As the temperatures start to dip and dreams of fall’s delights start to spark our imagination, get in the spirit of the season and host a small Fall Breakfast, French Country Style!  Each year, I can’t wait for September, because that means that fall has begun.  Even though it can still be warm here at FrenchGardenHouse during the day, there is a snap in the air early and late in the day.

I eagerly await the time that pumpkins arrive at the farm stand near our house, and pretty much get excited about every pumpkin spice thing I can find at the market. You too? There’s no shortage of ideas for a seasonal celebration, whether you’re hosting an intimate family meal, or a slightly larger gathering outdoors. One of my very favorite ways to entertain is with a cozy, casual French Country style fall breakfast.


Fall Breakfast French Country Style



My good friends Mary, Pam and Shirley and I are so happy you are here!  Grab a cup of coffee {or tea, even hot apple cider! – it’s almost fall!} and join us as we celebrate fall with a floral arrangement featuring fall colors.



The beauty of entertaining with a Fall Breakfast, French Country Style is that it can be as casual as you like.  Often, when we go on trips to Europe, breakfast means some crusty bread, really good unsalted butter, and some marmalade, and copious cups of French coffee.  {For a country that prizes its culinary excellence, the breakfasts are most often surprisingly plain. } In some hotels Mr. FrenchGardenHouse has quietly told me his bread would be able to make a hole in the wall if he threw it. The bread is hard, you are meant to dunk it in your cafe au lait.


Fall Breakfast French Country Style


Fall Breakfast French Country Style


Putting together a simple authentic French Country style breakfast, therefore, is super easy!  I recommend you buy the freshest bread at a bakery, unsalted butter, some wonderful French cheeses, perhaps a saucisson, fruit, and two different jams, one favorite in France being marmalade. {I’ll share my recipe for making your own orange marmalade later this week.} If you want to go all out, splurge on some croissants, and those very sweet and delicious Croissants aux amandes.


Fall Breakfast French Country Style

Fall Breakfast French Country Style




I set our big table in the middle of our kitchen for an easy breakfast with three friends.  Our new linen runner and napkins come in that wonderful green, reminding me of the forests in Europe that I love.  Usually I first gather all the parts of my table setting together, before placing each of the plates, napkins etc.  in their place, just to be sure it all looks good. Once I think it does, I begin setting the table.


fall quote


I know that on blogs most people show plate stacks, because they photograph better, but in my own “real life” I find that plate stacks are a bother. So I don’t usually don’t have stacks, unless I’m serving a salad first.


My plates are vintage Pheasant plates that I use each autumn, and the French vintage Ecruis silver plated flatware is always so nice. I am always excited to find more, because they are of such fine quality!


French country DIY Flowers


A few antique breadboards, an antique bread knife, and wonderful horn handled little forks nestled in an antique pottery pitcher complete my table-scape. Oh, and those two sweet little antique animals! I love them, they are made of a hard rubber, a sort of pre-plastic from long ago, I’m pretending they belonged to my mom, since she left no toys behind.


Everything combines together to speak of cooler, slightly windy days, leaves rustling in trees and gently falling to the ground, and everything magical that autumn has in store.  The colors in the kitchen are so pretty. Even after our breakfast, and even after the flowers have died, I’ll keep most of this little scene in place. The high chair by the sink holds antique French baskets and my new favorite linen apron on the old high chair. I can replace the flowers with new ones, or an antique bowl filled with pumpkins.


Fall Breakfast French Country Style




For this fall arrangement, I went crazy for berry toned blooms, earthy muted flowers and fall foliage to create the perfect country flower arrangement.  I taped off the top of an antique cheese preserving crock  { I love the blue stripes} to hold my flowers in place.


Fall Breakfast French Country Style


fall floral centerpiece

Fall Breakfast French Country Style


Flowers in this arrangement:

  • Berry wine mums in two sizes
  • White daisies
  • Chamomile
  • Yellow Asters Solidago
  • Seeded eucalyptus
  • White roses
  • Ornamental Kale
  • A brown grass filler
  • Pittisporum filler



mums for fall

fall in the kitchen


Because it’s a big table and there are just a few people, I was able to style the table a little bit with some antiques.  I nestled the silverware, the linen napkins and a few bright green fall apples in an antique wood cutlery tray.  Some smaller French country pottery pieces hold fruit, and a French Country wood bench displays a pate tureen of a pheasant for seasonal charm.


Fall Breakfast French Country Style


I am picturing you creating some autumn magic at home! It doesn’t take much, a little pumpkin here or there, maybe a bunch of branches in a vase?  Changing the colors at home makes your whole house feel like it’s been refreshed for the season, doesn’t it?


The give away is OVER. The winner of the GIVE AWAY for Georgianna Lane’s Book Paris in Bloom Is B. Potter! CONGRATULATIONS!




Be sure to visit my creative friends, I’ll see you there! They always have beauty and great inspiration to share!


fall tablescape

Pam at Everydayliving

fall pumpkins in garden and mums
Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

fall tablescape with pumpkins

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Fall Breakfast French Country Style

and me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse





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