Summer is almost here, and I’ve put together a French Country table setting on our back patio to celebrate in red, white and blue.

 

Welcome to Floral Friday, I’m so happy you are here!  This week my friends Shirley, Mary and Pam and I created a patriotic floral arrangement in honor of Memorial Day.  I’ll give you the links to their floral beauties at the bottom of this post.

 

Red, white and blue are classics that you can use all summer, they fit perfectly with French Country style!

 

 

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of flowers, and a well-appointed table. Not just a pretty table, but for me, the table has to be intriguing, and F U N !

 

From linens and plates and centerpieces, I’m always on the hunt for the “ingredients” of a fun, casual yet chic setting. And if most of those pieces are antique and vintage, all the better!

 

 

While there is a dizzying array of formal “table setting rules” out there, I’m more a casual table setter.  And more often than not, it’s the way I arrange flowers, too.

 

Luckily, French Country style is perfectly suited to a more “casual” way with flowers and tables.

 

French Fraise Jars

 

For these arrangements, I used our French Fraise Labeled Jars bought in France.  As you can see, I basically filled them with water, and after adding some eucalyptus from the tree in the front of our house and lemon leaf from the florist, I clipped some snowballs, white and blue hydrangeas, and a few red poppies to each one.

 

Then I added a dark purple-blue stem of stock and some white spray roses and called it beautiful!  The little American flags are a nod to Memorial Day coming up.  These types of floral arrangements are simple, and you really can’t go wrong with them.

 


Red & White Linen Napkin

 

For this outdoor table setting, I started with antique French ticking in two color ways.  The bottom piece has a few little tears {the French dealer who sold it to me said it was for “projects”} and on top of that I layered a red, blue and cream length of antique ticking.

 

 

For each placesetting, I used some of my red & white transferware, and added a blue & white willow plate on the top. Vintage silverware in a pretty stylish pattern adds a touch of glimmer to the mix!

The napkins are my very favorite white linen, embroidered with a royal monogram in bright country red.

 

Blue Willow Dishes

 

Vintage French glass tumblers for iced tea are always a good idea. And for me, you can’t mix and match enough…the blue and white and the red and white plates are different ages, and totally different styles, yet I love how they look together!

 

 

I know it isn’t until next week, but I hope you have a beautiful, fun-filled Memorial Day!  Setting aside this day to honor our fallen heroes is close to my heart, as we would not enjoy all the freedoms our nation has without them, and the sacrifice they and their families made.

 

 

Here is a shot of my assistant Bentley {aka the world’s most difficult dog to photograph!} Don’t be fooled into thinking he’s actually either 1. helping in any way or 2. posing because he likes to – the honest truth is he loves strawberries, and since there are ripe, juicy strawberries on the table, he’s there!

 

Don’t forget to visit my friends and be inspired by their gorgeous floral beauty!

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