• Katy Gardener

9 French accessories for stylish outdoor dining

We all know how much the French celebrate the art of dining. They spend hours creating memorable meals with family and friends and ensure that the surroundings and experience match the quality of the food.

In this post I have listed 9 French accessories to add to your outdoor dining space so you have all the tools to create unforgettable outdoor dining experiences this summer.

  1. Metal Garden Bench from La Maison Chic: £159

This metal garden bench is so chic. It’s delicate and dainty and would work perfectly in a spot that captures evening sun. I might add a few cushions for a more comfortable perch.

Metal french bistro bench

2. Fermob bistro folding chairs from Made in Design: £63

These fun chairs come in an array of joyful colours with tables to match. You can find them scattered around the Tuileries gardens or the Champs de Mars in Paris and they lighten up any outdoor space.

Fermob bistro folding chairs from Paris

3. Salad Servers from Sabre: 26 Euros

Sabre is a great brand for colourful, stylish cutlery and I just love this ‘Old Fashion’ line. All the pieces manage to be simultaneously fun and elegant. I thought these salad servers were formidable.


4. La Colombe d'or Tablecloth from Summerill & Bishop: £355

The famous restaurant La Colombe d’Or in St Paul de Vence is the inspiration behind this colourful tablecloth adorned with its timeless menu. It’s not cheap but it’s such a fantastic statement and would always be a great talking point if your guests ever run out of something to say, which I'm sure they wouldn't!

La Colombe d'or tablecloth

5. Cool Linen Tablecloth from The Linen Works: prices from £95

And if the table cloth above is too crazy and perhaps too pricy, this cool linen tablecloth is just the ticket. It's beautifully understated and looks heavenly in this romantic setting.

linen tablecloth


6. Wine glasses from La Redoute: £26

Coloured glassware looks great outdoors. This set of four decorative wine glasses from La Redoute is playful and pretty.

colourful wine glasses

7. Bee Tumblers from La Rochere: £6.25 a glass at John Lewis

Keep hydrated and cool with these classic La Rochere bee tumblers.

la rochere bee tumbler

8. Arles Navy Stripe Linen Napkin from The Linen Works: £12.90

I adore these napkins and considering the quality, I think they are a really good price.


9. Black Wide Brim Straw Hat from Greenpacha at Matches: A steal at £70!

And just for fun I've added this beautiful straw hat that I found in the sale. I was trying to find one of those enormous wide brimmed hats you can buy in multi colours in Provence, but I think you might just have to go to a French market for one of those. In any case, this one is almost better!

Black wide brimmed straw hat


I hope you've enjoyed my French edit for dining en dehors and it encourages you to invite some pals over for a socially distant supper.

We should all make the most of our outdoor space during the summer months as the winter is always much darker and longer than you ever remember.

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