As part of the Summer Tablescape Hop, I’ve set a bee theme tablescape outside on the covered porch.

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Once again, Rita of Panoply has organized a group of 20 talented table and centerpiece stylists to share their latest summer settings.

My tablescape was inspired by a yellow and white floral arrangement I received for Mother’s Day. A thoughtful gift from my three “kids,” the pot and flowers were embellished with bees! A honey of an idea, as bees are kinda my “thing” lol!

Since we were enjoying gorgeous weather, I put the flowers to use as a bee-ut-i-ful centerpiece for the holiday dinner. It was our first alfresco meal of the season.

Drawing from my extensive collection of bee-decorated dishes, glasses, napkin rings and flatware, it also provided a new opportunity to style a bee theme tablescape.

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First thing I did, was gather together all my bee-decorated tableware. Next, I pulled out complimentary glasses, plates, chargers, and linens. Then I mixed and matched, until I came up with a new styling to accompany the lovely floral arrangement.

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For the tablecloth, I selected one with a honeycomb-like design. I was surprised to discover that today is the first time I’ve shared it as part of a tablescape blog hop.

However, I did incorporate the tablecloth into another bee theme tablescape. It was A HapBEE Birthday Table and Beehive Dessert for Mr. Buzz with a Meyer lemon-flavor cake. Overhead, was a Bee Decorated Chandelier.

That was way back in 2018, during the first year I started blogging. Later that summer, I participated in my very first Tablescape Blog Hop. One of the nicest things about blogging is all the new friends I’ve made over the years. See links to the other summer tablescapes at the end of this post.

It was My Favorite Things Bee Party with Bee Theme Party Food Featuring Honey, Lemon that led to me creating Debbee’s Buzz.

Buzz-Worthy Centerpiece

Inspiration to set a new bee theme tablescape was the whimsical floral arrangement.

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It actually arrived Saturday morning, as I was talking to eldest son on the phone. Whiskey, our Scottie dog, was going crazy barking at the front door. Turned out, he wasn’t the only one jumping up and down — once I realized it was floral delivery!

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Since it such a sunny and warm weekend here in Pittsburgh, I decided to showcase the floral arrangement as the perfect centerpiece of a bee theme tablescape. Isn’t it sweet?

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See how I incorporated the bee embellishment into the the bow of my Easy Refurbished Butterfly & Bee Theme Wreath.

Setting a Bee Theme Table

After I placed the flowers on the honeycomb tablecloth, I got to work styling the place settings.

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Stack ’em Up

Bold black and white stripe chargers (Hobby Lobby several years ago) are the foundation of each plate stack.

Next, are are my go-to white dinner plates (Mikassa English Countryside). Around the basket weave embossed rims are strawberries and other berries. The plates came from Tuesday Morning. I was so sad to see them go out of business!

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Layered on the top of the stack are my much-loved, Anthropology (retired) plates. Pretty details include a scalloped edge, bright celery green color, and of course the classic bee motif.

Bee Napkin Fold

On top, sits a fleur-de-lis (bee symbol) napkin fold made from 17-inch square, black and white buffalo check napkins (see Amazon below). Holding the folds in place are jewel-encrusted bee napkin rings. So not to cover the bee design on the plate, I positioned the napkins to the left of each plate stack.

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I first made the fold, but with larger napkins, for the busy as a bee, Back to School Table. Later, I used bright pink fabric for another bee theme tablescape; French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table.

Although not the simplest fold, it’s pretty easy. Learn how in the six-step Fleur-de-Lis, Bee Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial

Bee-Embossed Glasses & Flatware

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Flanking each dish stack is Wallace’s Napoleon Bee stainless flatware (see Amazon link below).

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Bee embellished glasses (La Rochere, see Amazon below) are one of several sizes that are part of my everyday collection.

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Rather than pair them with another La Rochere glass, I chose a yellow lemon ice tea (Dollar Tree). I purchased the glasses and matching dishes last summer, but see they are carrying them again in 2023.

