The pandemic has brought so much suffering, but it has taught me how to find pleasure in simple things. One of these is the joy of entertaining outside. This garden table setting is all the more beautiful thanks to the soft lighting of candles and the surrounding gardens.
I let the gardens take the lead in dictating the color scheme for this table setting. Vibrant true red roses, pale pink begonias, and gorgeous lime and plum foliage led me to selecting this tablecloth. I found it on a trip to Provence where I fell in love with the mix of reds, yellows, and greens.
French linens are a perfect accent for gardens with their sweet little prints and soft color palettes. They complement rather than compete and always have an effortless look to them. Although mine was purchased a few years ago in France, Couleur Nature has a website for US residents and I Dream of France imports Provencal tablecloths and napkins as well. In fact I Dream of France has an almost identical one here.
For napkins, I stuck with the dominant reds and pinks in the flowers. These small squiggly striped napkins complement the larger print of the tablecloth beautifully.
Because the garden and the table linens have so many gorgeous colors running through them, I didn’t want any other elements of the table setting to compete. I have two sets of dishes in my home–one with a print and the other solid. I chose to use the solid pale blue dish set that I inherited from my grandmother (similar here and here). I also used green chairs found at an antique store to bring a pop of color without fuss (similar here and here). Lastly, I chose a simple potted green plant as the centerpiece to tone down the patterns in the table setting.
Since my entertaining was at dusk versus late at night, my lighting choices were able to enhance the ambiance of the table setting rather than provide a full bright light. I placed two lanterns on the steps (similar here) and hung an antique lantern from the tree (similar here and here).