Do you love bees? I have a bit of an obsession with them, since my name is Debbee! It’s even reflected in the name of my blog, Debbee’s Buzz —the buzz being all the things, places, projects and people that I love. Over the years, I’ve also shared eight posts full of bee theme ideas.
Since 2017, the UN has designated May 20th as World Bee Day. It’s purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping, and about the threats to pollinators by human activities.
Bee sure to check out the organization’s website, World Bee Day, which provides information on events and celebrations all around the world.
To mark the occasion, I’m sharing a roundup of bee theme ideas and ways to celebrate the importance of pollinators. There are party, table setting, food and beverage, gift, craft, and decor ideas.
So ladies, get your buzz on!
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During the spring, I’ve set a number of different tables drawing from my collection of bee theme tableware and linens. I have a lot of stuff, bee-cause I just can’t bee stopped lol!
First, was A HapBEE Birthday Table for Mr. Buzz.
Nearly every tablescape has featured these green scalloped plates (Anthropologie, retired). For hubby’s birthday, the foundation of the setting was a yellow honeycomb pattern tablecloth.
Last year, I hosted a blog hop of eight talented stylists to celebrate World Bee Day. Bee sure to check all their table and centerpiece bee theme ideas.
For World Bee Day, I set a French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table on a black and white striped tablecloth. A wasp catcher and other bee theme servers and decor items were used to style a centerpiece vignette.
For a simple way to set a World Bee Day table, try the Easy Fleur-de-Lis, Bee Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial. All you need is cloth napkins and rings. Don’t have bee embellished napkin rings like mine? Then, consider using faux flower rings, or even a pretty piece of ribbon tied in a bow.
Bee Theme Ideas for Spring, Summer Decor
A quick and easy way to celebrate pollinators is to add a little bee theme decor to a shelf, mantle, centerpiece, or kitchen island vignette.
These cute bee signs are just the thing and quite inexpensive. While Browsing for Spring Decor Ideas, I shared numerous bee theme ideas for decor items and hostess gifts available at stores and online.
Or, consider a quick dress-up of a chandelier or light fixture. Using faux floral garlands, ribbon and bee pot hangers, see how quick and easy it is to embellish a Bee Decorated Chandelier.
For the more craft-inspired, create a bee theme wreath to decorate a door, or hang over a mantle.
In Bee Wreath and Skep Bee-autiful DIY Inspiration, I shared three different ribbon and mesh wreaths I’ve made. I also crafted a simple skep, using a piece of Styrofoam, twine, and felt.
If you’re not so ambitious, start with a premade wreath from Home Goods (or other discounter), and simply add a few bee theme embellishments and ribbon.
Celebrating pollinators makes a great theme for a party! Think Hapbee Birthday, Was Meant to Bee bridal shower, or What Will It Bee baby shower. Honey of an idea, right?
Playing off my name, I chose a French Queen Bee theme for the first Favorite Things Party. I had a blast carrying the theme from start to finish, including Bee Party Gifts, Favors and Games.
These Elegant French Queen Bee Invitation Made with Vintage Images set the theme for the party. Made from a packaged kit, the invitations could be adapted for any type bee theme party or gathering.
There were also bee theme ideas for party games, which work well for a baby or bridal shower too.
And, you’ll find lots of bee theme ideas for party decorations and guest favors — like these honey dippers with easily crafted tags.
Honey & Lemon Flavor Bee Theme Ideas
What’s a bee theme party or meal without some honey-infused foods and beverages?
Like this hive-shaped HapBee Birthday cake I made for my honey. Also serving as the table centerpiece, the dessert was kept fresh under a beehive cloche.
Or, this adorable little honey bear cake, that was part of Bee Theme Party Food. In the picture above, are some of the other desserts served at the party. Among the guest favorites were lemon-filled Oreo bee-decorated cookies and mini donut hives.
Made from scratch, honey-flavored cupcakes were served in sunflower wrappers and embellished with little edible bees.
In fact, the entire menu incorporated bee-inspired honey and lemon flavors. Appetizers included a honey and fig dip with toasted pita wedges, and peach and blue cheese crostini drizzled with honey. Bee still my heart!
