Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Late Summer Tablescape

 A centerpiece of peonies was the inspiration for this summer table on my patio. Today, I am joining 20 other bloggers for a late summer tablescape blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate. Throughout the year, Chloe has tablescape themes that inspire amazing creativity. Friendships have developed and it is inspiring to be part of such a talented group.



These English hand-painted butterfly plates went perfectly with the pink peonies. There is a story about the plates I will tell later in the post.

Each plate has a different butterfly and flowers. The scalloped edge and two green borders are so pretty to me. I layered the plates with another gold-bordered plate to accent the gold in the butterfly plates and gold flatware.
My mother's Fostoria Meadowrose wedding crystal from 1945 felt right for this tablescape and I always love using it.
I added ferns from my garden in the flower arrangement to pick up the green in the plates. I really wanted some fuchsia napkins for this tablescape but none were to be found in our little town.
 Butterfly napkin rings complemented the butterfly theme.  It would have been fabulous if a butterfly had landed on my table while I was photographing it!
My granddaughter was visiting while I was styling this tablescape and she wanted to have a tea party.  We actually did before I dismantled the table. It was a hot day and she suggested having ice cream. It was a great idea to have something cool. We enjoyed eating our chocolate mint ice cream that just happened to match the butterfly dishes but we were not dressed for photographs. However, the ice cream inspired another tablescape........ fast forward a month.
In the summertime, I crave ice cream and chocolate mint is a favorite. Add some pound cake and I am a happy camper.
I have a friend who is an antique dealer. She brings back many lovely things from trips to England. I was pleased to buy these butterfly plates from her that inspired this tablescape. My eye went right to the plates as I viewed her new purchases. I immediately began planning a tablescape in my mind using the plates in front of my summer phlox before I purchased the plates.
 If you live near Atlanta, her booth, The Spence Collection, shows monthly at Scott's Antique Market. Her Instagram account can be viewed here



Bougainvillea placed on the napkin added another pop of color and took the place of a napkin ring.






Phlox is a perennial that faithfully delights year after year in my garden. You may remember me mentioning my sweet garden helper cut my phlox down with a weedeater before it bloomed last year. So I am very grateful to have it blooming this year. It makes a great cut flower and multiplies. Soon I will have enough to move to another spot in the garden. 

I love this sheer embossed vintage tablecloth. It was used here some years back for a Valentine post.
Pink lemonade, chocolate mint ice cream, and pound cake are refreshing and make a good summertime treat served in the garden.
 Thank you for joining me today. The blog hop schedule with links to other summertime tablescapes is listed below. Stop by and leave them a comment. I would love one as well. 
Wishing you a lovely week. 
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24 comments:

  1. I’m all aflutter over your beautiful butterfly dishes, peony bouquet and garden table Bonnie! Your mother’s Fostoria Meadowrose wedding crystal is such a pretty addition with the delicate etched floral details. Chocolate mint ice cream with pound cake would taste even more delicious at a pretty table in the garden. Your phlox is beautiful blooming in the background and I love the photo of the swallowtail you captured. I haven’t been to Scott’s in years but used to love to go back in my retail days when I went to Atlanta for market. As always, it’s a treat to blog hop with you this week. ♥

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  2. Bonnie, the temperatures may have indicated hot, but your table settings certainly have a way of demonstrating a cool oasis in the season. Those plates are just beautiful, a wonderful pick from your friend's buying trip. I can see why you would've been immediately inspired by them, and I'm glad you acted on your impulse. Too many times we don't and regret that later. Life is short - buy the dishes, eat the ice cream (mint chocolate chip is our summertime favorite too, but we have a shop in town that offers a limited time lemon zest that is to die for!). Lucky you to have your mother's crystal to showcase. Your peonies with ferns add a beautiful centerpiece. The photo with your phlox and butterfly is a gem!

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  3. Bonnie, I adore those butterfly plates...they are so pretty and they work so well with your peony bouquet! Your mom’s gorgeous crystal stemware adds the perfect complement to your lovely garden table. Chocolate mint ice cream with pound cake set in your beautiful garden with your phlox blooming in the background is a stunning shot, and the swallowtail adds the finishing touch! It is always a pleasure to join you in your garden...Happy Tuesday and stay cool!

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  4. Bonnie, your table is lovely and my goodness, your butterfly plates are beautiful. A perfect setting in your garden. I agree about the pound cake and ice cream, it can't be topped. Enjoy these last days of summer.

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  5. Bonnie, what a beautiful tablescape and setting. The lace tablecloth, English butterfly plates and Fostoria stemware make an elegant and classic tablescape. I can see why you immediately purchased such lovely plates. I am so glad you were able to put them to good use with your granddaughter for your cake and ice cream party. Now you have a lovely memory to go along with it. Enjoy the remainder of the summer.

