Create an Orangerie inspired flower arrangement and luncheon table now that the sun is shining outside. 

This citrus table-scape is one of my recent favorites! Perfect for spring and summer gatherings, big or intimate. Today I am excited to share a closer look at the table and some tips for how you can create an orangerie inspired flower arrangement and luncheon table! Read on!



Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement and Luncheon Table




Today, Pam, Mary, Shirley and I are so excited to welcome our guest flower friend Bonnie from Living With Thanksgiving. Bonnie loves travel, gardening, entertaining, designing gorgeous table settings and all the things I know you do, too. Be sure to visit all of them via the links at the bottom of this post. You know you always get so inspired!



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The French have had a love affair with bright, juicy oranges throughout history. In 1617, King Louis XIV, who loved oranges, had the Orangerie built at Versailles to protect his 3,000 orange trees.  Soon, European royalty and the elite had their own orangeries built. Orangeries weren’t just big greenhouses, they were an outward symbol of prestige and wealth.




Owners would give their guests tours of their garden, the centerpiece of which was a beautifully built orangerie. The orangeries often had fountains and grottos inside, and large areas where guests could be entertained in poor weather.


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


Fortunately, these days we don’t have to be royal, wealthy or build big garden structures to enjoy sweet citrus fruits!


This outdoor table inspired by the colors and freshness of oranges and lemons was so easy to create.  I began by layering an antique French linen sheet over our back garden table. It’s really the perfect backdrop, neutral, heavy duty, and washes like a dream. {no ironing either, if you take it out of the dryer immediately.}


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


french country patio


Citrus flowers


Because I wanted to use our gorgeous white linen napkins embroidered in fresh green, I set the table with green and white dishes. The bottom plates are my “party plates” from Ikea {shocking, I know! They are inexpensive, and I am not a fan of paper plates. And not all events warrant rentals.} Sometimes a plain white plate is perfect. On top I added some of my favorite antique majolica in greens.


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


Glasses, again, inexpensive green glasses that I bought purely for their color. For cutlery, vintage Hotel del Coronado silver plate always makes any table happy.


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


lemons and oranges flowers


Re-creating this orangerie inspired flower arrangement and table at home is so easy.  Using the vintage French canning jars with lemon labels was a natural choice. You can clip off some branches from your garden like I did {olive tree} or buy some greens at the florist if you don’t have anything to clip. Even better, bring a neighbor a fresh baked batch of cookies and ask for a few cuttings!


You can create your own garland by laying your clipped branches down the center like I did. I recommend waiting until as close to your luncheon {or dinner} as possible so that everything will look fresh and green.


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement and Luncheon Table


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


I incorporated oranges and lemons in my arrangement, sprinkling them around the center filled with the olive tree branches.


Some of the fruit I kept whole, but others I sliced in half, their fresh smell is heavenly!  I suggest you wait to place the cut ones closer to the time your guests arrive, otherwise bugs. 


bright floral arrangement

Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement



I wrote each guest’s name on a green paper leaf {I cut it from scrapbooking paper} and  used a small pin to secure it to an orange on top of each place setting.


orange table setting


Tulips, hydrangeas, little yellow mums and white scabiosa {also called pincushion flower} bring color on this table to life.


Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement


Don’t forget to enter our Monday Morning Blooms GIVE AWAY we are hosting together with Victoria Magazine.  There are four copies of their glorious new book The Art of Flowers to win!


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To enter the giveaway and for a chance to win a copy of The Art of Flowers:

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite flower(s).

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

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

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.A through midnight April 26th.


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Visit all our Monday Morning Blooms Inspirational friends below:


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Mary – HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

Pam – Everyday Living

Shirley – Housepitality Designs

Orangerie Inspired Flower Arrangement

and me Lidy – FrenchGardenHouse




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