Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tablescaping With The Bees. . .

We are beginning to have beautiful Spring weather here on the Prairie!

So~o~o. . .
today, I decided to highlight the hues of  Spring 
using black, white and yellow with the bees!

Using my soft yellow damask circular tablecloth, 
I added a yellow linen fretwork table runner across the width of the table.
I adore how the length of the runner allows the drape off the side.

I added my black and white quilted toile place mats.

Combining all these patterns,
while subtle, tends to give one visual overload.
By using my vintage creamy ivory plates, 
it gives the eye a much needed place to rest.

* * * * * * * Note * * * * * * *
When perusing Antique Shops and Flea Markets,
don't be afraid to buy one~of~a~kind plates or saucers.
I purchased just one of these plates at our local
Antique Mall, then found three of the same plates in a town
3 1/2 hours away! Now, I have four~of~a~kind!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

Atop my vintage creamy ivory dinner plates,
I added a newly purchased Mary Carol Bee dessert / salad plate.

Everyday Oneida flatware and our everyday clear bubble glass stemware
keeps the clean~up to a minimum allowing us time to enjoy the out~of~doors.

This tablescape with the bees 
allows me the perfect opportunity to showcase my bee stemware.

I made a purchase of these bee matchboxes several years ago.
Placing them inside a matching vintage creamy ivory fruit bowl
adds a touch of whimsical elegance to our place setting.
I embellished each with my signature short fat bow.

Black and white check cotton napkins
are surrounded with buttery beaded napkin rings complete with a surprise.

I've attached two bee measuring spoons 
with black and white striped ribbon to each beaded napkin ring.

I do hope you'll return  Friday 
for a tutorial on making these adorable napkin rings.

I recently read where Lazy Susan's were making a come~back in home decor.
Once again, I nearly sent mine to the Thrift Shop.

Using my Lazy Susan as a base 
works beautifully to corral my vintage Honey Pots
while allowing the centerpiece to be seen in its entirety.

A vintage petite ribbed pitcher holds faux pear blossomed sprigs.
To off~set an over abundance of the same honey brown hue,
I draped a vintage linen napkin atop the wooden Lazy Susan.

I managed to work a hint of the bees into the backdrop
at the edge of my heirloom china hutch and buffet.

As you can clearly see, 
the sun is streaming brightly through the patio doors
heralding Springs arrival On Crooked Creektt.

Radiant Spring sun~filled Dining Room 
for "Mr. Ed" and I as we enjoy. . .
Tablescaping With The Bees. 
Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creektt will be joining 

Be sure to visit 
 for you're sure to come away
 filled with inspiring ideas 
for use in your own home decor!


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

loving the black and white and the bees on the glasses. If only Spring would show up tomorrow on the 1st day of Spring according to the calendar. I have a feeling it is going to allude us for a little while longer.

Martha said...

A very pretty table. I love your blues and the bees! Birds I have a fondness for but I also love bees as well! Love your new Mary Carol plates

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Pat! Yes, tomorrow (Thursday) will tease us with a little Spring-like weather, but then we will be betrayed yet again come the weekend. What a weird, weird winter!!! I'll be so glad when it's over! Looking at this very Spring-y table, there is hope!

Those are some of the coolest bee plates I have ever seen!!! Seriously! They just have a surreal quality about the bees might actually come to life! I don't like bees when they threaten to attack, but I sure love them the way you have them so prettily displayed here in so many fun ways! Great choice to go with the checkered napkins, and I love that little slice of gingham ribbon peeking out of the floral arrangement. What a pretty look!

This is the kind of swarm I can warm to! Let's hope Spring sees this and takes heed! :-)

Cynthia Tubb said...

Pat, those plates are adorable. You have done a great job making the table special. I love all your choices and yeah that spring is almost here.


Rita May said...

BEEutiful! said...

fabulous table Pat! You had me at black and white, I am such a fan, but how unique your bee plates are without any of the usual and expected yellow! Very dramatic and beautiful~your bee match boxes are just the right subtle touch, and the honey pots in the center look so great! Love it!

Audrey Sterling said...

Very pretty, Pat! Love the colors of Spring mixed with the black for drama. So happy Spring is here, well almost once the snow melts☺
Blessings to you, Dear Friend


Kim Hood said...

I'm drooling! Royal bees are one of my favorite things! I thoroughly enjoyed your tablescape, the patterns, and colors, the BEES. Everything! Love those salad/dessert plates!
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Pat this is perfection! I love the soft yellow backdrop and the black and white accents. Those new plates from Nell Hill's are awesome! I love the way you did the napkins and the cute matchboxes! You have some wonderful accents too- you've inspired me to get out my little bit of bee related things now!!

Anonymous said... all of the bee elements. Wonderful plates and stemware!

Jaybird said...

That is a beeutiful table!!! You are so artistic and I love the pretty yellow runner!
I surely hope that lazy susan's are not out of favor. Sweet hubster just made everyone in the family gorgeous ones out of mesquite and maple...yikes!!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Kathleen said...

This is just delightful! Love that color combo and you did it up grandly. Read your tutorial too!

JP said...

What an absolutely adorable tablescape....I love it all!

Lady of the Manor said...

This is such a pretty table! I love the bee theme. So clever!!

Botanic Bleu said...

Oh, my! Your bee plates, vintage honey pots, toile placemat, et al, are just wonderful. I love everything and how you put this table together. Can you tell me what pattern the bowl with the bee hive is? I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by Botanic Bleu's Bee Sunspace. I can see you are a kindred spirit with our shared love of bees.


Cindy Ritchie said...

What a splendid table! I love Nell Hills! I need to get there soon and see all of her Spring decor. Have a great week!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Pat...I've been as busy as a bee lately and have missed a few of your posts (sorry)! Just relaxing this afternoon and catching up...this tablescape I think is one of my faves that you have done! I love the classic black and white color combination and the bee theme is just so sweet! You made the napkin rings look so easy to make too!

Susie Holler said...

Love your tables and just looked this one up. the bees are spectacular and yellow and black well you just can't go wrong with this color combo.Susie