Few things express the joys of summer like a gorgeous bouquet of bright, fresh flowers. Flowers transform any event {even a country picnic} no matter how small.


A small vase of your summer favorites will add a lovely festive touch to your picnic, whether it’s an intimate setting for just the two of you, or a larger gathering for your family and friends.



This post will show you how you can transform a simple picnic in the park {or your back garden} and capture a bit of French joie de vivre, by adding an array of your favorite French Country flowers.


Because no one understands the concept of le pique-nique better than the French, n’est pas?



For this FLORAL FRIDAY, my three flower loving friends and I created a floral arrangement in a jar, to use at a summer picnic.  If this is your first time here, WELCOME!  I’m so excited to have you join me today….please pull up a garden chair and join me at my back garden picnic.  Be sure to visit Shirley, Pam and Mary by clicking the links at the bottom of this post, you won’t want to miss them!



For my French Country Summer Picnic, I decided to set a small table up in the back garden.


Shaded by the large gingko tree, our grassy area is perfect for picnics.



The best thing about picnics, with a table or not, is that It can be as simple or elaborate as you like.


My very favorite picnics have occurred along the Seine in the summer, with a crunchy fresh-baked baguette, some French cheese, an apple and a bottle of French wine.


But any time and anywhere you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with people you love is a good time, don’t you think so?



No matter where you are, you can capture a bit of Parisian joie de vivre outdoors.


A French basket filled with food, a bottle of wine, or sparkling water {wine is more fun!} a few dishes, and fresh fruit is all you need.



I placed my outdoor table near my little French Garden House by the old gingko tree. And set the table with the brightest dishes we sell, covered in bright, cheerful flowers. They are so colorful, a little boho French Country Chic!


They’re perfect for an outdoor soiree, and together with the bee linen napkins, they tell my garden story, don’t they?




Adding a pretty bouquet of your favorite garden flowers makes it all the more beautiful!


There is no need to over-complicate matters, a single flower variety is perfect.



Pink lisianthus is actually a perfect flower for summer, it looks like a rose, and can last in a vase for 2 to 3 weeks. It’s such an elegant flower you’d never guess it’s native to American prairies, it’s also called Prairie Rose.



Creating a beautiful picnic French Country style is easy, add a few colorful dishes, some easy {you can buy everything!} food, a simple floral arrangement, and you are ready to pass the Pâté and be transported!




At your many requests…here are the sources for this picnic setting!

You can shop the French Country Picnic by clicking on the links.

Rose Bowls | Bee Napkins | Cake Pedestal | Aqua Canning Jar


Linen Brittany Bag


Vintage Picnic Basket


Be sure to visit my three talented Floral Friday friends for more picnic floral inspiration!  Click on their names, below.


SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


MARY at Home Is Where The Boat Is


PAM at Everyday Living



LIDY at FrenchGardenouse

à bientôt




  1. It’s always a happy day when I visit you for Floral Friday, Lidy! Oh to picnic on the Seine with a crusty baguette and bottle of French wine…but I’d happily pull up a chair and join you for a picnic in your California garden next to your French Garden House. Beautiful details from the napkins, pretty bowls, cake pedestal and lisianthus. I didn’t know it’s also called Prairie Rose! Thank you for sharing your creative talent and Parisian joie de vivre. ?

  2. Picnics along the Seine? Oh how amazing those must have been!! …. Maybe one day, you can take me along on a guided tour….I will bring the wine…in a most beautiful tote of course!..I love that Gingko tree…I speak from experience that your backyard is truly a French Oasis. I am always in awe of your exquisitely curated tables set to perfection with amazing antiques and pretties. The Lisianthus was the perfect choice for your table…I love that flower and always look for it and so happy to see it adorning your table! Yes, you are so right…a picnic or any outdoor activity with the ones you love always lends to a great time! … Thank you for taking us along on a beautiful “Boho French Country Chic” picnic! … I so love Floral Fridays with you and our friends of Floral Friday! Happy Friday and have a most beautiful weekend spending time with your “loves”!

  3. Lidy, I have cruised the Seine, but never had the pleasure of having a picnic along its banks. You always create magic with your amazing pretties. The bowls and cake pedestal are perfect for your French picnic. I did not know that Lisianthus is also called Prairie Rose, that is good to know. Aren’t Gingko trees lovely, I have two that turn a glorious gold in autumn. What joie de vivre you have shared for Floral Friday. Wishing you a beautiful weekend sweet friend??

  4. So charming Lidy, the casual feel of your picnic setting is so welcoming and actually makes it feel very elegant! Beautiful!

  5. Lidy, you transport me back to France and a special picnic the Captain and I had. These picnic memories stay with us a long time….such fun and so simple as bread and cheese and wine.

    1. I’m so happy to rekindle magical memories, Kari…that’s the best.

  6. Lidy, how wonderful it must be to picnic along the banks of the Seine! I always look forward to Floral Fridays! Your outdoor picnic is both beautiful and elegant! What pretty floral dishes! I so enjoyed my visit today, and I wish you a most happy day!

  7. Thank you so much Shannon, I look forward to meeting you here too! You have such a knack for creating beauty everywhere, it’s a very sweet compliment that you think this is beautiful and elegant. Happy weekend, friend.

  8. Always love what you do .. Would love to join you . Such an inviting vignette . ???

  9. Lidy, another elegant setting that delights the eye. I love your use of pink and the flowers are breathtaking. So elegant! I have enjoyed Floral Friday’s so much.

    1. Dianne, I’m so glad you love our Floral Fridays! We enjoy having YOU! I can’t wait for this next season of Floral Fridays, autumn. Hope you have a beautiful weekend, xo

  10. Jean Van

    Hello, Lidy,
    Enjoyed all the pretty flowers and how you did them and make’s you want to run out and buy some or if you are lucky can just pick them. The colors are so cheerful, been a hot summer here in California so looking forward to Fall, but still love your summer goodie’s. Have a great weekend.
    Bonjour, Jean~~~~~~~~~~

  11. Thank you Jean, I hope you have a beautiful weekend, too! I’m ready, more than ready for our beautiful California fall.

  12. Very lovely, Liddy! Beautiful bee napkins, rose floral bowls, and flowers. You definitely have that joie de vivre in all you do!
    Blessings to you today!

  13. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    I would love to share a picnic with you in that lovely setting!

  14. Nancy Davies

    Now off to have my morning coffee outside. Will take a wee vase of flowers with me!

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