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Thursday, April 21, 2011

FRENCH TABLE FOR 3, please....

How to Set the Table for a French meal.

The difference between french table settings and universal formal table settings?

The drinks are placed in the front, place cards are at the top right hand corner.

They don't drink tea as part of their dessert (usually) so the teaspoon has been removed.
Of course, if the french hostess would like to serve tea or coffee at the end, she simply adds a tea spoon on the right.
The dessert fork has been replaced by a cheese knife, or a tiny cheese fork, depending on what cheese is served. 
That's ME..hurrying to do a French table setting.
Did you notice my tiny waist, *slim* legs and long flowing BLOND hair.
I am an absolute KNOCK-OUT !
The frenchness of my new thrifted dishes was the inspiration for this
very frenchy table.
I made the  cloth with french script, from fabric I  purchased at Joann's Fabrics.
The little French bunny.....
I know he's French...he cries *oui oui oui* all the way home..:)
O, wait a minute..a RABBIT crying wee wee wee ?

NOPE....that would be LYNN'S mascot, EARL...
...he can get a little frenchy at times...
Only at Easter does he have TWICE the good hearing than normal.
My beautiful girl bought this french inspired urn for me several years ago.
It's one of those pieces that looks great with something in it and
fabulous just hanging around, empty.
I really like the thrifted pair of candlesticks from
I they have French Goodwills?
Bet they do and wouldn't THAT be fun.
O, the French BLUEness of it all...
...the funness of PHOTOSCAPE...
The centerpiece of a vintage, footed bowl.
This is the bowl that MUST be used for fruit salad at Christmas.
My daughter, STACY LEIGH, says that is the bowl that has
been used all her life for fruit salad and she will have no other. :)
O, how I love family traditions.
The French blue secretary in the background has also
been in our home longer than Stacy has.
It was purchased from an antiques store in the middle 60's....
we didn't purchase Stacy until 1969....♥♥♥
The FIRST of my pink KNOCKOUT roses for the spring...
...blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
all I need here is some  sweet creme....

...a little stack of dessert plates, just waiting for something good.
Cake and coffee...
and the recipe can be found right HERE.
The recipe is from my very good friend,
A very good cake that goes GREAT with a good cup of DUNKIN DONUTS coffee.
Thanks so much, Sage... 

RITA says it MUST be served with ice cream...
and we like it both ways.
I've used my little silver bird salt and pepper sooo many times...thanks, SUE

 A nice sweet white wine with a luscious red ripe strawberry
too add to the robust flavor...
I do enjoy a glass of good wine.
 OH YES...
I LOVE anything FRENCH...
Something about France being so romantic and all the things
associated with France .................pure ROMANCE..
I do love french looks...
but I love it MORE when they are made in the 
"Praying that the Lord fills
your Heart with Peace.
Holds you in His Love and
Blesses you with His Grace..
On this Holy Day and Always."
The happiest GOOD FRIDAY to you and yours.
I am linking today with:
My thanks, ladies, for hosting these fun parties each week.
Thanks to YOU for stopping by Sweet Nothings. 
xo bj


Vee said...

You set the prettiest of tables. Your husband must enjoy the daily parties very much. I always love to read your turns of a comical. A very blessed holiday to you, too.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

You look marvelous dhaling, cute boots too!!! Lovin' your pretty French dishes BJ, and I'd surely enjoy joining you for a glass of that wine! Wishing you all the best this Easter you silly wabbit:@)

Kathleen Grace said...

Fortunately I had scrolled past the pig named Earl, before my Earl came to read your post over my shoulder! I love the tablecloth with script and your pretty french table setting:>)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh BJ, this is such a special post. Love your gorgeous tablescape and all your frenchy dishes and accessories. I hope you and all your family have a very Blessed Easter. Hugs, Marty

Donnie said...

I loved all your table and I'm so glad you were made in the good old USA too sweetie.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is such an awesome post! Oh, la, la!!!! Very Frenchy, indeed.

Did you get any rain overnight?

I am still praying.

I also enjoyed the French etiquette lesson. :D

Have a blessed Easter!

Ricki Jill

Sherry said...


This is a very pretty Frenchy table. I love the dishes. They looked awesome with the berries in them. I love the wine with the strawberry in it too. I'll have to try that. Have a lovely Easter with your family! Thank you for linking up!


Oh dear Lord may you get rain soon!
Oh you great! Such a lovely and special post, beautiful tablescape with pretty French dishes and other nice elements. Have a blessed Easter.

Theresa said...

TOO much beauty for one post:) I love all of your gorgeous settings! I PRAY that you all have a sweet Easter Sunday and that rain comes to save your parched land down there!


Marydon said...

BJ your setting is wonderful & so inviting ... you are a delightful hostess.

May you & your family have eggs-tra special blessings, my friend!
Happy Easter,

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Ooh La La! Your French table is lovely BJ....I love your tablecloth you made...

Happy Easter.

Jacqueline said...

BJ, what a beautiful table. I love the French script cloth. I have a small one, but need a bigger one (maybe napkins too!) Those beautiful blue floral plates are wonderful. You are looking so fabulous too, I think it is the heels, that's why I always wear them!

Madeline's Album said...

Lovely table setting. May you and your family have a blessed Easter. My prayers are with the state of Texas for rain to quench the fires. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Diann said...

What a fun and pretty table BJ! your dishes are so beautiful and the whole Frenchy theme is lovely! I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

Lori said...

I have been looking for fabric like that, Joanne's huh?

Debby said...

