A Gorgeous New Entertaining Book – Inspired Gatherings

I know many of you love entertaining as much as I do, and today I’m sharing a gorgeous new entertaining book that is full of inspiring ideas! And…. I’ll be giving one away, too! UPDATE: Giveaway is CLOSED. The winner is Cindy Stevenson. Congratulations Cindy!

I’m always so excited when a blogging friend writes a book, and even more so when that friend is Courtney of French Country Cottage! Courtney is someone I’ve shared here on the blog many times before. And I reviewed her first book here on the blog a couple of years ago (that one is a winner, too!)

Her new book is called French Country Cottage – Inspired Gatherings, and it’s about a subject near and dear to my heart – entertaining!


French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings entertaining book


This entertaining book is full of absolutely stunning shots, each one prettier than the last!


gorgeous table setting in woods with peonies

entertaining book flower centerpiece idea with roses

There are lots of lovely tables with even lovelier flowers….


gorgeous flower arrangements in small glass vases on table


And not only is the styling stunning, but she’s chosen some truly gorgeous locations for her gatherings. I love that she’s able to create a romantic and special setting almost anywhere…


entertaining book with table setting idea in woods


I just adore this setting in her utterly charming barn!

entertaining idea table set in barn with gorgeous peonies and crystal chandelier


And along with all the inspiring settings and flowers, there are lots of practical ideas for entertaining. She shares ideas for putting together a table and for creating gatherings that are indeed, special.

lilacs on table with string lights romantic table setting idea

If you love entertaining as much as I do, then I know you’ll love this book. It would also make an amazing gift for any friends who love entertaining, too! You can find her new book here.


And if you never got a chance to pick up her first book, I’m sharing them both below – they are definitely worth treating yourself to!

*affiliate links included for your convenience*


But the really exciting news? Courtney has generously offered to give a free book to one of YOU!!



To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment below (don’t forget to include your name and email so we can contact you if you win!)

For additional chances to win, follow me on Instagram, and leave a comment on my Instagram post with the photo above (make sure you leave your name there, too). That’s it! The winner will be announced on Sunday.

Good luck!!


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  1. Cindy Stevenson says:

    Thank you Sheila, I just got the announcement that I had won and I am so looking forward to receivng this book! You have such a lovely website/blog and I visit regularly to look at your posts. Now I can get some extra inspiration without a screen as well!

  2. What beautiful looking book! Would love to spend hours getting most in it!

  3. Oh how I wish I could entertain right now! But the pretty book might help me dream more for now!

  4. The French Country Cottage pictures transported me back in time to a memory of our vacation a few years ago. So thankful we took our trip to France because who knows when we will be flying again. The entertaining photos have inspired me to pull together my own french country tablescape for tonight’s dinner. TY!

  5. Debra Lloyd says:

    The pictures shown in your post about the new book make me want to crawl inside any one of them and live there. Beautiful!!

  6. Marialyce Keane says:

    A Francophile at heart, I’d love a chance to receive this lovely book from you. What a treasured gift to behold. I’d be so grateful. Marialyce. Marialyce.keane@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  7. Sarah Tison says:

    I would love to win a copy of this lovely book! The pictures are beautiful and I love all the ideas that inspire me to entertain when it is safe to do so again.

  8. Mandi cornell says:

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win this lovely book! You’ve both given me so much inspiration over the years! I am also hoping to build your beautiful outdoor farmhouse table this summer!!

    1. Aww thank you so much Mandi- I so appreciate that! And I hope you build it – if you do send pics!!

      Good luck!


  9. Marialyce Keane says:

    The pictures illustrate such lovely settings. I’d love to have the book to take vicarious trips to these lovely settings. Thank you !

