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28 December, 2014

Bonne Année...A Country French New Year

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year I am so excited because it’s time for our monthly share from our Country French Design group…and this time the subject is tables! I have to confess that most of the tables in my home are family antiques and are not actually French. But since it’s almost New Year’s Eve I decided to share my tablescape which definitely has a French accent! It's rustic and simple and stars lots of texture with a generous helping of frenchiness!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year And here it is! I started with a nubby painter’s drop cloth as a tablecloth and layered on my ruffled burlap table runner.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year In the center is my favorite French galvanized container, a gift from a sweet friend, filled with lots of fresh greenery from the yard and a trio of cream candles. Tiny tartlet tins holding tea lights add a Scandinavian air, I think.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year Don’t you just love how these little gems reflect the candlelight?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New YearMercury glass votive holders twinkle among the cypress branches that serve as a sort of natural table runner. And I have a secret that I am sharing…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year These wonderful candle holders came from Dollar Tree! Yep…can you believe it? And they are just as pretty as the more expensive ones!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year A burlap bow ties the branches together at the centerpiece, topped off with a mercury glass acorn ornament…a Walmart find from a few years ago.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year At each place is a pewter-look charger and my favorite go-to plates, Felice by Chris Madden…a thrift store find at $10 for a set for four. I am using my pewter flatware…Octette by Gorham…and the matching goblets, along with some thrift store wine glasses. The over-sized French script napkins are actually tea towels that I found at World Market…love them!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New YearAt each place is a handmade New Year’s Eve party cracker. It’s very simple…just a paper towel tube cut into 4 inch sections and covered with a French script paper guest towel that I found at Jo-Ann’s several years ago. I tucked a lottery ticket and some imported candy inside each of them, then tied them off with a bit of organdy ribbon. Mine don’t actually pop but I found directions for making some that do here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French New Year And there you have it…my Country French New Year’s tablescape! It will remind me of welcoming in the New Year with my French friends in a little village in Lorraine not so long ago. It's one of my favorite memories.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT The StaffAnd now…the staff says to take some time this week to rest up before the excitement of New Year’s Eve…always the rule of the day for them no matter the time of year!

And just in case you missed any of my posts on previous topics in our Country French Design series, here they are…

COUNTRY FRENCH DESIGN BUTTON Also head on over to visit these beautiful blogs from my very talented fellow Francophiles to see the wonderful Country French tables they have to share with you!

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Thanks for stopping by! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for the Show and Share Party , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,   French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
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  1. Merry Christmas, Debbie!

    I adore this table. It is the perfect table to welcome in the New Year. You always come up with the best touches and tablescapes.

    I like to use cute tea towels, too, and I love those you have from World Market. I also like their ornaments. Found some cute ones this year for my little niece and for us, too.

    I like the idea of a "cracker" for New Years. Very festive. And the mercury glass Dollar Tree votives are a good touch. Thanks for the share. And how I love a good drop cloth! I am using one as a bedside tablecloth. Your galvanized container is enviable as well. Just a great look all around.

    I am trying to get back into my groove, but with a broken IPAD and the recuperation time from Shingles, it has been a bit challenging. But I wanted to be sure and get by to wish you all the blessings of this season and a Happy New Year, too!


    Sheila :-)

  2. Your table is absolutely beautiful, Deb. I love every aspect of it. The cats in the sunshine is a winning photo, for sure. Give them all a hug for me. Deb

  3. I love this table, Debbie! Bonne Annee!

  4. Love it all! The cats are gorgeous, too!
    Happy New Year!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  5. So beautiful, Debbie! Love the galvanized tub with greenery. You've inspired me to do something on my Dining table. Hope your new year is very happy!

  6. What a beautiful table setting, everything is perfect for a French country style. Although I have two antique French tables, they are not quite in the white country look and the one in the foyer has white marble top, along with French chairs next to it.
    The galvanized tub as a centerpiece here, is the icing in the cake. I love, love it!
    Happy New Year 2015.

  7. Lucy guest who get to bring in the New Year dining at this Frenchy table setting. Your attention to detail is always on target with simple, elegant touches, Debbie. Beautiful!
    Happy New Year to you and the staff! ~ Sarah

  8. Debbie ~ This is such a lovely table setting. I'm sure it'll make your New Year's festivities even more special!

  9. Absolutely lovely! This is a beautiful tablescape That could so easily transition from Christmas to New Year's with total ease. Gorgeous!

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Debbie!! Your Tablescape is absolutely Charming!! Just Love it!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  11. Just love this table setting. Everything you do is perfectly executed and lovely; so perfect. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year! Peggy

  12. Love this pretty table setting, Debbie. Glad to be partying with you.

  13. Oh how Magnifique! Love the natural color palette and using a drop cloth is brilliant (might steal that idea) I would never have guessed you used so many bargain finds in such an exquisite tablescape- Love that!
    Bonne Annee!

  14. ps - your staff is adorable- I laughed out loud when I saw one was in charge of public relations :)

  15. Debbie, your table is gorgeous - your best work yet.


  16. Debbie, beautiful table and the best way to head into a new year!

  17. Beautiful table....the pewter flatware is SUBLIME! Just gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Debbie,
    C`est Magnifique!!!
    I adore the Dollar Tree mercury glass candle holders
    intermingled with your pewter and crystal!!!
    Fresh greens are stunning on your table and in your centerpiece!!!
    I adore the photo of The Staff napping in the sun!!!
    Happy New Year, dear friend!!!

  19. Debbie,
    Love your table and everything about your home! Thank you for your wonderful photos and tutorials! I confess, I am addicted to your blog!!!

  20. This is by far one of the most beautiful tablescapes I've seen. So earthy and organic. LOVE it!!!

  21. I love the rustic sophistication of your French inspired tablescape. I would expect to find a table such as this in the French countryside, set and waiting for me to share a glass of wine and some crusty French bread,

  22. It is all very beautiful!!!!

    Happy New Year!

  23. So lovely and elegant. Your centerpiece is divine and I love all the greenery with the mercury glass. Gorgeous!

  24. Clearly, I haven't been going to the Dollar Tree enough lately. Your Mercury glass votives are wonderful! Must go get some! I also love your New Year's "crackers" with a Lotto ticket inside. What a nice touch. This table is a complete delight! Happy new year!

  25. I just love his very pretty Tablescape! Love the mini tart pans as candle holders!

  26. Oh la la, la table,...c'est si belle. Bonne Année!

  27. Your table is stunning! I love all the different textures and shine!

  28. I love the tart candles! I'll have to remember that! I never would have thought to use a painter's drop cloth as a table cloth! How clever! Your table is beautiful as usual!

  29. I love that you incorporated such lovely pieces of pewter. What a warm touch for the table.
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  30. Such a pretty New Year's table. So many people think New Year's tablescapes have to be glitzy. I much prefer your simple natural design. I particularly love the burlap bows you tied around your greens and the tartlet votives are fabulous. Happy New Year!

  31. I oh so love this french New Years and thank you for sharing

  32. Loving the French table decor!!! FYI, I recently purchased some ‘snap strips’ for use in crackers from Amazon! So much less expensive to make your own as well as relative to the decor theme! Enjoy.


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