Wow, beautiful pictures. Love that table cloth. Could you send me your snail mail address. (
I am praying for you and yourSweet Texas. We have had so much rain and more coming. I will try to send it your way. (((((HUGS))))) and more prayers.

Sandi McBride said...

I'm smiling like a lunatic at all this beauty and goodness (specially the tastygoodness) of your table(s).You really do look great with all that blonde hair!
Happy Easter!!!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I love your Beautiful french dishes sweet lady,
I have the same silver bird salt and pepper set~~If you look at my Tablescape with Le Chefs you will see them ~~ I hope you and your family have a Great Easter.

Jenn said...

Cracked me up w/the oui oui rabbit followed by the photo of ... Earl. That's right, Earl. Love it. :) Jenn

Rettabug said...

Oh BJ...I think we must have been sisters in another life! I have the exact same glass pedestal bowl in two sizes & one of them ALWAYS has ambrosia fruit salad in it. In fact, I'll be making it tomorrow so it can mellow overnight for Easter.

I'm lovin' your beautiful new dishes...very pretty & I'm laughing at Earl...very funny!

Thank you so much for your sweet words on my G'kidlet's table. I found those polka-dot placemats at Dollar Tree last year & have them in pink, too. Maybe they'll carry them again this year. ~insert crossed fingers~

I'm off to JoAnn's today to snatch up some of that wonderful Frenchy fabric. Bon Jour & Joyeuses Pâques!

Bunny Hugs,

Rita said...

Bonjour Bj.
You know how much I have been enjoying reading your blog. Today I am thrilled and honored that you include my little recipe and my blog in your tribute to the French Table. MERCI!
Love that fruit bowl and that rabbit is so regal standing up; your dishes, your quilt, your table it a treat to enjoy on this good Friday.
Sending good vibes with rain your way; we were just blessed with 6 inches of snow.
Happy Easter weekend mon amie.

Mary Ann & Mother said...

Tres bon!

Shelia said...

Morning, Dear BJness! Oh, what a lovely post! You can set a table to beat the band!! I love everything you've used here. I adore the snap with the blue secretary in the background. Print it and frame it!
This is one of your prettiest headers so far, I think!
Happy Easter to you and your family, BJ.
And always be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Judi said...

Happy Easter BJ *hugs*
Your pictures are lovely....spring is in the air at your home and Easter too
Thank you for sharing the French table setting tips. I didn't know all of when next I serve French....

I hope you have a lovely Easter...

C'est moi Claudette said...

Yes they DO have French thrift stores. I go to them all the time. I'm French, live in Ontario. Our border is Quebec, so I'm always hunting for great finds. Now I'd prefer to be in France hunting, but for now I'm happy where I am ; )
Lovely French table setting B.J.
Happy Easter, and I've only changed my name twice. This one is sticking for sure, lol.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Ooo La La! This is such a beautiful table. I love the tablecloth...great idea. Of course I'm loving those really can do so many things with them. Your food looks like art on the table. It is perfect.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Zwieg said...

Oh my goodness! I just love your writing style and personality!!! Plus you are from TEXAS!!! I am a new follower, I cannot wait to read more of your posts!

Thank you so much for stopping by to comment on my Irish Soda Bread, I really appreciated that! :)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

It all looks FabuFrenchielous~!

Happy Easter to You and Yours.


Cozy Little House said...

You always have such gorgeous table pretties! And food to go with it, I might add.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

What time do you want me over?
Hee hee, I love it, so pretty!
Happy easter!

Little Brick Ranch said...

Oh La La - it is as if I stepped out of my home and into France!! :)

Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

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Holly said...

I look just like that in France too! Beautiful tablescape and thanks for the tutorial on the tablesetting! happy easter!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Oh La La BJ"! LOVE it! I think I could hear your French Accent as I read your delicious post! Oh Yummy, I'll be printing out that recipe for sure!
Your tablecloth made the whole theme POP! LOVED it!
I'm praying that you all get rain over there!!! Happy Easter to you and yours...

S. Etole said...

That urn with the roses really catches my eye ... Easter blessings.

Otter Hill Designs said...

What pretty dishes you have found! Simply lovely!! So inviting.

Kathleen said...

I would be pleased as punch to sit at your French inspired table as long as you don't serve French restaurant sized portions, you need a magnifying glass to see them, portions. They cost an arm and a leg, and we have to go home and have a sandwich .

Your table looks wonderful, and I love the made in the USA!!Not too much has that label anymore.
BJ, I wish you a very joyous Easter and abundant blessings. I know you realize you are truly blessed already, but a few more can't hurt!

Candace said...

A maple syrup cake? Seriously? That must taste amazing. I may change my plans for the dessert that I'm going to make for Sunday if I can find some decent pecans up here. Your table setting is so beautiful. I would love to eat at your house. The fun and fellowship would be awesome, I'm sure. Have a wonderful weekend! Candace

His Way or Her Way said...

Your blog is lovely and the pictures so beautiful. Easter Blessings to you and your family.


Mary @ Redo101 said...

Hi, I'm hopping over (for Easter) from your friend Cozy Little House. I loved learning about the French table setting, and your items and arrangement of them are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I "followed" you and would love a follow back. Thanks, Mary

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there BJ~ What a beautiful table and post!! So Frenchy and gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing at my party and Happy Easter! :)

Michael Lee West said...

BJ, this was such a joy. I loved every word and every photograph. I hope you and your loved ones had a blessed Easter. XX00

Meredith said...

What a beautiful table! I agree with your daughter about the glass pedestal bowl. It is beautiful and should be used! Those GW candlesticks are so pretty!