SUMMER. In the past many of us dreamed of trips around the world. These days? We’re just happy to be able to SEE people around our table at home, am I right?!  As our lives are beginning to go back to “normal” I know we all recognize the silver linings that came with our gap year. We made magic memories in our own homes and/or gardens – like for us at FrenchGardenHouse celebrating Thanksgiving dinner bundled up in sweaters outside- something we won’t forget any time soon. But now? We’re more than ready to Embrace the Joys of Summer!

Embrace the Joys of Summer




Monday Morning Blooms


This Monday we’re highlighting the outdoors with our floral therapy. Just being outdoors in summer is therapeutic. Add in some beautiful flowers, maybe a guest or two or more, and you’ve got a joyous celebration of the season!


summer hydrangea topiary


Before I share the table, let’s take a peek in the back garden. Our garden is practically the whole reason I wanted to buy this house! Because I knew that the garden would give me a large entertaining space here in Southern California three-fourths of the year. After our garden update last year {visit by clicking link “garden” above} it is coming along nicely.


The scheffleras are covering the wood fences so that eventually there will just be a wall of green as the back drop for the borders. The little boxwood hedges are filling in, and we were able to find the cutest little garden lights that make evenings so lovely back here.


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green plants in summer


The back garden is where we host most of our friends and family, especially in the summer. The best part of entertaining in summer is that you can make it as elegant, as casual, as elaborate or as easy as you want to.


Embrace the Joys of Summer


antique French bowl on summer table


For this summer table setting with a French twist, I began by layering one of our favorite summer linen tablecloths in a subtle very light blue-green called Ocean on our outdoor table. The plates are my inexpensive new black matte plates, layered with antique ironstone smaller plates.


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French summer Tablesetting


Each place setting has a linen napkin tied with baker’s twine, and a little sprig from the garden. I love how the gently frayed edges of the linen napkins add casual sophistication to formal or informal entertaining. Rustic antique wood bowls are perfect to serve up artisan French breads, summer salads, and add to the overall country casual look.


ocean linen tablesetting



The centerpiece couldn’t be easier! The antique French apothecary jar is holding a few branches from a flowering bush in the front garden, and I cut a few hydrangeas in light blue and white for the short glass vase. An antique round serving board visually ties them together.


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blue and white hydrangeas


summer table


Can you almost hear the clink of wine glasses, the laughter?  Best part, as the sun goes down, no one is in a hurry to leave, the fire pit can go on, little lights overhead, and conversations linger into the evening. How perfect is that?



summer table for french dinner


It doesn’t take much to set a special mood for the evening; a delicious cocktail or two, some simple food, a pretty but casual French style table. Throw in hugs {YAY! They’re back!!} lots of laughter, and people you love and you’re in for one of the most fun times ever.


Thanks so much for your visit today! I hope you will pin this for future inspiration.


how to style a french country summer table


Visit my garden friends by clicking on their links below!  See you in their gardens!



PAM at Everyday Living

pink hydrangeas on porch
SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs

summer garden
MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

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and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse


What are you planning to do to Embrace the Joys of Summer?!



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