Summer is a wonderful time for watching butterflies and bees in the garden. If the garden is not available, create your own garden indoors with a Summer tablescape. Welcome to the Blog today for a look at creating a Summer table setting using Lenox, Butterfly Meadow, china and Wallace, Bee Flatware. Let’s start this table setting from the “table top” up.

I began with this thrifted tablecloth resplendent in yellow flowers with a lovely green and yellow flower border all on a white background.

Next, I chose simple open weave, natural colored place mats.

The plate stack consists of alternating yellow and blue plates and bowls in blue and yellow. Butterflies are featured on the plates and the bowls.

A side view shows the alternating colors and the vine motif that circles each plate.

The napkins are yellow and green and held together by a wooden napkin ring. A sprig of sage is inserted in each napkin ring to suggest the outside herb garden.

My favorite bee flatware by Wallace adds to the garden motif. Bees and flowers are such a wonderful part of a Summer garden.

French glasses with bees circling the bowls add to the garden experience. They are very pretty and a nice weight. I love how the bees on the glasses accent the bees in the flatware.

In the center of the table an English character teapot sits filled with Summer blooms of cone flowers and Black-eyed Susans. The greens are lemon verbena and sage adding summer scents to the table.

This place setting reminds me of Summer at my Aunt’s farmhouse. The kitchen garden is outside the window and we would shell peas fresh from the garden and pop them into boiling water in the farmhouse kitchen right before sitting down to a meal. Flowered china would be on the table and everyone would join in a wonderful meal filled with fresh foods and fresh flowers.

Here’s an overhead of the table. Lots of space, summer colors, beautiful china and glassware all come together in this simple, sweet, setting.

This setting brings back wonderful memories. I love when what is created from thrifted items evokes so many good remembrances.


25 thoughts on “Butterflies and Bees Table Setting

  1. What a lovely setting! I am amazed that you found flatware with bees–amazing. I love the colors of the plates as well. Visiting from Happy Now.

    1. I have to confess, Jennifer, that everything on the table was thrifted except for the flatware which I purchased on Amazon. I love how it turned out. thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  2. Very pretty, Lynne. I like the soft colors. I bought a soft colors wreath for my front door for late summer, but all my annuals are bright, bright, bright, lol!

    1. Thanks, Rita. It’s always great to have a choice for a project or table setting and your garden is amazing. We all need a little softness and some bright in our lives. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

    1. Thanks, Christie. My husband brought the teapot back from a trip to England. I have a small collection of the character teapots. They are quite fun to use and display. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

  3. You set the prettiest tables! I always enjoy seeing them. I also wonder WHY people bring their looks-like-new stuff to the thrifts you go to; by the time I’m ready to get rid of something, it is usually fit for the rag bin! I got some small bee prints at Hobby Lobby and made some tablecloths for the dollhouse people. Today I thrifted some bee thumbtacks and will have to see what I can upcycle them to! I have made several other bee-themed items; it takes up SO much less space in 1:12 scale!

    1. Thanks, Kathy. We do have some great Thrift Stores in my area but I’m not finding as many really nice items as I used to. I think shopping in miniature must be fun to do. I bet your doll hose creations are wonderful. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  4. There simply is no more satisfying way to enjoy this tablescaping hobby than through thrifting – it’s a joy to find such different elements at different times, then have them all come together for a table as lovely as this one. Really beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Donna. I love using this flatware whenever I can. I have lots of bees in my garden and they are great and necessary pollinators. Love to celebrate the bees and butterflies whenever I can.

  5. The tablecloth reminds me of a calico print but you have elevated it nicely with the setting items you’ve used. Very softly summery.

    1. Thanks, Robin. It reminded me of simpler days when I was a child. Lazy Summers, fireflies and I could certainly go on. Glad it struck you the same way. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Have a great week.

  6. Gorgeous soft colors especially. Love the sage in the hapking holder as well. Pinned this post. I saw this post at #SSPS272. At the party with #57 through 61 (some of my best posts for summer reading). Enjoy. Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

    1. Thanks, Nancy. The Linky party is great. Happy you found me. I’ll be sure to check out your entries. Finding uses for sage has been a delicious challenge as it’s such a great herb. Have a great week.

  7. A lovely bee and butterfly table Lynne. I love bees and butterflies. How wonderful almost everything is thrifted. Some great finds. I am happy to feature your sweet table at Love Your Creativity. Happy Sunday.

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