Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with French press coffee, little bistro tables and breakfast in the garden? I am. And today it is all about creating a little spot to enjoy a cup of coffee & feel like you are in a little cafe in Paris — right in your own backyard.
Setting up a little table and chairs outdoors is always a fun thing to do. While you might have a larger table outdoors for dining at- there is just something about a small bistro table. I love those little tables where you feel like you just sat down at a cafe in Paris and I can almost hear the music playing.
If you are setting up a bistro table area- you need a proper bistro table, right? I am in love with this little table. From the molded base to the marble top. And it is HEAVY folks. I almost ordered a couple more to create a little ‘cafe’ right in my own yard. I mean, we could invite the neighbors to sit for a bit too right? haha.
The Bistro Chairs
These are the cutest little bistro chairs. I shared these last week as well as part of the larger table setting on the patio- and using them here with this little table as well shows how versatile they are. I love that they are woven and rattan- not plastic and they are just.so.charming.
On the Table
A mix of peonies and straw flowers in a quilted jar. Simple and such a pretty little bouquet. I took these photos when it was about 100 degrees here – and even though it was morning- it was already hot. hot. hot. And so, those flowers got pretty wilty pretty quickly. A tip for keeping flowers fresh outdoors in the summer heat is to add a couple ice cubes to the water. It may not keep them fantastically perfect for long- but it will help.
It is all about that French press coffee. I am sharing two different options for French press because I love them both. And I am believer that you can’t have too many lovely little serving elements too.
This delightful little blue & white press is so beautiful. I love that you can make and serve French press coffee – while looking like you are using a vintage piece.
I also love this metal version as well. It is larger- so if you want to make a big pot of French press coffee- this one is perfect. And it feels a bit like hotel silverware on the table.
Add some Personality
I used vintage china plates and favorite mismatched silver and a chunky serving board slice for the croissants and cheeses. And the glass coffee mugs are just pretty. These are chubby ones that I am kind of obsessed with using everyday.
The key on the table top is to mix and match. It doesn’t all have to ‘go’ or be a set to work. Try bringing in some of your favorite pieces- like your grandmothers plates or that collected flatware to give your table a bit of personality.
Chinoiserie On Repeat
Let’s talk about these linens. They are such pretty pops of blue & white on the table. They are actually not napkins- they are hand towels, but I ordered them to use them as napkins and love the oversized feel and look they bring.
And I love the cute chinoiserie pattern they have. These are sets of 3 and they each have a different pattern.
I moved this little bistro table from the lion fountain area to the garden. The thing I love about it is that it really can be tucked anywhere easily- in the kitchen or on the front porch – or in the middle of the garden.
When setting up a little bistro spot at your home- think outside the box. By a window in the house, the screened porch or the kitchen. And also think outside- on the lawn, under a tree, by the veggie garden or the shed. Step outside and see what inspires you and set your table up there.
Shop the Look
I hope this inspires you to set up a pretty little bistro table for coffee or dinners out under the stars this summer. For more ideas and inspiration- pick up a copy of my book Inspired Gatherings. Currently on sale for Buy 3 for the price of 2 – so a great time to grab my first book too 🙂
Happy Monday all.