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Vintage New Years Eve

Vintage New Years Eve

Finish a good year with a good party, so you can start the New Year in an excellent mood! Spend January 1st eating your favorite food and making plans for the whole New Year. This one will be a special one!

New years eve is a time for celebrating and making wishes that the forthcoming year will be different, important, special, or just simply better. The year 2014 was really successful for me. I started my adventure with writing and moved my thoughts from a diary to this blog. Now I can share with you stories from Paris’ glorious past with contemporary stories about Paris today. I am very happy you read them all – it’s important to me! Today I am spending time summing up the year and planning for the next. Twelve hours ago I was only thinking about a good party though…

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Carousel in Montmartre

On this special night, Paris offers you lots of attractions, but I made a private new year’s party with a group of friends on our own and, as you may have guessed, in a vintage style. That is how we are: young, old-school romantics. We pretended that we had been invited to Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald’s party. Unfortunately we didn’t have the antique carousel in the middle of the drawing room nor the illusionists or snake whisperers to entertain our guests. But we hope to organize such attractions someday (A New Year’s resolution for the coming decade!). But then, I think Jean Cocteau could say without any hesitation about our party: „Tonight I saw girlfriends over dinner at Madeleine’s. It was an accumulation of velvet, lace, ribbons, diamonds and what all else I couldn’t describe. To undress one of these women is like going on an outing that needs three weeks’ advance notice, it’s like moving house”.

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“Bottle of Pernod and Glass” Picasso, 1912. Photo: Wikiart

The room was designed just like the Grand Seize’s drawing room from the no-longer-existing Cafe Anglais around an antique plush couch that I inherited from my grandma. For dinner I served a duck that might remind you of another famous local place, the Tour d’Argent, one of the oldest pubs in Europe where you can still order a duck in blood prepared with a special silver press. It is said that they have served over a million of these ducks so far. My duck was floating in a cranberry and apple sauce. We drank champagne and that helped us get into a good mood. This quintessential French drink has been a symbol of carefree celebrating since the belle epoque. The best vintages were also made back then. But the biggest hit of 20th Century parties was absinth of course. This decadent liquor visited our party as well. We’d toasted to our past century’s heroes with it. Recently absinthe became legal in France again, so it was really an exciting experience. As it’s dangerous to the nervous system, it was forbidden to produce it for a hundred years. Nevertheless absinthe was an inseparable companion to artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Degas, and Picasso. After dinner it was time to dance. Retro style dancing was on only until midnight.. Then we danced to last year’s hits. I hope your New Year’s Eve Party was great too – no matter how you spent it!

I enter a new year with the words of T.S. Eliot: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice” aiming to improve my writing skills. I hope you will achieve all the goals you’re aiming for! I wish you all a great New Year and see you in Paris!

Yours Madeleine