Floral Styling Tips For Outdoor Dining

lisianthus centerpiece in purple

While grabbing the last of our beautiful spring weather over the weekend we did some much needed yard work and then decided to treat ourselves to a fancy lunch outdoors. I'm not going to show you how grubby we actually looked after doing some trimming but suffice to say that our lunch table looked a heck of a lot better than we did! If you know me, around here it always starts with flowers. Fresh flowers are everything and even suggest...

french table setting al fresco

...the meal. This arrangement was inexpensive and easy to create with only a small bunch of purple lisianthus from the florist. I had some purple caspia, eucalyptus and wax flowers from last week's flower run and mixed a small amount in, along with some of our yard clippings of wax myrtle. The urn has a hole in the bottom so I used a Mason jar inside filled with water...

sterling silver flatware shabby chic
Rustic and elegant, silver and shabby...my antique silver service came outside to join the shabby chic petite floral napkins...


beautiful outdoor table

The light in the shady part of our yard was all kinds of crazy beautiful at lunchtime that day and my husband waited patiently to eat while I snapped a whole bunch of photos for this post! I've often been asked about how I take my photos and talk more about it in THIS post...


limoges plates with purple

We love to eat as the French when possible and it means taking a long lunch with a glass of wine, catching up on what happened at work the previous week and unwinding...

blueberry chevre

Yes, purple is the color theme and this chèvre that is encrusted in blueberries is delectable! I purchased it from Whole Foods in the cheese case, so if you live near to one you should be able to find it there...


french dinner party 

lemon tart with blueberries

In keeping the lunch light, a lemon tart with fresh blueberries was mouthwatering and the tartness of the lemons gave a nice contrast to the sweet wine. Yes, I definitely DO bring out the Limoges china for outdoor eating and entertaining and even though a dish occasionally breaks I don't believe in saving it for special days. Every day that we can do this is special around our place:~}

shabbyfufu outdoor patio

Our garden is sunny, but in this jungle spot we installed a flagstone and pea gravel patio...as with all of the shady foliage the grass doesn't grow. Ignore the dirt! We will be pressure cleaning it before summer sets in and anything alfresco is a thing of the past for months on end...


shabbyfufu outdoor entertaining
limoges china al fresco

vintage patio set shabby chic

Living in Miami has outdoor challenges like no other place I'm fairly certain with our intense heat and humidity and lots of rain. This old patio set sits out in the jungle of our garden year round and has a rusty patina that I love to play against a sumptuous table setting...

shabbyfufu romantic outdoor entertaining

table styling

purple wildflower arrangement

Today I'm joining in with some talented friends who have lots of dreamy inspiration for enjoying the middle of your day with a French twist!

french country spring porch
french country spring table
french country strawberries and flowers
french country decorating
french country garden picnic

17 comments

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a beautiful table in a beautiful setting. Yes, the French enjoy their meals unlike us who rush through or go through a drive thru. We need to slow down and learn from the French. Thanks for the info about the cheese at Whole Foods. I will check that out.

Qstylethebook.com said...

Janet, I love it! You just don't reach down into a drawer and grab the plastic. You pull out your best and make even dining in the yard an experience! Are you sure you are not French?? We should all savor the moment like this...grubby or not. Sharon

KUNIs little white castle said...

Very beautiful

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So beautiful Janet....truly a "French Oasis" !!!...Great partying with you!!!! Have a great day!

Rachel Paxton said...

Just gorgeous! I think I need some of that chèvre... ;)

phylis said...

I love "everything"about this post the dishes, the flowers and the food.I too will be checking out the cheese. Great job! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Chloe Crabtree said...

So beautiful, what a lovely place to sit and relax after the work in your yard. This would be a beautiful place to enjoy with friends.

pamela lepage said...

What a awesome table setting. Everything looks like a real treat and very relaxing.love the flowers.

Lory at Designthusiasm said...

Gorgeous, Janet!! Your flowers, your setting, your photography! Just lovely all around... :-)

Cynthia said...

What a lovely setting! There is nothing like dining outdoors when the weather is favorable. I am so looking forward to our warmer weather when we can do likewise.

JanVinyard said...

Hi Janet, Everything is just beautiful! My mother always kept a plant or a floral arrangement on the table on her patio and it just gave everything a finished look. Thanks for this reminder of her. Blessings, Janet

C.D. Loken said...

Your tablescape is absolutely breathtaking, Janet!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

It's just gorgeous Janet! I love it all.

Sahana Ajeethan said...

Gorgeous table settings and wonderful tips. Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.

Melissa Vera said...

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Sherry Nappa said...

There's something about the color purple especially when it's next to anything green. Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday. So beautiful.

Garima said...

nice

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