Paris in July
Thyme for Tea has been celebrating and hosting a French themed party, "Paris in July" all of July 2018. Bloggers have been posting their love of all things French to link-up and participate.
Quimper Soleil Faience
Most of you who know me know I have a love for French faience. I have been collecting Quimper for years and one pattern, I call it my happy faience, is the Soleil pattern. A beautiful bright yellow (Soleil means sun in French) color that is sunny bright and happy. Quimper, a tin-glazed pottery is produced in the town of Quimper in Brittany, the western region of France. The town has a rustic atmosphere. In old-town, cobblestones invite you to stroll through the town and shops and visit the cathedral. Restaurants are serving up their famous crêpes when you are ready to stop for lunch. I have been to Quimper twice. While there my husband and I enjoyed visiting the Quimper museum and factory. It was an interesting tour of which my favorite part was watching artists hand painting faience. I purchased some pieces while on these trips and some pieces at the charming Quimper shop in Paris. It saddens me to tell you the shop is no longer there!
I decided to set a table for four for a dinner with friends. A casual simple table in my kitchen.
For the centerpiece I used three sunflowers from the supermarket paired with basil and lemon slices
Soleil place setting and Laguiole flatware made in France
Santons from Provence
Fresh lavender for the kitchen island
set-up with Soleil serving pieces buffet-style
I collect tea towels, love them. This tea towel is from Provence.
Picon (Apéritif, made with orange peel)
And, in Paris
The Quimper Shop
where I found pieces to finish out my collection
I hope you will visit Thyme for Tea for the love of all things French. Thank you for hosting this lovely French get-together for all francophiles!
And, thank you my friends for your visit. It was fun to share one of my Quimper collections with you. I hope you will leave a comment, I love to read each and every one. It is the only way I know you stopped by!