A Bastille Day Picnic with Free Printables and a Giveaway Inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen

The Little Paris KitchenI really don’t need much of a push to spend a fun afternoon cooking with my daughter. So when Chronicle Books asked if I’d like to use their new cookbook The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo as inspiration for a Bastille Day picnic, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! My daughter and I chose Clafoutis—Versions Sucre et Sale (Sweet and Savory Clafoutis) as our recipe of the day. I love how the one recipe can be transformed into both a dessert and a main course with only a couple minor changes! You can download a copy of the recipe from the book (generously provided by Chronicle Books) below:


And before I show you what fun we had putting our picnic together you’re not going to want to miss out on the amazing Bastille Day Pinterest Giveaway Chronicle Books is hosting! I’m already jealous of whichever one of you wins!


Click on the image above, or this link to enter for your chance to win (prize package valued at over $400). TIP: First make sure that you are logged into Pinterest. Once on the giveaway page, select the image you’d like to pin using one of the check boxes provided, fill in your email address and zip code (US residents only), and click “submit.” Your chosen image will pop up in a ‘pin it’ box…choose the board you’d like to add it to, and you’re done! Find more festive inspiration in Chronicle Book’s Bastille Day Fête board. I’m crossing my fingers that you win!

Chronicle Books is so stellar that they have also provided an entire suite of Free Printables for you that were inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen. There are all sorts of goodies (click each link to begin downloading)! Your next fête is going to be so fabulous!

littlepariskitchenslideonelittlepariskitchen8Summer-ripe berries! YUM!

littlepariskitchenslidetwoDon’t forget to have fun with your food while you cook!

littlepariskitchen14Pop those babies out of the oven and let them cool (or if you prefer, serve them warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)!

littlepariskitchenslidesavoryWhile your waiting for the sweet Clafoutis to cool, mix up a quick savory version for your main course!

littlepariskitchenpinic1We filled our picnic basket with fresh salad and dressing, two types of cheese (labeled with the Free Printable French-Inspired Food Labels / Place Cards), raspberry lemonade, and our Clafoutis—Versions Sucre et Sale!

littlepariskitchenpinic3 For an added festive touch (and to keep them from getting squished in the basket), I wrapped the sweet clafoutis with parchment paper and tied each parcel closed with baker’s twine.

littlepariskitchenpinic7Instead of driving to a park, we decided that we wanted to take advantage of our beautiful yard, and set our picnic up outside our house instead. Such a grand idea!

littlepariskitchenpinic8littlepariskitchenpinic10littlepariskitchenpinic13I can’t believe that it’s taken us this long to get outside for a festive picnic. It’s my new favorite thing (thank you The Little Paris Kitchen for inspiring us)! If you don’t have a yard or decent park close by, it would even be a blast to just set up a picnic indoors! Don’t you think?!

littlepariskitchenpinic6littlepariskitchenpinic4I’m so happy that picnic season has just begun! xo Ez

chroniclebooks_sponsorbuttonThis post was inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen, and kindly sponsored by Chronicle Books. Find more from Chronicle Books on: Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram. All photos and opinions expressed within this post are my own.

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  1. Ali Mackin / / Reply

    Ah what a great post. Such a cute blog following via Bloglovin. BTW tried to enter the contest but the pin feature on the official rules page is not working. Tried with 2 different browsers and got an error message on both.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  2. Ez
    Ez / / Reply

    Thanks so much Ali (and thanks for following through Bloglovin’ too)! I appreciate the heads up about the pin it button. I will be sure to let Chronicle Books know right away.
    Just to double-check: Are you selecting an image to pin using one of the tick-boxes beneath the 8 images featured, entering your details into the form at the bottom of the page, and hitting “submit?” Once you do that, the “pin it” box should pop up. If you try to pin directly from the page without following the process noted above you will see an error box. Did you follow the steps and still get the error message?
    Thanks for helping to get this sorted out!
    xo Ez

  3. Janna Hull / / Reply

    I’ve been following you through Pintrest for a while, but this is my first stop at your blog. I absolutely love it! Keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thanks so much for coming over Janna! I hope to see you again soon…and good luck to you on the giveaway as well! xo

  4. Melinda / / Reply

    What a lovely picnic! Your pictures are gorgeous and inspire me to create my own pique-nique.

  5. Carrie Rowe / / Reply

    SO CUTE! I’ve seen her book a few times and it looks amazing. I love picnics, especially cute ones. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Isn’t Rachel’s book lovely?! Have you seen her videos too? She’s such a sweet unassuming women with such talent. An inspiration for sure!

  6. Ann Louise Santos / / Reply

    You’ve inspired me to put together a picnic! Such fun!

  7. annie / / Reply

    love this blog & this post – I’ve been looking for something to make with summer berries, and this looks delicious!

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    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thanks so much Rachel! Your cookbook is a dream! Congratulations and best wishes for your continued success! xo Ez

  9. Sharon @ Discovering Blog / / Reply

    Your picnic looks so sweet! I was eyeing The Little Paris Kitchen Cookbook in Anthropologie recently, and added it to my mental list of books I must buy, so I’m happy to see this contest!
    My daughter’s best friend just moved to Paris for 3 years, and I’m so jealous. I’ve never been there, and hope to visit next year.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Oh it is such a lovely cookbook! I hope a copy will find its way into your kitchen soon! And Paris…is it weird that I’m a wee bit jealous of your daughter’s friend too?! Le sigh!

  10. Debbie Perkins / / Reply

    This post makes me want to put all my other projects on hold and have a picnic. It looks just beautiful!

    By the way, I’m having problems entering the contest too. The page doesn’t seem to load all the way; stops halfway through the Bienvenue and cupcakes pic. I selected a pic, but it doesn’t take you anywhere. I don’t get an error message either. I’ll keep trying though.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thank you for your sweet note Debbie. I’m sorry to hear about the contest page issues for you as well. Have you been able to enter now? If not, please let me know and I’ll see if the lovely folks over at Chronicle Books are able to get to the bottom of it. xo

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  12. Katie / / Reply

    I love picnic season. My mom, sister, aunt, and I took our dogs to a park and had a picnic yesterday, and it was so delightful. A picnic really makes it feel like summer!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Absolutely! Picnics are the best! Here’s to a Summer full of them for us both! xo

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thanks so much! Yes, we made our clafoutis gluten free. It was actually quite simple since the main flour required is almond meal. I just used our favorite all-purpose gf flour (we like Carol’s Gluten-Free Flour – available online) in place of the small amount of traditional flour the recipe called for. Easy-peasy!

  13. Kelly / / Reply

    Everything about this post makes me happy! I really love your basket and the lemonade decanter and cups – where did you find those?!

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  16. Tristan B. / / Reply

    Ez, these photos are just stunning! You get better and better all the time, how is that even possible? You are a superstar!

  17. michelle / / Reply

    Thank you for all your inspiring posts! Your blog is my all time favorite! Also, thank you for the post on the Little Paris Kitchen! I entered the contest through your posting and I won the Chronicle Books grand prize!!! I was so surprised ….and grateful to you too! Thank you for sharing.
    xo Michelle (michellec @ pinterest!)

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