summer entertaining is the best - MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME
  • summer dining al fresco
  • summer dining al fresco
  • summer dining al fresco
  • champagne in the garden

summer dining al fresco

As a family we love to entertain …. be it a couple of friends for a cosy dinner around a winter fire; high tea in the garden with kids and dogs all over the place; a fun lunch with girlfriends …. entertaining friends is what we love best.

champagne in the garden

My husband is a great cook, and generally when we invite guests he takes care of the main course, either  one of us prepare the entrée, and I handle dessert.   I get my cooking done earlier in the day, and while he is in the kitchen late afternoon I lay the table …

summer dining al fresco

A happy, pretty table is just another way of saying ‘welcome’.   And of course for me that would be impossible without fresh flowers from the garden.    Luckily at this time of year, when the days are so long that it doesn’t get dark until gone 10 in the evening, my roses are in full bloom along the barn wall.   I like to keep the flowers relaxed on the dining table, especially when we are outside.   A handful of smallish vases, filled with roses, scattered along the centre, and easy to move out of the way if we have a big serving dish to place.

Our barbecue is as much about atmosphere as for cooking, and generally we light it whenever we sit at this table, it keeps us all warm as conversations lingers onto early morning, and the glow from the gently flickering flames is the most complimentary light you could possible find.

summer dining al fresco

 

Voila! …. summer entertaining french country style. No fuss, no perfection, just the fun of sharing a good meal around a pretty table and taking our time to put the world to rights.

summer dining al fresco

And if you’d like to see more French country ideas for entertaining, you may like to know that my next book is all  about entertaining through the seasons and that it is currently available on pre-sales, right here.

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I am also happy to announce that we have a winner for our My Stylish French Box giveaway ….. congratulations to Alison  who will receive the August box in a few weeks time!

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