In this post: If you love the relaxed elegance of a country French table setting, you’ll enjoy the look of this holiday table centered around blue and white plates.⇒
My love of French Country decor did not start with Louis XIV chairs.
In fact, it wasn’t French furniture at all that got me hooked. That came later, and in smaller doses, along with an admiration for classic French architecture.
But the real draw, the thing that utterly captivated me, was experiencing the charm of time spent in the French countryside. It was in large part the intangibles, the slowing down of time, the scent of the flowers, the appreciation for little luxuries, the delight of amiable conversation.
In short, it was the lifestyle that won me over.
So it’s no surprise that my first forays into French styling had more to do with entertaining than with decorating the home.
French Table Setting
It is with that spirit in mind that I approached a recent tablescape for spring.
I love to mix the relaxed feel of a weekend in the country with a touch of the refined, much as you’d see in France. Some chippy stone here, some laundered linen there, and plenty of patina everywhere.
Yet at the same time sprinkled in, a dose of vintage accessories in the finest materials available, from polished silver to sparkling crystal drops.
So rather than going buttoned up formal, I decided to be a bit carefree, to capture the spirit of my chosen theme.
I started with blue and white striped tea towels, reminiscent of European grain sacks, to serve as placements and built my plate stack from there.
Nothing says French Country quite like blue and white dinnerware and I used blue bordered stoneware for the salad plates and the most darling French motif appetizer plates on top.
For the foundation, silver chargers with ornate edging keep the setting from getting too casual, and they’re topped with a tonal patterned dinner plate in a cream that’s as lovely as meringue.
The napkin cluster pairs a delicate ruffled linen in a whisper blue with an embroidered piece is crisp white.
They are layered and gathered within a silver spoon napkin ring that mimics the look of vintage flatware, and works perfectly with the mood of this setting.
Indigo water goblets offer a note of whimsy and shot of dramatic color, while still complementing the components on the table.
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Much like the plates, the floral arrangements depict the very embodiment of French Country flavor.
The chippy stone tuscan urn is tied with sweet blue gingham ribbon as it serves up a cluster of pretty blue hydrangeas, which look wonderful with this tranquil palette.
The table is peppered with some of my favorite collected silver pieces, including some that were used in an unusual way.
This setting was set for a Passover seder meal and you can spot the matzah below in an antique silver toast rack.
I also found an interesting way to present one of the key traditions of the holiday. The seder plate is usually a round platter with sections for the different symbolic foods representing the story of Passover.
For this table I decided to use vintage mason jars will dipping cups perched on top as a makeshift seder plate. The printed place cards label the different compartments much like a traditional seder plate would have printed on it.
We all gather for our traditional holidays but our unique tables express our individuality.
I’m not the sort who pulls out the same china to celebrate every holiday meal. It keeps my guests guessing what the table will look like when they arrive and it’s fun to watch them take a peek when they enter.
But ultimately, like the relaxed lifestyle in the French countryside, it’s the companionship at the table that really matters.
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