French Style Alfresco Dining

french style alfresco dining

It is funny that I found in a South African magazine one of the most inspiring pictures that capture the spirit of french alfresco dining. The French are not afraid to mix formal, classic pieces with rustic elements. That dining table is the perfect example with Napoleon III bronze candelabra being used for casual outdoor dining.

french style kitchen

This kitchen illustrates one of the most important elements of stylish, stress-free entertaining: do not neglect the preparation. Create a butler station by putting on a surface the glassware, the water bottles or pitchers, the wines and the bread that you will need for the night. This way, it is easy to delegate this task during the party, if you want to. Even if you do it yourself, you will see that this technique simplifies your life.

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+ photos by Elsa Young for House and Leisure – August 2011 issue

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One Response to “French Style Alfresco Dining”

  1. I love the barrel of apples. I used to live in France and do miss these outdoor meals. On another note, I thought you guys would appreciate knowing about this gorgeous jewelry giveaway. Check it out: http://bellissimakids.com/2011/07/24/funky-glass-jewelry-on-bleecker-st/