a french provincial spring lunch

With Becc Burgmann

Watch Becc’s video on how she created this stunning spring lunch table with a French provincial influence… so easy for you to style at home!

our french provincial lunch party

How many of you are also guilty of already having planned a dinner party post-covid? We know it’s not just us! Personally, I’ve thought about the setting, the menu, the drinks, the time…. And, with so much more time (for all of us) have even done a spot of Pinterest saving in readiness. What brought a huge smile to my face was looking through photos and seeing the beautiful alfresco spring lunch that I styled for Stylish Life Magazine about this time last year. That was a ridiculously fun day!

Pre-shoot, just like I would a normal dinner party, I thought about what I wanted my table to look like. For this shoot, I decided to go with a provincial style theme. To help make this happen, I visited Bella at Shades Of Pale in Northbridge to source some of the stunning features we used in this shoot. The very talented Amanda at The Cordony Kitchen cooked the food for this shoot, and it was just incredible! I want to share though some tips to help you in the planning and creating stages, so you’re prepared to throw the alfresco party of the decade post covid.

 

STEPS TO PLAN A FRENCH PROVINCIAL TABLE SETTING

  1. Decide on the theme of your party. I chose a provincial theme, so therefore thought about the colours, textures and other things associated with France. These consisted of linen, glass, distressed wood, antique silver and a lot of greenery.
  2. I began by covering the table with a big linen table cloth. I then used a linen table runner down the middle to create a two-toned look. I then added lien placemats of another neutral colour around the
  3. I sourced a stunning big urn and filled it with small leaf eucalyptus to create that European feel. Tip: Always put the biggest piece on the table in the middle.
  4. Antique style plates and cutlery were placed at each setting, along with a gorgeous French detailed wine glass.
  5. I then placed two distressed wooden candlesticks on either side of the urn. Creating a symmetrical look when styling always makes a styled space look great!
  6. I then added smaller decorating pieces to the table, but regardless of what they were, whatever I put on one side, I made sure I put the same thing in the same spot on the other side of the urn. The urn was always my centrepoint.
  7. I then finished the decorating off by scattering olive branches and more small leaf eucalyptus along the table runner to fill in any obvious blank spaces.
  8. The food served at this setting was then also placed strategically along the table to ensure all of the decorating elements could be seen at all times through the course of the sitting.

I hope you’re able to take some of these tips and use them to create your own stunning spring lunch experience. I feel entertaining is going to be very popular for the remainder of the year, so why not give your guests an incredible experience to remember with these simple hints and entertain in style!

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