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  6. Places like that make me wish I lived in Atlanta! And what a glorious table -- that tablecloth is to die for and your flowers are just gorgeous. You're right -- it is perfect with the butterfly china!

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  7. What a lovely table in a lovely setting. That delicate tablecloth sets the scene for your pretty table in the garden. The butterfly plates are perfect for summer, as shown in your photo of the butterfly visiting the phlox. Pound cake and mint ice cream sound like the best kind of summer treat! Thank you for joining in another hop and sharing your table styling talents!

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  8. What a great purchase those butterfly plates were, Bonnie. I always love when you use the crystal that was you dear Mother’s. Your table for two against the phlox in the background is stunning! I’m thinking that I need some phlox in my garden. I’ll bet that you and your granddaughter enjoyed the ice cream and cake party. I hope that you’re not wilting 🥀 like I am with this heat.

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  9. Just beautiful Bonnie. I would very much like a piece that pound cake with my coffee please mam! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  10. What sweet dishes!! The pink lemonade in the flutes really caught my eye. The setting is so pretty and looks so inviting, too! AND Pound cake is my all time favorite....so I would love to be sitting in your garden!!

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  11. Oh both tables are almost too pretty to do anything but admire Bonnie! Such magical spots you've created in your garden! The pink peonies are gorgeous and the perfect compliment to the beautiful butterfly and bloom plates. I'm with your granddaughter, cool ice cream instead of hot tea for me! The phlox is so pretty too, and the way you draped the cloth on the ground is breath taking! Hopefully our temps will start dropping soon, everything in my yard is struggling in this heat.
    Jenna

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  12. These setting is beautiful with a touch of romance. Wonderful collection of dishes and your mom's crystal is perfect.

    Enjoying ice on a hot day with pound cake is a great treat.

    Cindy

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  13. Those butterfly plates were a fabulous find. I know you were happy to buy them from your friend. Both of your tables are so pretty and you have a lovely yard to enjoy while dining. I'm a lover of both dishes and crystal and really like both your butterfly plates and your mother's Fostoria Meadowrose.

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  14. Bonnie, such a lovely table! Reminded me of a generous friend who had so many peonies, she would share buckets of fresh cut blooms with lucky me. The property had originally been her husband's grandparents farmhouse. Butterflies where everywhere. Thank you for evoking those happy memories.

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  15. What a lovely outdoor table and I love your pretty phlox! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  16. Hi Bonnie, I love your beautiful plates. Who doesn't love butterflies? Your's mom's crystal is gorgeous. You could not ask for a more fabulous setting. Beautiful blooms surrounding this dining space. A romantic setting to enjoy. I would love to be a guest at your enchanting table.

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  17. Oh Bonnie, I love the table set up outside, so perfect for the design on your plates. Peonies are one of if not my favorite summer flower and I love you cut yours for your centerpiece. How lovely to have your mother's Fostoria to add to this lovely table. Such a gorgeous spot with the blooms in the background. I know you enjoyed your granddaughter and having a tea party with her. Cake and ice cream is perfect for this steamy hot weather. Lovely entertaining outside at your home this summer!

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  18. Bonnie, what a lovely setting for ice cream and cake. The design on your plates is beautiful. The pretty pink drink looks so pretty with your absolutely gorgeous peonies. Lucky that you can still have a table outside. It is way too hot here for that. Nice to enjoy a tea party with your granddaughter.

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  19. Bonnie, your butterfly plates are beautiful and I adore the napkins with the gorgeous butterfly napkin rings!! This is such a pretty setting even without the ice cream, then you went ahead and stuck some mint chocolate chip ice-cream on there and it took it to a whole another level!! Good choice of ice-cream!! So fun to share this with your granddaughter!! A memory she will have for a lifetime.

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  20. Bonnie, your butterfly plates are so beautiful. They are perfect with the peonies and your Mother's beautiful crystal. Your garden setting is beautiful with phlox in the background. I love how you transferred your table to another beautiful look. Just beautiful Bonnie. Blessings.

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  21. As a baker I love seeing sweet treats added to tablescapes. The peonies are so full and vibrant adding just the right amount of color. You've done a beautiful job as always.

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  22. Your beautiful butterfly dishes with the green rims are so delicate with the pink peonies in the centerpiece. Oh what a lovely setting on a late summer evening. I can see why your granddaughter wanted to enjoy the ambiance you created.Your mother's crystal is simply gorgeous too. I'm actually about 2 hours south of Atlanta and have heard of Scott's Antique Market. Small world.

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  23. Those plates and napkin rings made me smile with delight. I love all things butterfly. Your photo is beautiful too. You created such a lovely setting for a garden dessert. Very tranquil. I pinned and it's a pleasure to be on the hop tour with you. Hugs!

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  24. Your table looks beautiful and so inviting #bestoftheweekend@_karendennis

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