The Art of Beautiful Tables & Give Away

Welcome to a special edition of Monday Morning Blooms! My fellow bloom loving friends Pam, Mary and I are featuring this gorgeous new book by the editors of Victoria – The Art of Beautiful Tables – to introduce it to you if you haven’t seen it already.

We are so thrilled to have Victoria sponsor our posts and gift a copy of this stunning book to three of our readers! Pam, Mary and I will each randomly choose one winner on April 2nd, and announce the winners on our normal Monday Morning Blooms post on Monday, April 3d.


Victoria magazine has long been an inspiration for gracious living, each issue is filled with warm, inviting and elegant interiors, lovely entertaining ideas, and wonderful recipes. The Art of Beautiful Tables is a stunning book filled with table settings that range from casual to formal events.

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I love setting beautiful tables here at home, and this book is certainly an incredible inspiration!

The art of beautiful tables

Each chapter has so many beautiful images, I wanted to place one of those colored post-it notes on every page for future reference!  The Elements of Style chapter shares little extras that make any table a star, such as menus and little favors for your guests.

This is one of my very favorite table settings in the book, below. How charming is this table set in crisp blue and white? It’s both elegant and casual, I adore the mix of classic dishes with more down to earth placemats, the over-the-top elegant dining room {that chandelier!!} and then the grand floral arrangement. What makes this table fun is the antique gardening pots, and that cutest ever silver dog carrying salt and pepper.

If you are a lover of classic blue and white, then you will adore the setting below. Tried and true, blue and white has a cult following, and for good reason. Blue and white antique pottery and porcelains are what I get the most requests for in our FrenchGardenHouse shop.

The chinoiserie mixed with all white flowers, silver and lots of style makes this such a charming place to share a meal. I want to be invited!

The Art of Beautiful Tables

The Art of Beautiful Tables

All gold accented with white and blush roses is always a lovely idea. The dishes and glasses are hand made by artisans just outside of Florence, Italy, these plates are exceptional. Combining luxurious materials, they’re hand etched and hand painted with 24 karat gold details. A birthday luncheon, bridal shower, Easter brunch, holiday meals, really any time anywhere. This setting is appropriate for so many occasions. Here at home I’ve used our set for everything from breakfast in the kitchen to more formal dinners at Mother’s Day. For any of the holidays just add appropriate favors, sprinkle a few candies around and you are golden. {sorry}

The Art of Beautiful Tables

There are lots of  suggestions for storage and display of cherished heirlooms, too.

the best green and white tablesetting with a French flair

I was very honored to be included in the “Tastemaker Tables” section surrounded by women with a such a talent to create the most memorable settings.

The Art of Beautiful Tables

ENTER TO WIN The Art of Beautiful Tables!

It’s so easy,

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite flower(s), either here or on Instagram.   

2) Follow Victoria Magazine on Instagram or Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.

3) Follow FrenchGardenHouse on Instagram too and let me know by comment on Instagram.  

This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. through midnight April 2nd.
{ If you are not good at waiting, you can order your copy of The Art of Beautiful Tables HERE >}

 Then go visit both Mary and Pam and comment on their post for an extra chance to win this beautiful book.

The Art of Beautiful Tables

Visit Pam & Mary by clicking on their links below:

Pam at Everyday Living

Mary art of table
Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

Win Victoria's book the art of beautiful tables

And me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Thank you so much for your visit! Fingers crossed!!


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55 thoughts on “The Art of Beautiful Tables & Give Away”

  1. Sharon

    I follow both you and Victoria on Pinterest and Instagram. My favorite flowers are roses and hydrangeas and tulips.

  2. Good Morning Lidy! Thank you so much for organizing our giveaway with this beautiful book from Victoria. I love your pretty-in-pink April Cornell floral tablecloth and accompanying flower arrangement. Wishing you a beautiful spring week ahead. <3

  3. Marie Rhudy

    My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. Trying to grow my own.

  4. Marie Rhudy

    Following Victoria Magazine on Instagram and hoping to win their beautiful book with your “Giveaway”. Thank you!

  5. Leigh Bickings

    Good Morning: The table settings are so beautiful! I wouldn’t mind to win a book! My favorite flowers are pink roses,and sunflowers.

