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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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!