I love the flavors, colors and textures of Provence,  so  my turn to host  our gourmet group provides a perfect opportunity to put them in play.  All are understated, always appealing in their simplicity.

Provence tableWhat better place to start Provencal style than with jacquard linens so typical of the region?  

Provencal tableFilled with candles and flowers, my trusty candle mold adds textural interest  much like what you might see in a Provence setting.

Provencal table

The cloth is smaller than the table, but no matter.  It is laid on the diagonal and the long sides folded a couple of times to keep them from hanging so low.   Manipulating fabric is something I can’t help doing!

Provencal table Serving as a charger are these plates by 222 Fifth.  The pattern is Tuscany Rose which doesn’t sound very Provencal, but the colors are right for the linens and flowers.

Provencal tableThe napkin, folded as a triangle,  sits atop the plate

Provencal tableto become the background for a white salad plate.  

Provencal tableThe shooter is for a taste of roasted red pepper/tomato soup that will be our starter.  The knives for this occasion just happen to be French, Laguiole, probably known to many of you.

Provencal tableI can’t resist using these textured pink tinted stems for water.  They are special favorites that once belonged to a very good friend’s grandmother.  I think of my friend with affection and gratitude every time these glasses are put to use.

Provencal tableAs I look at the table, I notice how the colors are an unintentional complement to the painting in the dining room.  While that certainly wasn’t a consideration, I like it when those kind of happy accidents occur.

The menu is one featuring the simple flavors of Provence, and later this week I will share the recipe for the main course, Short Ribs Provencal.  I think it does the young man from whom I learned some of the tricks of Provencal cooking proud.

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20 thoughts on “Provencal Style

  1. Unintended but perfect! That almost never happens to me, so I’m thrilled when I see someone else hitting the mark!

    You picked the perfect plates with that pretty floral border, and the plus of it is that the center is white which really shows off the food! I love the mix of colors all over the table. The eye never goes unentertained!

    I’ve never been to Provence, and most likely never will travel there. (Scaredy cat when it comes to flying.) I’m so glad to be able to live vicariously through the braver of you who actually get out there!

  2. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Lulu!
    The photos you featured are beautiful. I, too, love Provencal style.
    And thank you for liking me on Facebook. Unfortunately, because Simply Suzannes at Home Facebook is a business page, I’m unable to “like” back. I don’t have a personal Facebook page either. Sorry.
    I appreciate your visits and comments!
    Have a beautiful week,

  3. I enjoy your dinner parties. Your tablescapes are always creative and usually there is sentiment attached to many of your items. That makes it special in my book.
    Looking forward to seeing your food.

  4. Love the colors, love the painting, love the centerpiece, love the knives, and love the idea of a roasted red pepper tomato shooter! You are a master of the eclectic mix! Sounds like a wonderful time!

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