I’m sharing Summer Entertaining French Style with a beautiful and easy table setting today.



Summer is the season when we usually entertain the most at FrenchGardenHouse.  Eating in the garden, al fresco, is magical anytime, but especially in summer.


In this unusual year, eating outdoors also does allow for social distancing.



Summer Entertainingg French Style

Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms.



I am always so thrilled to join my good friends Shirley, Pam and Mary and all of you for our flower therapy Mondays!  The links are at the bottom of this post. You won’t want to miss even one.




Monday Morning Blooms for spring




While I love to make the most of any table setting, when eating outdoors it often means I opt for a fairly simple table setting. Because the table is set in nature’s lush surroundings, it’s a delight to create a tablescape that reflects its garden setting.




The table is set outside in the back garden, on the long patio, since there is some filtered shade there.



Summer Entertaining French Style




My summer tables are simple, but I do use French antiques together with French table cloths from Provence.





The French Cotton Tablecloth with cheerful blue and yellow colors and bright happy lemons is always a favorite!  It reminds us of long summer days spent in Europe. A whimsical linen covered in bright lemons, it offers a fanciful backdrop accented by fresh, bright colors.




Summer Entertaining French Style




Of course what would any table be without flowers? Usually at this time of year I cut them from the garden. Most years this has been easy, but this year we had a total garden “re-do” so the ones that are blooming I’m trying not to cut!



I filled this antique ironstone pitcher with white alstroemeria, purple lisianthus, a yellow hydrangea, and a few remaining bright green viburnum.  In a perfect world, I would have found blue flowers. This year, I’m grateful to have found beautiful lisianthus in any color.  {And, this is much more in keeping with a French style, the French do not color co-ordinate half as much as we do!}









Our little lemon tree in the front garden is producing lemons, and they are delicious. Somehow fruit you grow yourself tastes better, doesn’t it?



For this table, because the cloth is so bright and colorful, I opted for a mix of antique French and English ironstone, and inexpensive white plates.



Summer Entertaining French Style






I usually provide a couple of glasses per guest. That way guests can can enjoy wine, but also drink as much iced water or lemonade as they wish.




Summer Entertaining French Style




Antique French and English ironstone pieces are my favorites on any table.







The best ones have signs of patina and are what the Europeans call “buttered” – which means they have darkening and/or spots.  When I find these at antique and brocante fairs, I hardly ever hesitate to buy them. Between clients {you} and myself, I never seem to be able to find enough!






My outdoor summer tables are easy going, but I always try to add a bit of fun.



french summer table




There is a little tin mold filled with the most delicious sour lemon candies at each table setting. { My grandmother used to buy these in France, she had a habit of dropping one candy her cup of afternoon tea! }  I found {!} and imported them from France and will offer them soon on the Gift Collection at FrenchGardenHouse.





The gilt bee place cards with a hand written name make it a personalized treat.




Summer Entertaining French




The salad is served from an ironstone bowl with antique French salad servers, French style.




Summer Entertaining French Style




19th century French linen napkins with monograms are always at our table.  They are big, they are forgiving because they wash like a dream, and they have history.








An antique silver wine coaster protects your tablecloth from drips.  In hot weather, if you are serving chilled white wine, it will also catch the condensation and keep your cloth from having a wet spot.




summer bouquet




Summer meals are so easy, aren’t they?




A fresh salad with baby greens, a variety of beautiful summer fruit, and something from the barbeque and you have a feast fit for a king. At meal’s end, relax and enjoy the beauty of the garden in the sun’s dwindling light.






Thank you so much for joining us today.   Here’s hoping you enjoy some of your own Summer Entertaining, French Style this season.





I’d love for you to leave a comment so we know you have joined us in the garden.



summer entertaining French style




Monday Morning Blooms to See:


hydrangeas in the summer garden

Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


blue hydrangeas table setting

Pam at Everyday Living


Shirley at Housepitality Designs



Summer Entertaining French Style

and me Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse







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