There is a champagne tradition I learnt in France when I celebrated my 18th birthday. When distant friends meet, and of course drink a bottle of champagne together, they make a pact. One friend keeps the cork and the other the cage. The next time they meet they must each produce their part of the champagne bottle. The one who doesn’t have their keepsake has to buy the next bottle of champagne.
I still keep my cork at home in a box on the shelf, a souvenir from my birthday in France. I don’t carry it with me. It’s been too long since I’ve seen my old friends and I’ll be more than happy to buy the next bottle of champagne when we do finally see each other.
Do you have any champagne traditions?
When I arrived in the UK a friend of mine popped open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate. She then pushed a silver coin into the cork and gave it me to carry for the rest of my trip. Apparently it’s a good luck charm, especially for journeys and new beginnings 🙂
Though I’ll definitely be instigating cork and cage bargain next time!
That is such a beautiful idea. A perfect keepsake and easy to travel with too. Thanks Bella! Christina x
Polka Dot Bride
I love this! I keep every cork in a bowl. It’s like a bowl full of celebrations!
I love the idea of a bowlful of celebrations! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment lovely! Christina x
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