Last night I was all ready to go to my fave French restaurant with friends…only to discover that (horrors!) they’re closed on Tuesdays. Since I didn’t get to satisfy my steak frites cravings, I’m feeling particularly enamored with this Provençal Picnic spotted on Design Sponge. The idea behind this imaginary têteà-tête was a romantic anniversary picnic inspired by the French countryside.

Everything looks completely effortless yet so elegant: a blue floral tablecloth is a pretty picnic blanket; wine crates stand in for portable tables; and lavender macaroons + lemon custard tarts are perfectly french treats. I love the milkmaid pitcher overflowing with gorgeous hydrangeas and vintage milk bottles with rosemary, sage & lavender.

A wine barrel picked up from a garden shop makes an ideal vessel for libations like Lillet, Rosé, & Lavender Lemonade. The picnic basket overflowed with duck pate, saucisson, fresh fruit, pickled vegetables, brie and butter sandwiches, & cheeses such as a Mimolette, Brillat Savarin, and Roquefort spread on French baguettes. Oui oui!

Head over to Design Sponge for more eye candy & the recipe for making your own lavender jelly.

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    Elizabeth | August 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Tres Francais! I absolutely love this, and I agree that everything looks completely effortless yet elegant. Love the use of the wine barrel in this design!

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    nicole franzen | August 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I loved this shoot, so beautiful

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    Winepine | September 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I love this French inspired picnic! It looks like dream. I really like the half barrel and the wine crate shots. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as a picnic planner, but if there was you could easily compete for world’s best!

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