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Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting

A lavender outdoor summer table setting is so French and so easy to set up.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting - So Much Better With Age

I’ve been wanting to set up an outdoor table setting with lavender everywhere and when I came across a lavender shop on a recent trip, I followed through on that inspiration and picked up an assortment of lavender infused goodies. I can’t wait to show you!

I’m participating in a Styled + Set Summer Entertaining tour hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm. If you are coming over here from Celebrating Everyday Life, welcome! Be sure to see all the bloggers’ tours at the end of this post!

Recently we gave our back patio a makeover by painting the concrete slab like an outdoor rug and bought a new teak outdoor table and chairs.

Here is what I started with. A table with a toolbox centrepiece full of lavender plants and the bucket of lavender I bought last weekend. It’s already looking pretty but I took it one step further!

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/painted patio stripes - So Much Better With Age

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A couple of week ago I went rummaging through my birth mother’s old barn and picked up some goodies like this wooden drill bit holders (I also recreated these drill bit holders as project in my book, French Vintage Decor).

It’s the perfect place to put in sprigs of dried lavender.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/dried lavender - So Much Better With Age

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/grapes and lavender on table - So Much Better With Age

I wrapped pieces of parchment around cut chunks of baguettes and tied them with twine and finished off with a spring of lavender.

The presentation is simple yet pretty enough for your guests to feel special.

I found these striped linen napkins in France last year.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/grapes on plate with sandwich - So Much Better With Age

I found four of these adorable mini cutting boards while antique shopping last weekend so at each place setting I added some camembert cheese and lavender butter.

Lavender is similar in a way to thyme so you can use it in similar ways.

I also purchased some culinary lavender and used it in ice cubes and in the butter. A little goes a long way so just a bit of lavender in the butter adds a really fragrant amount.

Culinary lavender isn’t much different from the dried lavender they sell except that it’s harvested much sooner so it has less oils. I asked if you can eat dried lavender even if it doesn’t say ‘culinary’ lavender and they said yes! I had no idea it was the same lavender you can eat.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/lavender on baguette sandwich - So Much Better With Age

While I was there I also picked up some lavender shortbread which is delicious. I also like their lavender tea.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/french outdoor table - So Much Better With Age

I’ve had this outdoor tea cart for a couple of years now and I’ve used it indoors and now out on the patio.

I added lavender to a mini crock as well as milk jars. The milk jars are sitting in a wooden tool box, another find at my birth mother’s barn. I actually found four wooden toolboxes that day!

Fresh iced tea is ready to serve.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/black bar cart outside - So Much Better With Age

The vintage seltzer bottle was a find I brought back from France last year along with the French market basket.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/outdoor cart and planter - So Much Better With Age

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/planted lavender with dried lavender on cart - So Much Better With Age

I planted lavender everywhere this year too.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/planted lavender - So Much Better With Age

Did you know dried lavender also repels insects? What a better use for it than at an outdoor summer table setting!

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/dried lavender in French basket - So Much Better With Age

Adding lavender to the yogurt jars instead of epsom salts and adding a taper candle adds more lavender ambience to this table setting.

I also added some short pillar candle to some enamelware mugs for more outdoor candle lighting.

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/dried lavender on table - So Much Better With Age

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/dried lavender in candle holder - So Much Better With Age

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Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/wicker outdoor patio table set - So Much Better With Age

I made lavender ice cubes but they melted during this photo shoot. It was such a hot day.

A few bits of lavender added to ice cubes in a white wine spritzer is so yummy!

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/dried lavender on display - So Much Better With Age

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/dried lavender in drill bit holder - So Much Better With Age

One last tip, did you know that you can also used the dried stems?

Add them to your fireplace or outdoor fire pit and you’ll have the most fragrant smell ever!

Lavender Outdoor Summer Table Setting/cut dried lavender - So Much Better With Age

I love a casual yet pretty table setting and using lavender is an easy way to accomplish this.

I know I went overboard on the lavender but even adding one or two of these lavender elements will make for a beautiful lavender outdoor table setting.

Now be sure to tour Jennifer’s beautiful home at Decor Gold Designs. 

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Lavender Outdoor Summer Table - So Much Better With Age

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36 Comments

  1. Jamie! You KNOW I adore this, it’s France all over…absolutely wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration- I’m excited to be part of this summer Styled + Set Tour with you! xo Lidy

  2. Jamie, I’m crazy in love with every photo here! Aa a big lavender fan myself, I can say you did a perfect job of presenting each detail in the most beautiful way!! So pretty, so summery, so French!

  3. Oh, Jaime, looking at your table I can just hear Edith Piaf singing in the background 🙂 Your table is so charming – and brimming with so many great finds with wonderful stories attached to them. What a joyful retreat you have created! C’est ci bon!
    xoxo,
    Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life

  4. I just love all the lavender you used here. It adds such a natural touch, as well as that nod to France that you know I LOVE! As always, you did an amazing job of combining casual and dressy in a completely new way. And I’m in LOVE with the little cutting boards! How cute are those?! I’ll be looking for some now for sure 🙂

    So fun “hopping” with you again Jamie -and Happy Summer!

    Sheila
    xo

  5. I need this create a Pinterest board just for all of these entertaining ideas! Your use of lavender is brilliant and will be copied at our very n t get-together. Thank you for the inspiration.

  6. Jamie, this is absolutely stunning! I don’t think you went overboard at all! If this were in my backyard, I don’t think I’d ever leave. I can only imagine how heavenly it must smell. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday – I’ll be featuring your lavender table at our upcoming party 🙂

  7. Hi Jamie! Your outdoor space looks absolutely stunning. You’ve definitely captured that French vintage vibe out there. And the use of the drill bit holders for your lavender was absolutely genius!

  8. The lavender looks beautiful on the table. I love the pops of purple and the wooden vases. Amazing! I’ll be featuring it this weekend at Merry Monday on Sunday.

  9. Your porch looks lovely. So glad you don’t have that little serving tray in the basement any more. I love it !

  10. The lavender table setting is beautiful, and lavender in the butter sounds delicious! I planted lavender this year, can’t wait for it to bloom!

  11. What can I say? You just have the touch. I love your vignettes, table settings and everything you do. I’ve got to get some edible lavender! Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love the lavender table setting, it’s beautiful! And I would really love to try some lavender butter, it sounds delicious! The shop she got some of her products from is on a lavender farm on San Juan Island. I have been there and had no idea that there was a lavender farm there! If I ever make it back, I’m visiting for sure, it looks amazing!

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