Monday, July 16, 2012

Vive La France

I love France and anything French.  In school, I did the 6 years of French and loved every minute of it.  And that fact that my teacher in college was the cutest little Frenchman didn’t hurt!  So we always celebrate Bastille Day.  This year I had this wonderful rouge, blanc and bleu table all planned in my little French mind. But the market had these wonderful sunflowers and that colorful little table just flew out the window. 
We were fortunate to be able to spend our 10th wedding anniversary in Europe and we split the time between Italy and France.  I found this fun sunflower table cloth in Grasse, France on one of our little road trips to explore the country side around Cannes.  Knew it would be perfect with my flowers.  


The bright, sunny colors remind me of the fields of flowers that are so typical of Provence.

Found these neat two-tone napkins at Pottery Barn a few years ago and I have been saving them for the boat but the colors were perfect for Bastille Day.



The required Bee…

and fleur-de-lis.




A crusty French baguette, escargot and a Nicoise Salad with cedar plank salmon was the perfect meal to celebrate another wonderful Bastille Day.  Merci beaucoup Chef Gar and Bon appetit!

Till next time….Santé,(AKA Danielle)
White Linen Tablecloth: Pottery Barn
Table Topper: Clementine’s, Grasse, France
Napkins: Pottery Barn
Napkin Rings: Pier One
Rattan Chargers: Pier One
White Dinner Plates: Corning Pyroceram, The Corning Store
Red Salad Plates: Country Living, K-Mart
Silverware: 1881 Rogers Stainless by Oneida
Wine Glasses: Dollar Tree
Water Goblets: Gift

This week I’ll be sharing with:
The Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays
Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures Monday
Boogie Board Cottage's Masterpiece Monday
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll Through Life's Tabletop Tuesday
Cuisine Kathleen’s Let's Dish Wednesday
Style Sister’s Centerpiece Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants' What's It Wednesday
Faded Charm's White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch’s Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here's Open House Thursday
Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday
French Country Cottage's Feather Your Nest Friday
My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday
At the Picket Fence's Inspiration Friday
The Charm of the Home's Home Sweet Home Friday


  1. What a lovely and welcoming Tuscan style table.
    I just love those sunflowers, they are just so happy......and they do go absolutely perfect with your lovely tablecloth and napkins.
    Warm and Beautiful!!
    blessings, Nellie

    1. I do love the sunflowers too Nellie! So glad you stopped by The Hood for a visit. Please come back soon. Shirley

  2. Gorgeous tablescape and your pictures are fabulous. I love the salad too, it looks devine. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    1. Can't thank you enough for hosting every week Marty! I do love to see all the great ideas. Come back soon! Shirley

  3. Wow... in Sweden, we called the "fransk lilja". I love and I always have some touches of them around our home.

    Your dinner looks palatable.

    Merci for sharing.

    Happy mid-week.
    /CC from Stockholm

    1. Thank you so much for dropping by The Hood to check out what's happening on the bayou! This is especially precious to me because my husband, Chef Gar, has swedish heritage. And we met a wonderful couple from Sweden in Mexico many years ago and we still stay in touch. They live in Gottenburg and I think have retired by now! Please come back soon. Shirley

  4. Your table is lovely! The tablecloth and napkins are wonderful, such beautiful colors!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

    1. Thanks Kathleen. Do love sharing on Let's Dish! Such wonderful ideas to explore. Thank you for hosting. Hope to see you again soon. Shirley

  5. You definitely captured the feel of southern France with this beautiful table. Love sunflowers! Hope you'll set your red, white, and blue scape too. would love to see it.

    1. Thanks Sarah! Glad you came by the bayou to see what was going on in The Hood! I do have my RWB in my head! Will do it soon. Come back soon to check it out. Shirley

  6. This is so gorgeous...all the colors and is so beautiful! Thanks for linking up and sharing all your eye candy with us!

    1. Thanks so much Karin for hosting each week. I do love all the wonderful ideas that I see. Hope to see you again soon. Till next time...Shirley

  7. Oh to spend your tenth anniversary BETWEEN Italy AND France....what a dream!
    I'm an Italian who'z never been to Italy to see where my parents came from....some day!

    I'm now following your have such gorgeous photos....btw.
    I came here because you were on White Wednesday's link list. Hope you'll visit with me too.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Carmelina. Just visited your site and I love your kitchen! We have visited Canada a few times and hope to tour Quebec City and Montreal in the future. I am originally from NY state and my fraternal grandmother was French Canadian. Hope to explore family roots on our next trip to your wonderful country! Shirley

  8. A beautiful tablescape to honor your destination France. You did a great job, I love your layers of dishes, the centerpiece, and everything in this table. How wonderful you lived in France for a time and that you had such a great trip to Italy and France for your 10th. I also adore Italy and been there a couple of times. Lovely.

    1. Fabby, Thank you so much for stopping by the bayou to check out The Hood! Just peaked at your 4th of July table and it was beautiful! As is your daughter. We do love Europe and next winter we are going to be visiting South America for about three months. Chef Gar is retiring and we are going to play for a few months before deciding what retirement will be. Will be visiting Equador so if you have any most see places, I would love to hear. Hope to see you back on The Bayou soon. Shirley

  9. Lovley table, tha table cloth really has great colors. Only wish Texas was a little closer to your destination.

    Smiles and Fun

  10. Lovely! Gorgeous tablecloth! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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