Text by Claire Pool
Set with lovely linens, fragrant breads, and a bottle of bubbly, this dreamy setting offers an escape to the French countryside.
Enjoy the joie de vivre of an afternoon spent alongside friends inside a dreamy French-inspired hideaway. Imagine a gentle breeze as you sit surrounded by European ambience, with an easygoing vibe and carefree conversations taking place. While the sunlight glows over the table, sip on Champagne and nibble sweet confections straight from the pâtisserie as you linger in reverie.
Bring a relaxed French style to your tablescape with a precious centerpiece of fresh flowers, either handpicked from your garden or selected from a local florist. Incorporate a few wildflowers into the arrangement for an informal look that doesn’t distract from the luscious colors of bright-yellow tulips and a scarlet-hued vase. Keeping the bouquet small allows other tabletop décor, like a grouping of lemons and freshly pressed linens, to shine.
Capture the essence of French-country living in a chic vignette, the perfect backdrop to your afternoon get-together. An eclectic array of accessories in a blue-and-white palette creates an Old-World look while vibrant pops of yellow cheer up the space. A showcase of beautiful linens, favorite antiques, and soft hydrangea clippings completes the scene.
Simple & Stylish
Take cues from the romantic yet casual attitude of the French when it comes to your table’s visage. A blue-and-white salad plate with a floral motif livens up a solid ruby red dinner plate. Pairing the striped linens and bold dishware with rattan accents enhances the rustic nature of the tabletop.
When it comes to food, consider serving an assortment of baked goods, creamy cheeses, and fresh fruits. Visit your local boulangerie to select a crisp baguette and a few buttery croissants. For dessert, a variety of macarons, shortbread cookies, and a petite tart are sure to please every guest’s sweet tooth.