaux Spoon Rest - Malaga Blue

Le Cadeaux Cheese Board - Malaga Blue

Gifts for Hostesses

Invented in 1900, the Bougies la Francaise perforated candles or “bougies trouées” were the first candles with internal perforations. As the candle burns, the wax fills the perforations to burn later instead of running down the outside. The result is a candle that burns longer with less wax.

Bougies la Francaise Perforated Taper Candles

This beautiful handcarved candle from Bougies la Française is as much sculpture as candle.

Bougies la Francaise Carved Ball Candle with Angel

Gifts for Babies (and Their Parents)

French babies have been teething on Sophie since 1961. Now the babies of America can too! Adorable, durable dinnerware is a sure winner.

Sophie the French Giraffe Teething Toy

 Baby Cie Jungle TV Tray

Gifts for Nesters

Get cozy with a French flair! How about a mug & coaster set, or a black & white toile tablecloth?

Pimpernel Mugs & Coasters Set - Vintage Toile

Karen Lee Ballard Tablecloth - La Petite Ferme - Black White Toile Tablecloth

–Brett

The Third Annual Old Town Art Walk & Wine Tasting is happening this weekend! The events are set up all over Old Town, so come have lunch in one of the neighborhood restaurants, walk around, and make a day of it. (The Weather Channel says we’ll have sun again by then, no worries!)

Saturday, October 23, 2010
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fine art for viewing and purchase…Plein Air Contest ($2000 in prize money available)…Live music…Photo contest & exhibit…Kids Art at the Library…Bus Tours of Historic Old Town Tustin…Wine Tasting!

Stop by our new boutique where we’ll be handing out bottles of water!

I Dream of France
150 E. Main St (between El Camino Real and Prospect)
(714) 730-2182

Art for Sale at I Dream of France

We are proud to offer art year-round in our boutique. Choose from:

  • Original oil paintings of botanical still lifes and children on the beach. These works are framed and ready to hang.
  • Photographic prints of Paris monuments by French photographer Evelyn Morris.
  • CDs of music by French singer Carline (winner of the French Grammy in the 1950s).
  • Handmade faience jewelry by HB-Henriot Quimper, imported from Brittany, France.

I Dream of France Boutique - Old Town Tustin

Ready, Set, Holiday!

Here they come again…the holidays! Will you be hosting this year? Inviting new friends? Going to someone else’s home? Skipping the hubbub to enjoy a quiet time at home?

Whatever your plans (sometimes they shift last-minute, we know how it goes), we have beautiful items to help you make your holiday merry and bright. Our busy elves have been unpacking French jacquard and toile tablecloths, glassware with bees and fleur de lys, and colorful block-printed table runners and placemats.

Need a hostess gift? Try French perforated taper candles, Limoges boxes, and soaps from Provence.

If you want a BIG wow for your home, come see our selection of rejuvenated vintage furniture, repaired and repainted in French colors to add charm and light to any space.

–Brett

Mother’s Day is coming up fast on May 9! Want to honor your mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, or other dear lady in your life? Stumped for gift ideas? Check out our gift guide. I Dream of France has something for every taste and every budget.

Bougies la Francaise Angel Ball Candle

Bougies la Francaise Angel Ball Candle

We are proud to welcome two new brands of fine French table linens to our product range!

Le Cluny Yellow Lavenders Coated Tablecloth

Le Cluny Yellow Lavenders Coated Tablecloth

The first is Le Cluny. Le Cluny is a French-owned company based in North Carolina that imports fabric from France and sews it into various products such as coated tablecloths, napkins, placemats, chair pads and even eyeglass cases. By doing the cutting and sewing themselves, they are able to control both the quality and cost of their products. The result is a beautiful selection of Provence and toile de Jouy products at a reasonable price point. For those of you with antique or hard-to-fit tables–Le Cluny can make you a tablecloth made to measure in your choice of print. You can even add an umbrella hole to a coated tablecloth to use outside!

Couleur Nature Bleuet Blue-Green Tablecloth / Napkins

Couleur Nature Bleuet Blue-Green Tablecloth / Napkins

The second line is Couleur Nature. Also based in the USA, this San Diego company offers hand-blockprinted table linens designed in Paris and made in India. An age-old Indian tradition, block printing allows for bright colors in intricate patterns and the tell-tale quality of handmade work. Couleur Nature designs range from Provençal to Paris Flea Market and are printed on thick cotton with excellent hand and drape.

Bougies la Francaise Flower Candles in Flower Pots

Bougies la Francaise Flower Candles in Flower Pots

Also in: New French Candles from Bougies la Francaise! We have jar candles in two sizes with scents both familiar and fresh, old-fashioned perforated tapers, as well as beautiful hand-sculpted candles shaped like flowers and cherubs. Look at the incredible detail! Just the thing to brighten your day or wow someone for a gift. Imagine these for Easter or for Mother’s Day.

–Brett & Jean-Michel