I love the idea of summer entertaining that feels special, but without a lot of fuss. Simple, but elegant. Rustic with a bit of sparkle.
Today I’m sharing my farmhouse table set for a relaxed summer evening in the garden. My theme for the table was rosé white and blue.
Charcuterie, or a cheeseboard, makes for a pretty presentation that can be assembled in minutes. You can add whatever you like. Stroll the aisles of your favorite market and pick up what looks good. No cooking required!
I used a couple of cheeses, a baguette, fresh summer fruits, and some olives. Smoked meats are also wonderful, if you enjoy that (we do!).
Figs, apricots, pears and grapes for sweetness. Sadie picked out the grapes. They are “cotton candy” grapes, and they are so sweet and delicious.
Assorted olives with a few sprigs of fresh thyme for a savory element.
I added a bit of fresh cut rosemary from my garden. It smells so good.
My take on the classic taper candle in a wine bottle. I used some bottles I had on hand, filled with water and a sprig of rosemary. Simple white candles fit perfectly.
I know I’m not the only one who buys wine based on how pretty the bottle is, right? I picked up this lovely rosé at Trader Joe’s completely because of the beautiful bottle. It was the inspiration for the entire table and my rosé white and blue theme.
The bottom of the bottle is cut into the shape of a rose. So sweet.
I filled a large silver serving bowl with starfish and shells for a summery element. When it came time to chill the wine, I removed them and added ice. The silver bowl adds the sparkle to the table.
Rather than a formal table setting, I placed plates and wine glasses on the table so everyone could nibble and serve themselves.
The large wood serving board is great because I can assemble everything in the kitchen and carry it all out to the patio when it is time to serve.
Aren’t figs so pretty? They are delicious with a drizzle of honey.
The fresh herbs add a bit of green to the board.
I placed some sea salt crostini in a vintage cottage cheese bottle.
I set up a cozy seating area on our small little lawn. Guests can relax and lounge with the comfy pillows.
Candles and lanterns provide pretty ambiance and soft lighting.
I added a linen ruffle table cloth to the outdoor farm table. It’s a little rustic, adds some texture and the soft ruffles were blowing in the breeze.
I brought one of our slipcovered dining room chairs outside for extra seating. The striped umbrella helped to keep the evening sun off the table.
Thanks so much for joining me.
Wishing you a happy July 4th and happy summer!
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