Summer In Provence Luncheon {Vendor Challenge}

To kick off our second Vendor Challenge, I have a gorgeous “Summer in Provence” luncheon or dinner party idea from Bird of Bird’s Party. The theme this time was “Citrus” and the participants were able to interpret that any way they like and create a seated table + dessert table. I think this party would transport anyone right into France and is great for a birthday or shower. Here’s what Bird has to say:

I went for a “Lemon and Lavender” color block palette – The punchy blue hues are all over the fashion world this summer aren’t they?! And it certainly inspired me to couple it with a bright lemony yellow. The inspiration also came from all around me here in southern France, especially my garden.

Provençale dining is usually a very relaxed outdoors affair in the summer, and the colors reflect the heat and vibrancy of the season over here. I went for a grown up feel, which would be perfect for a Summer Birthday Party or Bridal Shower luncheon!

I also tried to keep things quite traditional in terms of decor, but mixing in some basic glassware to keep it homey and not too formal.”

I hate fussy tabletops, and it certainly does not have its place in a Provençale table, so I selected whatever’s in season (fruit and flowers) and in-keeping with the color-scheme and party theme. To keep the rustic, bold theme going, I used a main centerpieces and several other smaller vases with lavender and sunflowers spread throughout the table.

The lemons also help to keep summer bugs away from dinners, so it serves a dual purpose here. I also use some sunflower-shaped tea lights inside two bright yellow cage-lanterns to create a cosy atmosphere when the sun goes down.

I used decorative items and objects I had at home, most of which were finds at local flea markets and thrifty stores.”

I tried to incorporate a lot of fresh, lemon flavors in this rustic dessert table, set up on a lichens-covered stone bench. I love the contrast of the worn out surface and the desert platters. Plus, the bright yellow lichens really matches my color scheme!

All desserts were homemade or home-assembled.  I purchased a lemon tart from my local bakers, then dressed it up to create a “deconstructed” lemon Meringue Pie with bought meringues and whipped cream. Decorated with slices of Sicilian lemons and lavender from my garden.

Lemon mousse, lemon-curd tartelettes, as well as citrus Madeleines and petit fours from my local bakers were
dressed up with the party printables. I also used some of the printables to embellish the two-toered cake! Cupcakes were simple lemon sponge, with fondant white icing and lemon butter-cream, topped with lavender sprigs (edible BTW)”


I just adore this simple, chic design and there are so many great ideas for dressing up store-bought desserts! Thanks Bird for the beautiful inspiration!

Styling & Photography – Bird’s Party / Printable Labels, tags, & papers – Bird’s Party / Muslin Favor Bags – Paper Mart Desserts – local bakery

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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Love how you’ve got “dessert: local bakery” 😀

    Thanks you inviting me to take part in your vendor challenge, Chris!!
    I really had lots of fun styling and photographing this theme!


  2. Sarah / Dreamers Joy Events & Design says:

    So pretty! Love the desserts display! So unique! :)

  3. Another gorgeous tablescape, Bird. Love the yellow and lavender color palette.

  4. Way to go BIrd! This is gorgeous!!

  5. Just love this! Makes me want to play hostess just so I can “ATTEMPT” to recreate your beauty!!

  6. Tonya, if I can, anyone can!! ;D

  7. I love this! The pops of color are awesome, and I love the little yellow birdcages…

  8. What a beautiful table setting. Very inspirational! I am also amazed at the clever tags for all of the food displays. Will you ever give a tutorial on those?

  9. Hi Diana,
    those tags are actually available in Bird’s Party shop, for purchase. Just print out on your home computer and cut out the shapes. : ) You can find the link to the shop at the bottom of the post.

  10. I just found your site via With Style Grace. Love it!

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