  6. Good morning, Lidy! Thank you for organizing the book giveaway and once again congratulations on your stunning spread in the book. Happy Monday’

  7. Vivian Byrd

    My favorite flowers, of late, are small rosebud sprays that I pick up when I go to the market. The rosebuds never open, and I’ve bought them in many colors. The pink ones are especially sweet. They last about a week to ten days. Then, I tie the bunch with a string and hang them in the garage to dry. I remove most of the leaves. One dried bunch resides in a tallish mercury glass small vase along with Dusty Miller that I grew and dried in the same fashion. Some things are just too good to throw away!

  8. Congratulations, Lidy, on being a part of what I consider the best of media publications (Hoffman). Hands down, their editors select the best of the best, so it’s only fitting you are part of that. As a dish lover, these photos shared are truly palpable of the beauty they demonstrate. Yours showcased is so fresh! Of course I already Victoria magazine on FB, and you both by email and Pinterest (I have chosen not to have an IG account to better control my influx of social media). Choice flowers will always be iris, with peonies coming in at a close second. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with readers, Lidy.

  9. Barbara Zuleski

    Wow, congratulations, what a book full of beautiful ideas snd inspiration

  10. Congrats for being featured in this gorgeous book Lidy, what an honor! It certainly looks like a treasure trove of eye candy and table inspirations! The Victoria books from Hoffman media are so amazing, I was lucky enough to win the Art of the Tea when you all had that giveaway and it is truly a treasure. I think all 3 of you should be in this book!

  11. Eileen

    I just love hydrangeas so much and follow you on instagram. Your photos are breathtaking!!!!!!!

  12. Terri Santa Coloma

    I follow FrenchGardenHouse and Victoria Magazine on Instagram. My favorite flowers are iris.

  13. Lauren S

    Congratulations on your inclusion in Victoria’s The Art of Beautiful Tables. I would love to win a copy of this book. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, lily of the valley, and peonies.

  14. Sherry B

    My favorite flower has been Lilly of the Valley for as long as I can remember. It was my grandfathers as well and I have have planted them in every garden I’ve owned. The book is beautiful, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  15. Kim Roush

    I love all flowers and some of my favorites are hydrangeas and Lily of the valley. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book The Art of Beautiful Tables! I can’t part with my Noritake China and love setting tables!

  16. Rosellen Siebenthal

    My favorite flower is a Rose. Even if don’t win this beautiful book, I always have your blog to help me along.

  17. Linda Hovgaard

    I love all flowers so much that it’s hard to pick a favorite! I can say that one of my favorites is an old fashioned Columbine. I love the way they naturalize throughout my garden while their blooms dance like little lanterns that light up the Spring Garden. I love your website and would be so tickled to win a copy of The Art of Beautiful Tables especially since your beautiful tablescape is featured in it.

  18. Linda Hovgaard

    I follow Victoria Magazine and I follow your website on Instagram.

  19. Honoré

    Hard to choose just 1 fav flower. I currently have white hydrangeas, muguet and grape hyacinths on my table so let’s go with that, for now. ?

    1. Honoré, I love those too! I am so excited that I have a beautiful grape hyacinth pot on my kitchen counter right now.

  20. Lynn Jackson

    ROSES, hands down!!! No one does books like Victoria. They are ALL gorgeous.

  21. Marion

    My favorite flower is the Morning Glory and Pansies.

  22. Marilyn

    My favorite flower is the Gladiola. I follow Victoria on Instagram.

  23. Kate Hoffman

    Hydrangeas are my table centerpiece of choice. Any color.

  24. Lidy, this is a lovely post and a beautiful book featured as a giveaway for MMB.
    I am so proud of you for being featured in the book. So well deserved.
    Hope your weather has improved.
    Have a nice week.

  25. Congrats on being published in this lovely collectible book. I have received the Victoria Magazine for years and love the journey it has taken me on!

  26. Bette Jean Herrmann

    Hi Lidy!!!! So Happy you’re in a new book!!! My favorite flower is STILL the ROSE ever since I was a little girl because it was my Mother’s Favorite flower!! It seems like yesterday that she was given one by my Dad and she would have me smell it!!! It was Beautiful and so was she!!!! Hope you have a marvelous SPRING and HAPPY EASTER!!! Can’t wait to see the book!!!

  27. Denise Carlson

    I love all the flowers, but I think I’d choose the tulips. I also love the madden hair ferns tied with ribbon on the silver ware fresh greens are always welcome. Patiently waiting for Spring so nice to see beautiful table settings to distract us from the never ending winter! I follow Victoria on Instagram and would love to add this book to my collection-thanks for the opportunity!

