We will hold a raffle at the dinner, giving guests a chance to win beautiful prizes, some of which have been kindly donated by our vendors and by other generous costumers. The proceeds will go towards supporting this and future Francaise Dinners, and we hope this year to send some of those proceeds to Gadsby's Tavern Museum to support this wonderful historic site.

Popular prizes in the past have included the always-coveted American Duchess gift certificate, period-appropriate (though not necessarily Georgian - most of us dabble in a number of periods) jewelry and accessories, and tea and tea accessories. We cover American Duchess – the rest is up to our lovely guests. We already have a beautiful batch of items from K. Walters at the Sign of the Gray Horse and Fashions Revisited, and Isabella is sending a real Carnivale mask from Venice since she can't attend the dinner in person this year.

We are accepting raffle donations from now until March 11 – that's one week prior to the dinner. You may bring your item to the dinner, but we must finalize our raffle list beforehand. Early donors (prior to March 1) are guaranteed an individual featured post on our Facebook event page and our blog with links to your business if you choose. You do not need to be a business to donate, nor do you need to be able to attend the dinner in person; we welcome any and all gifts from our friendly fellow costumers and will toast the health of our absent friends.

There will of course be goodie bags again this year! Every dinner attendee will receive a bag of special gifts from us and from any interested parties. We accept everything from advertising cards and coupons to ribbons and product samples; we ask only that donations be of likely interest to a discerning and diverse crowd of historical costumers. This is a good opportunity to put your small business in front of its target audience. Goodie bag items must be received by March 1 so that we have time to fill the very cute bags for everyone.

Those interested in donating should contact me by email at mme.bahorel@gmail.com.

Starting in late January, we will showcase some of the items up for raffle on this page.