HOW I SHOULD LIKE TO LIVE LIKE HER...
The life of Marie Antoinette was both charmed and fraught, filled with happinesses as well as sufferings. In essence, Marie was like any one of us: a human, moving through life in the best way she could. Yet, in many ways Marie lived in a dream. As the princess of France, she could bring to life any fancy, any whim; she could surround herself with gardens, and friends, and parties, and simple pleasures such as good books and fresh foods from her own farm. Oh, to be Marie for a day in the fragrant gardens of the Petit Trianon... That would be an experience.
Marie, ever a fan of parties, would throw the most lavish balls and fêtes, as well as the most intimate gatherings of friends.
It was these dreamy garden parties that inspired me to hold my own soirée, in honour of friendship, and of my twentieth birthday.
On her twenty-first birthday, Marie threw a party like no other:
the festivities began 36 hours before the big day. At around 7pm on October the 30th, the Faro tables opened at the château de Fontainebleau. Marie and her guests proceeded to drink, play card games, and be merry until the small hours of November the 1st.
While my own birthday was a little less epic, I planned it in the same flawless style as Marie: down to the very last detail. I sent out my invitations, planned the table settings and dinner menus, and organised many games. Everything was there for the delight of my friends.