  28. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, stock, and gardenias.

    I followed you and Victoria on Instagram.

  29. My favorite flowers are roses, hydrangeas, wisteria, zinnias, hyacinths, black-eyed susans, and gerbera daisies. I am not on facebook or instagram. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this beautiful book!

  30. Pamela Grove

    My favorite flower is very easy, that would be lilacs with roses following by a close second. I already follow Victoria magazine as I receive the hardcopy of it in the mail and I receive daily emails from them. I don’t do Instagram (or Twitter) so I can’t do any of that but I do receive emails from French Garden House and have for years.

  31. Donna Milazzo

    My favorites flowers are roses, followed closely by hydrangeas and hellebores! I already follow you on IG, as well as Victoria Magazine.

  32. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Congratulations, Lidy, on being featured in this beautiful book. It is much deserved, and I am so happy for you. You always create the most gorgeous settings. I love Victoria magazine and their books. I hope you have a blessed week, sweet friend!

  33. Shelley Welch

    I was tickled to read that you are included in this beautiful book! Victoria magazine inspires our time honored traditions to be carried into the next generations, as you do so well with your own family. My favorite flowers are…it depends on the season! Lol! Right now it is daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth.

  34. Carol Ann

    I love daffodil, hydrangeas and Lilly of the valley in small creamers.

  35. Congratulations on being featured in this gorgeous book! So well deserved. I love your French Style.
    I follow you now on IG and follow Victoria Magazine on Facebook.
    My favorite flowers are roses, irises, zinnias and hydrangeas.
    Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  36. Theresa Keller

    What a beautiful book and thank you for such a nice opportunity to maybe win a copy. I will tag you on FB Lidy, and my favorite flowers are gardenias, iris, peonies and tulips ?

  37. Jean Van Buskirk

    Bonjour, Lidy,
    Enjoyed the lovely layout of all the beautiful flower’s and what a nice give away, I follow you and have been a Victoria fan for year’s and have taken the magazine for over 20 some year’s and still have most of them and that is where I saw your Blog in the magazine, I love all flower’s but must say PEONIES are my favorite, then Rose’s, Thank you for alway’s sharing your prettie’s~~~Happy Easter~~~~Alway’s, Jean~~~Ca~~~

  38. Vicki Duggins

    What a beautiful giveaway! I have Victoria magazines from back to 1988. I believe they train your eye to see beauty in life. I am now following both you and Victoria on Facebook and Instagram. I love pale pink peonies and my pink camellia!

  39. Thanks for sharing the ideas and the give away for book. Roses are my favorite favorite flower. My grandmother had a beautiful roses garden when I was growing up. I spend lots of time with her there looking and smelling of the Roses
    Who it was time to go home she always cut a selection of Roses for me to take home and put in a special vase she gave me. Have a wonderful day.

  40. Sherry Myers

    Setting a lovely table is a delightful part of my life. It’s something I look forward to, like a refreshing glass of lemonade on a sweltering summer day! I am a follower of French Garden House and love to see your inspiring table settings, as well as following Victoria which allows me to relish in sheer beauty! I’d love the chance to receive a copy of The Art of Beautiful Tables. I know it will contain photographs of my favorite flowers, roses and hydrangeas, on a gorgeous table setting! Heavenly! Thank you for the opportunity.

  41. Marilyn Thore

    My very favorite flowers are peonies which look gorgeous with antiques on a spring & summer tablescape! I am following Victoria Magazine on Instagram and am also following French Garden House on Instagram.

  42. nazaria

    Hi Lidy. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas and roses which unfortunately do not grow well in my area. Thank you for all the beautiful inspiration.

  43. Lidy, Congratulations on the honor of being included in this beautiful book! I really need this book! Table styling is such a wonderful way to show dining companions that they are appreciated, even if that guest is “just” hubby! I’m not sure if I can name an absolutely favorite flower–it’s usually the one I am viewing or growing at any given moment! Of course my hydrangeas are very important to me, but so are my daffodils which seem to come up no matter how extreme the winter or traveling deer herds! Thank you for this opportunity to win a book and I look forward to seeing many more of your beautiful tables. Linda
    p.s. I am now following you on IG–how did I miss you before??

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