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Lumieres Autumn Supper

Lumieres held a supper last night at Cynthia’s house, and it was one of the more magical events I’ve attended. The group was smallish but wonderful company. We held it in Cynthia’s backyard, which she decorated to the nines with a chandelier, lanterns in the trees, hanging glinty bits — but best of all was she has amazing glassware, dishes, candles, etc. etc. etc. It was just warm enough to eat outside, and sitting in the dark with all of these beautiful people in gorgeous costumes, surrounded by candles and shiny dishes and glasses and everything (with period music in the background) was just FABULOUS.

For the second time we ordered food from Gregoire’s, a French restaurant in Piedmont. Their food is spectacular and we’ve found that we can easily share entrees, so we each choose two and get to have multiple courses. I had sesame cod with ginger sauce, and Cornish game hen with some kind of something – don’t remember! Plus lots of champagne.

We played the game from Marie Antoinette, where you stick a piece of paper to your forehead and then guess who you are based on yes/no questions of those around you. It was very funny, especially watching Trystan try to figure out that she was Jesus, and then in a funny irony, I was Nell Gwynn.

I wore my black francaise and my 1770s pouf wig, which I decided to finally dress (most of the big wigs being dressed in some kind of theme or style — the obvious one is the ship in the hair, but they would do “a la zodiac” or “a l’inoculation” etc.). I was stuck with what I could find at my local craft store, so I ended up doing a “night” theme, with a peacock in front, silver moon in back, and silver stars throughout. Of course, it’s important to note that when wearing a HA-UGE wig with a big bird on top, one has a slightly higher clearance level than usual – so I kept getting stuck in the tree/hanging. You can see my original wig design in the first few photos – later on, after tree wrangling, my peacock was sticking out at a weird angle (which of course I didn’t know, as I couldn’t see) – sigh!

I’ve posted my photographs, which are mostly atmospheric. Now I want to do it again!

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  • Reply Katherine C-G September 21, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Love the hair–even more than before! Everything looks sooooo wonderful!

  • Reply padawansguide September 21, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    That looks like so much fun! Love the hair! :-)

  • Reply Aubry September 21, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    *le sigh* Gorgeousness all around. And I really love the peacock in your hair.

  • Reply mala_14 September 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Absolutely fabulous! Your hair is so beautiful. You did a fantastic job with that wig. And the event looks like it was amazing fun.

  • Reply brocadegoddess September 21, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Umm…is that guy’s eye patch for real, or just “decorative”?

    Also, is the Lumieres group you’re part of a sort of US branch of the European group of the same name?

  • Reply Kendra September 22, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Brocadegoddess: eye patch is real (altho temporary)!

    No, we (La Societe des Lumieres) are not a part of the European Lumieres (L’Age des Lumieres) — I picked our name before I realized they existed! I assume both of us were referencing the French term for the 18th century (the age of light).

  • Reply Anonymous September 22, 2008 at 1:06 am

    I am sighing with want to attend this type of thing! So fabulous, just by the pics- and I just finished the perfect dress, but must wait for Halloween. Your hair IS huge, btw! It would be something if you could put a ship on top.

  • Reply Kate in England September 22, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Fabulous pictures. You all look amazing, and the table looks fantastic – so sparkly, especially by candlelight. Just gorgeous!

  • Reply Vanessa September 23, 2008 at 12:29 am


  • Reply Katie September 24, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I think that ALL people photos should be taken by candlelight–everyone is just glowing. Or is that the champagne?


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