Blue and white is a quintessential summer combination. Especially in France. So what could be more appropriate than French Bistro salad plates by American Atelier?
I bought several of the dessert plates several years ago, and have never got ’round to setting a table with them until now. It’s been so warm and sunny, I was inspired to channel a Provençal Bistro. Now, if only my daughter Lauren were here with some croissants…
The pattern was produced from 2002 to 2005, and when I got the plates from Replacements, they had only three of the four salad plates in stock. I see they’ve got the fourth one, Le Fruitier, now.
My original thought was to combine the plates with some fairly vivid blue antique glasses I have, as the blue on these plates is a bit, er, vigorous also. It’s startlingly blue, and more difficult than I had anticipated to pair with anything. The glasses do go nicely with these plates, so I’ll give that a go next time.
Instead, I went with a slightly more subdued French blue placemat from Pier 1 (I think they call it “Indigo” now), and a yellow striped dinner plate, also from Replacements. It’s Broadway Yellow by Mikasa. They had only 7 in stock at the time of purchase, and as they were a very reasonable price, I got all of them. That pattern had a very short shelf life by the look of it. It came and went in 1999.
I styled the rest of the table fairly plainly, in order to avoid the carnival look. The plain yellow napkins from Williams Sonoma are “Vine Floral Boutis Napkins in Jojoba”, but those appear to be discontinued. They do have these available now, but I can’t say how close they are to the ones shown.
I was intrigued with the green sunflowers which were included in a mixed bunch from Trader Joe’s. I’ve never seen green sunflowers before, but I really liked them! The green, white and yellow combination was just right for the table, and two bouquets were more than sufficient to fill a plain wood planter box.
The glasses are Trestle by Fitz and Floyd. I got mine at Amazon.com, but Bed, Bath & Beyond seems to have the best price right now.
The little open salts are condiment bowls that I picked up years ago. The small pewter spoons came with the shell open salts I often use.
The cutlery is Berry and Thread by Juliska. It’s a go-to favourite. I really like the satiny finish and it has a lovely weight in the hand.
Au revoir, mon cherie!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
I Love the plates. Are you going to go after the one at Replacements? Blue and yellow. One of my go to colour combinations when I am looking for quiet and tranquility. You have nailed it. The use of the French Bistro plates with the striped yellow is perfect. A gorgeous presentation as always.
Thanks, Ro. Yes, I think I will pick up two of the remaining plate from Replacements next time I place an order. They’re very reasonably priced :). So pleased you like the table! Thanks for visiting!
Perfectly charming! Loved the play of colors, even the vibrant blue which really says Mediterranean. This definitely puts me in the mood for a bistro lunch – even better if it could be in France! I channeled a French table this week too.
Hi Sandra. I loved your table this week! The Eiffel Tower plates are a real find, and your colour combination with the blue trellis dinner plate and the gold charger is patriotic and inspired! Mikasa has a surprisingly large selection of patterns, I find… Bon soir, mon ami! Merci!
Thank so much! Glad you enjoyed it.
I somehow missed this post when it was posted. I love those plates. I like nearly everything that depicts a European shop front. I think this table is so fun.
Thanks! The plates are a great deal, too!