Our dinners in France started very late. The sun set around 9 and after a late lunch, we would linger at the beach as long as possible. After showers, the group would gather to light the fire and lay the table. It was a wonderful collective effort every night in the kitchen, the men manned the grill and gathered fire wood while the rest of us prepared salads and other simple dishes. We often ended up cozying into the nook by the fire for dessert, and chatting until 3 a.m. This particular table was set by my great friend Augusta Cole of Easton Events. I love the way she layered shades of blue and white, the provincial table cloth with the more traditional plates and the pop of the dark teal glasses. She brought a fresh sophisticated eye to my grandmother’s wonderful collection.
This particular evening fell on a market day. Will and I ventured out early to pick up some fresh flowers and ingredients for the day. I did not anticipate how plentiful and beautiful the peonies would be and ended up buying quite a few as well as some quiches and vegetables for dinner. If you are every in the area, I highly recommend the St. Tropez market (Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7-1), it is full of all sorts of goods from baskets to soap to cashmere sweaters and great suede loafers…!
We miss this fantastic crew who made our trip so special — we brought a group of strangers together and were delighted to see how much everyone enjoyed each other’s company. They truly made our dinners in France so special. xx