It’s all in the detail! Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party, or even if you’re just having friends over for a night in, the details are almost always what matter most when it comes to throwing an unforgettable party! Whenever I go to a party and the host has made an extra effort to impress through little details, I always find the experience to be so much more special.

Preview of our wedding table setting with greenery and lavender

In my recent blog post, I showed you our romantic chic picnic in the park with Boursin. Today, I’ve teamed up with Boursin Canada again to elevate the chic picnic experience! Suitable for a party indoors or outdoors in the summertime, in this entertaining guide, I’m sharing tips, like how to create this tablescape that is inspired by our wedding table setting and is sure to impress, and 2 new recipes. And like last time, there are details at the bottom of this post on how you can win exclusive access to one of the most chic dinner parties of the entire year. So keep reading!

How to Host a Chic Picnic

The best way to tie a party together is with a theme. Parisian chic, Mexican fiesta, garden party – the sky really is the limit! Once you pick a theme, you will want the food you serve, the décor and little touches all to reflect that same theme.

For our wedding, my husband and I had a couple of themes. One was our colour scheme: periwinkle and greenery. Greenery is so popular right now, especially since it’s the Pantone colour of the year for 2017! We played up the greenery theme in our bouquets, on our cake, and by having a greenery-filled hanging installation in the centre of the room. But I think the detail I loved most about our wedding was how the tables were set. The tablescape was so simple and elegant, and I never realized how easy it could be to recreate it at home!

Creating a Beautiful Tablescape at Home

Tablescape created at home with italian ruscus and rose gold flatware Beautiful table setting with Boursin cheese on the plate

All you’ll need to create this chic tablescape is:

  • a table runner
  • some greenery
  • candles
  • cloth napkins
  • elegant tableware and flatware
  • lavender
  • Boursin cheese

You would not believe it, but I actually used cheese cloth for my table runner! I love the feeling of cheese cloth and how easy it is to shape. You can find it at your local bulk store, hardware or home store. If you can’t find cheese cloth, you can easily pick up a gauze table runner online or at a home store.

Italian ruscus on a table setting Side profile view of Italian ruscus and the volume it creates on the table

For the greenery, I love Italian ruscus. At only about $3 or $4 per stem, it’s a steal! My table is just over 5 ft. long, and I only needed 5 or 6 stems. Italian ruscus is perfect because it creates volume, so it makes the table seem very lush without having to buy a lot. I absolutely adore how it looks laid on top of the table runner! Add a few candles to the table and you’re all set!

While the ruscus creates a rustic feel, using tableware that has gold rims and gold flatware adds an elegant touch! Bring out your good china; but if you don’t have any, then regular white plates would work too. Lately, I’ve been OBSESSING over gold flatware; and ever since our wedding, I simply had to have a set of my own (this rose gold set is from Kate Spade). Place a cloth napkin folded into a long rectangle on top of the bread plate and allow the edge to fall over the side of the table. Add a few sprigs of lavender on top of your napkins for another classy and fragrant touch.

Add a box of Boursin on top of the plate for a beautiful table setting Cute gift for your guests to add a box of Boursin cheese on top of the plate

For the pièce de resistance, and as a little ‘cadeau’ for your guests, add a box of Boursin cheese on top of the napkin. Your guests can enjoy the experience of opening up their own wheel of Boursin and spreading on baguette bread. Peeling the wrapper back like a cupcake is so satisfying!

Dinner is Served: 2 Different Flatbreads Made with Boursin Cheese

Italian flatbread made with prosciutto, sundried tomatoes and boursin cheese Close up of Italian flatbread with Boursin cheese

I’ll take any excuse to get creative in the kitchen, especially when I have guests over.

I created two easy flatbreads using Boursin cheese as the star ingredient. Instead of baking the cheese on the flatbreads, I crumbled on top, once the flatbreads were cool. Boursin has such a unique texture, which I wouldn’t want to ruin by melting. And since it’s flavoured with fine herbs, I felt the flavours would be lost by melting it. In my recipes, I used garlic & fine herbs and bouquet of basil and chive. But I could see either recipe working well with any of the other flavours, like shallot and chive, cracked black pepper, red chili pepper or cranberry & spice. You could serve these flatbreads individually, or cut into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

Here are the recipes:

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Italian Flatbread with Prosciutto, Sundried Tomatoes and Boursin Cheese
Easy flatbread recipe that you can make in less than 45 minutes in your own kitchen!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
flatbreads
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
flatbreads
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all of the dry ingredients, including rosemary, thyme and sea salt to a bowl or bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
  2. Make a well in the centre (if not mixing in a stand mixer). Add olive oil and water.
  3. Begin to slowly incorporate/mix the flour from the sides into the centre. Incorporate all flour to form a dough. If using a stand mixer, mix until it forms a dough.
  4. Remove from bowl or mixer and place on a dry, lightly floured surface. Knead for a few minutes until smooth.
  5. Cut the ball of dough into 4 equal pieces.
  6. On a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough until long and flat.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 450° F.
  8. Put the flatbreads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the top of each flatbread with olive oil.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool.
  10. Add 4 slices of prosciutto and 6 to 8 pieces of sundried tomato to each flatbread. Crumble Boursin cheese over top. Serve and enjoy!
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Crumble Boursin cheese on top of your flatbread for a yummy finish

Print Recipe
Italian Flatbread with Grilled Eggplant, Caramelized Onions, Boursin Cheese and Chives
Easy flatbread which incorporates Boursin cheese in a unique and yummy way!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
flatbreads
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
flatbreads
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all of the dry ingredients, including rosemary, thyme and sea salt to a bowl or bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
  2. Make a well in the centre (if not mixing in a stand mixer). Add olive oil and water.
  3. Begin to slowly incorporate/mix the flour from the sides into the centre. Incorporate all flour to form a dough. If using a stand mixer, mix until it forms a dough.
  4. Remove from bowl or mixer and place on a dry, lightly floured surface. Knead for a few minutes until smooth.
  5. Cut the ball of dough into 4 equal pieces.
  6. On a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough until long and flat.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 450° F.
  8. While oven is pre-heating, cut eggplant and onion.
  9. Put the flatbreads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the top of each flatbread with olive oil.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes. Once baked, remove from oven and let cool.
  11. While flatbreads are baking, add 2 tbsp. olive oil to a skillet and heat on medium heat. When the skillet has come up to temperature, add onions and sauté. Stir onions frequently to ensure they don't burn. Adjust temperature, as necessary. If skillet begins to dry out, you can add a dash of water. Continue stirring onions until they turn a deep brown colour and become soft. This will take about 35 to 40 minutes.
  12. While onions are sautéing, put eggplant pieces into a bowl. Drizzle about 4 tbsp. of olive oil, sprinkle about 3 tsp. of sea salt, and crack fresh black pepper to the top. Mix well.
  13. Grill eggplant pieces in a grill pan until they are cooked all the way through.
  14. Chop chives.
  15. Once the flatbreads are cool, add the eggplant slices, caramelized onions, crumble Boursin cheese on top and sprinkle with chives. Serve and enjoy!
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Italian flatbread made with grilled eggplant, caramelized onions, Boursin cheese and chives

I hope you enjoyed this easy entertaining guide and bon appétit!

Delicious spread perfect for entertaining Boursin flatbreads are perfect for hosting a chic picnic Individual sized flatbreads that can easily be shared Italian flatbread presented on a marble board with lavender

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Boursin cheese is the perfect addition to any table setting

Styling & Photography by: Yours Truly

*This post was created in partnership with Boursin Canada, but as always, all opinions are my own.