Thursday, July 13, 2017

A table for la Fête nationale

I've been fascinated with French history and culture since I was a teenager. Six years of French language and literature classes turned me into a bit of a Francophile. I horribly mangle French when I speak it, but I used to be able to understand half of what I heard. I was better at reading French, and loved Molière and Rimbaud.

One day I'll make it to France, but in the meantime I thought I'd celebrate July 14th with them by creating a table for la Fête nationale. (Known as Bastille Day by English speakers.)

The French Tricolor flag is bleu, blanc et rouge, which are the colors of the table with a bit of gold added.

I started with these marvelous salad plates depicting la tour Eiffel, the instantly recognizable emblem of Paris, and by extension, France. I love the line drawing in black and white. What a find at the antique mall!

The tower plates were placed on top of blue dinner plates which have an allover trellis design, evoking the beautiful jardins blooming with flowers throughout the cities and the countryside. These in turn are set on gold chargers whose curves remind me of fine French furniture.

The fleur-de-lis pattern on the flatware is an ancient symbol that was adopted by French royalty in the late Middle Ages. Linen napkins bring a deep navy to the table.

 A bottle of wine, croissants and cheese represent the casual elegance of French cuisine.

I added strawberries for their bright red color, placing them on a hand-crafted wood board. I love the shape it has and the various woods used.

Generous wine glasses allude to the red in the flag. White carnations and lavender, which always makes me think of the south of France, were placed in a ceramic container found on another treasure jaunt.

I wanted a thoughtful table setting for la Fête nationale that subtly reads françoise. I think this succeeded.

And I think it can be used whenever a bit of French flair is wanted!

Thank you for coming to dinner!  

Salad plates | Mikasa 'Parisian Scenes'
Dinner plates | Block 'Blue Skies'
Bread plates | Hazel-Atlas 'Newport'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Stemware | Marquis by Waterford 'Vintage'
Napkins | Sur La Table

Places to visit
Style Showcase
Let's Add Sprinkles
Paris in July
Between Naps on the Porch
Share Your Cup
French Country Cottage
Katherine's Corner
Sundays at Home

Rattlebridge Farm
Life on Lakeshore Drive

Dishing It and Digging It
Amaze Me Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
Coastal Charm
The Scoop
Inspire Me Tuesday
Celebrate Your Story
Make It Pretty Monday
Wow Us Wednesdays
Feathering My Empty Nest


  1. Hi Sandra, such. Lovely tribute to France. Love the Eiffel Tower plates. You have captured the perfect spirit and theme of France. Always a pleasure to see new tablescapes. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

    1. Thanks! It was fun to put together!

  2. I am getting a lot of France lately - my husband is a big Tour de France fan! So I was attracted to your table right away, So beautiful!!

    1. Thank you! The athletes who participate in the Tour de France are incredible!

  3. Beautiful table and the plates are so distinctive

    1. I'm glad you liked it. The plates were something I just couldn't pass up!

  4. Your plate stack is beautiful, Sandra. I love the combination of patterns and shapes. The whole table setting evokes the feeling of France to me. It makes me want to grab my beret, a scarf, and a glass of good French wine.

    1. Thanks, Susan! I think that's a great idea!

  5. Very pretty table. The gold paired with blue is really a show stopper.

    1. Thanks, Christine! Blue and gold really says 'French' to me.

  6. Thanks for visiting Paris in July (over at ) and sharing your dinner with us. Im just begining to plan my meal pour la fete national. So thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks, Tamara! I'm glad I stumbled across your fun Paris party.

  7. I love that you are celebrating Bastille Day -- and what a festive and lovely table! I love your china.

    1. Thanks, Jeanie! I'm always up for a celebration, lol! I was entranced by the Eiffel Tower plates the minute I saw them.

  8. Another beautiful table! I hope you make it to France one day. I've been a lot of places, but haven't made it there yet either. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks, Jann! I love to travel and have so many places on my must-see list.


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