Nobody sets a table like Martha. She’s inspiring and intimidating all at once. And, sometimes, her ideas seem a little unattainable.
This week, I’m teaming up with One Kings Lane again to tell you about their new sale, “Entertaining En Provence”. Sounds fancy, huh? And, it’s inspired by who else? Martha Stewart, of course, and her take on creating a South of France style dining experience.
It wasn’t until they asked me share how I would “Entertain en Provence” at my own house that I panicked a little. Ummm, have they seen how (and what!) we eat around here? Let’s just say Martha might be a little appalled at our lack of fine dining skills.
But, I was up for the challenge and thought it might be fun to pull items I had around the house to show you my own interpretation of “Entertaining En Provence.” (I’m sure you probably have most of these things, too.)
1. Set of glass bottles (IKEA)
2. Wine corks (Target)
3. Floral napkins (Goodwill)
4. Fresh flowers (our yard)
5. Green apples, for color
6. Baskets (Goodwill)
7. Cutting board (Taylor Crafts)
The whole look is really about creating a relaxed, pretty table with natural textures and colors--and good food to enjoy with friends. Not nearly as intimidating as I initially thought.
To create a similar look. . .
Use layers of the same color, keeping things neutral overall. I added soft greens by using both dried and fresh hydrangeas and green apples. Use glass bottles and vases in groupings to create a collected feel.
I’m on a basket kick lately. They’re great for storage anywhere, but on the table, they make a casual place to store extra utensils and linens so guests can help themselves.
I like to keep the dishes simple and white. Mismatched cutting boards make one-of-a-kind chargers.
Look around your kitchen for things that add interesting textures and color to your table, and display them in glass bowls or containers. I put the apples in my ice bucket.
Now, it’s your turn!
Are you feeling inspired to throw a French-inspired-end-of-summer-soiree yet?
If so, I’m officially inviting you to this Martha-inspired sale that starts today (Tuesday at 11 am ET). Remember, you do need to sign up to become a member of One Kings Lane (easy, free and fast!). Their flash sales typically only last for 72 hours. So, if you see something you like, be decisive, put it in your online cart and don’t look back! :) This particular sale will be available through the end of August!
Here’s a little sample of what you’ll find:
The sale starts here. Hope you find your inner Martha while you’re shopping!,
PS- Thanks to One Kings Lane for sponsoring today’s post.