french bistro on the deck

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After a fun-filled day celebrating our grandgirl Madeline’s 2nd birthday with a houseful of family and friends, Jeff said he wanted to make a special dinner for our date night. So, we set up a little fantasy French bistro on our deck. There was a slight breeze that played over the newly-green grass in the back yard. Church bells chimed, the old fashioned street lamps lent a romantic, warm orange glow to the setting. The peaty scent of woodsmoke from the grill filled the air.

I spritzed on a favorite summer scent. Summer Hill by Crabtree & Evelyn.

photographs by Melissa Placzek

and set a romantic spring table

complete with fresh daffodils cut from our bulb garden

Mindy Gledhill crooned romantic poetry in the form of song from the iPod dock…

Jeff made my favorite, truffle pommes frites to go with our steaks…


We enjoyed the beautiful weather, good food and wine

at our own private, outdoor bistro table…

and for dessert…

cupcakes with buttercream frosting for 2…

What did you do for date night this week?


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  7 comments for “french bistro on the deck

  1. Kimber Dunn
    May 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Ohhh, happy birthday to Maddie!! Love those cupcakes! Did you make them yourself? So artful!

    • Melissa
      May 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Yes! My little friend turned 2! Thanks for the happy birthday wishes.

      Funny story about the cupcakes…hee hee…They were from a local bakery, got them for the birthday party. Pulled the “Dora the Explorer” party favor off the tops and replaced them with the silk pansies you see here. We were going to make creme brulee…but this was so much easier! And what could be better than real buttercream? LOL

      • Melissa
        May 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

        oh! and we still have the Grand Marnier for the creme brulee…so we’ll maybe make that today 😉

  2. Kimber Dunn
    May 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Super Yum!! And great idea! I’ve done that before too!

  3. Melissa
    May 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    It’s pretty easy, and one of my favorite desserts.

  4. May 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    you just amaze me everytime i look at your blog Leisa. It’s always full of wonderful and amazing ‘things’. i near envy your romantic life! 🙂

  5. Melissa
    May 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    You’re so sweet. Really though, believe me, it’s not all romance. We do work at it though, and I think that makes a difference. XO

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