  10. What a beautiful book!

  11. How absolutely fabulous! Photographs to lose yourself in and dream of hazy, lazy days and balmy summer evenings in the company of good friends that we’ve missed during these strange times! I would like to imagine myself sitting at these tables and hearing the laughter and reminiscing with loved ones! What wonderful surroundings to make new memories in! Inspirational! 💕

    1. Denise, your words are music to my ears! I feel exactly the same way!! Miss all of that so much!


  12. I love your IG and blog! 🥰 This looks like a beautiful amazing book ⚜️⚜️⚜️

    1. That’s so kind Natalie, thank you so much!


  13. Jacy Cole says:

    Beautiful book and what a wonderful supportive friend you are to show such lovely support. Thank you for the opportunity to receive this beautiful book.

    1. Aww thank you Jacy! It’s my pleasure. Courtney is truly talented and I love supporting other women and their businesses!

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

  14. Dreamy book😍 I would love to win a copy.

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Looks like a beautiful book for my coffee table.

  15. Rue Ann Eyler says:

    I love the look of a French inspired table for entertaining!! It is so lovely and inviting!

  16. Janet Bolger says:

    This book is very beautiful. Wishing we could celebrate with family and friends. With that being said, we have been lucky that we can have outside buffets with immediate family and using social distancing!

  17. Sherry Myers says:

    Christmas really would come in July to receive this gorgeous book! Thank you for the opportunity to receive a copy of your beautiful and inspiring creativity!

  18. Thank you for sharing, all the setting are beautiful. I’d love to win the book!

  19. The book looks lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  20. I should be so lucky!!

  21. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous book. I would be thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of it.

  22. We can only dream about entertaining now, but the book looks lovely and something for the future.

  23. I would love to win this book. The pictures are beautiful!

  24. Tricia Heliker says:

    The sneak peek you provided is doing the trick. From reading the comments I can tell your followers, including me, are excited about this new book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  25. I’ve always been in love with Courtney’s page and her ideas. Just came across your page, its beautiful

    1. Aww thank you Kinza- I truly appreciate that! 🙂


  26. Dee Van Ingen says:

    Your latest book is absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!! Photography and staging is outstanding!

  27. What inspiration this would be attending ch needed time!

  28. Karen Wozniak says:

    The book looks gorgeous! I have Courtney’s first book and love it. You both are so talented, and I love the inspiration you share!

    1. Aww Karen, thank YOU!! so appreciate that – Courtney is so talented and I feel honored to be grouped with her! 🙂


  29. Peggy Wilson says:

    I would love to win the book because I want desperately to entertain and haven’t the first idea where to start for a refined table.

  30. What a lovely idea to gift a book! Thank you for your generosity!

  31. Henrietta says:

    I am new to your blog and I must say, “I Love It!!!!” Thanks for all the inspiration! I would love to be gifted with this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. Thank you so much Henrietta! so glad you found me! 😉


  32. Jony Baron says:

    Hi can’t wait to get my hands on this lovely book, I can tell just by the cover the love that has been put in it.

    I to can’t wait to start entertaining but to start with my family would be a great place to start. It’s been a challenge not being able to see my 87 year old mother, but I know she would love this book as much as myself.

    Thanks for sharing your gift😘

  33. Mary Mirgan says:

    How wonderful to win such a beautiful book. Such creative and inspiring ideas! Your artistic eye for design and color have given me a new way of seeing the world and making my own home come alive with beauty in ways I would have never thought of. Thank you for your daring and generosity. Many Blessings!

  34. Rosa Phillips says:

    Such a generous giveaway! The photos look incredible.

  35. Mary C. BROWN says:

    There is nothing more calming than a beautiful book full of beautiful flowers and entertaining ideas. I cant wait until I can have my friends over again to laugh, eat and be happy together. I would love to have this book!

  36. jean kirchner says:

    The book looks gorgeous and takes me back to the days of Laura Ashley and all things floral and beautiful – with a dose of antique! What an inspiration in these days of sad news. We can stor up ideas for when the world opens bas up – or celebrate quarantine with an extra dose of beauty!

  37. I love everything Courtney produces. I know I would enjoy her new book.

  38. Blanche McAlister Harris says:

    What a gorgeous book! Thank you for sharing it with me!

