There’s no need to break out the fine china and call a caterer—rustic French is all about creating a relaxed, homey ambiance. The beauty of a rustic, French dinner party is that it allows for a more relaxed, casual approach to decorating you space.
What you will need is a gorgeous French Country dining table to set the stage for la fête. When shopping for a French Country dining table, keep these core elements in mind: Reclaimed wood (oak and pine are our go-to’s), white wash finishes (or no finish), ornate carved legs and feet, and a trestle framework. Of course, you table doesn’t need to have all of these elements, but these are details that will give your dining room some French flair. The south of France is the perfume capital of the world, so small hand-tied bouquets of wild flowers, lavender, sunflowers or roses spread loosely on the table can also make a picturesque centerpiece your friends on IG will gush over.
It’s a French rustic dinner, so make sure you serve the food family style on large platters such our Osceola Wood Round Tray. Bowls filled with seasonal fruit on the center of the table or on a rustic, wood sideboard also makes for a nice, authentic French touch.
Or mix and match antique plates, silverware, and glasses for a charming, eclectic tablescape.
A simple way to set the mood for your rustic French dinner party is by picking the perfect French-inspired playlist. We suggest sticking with the classics, like Edith Piaf and Brigitte Bardot or their male counterparts Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg. Start your rustic French dinner party off right with a cocktail that has frequently been named the “most ladylike” and “most refined.” If you haven’t guessed, it’s the Kir Royale.
This is a great opportunity to display your favorite serving dishes and allow your guests to admire your home. For the main course, you can’t go wrong with a classic boeuf bourguignon served with bread, mashed potatoes, and field greens, but you can alternatively go with coq au vin or lapin a la cocotte (rabbit stew) if you’re feeling a bit adventurous.
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