Dessert and Coffee and a Sweet Spring Tablescape

I get carried away sometimes…  You know, like when you intend to read only one more chapter and then glance at the clock and realize it’s 4am and you’ve finished the book?  Or when you sit down to eat a piece of chocolate and realize 20 minutes later that the whole bag is gone.  Or you run into Target just to get laundry detergent and come out with an entire new spring wardrobe.

Wait… please tell me I’m not the only one?!

Well, friends, you are now to be the beneficiaries of one of my “carried away” moments.

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

I made these amazing lemon tarts the other day, fully intending to stage a little dessert and coffee scene for you all.  This is the final parts of our French series: night (see part 1: morning and part 2: noon if you like), and my memories of leisurely conversation over espresso and dessert is one of my fondest memories of our time living in France.  After dinner with friends, we would savor pastries and camaraderie until all hours of the night.

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

Naturally, I had to stage at least one of our French series in my dining room, since my great grandmother’s dining set marks it as my most traditionally French space.

beautiful French country dining room with a lovely, fresh table setting | maisondepax.com

The morning I intended to photograph the scene, I found these gorgeous blush hydrangeas at my local grocery store, and my four year old helped them jump into our basket.

beautiful French country dining room with a lovely, fresh table setting | maisondepax.com

And that was all she wrote…

beautiful French country dining room with a lovely, fresh table setting | maisondepax.com

My simple coffee and desert scene evolved into a full blown fancy table setting.

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

I actually think it would be kind of perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch, don’t you?  Soft, feminine, and a little flashy with the touches of copper.

blush hydrangeas and copper mugs make such a gorgeous combination on this spring dining table | maisondepax.com

Or what about Easter dinner?

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

The gold china belonged to my grandmother, and I love using it as an accent.

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

Pairing it with clean, simple white dishes gives it a bit more modern look.

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

While I do believe in having my young children eat off of breakable plates sometimes and I have made it one of our family habits to use our dining room often, this is a bit fancy even for me.

beautiful French country dining room with a lovely, fresh table setting | maisondepax.com

But what’s the fun if you can’t indulge from time to time?

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

And besides, there’s nothing more French than luxuriating around good people and good food, right?

what a lovely, fresh table setting - perfect for Mother's Day brunch, Easter dinner, or any special spring occasion | maisondepax.com

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Comments

  1. Oh those lemon tarts look so beautiful and delicious among your grandmother’s gorgeous dishes and your great-grandmother’s dining room set. I can just imagine the times you spent with friends in France enjoying the company with great food and drink….beautiful post Rachel. Happy to “party” with you today…Have a great day!

  2. Rachel, what a beautiful table setting. Yes, I am guilty of some of those things you mentioned except for reading till 4 a.m. There is no way this chick can keep her eyes open that long. lol

  3. I love your home Rachel and those hydrangeas as the most stunning shade to go with your setting! xo

  4. a beautiful post! your pictures are lovely and those tarts look tasty!

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