I haven't done a tablescape since the holidays. But it seems like the table hasn't been cleared off since then. Having house guests last weekend pulled me out of my post holiday stupor, and pushed me the rest of the way to action.
Not that there's much action involved in a family style buffet done in the classic, simple, French tradition. And that's the beauty of it.
A cozy matelasse cover underneath sets the tone. Elegant, yet unfussy. I love a thick table cover that reduces the clatter of the tableware. (That's just my holiday hangover speaking, I guess--haha) Children on scene keep the decibels high enough.
This super casual supper is served in a big tureen with a platter for a cover in place of the one missing. I could even have put the crescent rolls that the little girls made on top.
An old wooden spoon for a ladle lends a French farmhouse mood as it lays on a thick vintage towel standing ready for drips or spills. I think being ready for anything adds to the romance. But that's just me.
A French pewter jam pot transcends centuries.
Hefty vintage ironstone mugs are hard to turn over accidentally. Bowls are Williams-Sonoma.
Family style meals need big spoons and large linen napkins.
Supper is ready quicker than you can say "hot buttered rolls with jam"! . . .
Are things back to normal for you now too?
I'm probably the last one.
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