Looking for bee theme ideas for refreshing beverages? My party guests enjoyed three different honey-infused beverages; a water, lemonade and alcoholic cocktail. Served in a hive-shaped dispenser was a sparkling honey-rosemary lemonade. For a little kick, there was a bourbon, sage and honey cocktail called a Bee Sting.
Hope life is sweet to you as we celebrate World Bee Day next week on May 20th. Bee happy my friends!
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Love all your bees DebBEE!! I have several skeps and you have given me some wonderful ideas. And I adore that lovely wreath, please come to my house and bring all your beautiful wreaths…I am still waiting for the energy and “talent” to make your gorgeous sailboat wreath. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you my friend. Kari
Ahh, thanks so much Kari. I know you can make a mesh and ribbon wreath, all you need is to find a sailboat to attach to it. So lovely to have you come visit!
All very cute! Can’t wait to see what Bee 🐝 up when we visit on World Bee day!
I am sooo looking forward to your visit Lois — and getting Temptation tunes stuck in our brains lol!
I still have my Queen Bee gifts and put them out every year. My yellow basket, my honey utensil, and the laundry clip with bee attached. I also purchased bee jars. Still looking for bee drinking glasses. You are an inspiration to this old D Bee.
I am so touched you still have the bee favors and actually put them on display. Can’t wait to get together this summer. Hugs to my lovely namesake!
What a great way to prepare for World Bee Day! You have demonstrated so many neat projects and creative ideas. I especially like the Styrofoam bee skeps with the twine!!!!!! That’s a CAPITAL idea!!! I’m not much of a DIY’er, but I can certainly admire your prowess!!! I would have loved to have participated with a tablescape for World Bee Day, but we will be out of town next week. No time to plan and execute.🙁 Have fun with the day seemingly created especially for YOU!🐝 ☀️🐝
Hi ya twin, so wonderful to have you stop by. Yep, the skep is simple — all you need is a glue gun. Very quick and easy to do. Life interuptus has meant I couldn’t host the hop this year, or even style a new table. Hopefully, I can bring it back, and would love to have you bee a part of it! We will have company and likely be at a Pirates game on WBD. I’ll be wearing the black and gold, it’ll just be in the form of bee-embroidered yellow paints lol!
Debbee, I love all your bee themed ideas – so wonderful! I saw three bees in our yard this week (it’s still early here) and my lemon honey from Nova Scotia arrived as well so I have bees and baking on my mind! And I see a bee tablescape in the future too lol. Those bees are so important and I will be planting some bee friendly plants this year in the hopes of attracting them. Thanks for advocating for these sweet insects and for sharing all your wonderful inspiration too! Happy Monday to you!
Thanks for pointing out the importance o planting bee friendly plants Kim! I have a number throughout our landscape, but have to admit my gardening skills are nothing to brag let alone photograph and blog about lol! It does make me smile to see bees a buzz around the bee balm in my herb garden and hummingbirds enjoying annuals in the porch planters.
I love your bee theme. Thank you for sharing.
So nice of you to stop by and let me know Rebecca!
I must say, your collection of bees is absolutely amazing. Your talent and creativity are truly impressive. Thank you for sharing this. I visited you via Fabulous Friday Link Party.
Thanks for buzzing by Esme, and thanks for the invite! Right now, I’m in the midst of cataract surgeries, so am on a blogging hiatus. Will circle back to your party once I’m back at it.
Debbee, you have such an extensive collection of bee items. I adore so many. The plates, the napkins rings and centerpieces are bee-it-ful. The parties must have been a blast. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. Happy week.
What a tremendous bee party we could have if we were able to join up our east and west coast collections Linda!
Debbie, I love all of your bee ideas. So clever and so cute. Congratulations, you are being featured on Happiness Is Homemade. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2023/05/spring-ideas-on-happiness-is-homemade.html
Ahh, thanks Bev! Appreciate the feature! Keep those puppy updates coming!
Stunning! Debbee, I love the ideas for birthday, bridal, and baby showers! My goodness, you are always so full of ideas when it comes to party planning. I need some honey in my tea today to help with this cough. I recently read where it is an in thing to let your lawns now to help the bees. I never cared for the chemicals, but our neighbors never really appreciated our way of thinking.
Today for Mother’s Day I received a bee-ut-i-ful floral arrangement from the kids in yellow and white, with bee embellishments and decorated pot! Now I’m inspired to set a new bee theme table using it as a centerpiece.