I am back to entertaining again and today I am setting up a fun party in our Carriage House. I love our farmhouse dining room and this new look!
Whether you’re hosting a large gathering or just a small dinner party, a farmhouse dining room is sure to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your summer entertaining, keep reading! I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to style a farmhouse dining room for any occasion.
Guess who has always wanted a summer farmhouse dining room? That would be me and this is so perfect. I have a big farmhouse dining room in our Carriage House. I can open the huge doors for a breeze and I can’t wait to host another dinner here.
A Summer Farmhouse Dining Room
I am so excited to share another summer entertaining idea. This week I have teamed up with my friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms and we are sharing fun summer entertaining ideas.
Here is what shared the other day:
Farmhouse Dining Room Ideas
For my next summer entertaining idea, I moved into our Carriage House and set up a classic farmhouse dining room table.
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I bought this wonderful chippy wood table at the Round Top Texas vintage show and a friend of mine brought home the table and eight chairs in his container to Los Angeles. It’s a narrow table but it seats eight or six perfectly!
My farmhouse dining room chairs are all different and I love that. Don’t you think they add a lot of character to the Carriage House?
I also did an amazing transformation of this room and if you missed it you might want to check out The Carriage House Reveal. The before and after photos are pretty fun!
Setting the Farmhouse Dining Room Table
When you share as many tables as I do, there is pressure to mix things up! When I decided to create this summer entertaining post, I knew I could not use copper. I have used it so many times recently and I wanted to think creatively and come up with something new.
After spending quite a bit of time in the Butler’s Pantry (where I store all of my dishes) I decided to use blue and white. I have a lot of blue and white dishes. In fact, after spending some time going through the shelves, I discovered I have five different sets of blue and white plates.
Please don’t judge me. Some people collect Hummel plates and silver pieces. I collect china plates that are very inexpensive. And just so you know, all of them still have a $4.99 TJ Maxx price tag on the back of the Staffordshire china plates!
Guess who rarely uses blue and white plates? Me, of course, so I decided to use a mixture and I selected two each of four different blue and white plates.
I really wanted to mix the blue and white with galvanized metal so I used galvanized chargers on the table and calf buckets for the flowers.
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Farmhouse Dining Room Lighting
In case you are wondering, the gorgeous crystal chandelier is from Lamps Plus. You can find it here.
Arranging Grocery Store Flowers
I love using grocery store flowers for my floral arrangements and these beautiful flowers are from Trader Joe’s. I wanted flowers that would go with my blue and white theme and the closest I found was purple. But I love these so much! And they look great with my blue and white plates.
I love that my new flower arranging area is in the Carriage House. Check it out. This is the best area to arrange flowers!
- one – I had three different options for galvanized vases and I decided to go with the calf buckets. I put glass vases inside the buckets to make sure they didn’t leak and also used floral foam (oasis) to help hold the flowers upright.
- two – I cut the flowers down about 4″ and inserted them into the floral foam. Isn’t it wonderful how the flowers stay upright?
- three – I placed the two floral arrangements in between the place settings so the view isn’t blocked.
I have collected enough table items over the last thirty years that I usually don’t need to buy anything when I set my tables. Everything here came from our Butler’s Pantry. Most of the items are listed below.
Frequently Asked Questions
A carriage house, also often called a coach house, is a building separate from the main home that was originally built to store horse-drawn carriages and their equipment. Most Carriage Houses have sliding doors door where the horses would pull in, drop off the carriage, and head out the back door.
Summer Entertaining with Thistlewood Farms
My friend Karianne from Thistlewood Farms put together a wonderful blog post today titled 10 Simple Ways to Entertain on a Dime with an amazing picnic on the beach! Be sure to hop on over to her blog to see her amazing ideas!
I hope you have enjoyed my farmhouse dining room and how I styled it for a fun summer evening. I cannot wait to dine here later this week!
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