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The collection was featured in last year’s, When Life Gives You Lemons, Set a Lemon Table. Stuck at home with Covid, I set the sunny alfresco table to brighten our mood, while having to quarantine with my elderly mom.

Bee Friendly Environment

Behind the alfresco bee theme tablescape is a bay bump-out on the porch. It’s where I plant seasonal flowers in a pair of matching black urns.

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Black and white outdoor drapery panels and seat cushions compliment the stripe charger plates nicely.

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Each planter features a small bee-theme garden stake (local grocery store, last year).

Every year, I like to change the mix of colors and flowers in the planters — depending on what’s available and inspires me. This year, the urns are planted with Crazytunia Cosmic Purple Petunia, Rockapulco Wisteria Impatiens, and purple vines.

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I hope you’ve found something sweet to inspire your own summer tablescape.

Related Post Picks

Summer Tablescape Hop

Time to hop ladies! It’s a summer open house of 20 table settings, with a wide variety of motifs and themes to enjoy.

Panoply – Up, Up and Away With Summer Dining

Home is Where the Boat Is – Hydrangeas and Butterflies

Everyday Living – Welcoming Summer With A Garden Tablescape

Life and Linda – A Boho Alfresco Tablescape

Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Summer Plaid and Polka Dot Picnic

Living With Thanksgiving – Summer Blessings

Debbee’s Buzz – Alfresco Bee Theme Table and Florals

The Painted Apron – Boats, Floats and Fish!

The Little Yellow Corner Store – Pucker Up Lemony Tablescape – It is Time to Have a Bee-utiful Day!

The Cat’s Whiskerz – A summer picnic tablescape for Canada Day

Pandora’s Box – Summer Blues

Me and My Captain – Florida Blue Crab Summer Tablescape

From My Carolina Home – Welcome Summer Tablescapes

The Bookish Dilettante – Summer Tablescape:  Old Glory

My Thrift Store Addiction – Summer Picnic Brunch under the Texas Mountain Laurel

Red Cottage Chronicles – Lemon Tablescape for Summer

Hyacinths for the Soul – Long May She Wave

Celebrating Everyday Life – Create a Chic Seashell Table Setting This Summer

Dinner at Eight – A Summer of Colors

Bluesky at Home – Pretty Table for a Ladies Dinner Party

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The very first Tablescape Blog Hop I participated in was five year’s ago! Wow, where has all the time gone? That summer I shared a patriotic summer setting; Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape .

A year later it was an Absolutely Mad, Summer Tea Party. Next was the Palms, Parrots & Paradise Tropical Tablescape in 2020, and a Fun Flamingo Tropical Table in 2021. Last summer, was Botanic Garden Dishes: Floral & Butterfly Table.

I’ve had so much fun styling and sharing those tablescapes! And, I’ve been inspired and awed by the varied tablescapes of the lovely and talented ladies who take the time and effort to present their creative settings.

Buzzing Along

Over the past three or four months, followers and readers of Debbee’s Buzz may have noticed I haven’t been publishing blog posts as frequently as normal — about twice monthly. That’s bee-cause 2023 is a year of celebrations and pent up travel.

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First, was nephew’s fun-filled wedding in Charleston, S.C. over Easter weekend. The following day we flew to the Netherlands on a pandemic-delayed, two-week vacation. While there, we visited Holland’s Tulip Fields & Keukenhof Garden. There’s still so much more I plan to share of our river cruise throughout the country, museum visits, and exploration of Amsterdam and other charming towns.

Since our return, however, I’ve had cataract surgery in both eyes, severely limiting screen time and blogging.

Plus, I’m having a grand time entrenched in the planning and preparations for eldest’s son’s late summer destination wedding in Highlands, N.C. I’ve been making all kinds of decor and personalized items for the Welcome Party hubby and I are hosting in a mountain-top barn. But — so not to spoil the surprises — I can’t share those until the early fall!

Hubby and I both are in the midst of celebrating “big” milestone birthdays. Several weeks after our son’s wedding, we will be toasting our own 40th anniversary — on a river cruise through Provence, France! A year to remember for all the right reasons!

Until next time, I hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy summer!

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