If you often find yourself torn between your love for rustic ornaments and your devotion to glamorous, antique structure, the French Country décor movement may be your sweet spot. Characterized by classic European form with shabby chic flourishes, the French Country décor will bring a simply elegant look to your formal gathering or wedding reception.
Add a warm, rustic feel to your outdoor banquet with metal lanterns and trumpet vases. This French country decoration will create charming centerpieces and tablescapes at your wedding reception or holiday gathering. Recreate this spread by arranging alternating antique metal lanterns and aluminum trumpet vases down the middle of your long banquet table. Lay a thin bed of preserved moss in the bottom of each lantern and arrange small, ivory pillar candles atop the moss. Fill the trumpet vases with thick plumes of baby’s breath to give your decoration a lovely, airy look. This country-chic look will complement your wedding or fanciful spring tea.
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Brighten empty outdoor spaces with this zesty display. This citrus vessel acts as a lovely French country decoration at your garden wedding reception. For this simple display, use a metal pedestal table as your shabby chic foundation. Next, fill the bottom of a wire pedestal birdcagewith dried moss to bring a spongy, rugged texture to the display. Next, layer fresh lemons or dried oranges atop the moss, and fill the body of the wire cage with these vibrant fruits.
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Infuse the soft look and fragrance of the Burgundy countryside into your wedding decorations with a box of dried lavender. For this French country party decoration, use a wooden crate as your charming foundation. To add to the theme, use a crate with French words stamped on the side. Next, cut a large, rectangular piece of burlap fabric and place it in your crate so the sides reach over the top of the crate. Place two or three mason jars filled with preserved lavender in your burlap-lined crate to create a shabby chic centerpiece. For a final touch, use a wine cork to hold the table number next to your box of flowers.
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Create a cheerful stair step decoration with this French country idea. For this beautiful look, select a worn ladder with chipped paint to display knick-knacks and vases. Next, fill vintage glass bottles and antique jars with silk roses and sprigs of greenery, and arrange them on the rungs of the ladder. Add charming flair to your decoration by incorporating ceramic bird figurines into your display. Top off your ladder creation by tying thick bands of lace around the bodies of your vases and jars.
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Bring the essence of a dreamy French vineyard to your winery wedding with this easy floral display. Perfect for bistro tabletops or barrels, this French country party decoration will bring vibrancy to dimly lit areas, or compliment light and airy spaces. For this fanciful look, place fresh or artificial sunflowers in a tall flower market bucket to add depth and shabby texture to your display. Arrange a mason jar filled with a bundle of white daisies, and tie a few strips of raffia around it. Finally, scatter a few votive candles around your vases to add a simple glow to your arrangement.
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Like a tribute to the monarchy, this centerpiece display will add a regal touch to your rustic party or wedding. For this French country decoration idea, utilize a decorative metal crown as a showcase for luscious flowers. This makeshift vase can embellish shabby chic tablescapes or centerpieces. Select a metal crown with an open bottom so you can place it over flowers. Next, arrange a bed of lush artificial leaves and lay cluster of preserved green hydrangeas atop. Finally, place the crown over the top, allowing the flowers to spring up.
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Add elements of delight to your wedding dessert table with French country decorations. With a few pears, green branches, and delicate cake stands, you can give your reception the charm of a French bakery. Create a fanciful foundation by laying a lace tablecloth on your dessert buffet. Place your tiered wedding cake on a scallop edged ceramic cake stand to compliment your lacey base and add a dainty touch to the table. Next, select preserved pears to incorporate into your decoration. For a natural look, display the pears as they are; and for a glamorous look, spray paint the pears gold and copper. Next, arrange the pears on the tiers and around the base of your cake. For a final garnish, place a few olive branches around the base of your cake.
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Add minimal, Parisian charm to your wedding tables with white washed vases and ornate serving trays. This French country wedding decoration is the perfect vessel for pastel wildflowers, and will bring the essence of spring to your table. For this centerpiece, start with an antique metal traywith an ornate trim as your foundation. Next, arrange a white Eiffel Tower vase, a white fluted vase, and a white ceramic pot on the tray, and fill each of your containers with pastel flowers and florid sprays. Finally, place a few votive holders and candles around your display.
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