summer style French cottage table

There is something about warm summer nights dining out under the stars. Whether it is a little table for two in the garden, a quiet spot by the lion fountain for a bistro set or a long table to entertain friends and family. Setting a beautiful table is a favorite thing over here. And the method to my madness? Pretty on repeat, ambiance & simple elegance. Today it is all about a country cottage table style.

Spring and summer style- Country Cottage Table

I shared this table setting on Instagram earlier this week and got so many questions and requests for the links to get the look- so I thought it would be a perfect Friday Favorites reshape today. I hope you enjoy another look at this sunshine filled table – Happy Friday everyone!

Country Cottage Table Style

What is it about big old buffalo checks? I have a wee bit of a love affair with them. And a confession. I am in love with this tablecloth so much that I bought several colors of it. It is just. plain. gorgeous.

French cottage table

Feeling Green- Cottage Table Linens

The colorful flowers led me in the green table linen direction. This vintage green color is a perfect blend with the pop of coral.

Tip: Choose linens that add another layer of style to your table. Whether that means coordinating the colors, keeping it plain and simple or creating a beautiful contrast for some drama.

flowers on a cottage table

Layers of Lovely

I grabbed simple white dishes, golden sunshine yellow wine glasses and vintage silver flatware for the country cottage inspired place settings.

Tip: It’s all about the mix and mingle- not the matchy-matchy. Simple modern plates with elegant vintage monogrammed flatware and etched glasses create an interesting look on the table.

napkins on plates on summer table

Beauty in Bloom

Beautiful flowers are always on the table setting plan- and these gorgeous pops of pretty are beyond beautiful.

With ruffly peonies, ranunculus and dahlias in shades of coral- these arrangements are a perfect pairing with the green and white on the table.

close up of flowers

These flowers are faux arrangements and are perfection for enjoying indoors and outdoors on the table.

cottage French cottage table

Twinkle Light Ambiance

You know me. And you know if I am doing any entertaining outside – there are going to be twinkle lights involved. This little spot is in the cottage courtyard patio- and that big branchy tree above the table was perfect for stringing a few twinkle lights on.

green check Linens on table

Tip: Twinkling trees, lit topiaries placed around the table will bring in an extra layer of ambiance as evening low light arrives.

twinkling trees in the background

Beautiful Background

topiary behind cottage table

Tip: Creating a beautiful backdrop with lit topiaries and trees is always a lovely way to bring in more ambiance- but think of opportunities to add a repeat of the colors you are using on the table. A wreath on the cottage door adds another layer of color and draws your eye to pick up details in the distance.

colorful wreath

Get the Look

Get the look on the table below- click on the links and the photos below to shop what I used or get the look option.

Single Ball Lit Boxwood Topiary

Boxwood Lit Topiary

Coral Garden Flower Arrangements

Sunrise Blooms Wreath






country cottage table on courtyard patio

Happy Entertaining everyone!

For More- See my post about using a garden statue as a centerpiece Here

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