There is something about warm summer nights dining out under the stars. Whether it is a little table for two in the garden, a quiet spot by the lion fountain for a bistro set or a long table to entertain friends and family. Setting a beautiful table is a favorite thing over here. And the method to my madness? Pretty on repeat, ambiance & simple elegance. Today I am sharing the second post in our summer style series – all about this French cottage table and tips.
French Cottage Table Elements
What is it about big old buffalo checks? I have a wee bit of a love affair with them. And a confession. I am in love with this tablecloth so much that I bought several colors of it. It is just.plain.gorgeous.
The colorful flowers led me in the green table linen direction. This vintage green color is a perfect mingle with the pop of coral.
Tip: Choose linens that add another layer of style to your table. Whether that means coordinating the colors, keeping it plain and simple or creating a beautiful contrast for some drama.
Layers of Lovely
I grabbed simple white dishes, golden sunshine yellow wine glasses and vintage silver flatware for the place settings.
Tip: It is all about the mix and mingle- not the matchy-matchy. Simple modern plates with vintage elegant monogrammed flatware and etched glasses create an interesting look on the table.
Beauty in Bloom
Beautiful flowers are always on the table setting plan- and these gorgeous pops of pretty are beyond beautiful.
With ruffly peonies, ranunculus and dahlias in shades of coral- these arrangements are a perfect pairing with the green and white on the table.
These flowers are faux arrangements and are perfection for enjoying indoors and outdoors on the table.
Twinkle Light Ambiance
You know me. And you know if I am doing any entertaining outside – there are going to be twinkle lights involved. This little spot is in the cottage courtyard patio- and that big branchy tree above the table was perfect for stringing a few twinkle lights on.
Tip: Twinkling trees, lit topiaries placed around the table will bring in an extra layer of ambiance as evening low light arrives.
Tip: Creating a beautiful backdrop with lit topiaries and trees is always a lovely way to bring in more ambiance- but think of opportunities to add a repeat of the colors you are using on the table. A wreath on the cottage door adds another layer of color and draws your eye to pick up details in the distance.
Get the Look
Get the look on the table below- click the links and the photos below to shop what I used or a get the look option.
Happy Summer Entertaining everyone!
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