French country dining is something to look forward to as the weather turns warmer. The French just have a joie de vivre and enjoy the moment, with meals at the forefront of everyday life. Simplicity is key whether in a formal dinner or a carefree lunch. Let’s linger a few moments and see how this was all put together quickly and the elements used!
A typical French meal can be centered around various selections of cheese and bread paired with wine. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious. Often when you stroll the French brocantes you’ll find the sellers outside their booths at lunch eating lunch and enjoying the day with a similar meal. The company and laughter, the fresh air and yes…often a small bouquet of flowers make the day pleasant.
Previously published in 2015 and has been edited, affiliate links used.
French Country Dining
Here a few tips for setting a typically relaxed French table
- Cover the table in a white linen cloth as you’d typically see at any cafe or bistro that serves French country dining.
- Lay a grain sack runner down the center of your table. Here is one that is so inexpensive and perfect for that French inspired look.
- White dinner plates are easy to find and have an elegant appeal when mixed with a few key items. I’ve layered plates with antique French terre de fer, but you can stack white ironstone in different sizes just as easily.
- Flowers are always in style on a French table whether real or faux. Look for wild flowers and clip them and loosely display in a jar or tall pitcher.
An old French zinc body pitcher filled with fleurs in a simple arrangement. In a previous post I talked about how to arrange flowers loosely for a carefree wild look. Find enamelware pitcher reproductions in most home decor stores that with the right flowers, will give you that French country look.
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It’s really pretty simple to enjoy the laid-back informal style of dining in France in your own home! À bientôt!