  39. This looks like a lovely book, I’d be pleased if I won for sure!

  40. Billie-Jo says:

    I couldn’t resist. I simply have to enter for a chance to win the book! I have a large family so am always entertaining. I need this for some beauty and inspiration in my life.. the images looks stunning. Fingers crossed 🙂

  41. I love Courtney’s other book! I’m sure this one is just as amazing.

  42. Beautiful! My dream to entertain with French flair.

  43. Look at all the gorgeousness! Very excited about her new book 🙂

  44. Susan Byrd says:

    I recently started following you and Courtney. I love to entertain and would love to win a copy this book! Thank you!

    1. I so appreciate that Susan – thank you so much!!

      Good luck!

  45. I love Courtney’s first book that I gave. A give away of her second book is amazing. Her photos and vignettes are always so gorgeous and breath taking. Thanks so much for the opportunity to receive this book as a gift 🍃🌸🍃

  46. Robin Ekblad says:

    I have been following Courtney for quite a long time. She is truly an inspiration! I love everything she does. This book looks amazing! It would be fun to win from one of my very favorites!

  47. Myrna Belanic says:

    Courtney’s book, French Country Cottage Inspired Gatherings, is a must have! After months of sheltering, I’m dreaming of Entertaining again! I would so love to win a copy! xo

  48. kathy bounds says:

    I would LOVE to have your book. The cover your your book is so beautiful. I love to entertain! We have a small farmhouse and I always get inspired by the photos on your website. The photos are always so colorful and inspiring. God has truly blessed you with a gift for entertaining. Have a blessed day!

    1. That is truly sweet of you to say Kathy! Thank you for the kind words about my website and about Courtney’s book!

      Good luck!

  49. Mary Lynn Redmond says:

    What a fabulous way to get inspiration for French-style decorating. I spend quite a bit of time in France and the blog and first book offer truly authentic decorating tips. Thank you for the opportunity to win the new book.

  50. Janet Quixano says:

    This is awesome! So generous!

  51. Debbra Weber says:

    The book and your posts are soooo inspiring. A great break with a cup of coffee of glass of wine! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. That’s so kind of you Debbra! I love that you find the blog and her book inspiring – good luck to you!

  52. I love your site and visit it often. Since I can’t go to France, I’m bringing France to me. I am in the process of creating a Parisian bedroom and love your ideas!

    1. Aww I love hearing that Yvonne – what a lovely thing to say!! 🙂


  53. Bev Braun says:

    Beautiful flowers always add so much to decor!

  54. I would love a copy of this book.

  55. Hi Shiela. Thank you for the chance. Love your blog.

  56. Sharolyn Ivory says:

    Love your posts.

  57. I am always interested in entertaining books. This looks like a wonderful one with the photos you have posted showing outdoor settings and how beautiful they can be.

  58. These beautiful book calms my soul in this turbulent time. What a soothing way to just ‘be still’, breathe slowly, and smile.

  59. I love the photographs you highlighted from the book. I know I would love it!

  60. Oh My Gosh!

    I would love love love a chance to win this gorgeous book! Thank you – and Courtney – for the opportunity!!!!!

    Those settings are dreamy. I have loved her photos from day one. Just wow.

    Hope your day is filled with smiles.

  61. Can’t wait until it’s safe to entertain again! 🙂 The book looks lovely. I bought the first book and was not disappointed; eager to see this one, too! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  62. The book looks amazing. Beautiful pictures. Would love to have it.


    In the world of Crazy Covid….How wonderful it is to dream about entertaining and be inspired by these beautiful ideas…..Our hope for the future for those of us that love decorating and entertaining. Thanks for the inspiration fromt he book and the blog!!!! My dose of happiness.

    1. Yes and yes Mary Anne! I can’t wait until this craziness is over and we can entertain (and hug!) family and friends again! Fingers crossed.

      Thanks for stopping by!