Botanic Garden Dishes: Floral & Butterfly Summer Table

Botanic Garden Dishes: Floral & Butterfly Summer Table

Today, I’ve set a summer table with beautiful Portmeirion Botanic Garden dishes. Each piece is hand painted — in exquisite detail — with blossoms and butterflies, and an iconic border of green laurel leaves. Some are also decorated with the occasional garden insect, and my personal favorite — a bee!

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A true British classic, Botanic Garden was designed by celebrated ceramicist and designer Susan Williams-Ellis. In 1960, she took over the business from her father, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, an architect and creator of Portmeirion Village in North Wales.

While looking through rare books, Williams-Ellis discovered a volume of beautiful, meticulously drawn floral illustrations. In 1972, Portmeirion‘s launch of Botanic Garden tableware included 28 different flowers. It was an immediate success, and is still an active pattern.

This year, the company is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the collection with a special edition, 18 piece dinnerware set. Inspired by classic English picnic hampers, the 2022 Botanic Garden exclusive comes in a willow basket lined with removable fabric. Bee still my heart!

Alas, the Botanic Garden dishes currently in full bloom on the kitchen table are only on a short flowering season. My neighbor, L, generously and enthusiastically agreed to lend the tableware so that I could style a new setting for June’s Summer Tablescape Blog Hop. For those coming from Mary’s nautical table on Home is Where the Boat Is, welcome aboard!

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Fun Flamingo Tropical Table Kicks Off Summer

Fun Flamingo Tropical Table Kicks Off Summer

Now that it’s finally gotten warm outside, it’s time for some alfresco dinning on the covered back porch. So, to kick off the summer season, I’ve styled a whimsical flamingo tropical table.

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It’s one of 17 settings in the Summer Tablescape blog hop. There’s something sure to please everyone — from nautical to patriotic to an intimate tea party — and more in between!

After many seasons organizing the year-round hop, Chloe has passed the mantle to Rita of Panoply, who graciously agreed to take over the task. Thank you Rita!

I filled in during March, hosting St. Patrick’s Day Table Ideas. And again in May, with a smaller group, for a theme hop to celebrate World Bee Day. A French Royal Bee Theme Table was inspired by my ancestry and name — Debbee. That was followed up with an Easy Fleur-de-Lis, Bee Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial.

Today’s alfresco tablescape mixes inexpensive melamine plates and decor from Dollar Tree, with tropical and other elements from my existing tableware collection.

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Easy Fleur-de-Lis, Bee Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial

Easy Fleur-de-Lis, Bee Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial

Today, I’m illustrating how to make a bee shape napkin fold in six quick and easy steps.

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In anticipation of World Bee Day, I recently hosted the Bee-utiful Table Setting blog hop.

Included in the eight casual to elegant tablescapes was my, French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table & Napkin Fold. As explained in earlier posts, the ancient fleur-de-lis symbol is believed to represent a bee.

I first incorporated the bee shape napkin fold into the Back to School Table. Why? Bee-cause students are “busy as a bee” lol!

Although the lovely napkin fold can bee used to impress guests and enhance tables year-round, it’s particularly suited for spring or summer entertaining. Let me show you how easy it is to do. Grab any square napkin and ring to follow along.

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French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table & Napkin Fold

French Inspired, Royal Bee Theme Table & Napkin Fold

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Bonjour, mon ami and welcome to the Bee-utiful Bee Table Settings Blog Hop! Today, eight of us are getting together to share casual to elegant tablescapes and centerpieces.

I was motivated to host the hop in honor of World Bee Day, next Thursday, May 20th.

Hoping you’ll find inspiration for both spring and summer seasonal tables and gatherings. Perhaps even for a “Meant to Bee” or “What Will It Bee” bridal or baby shower?

Here at Debbee’s Buzz, the bee theme table was influenced by French ancestry and the pronunciation of my first name. Set on a black and white backdrop, the striking tablescape includes lots of metallic gold accents. Bees are featured on plates, glassware, flatware and napkin rings, along with a theme centerpiece vignette. There’s even a royal French bee shape napkin fold!

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Summer Jungle Table & Palm Leaf Napkin Fold

Summer Jungle Table & Palm Leaf Napkin Fold

I’ve set a waning days of summer jungle table outside, on the covered porch.

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With Labor Day not until September 7th this year, and temperatures still in the eighties to nineties, it still feels rather tropical here in Pittsburgh. How about in your neck of the woods?

Inspiration for the tablescape came from a set of plates decorated with an exotic animal print.

Yeah, I know; I need more tableware like a hole in the head lol! I had seen the plates months before, and resisted the urge to splurge. But by late August last year, they were on super duper clearance! Besides the plates are heavy-duty melamine, making them great for dining outdoors and dishwasher safe.

So come on outside on the porch with me for one last, fun jungle table of the summer season.

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Palms, Parrots & Paradise Tropical Tablescape

Palms, Parrots & Paradise Tropical Tablescape

After a number of false starts and considerable frustration, I’m relieved to finally be able to share a palm leaf and birds of paradise tropical tablescape.

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Consider this setting plan Bee. Or, maybe it’s C or D? I had to come up with a new table styling plan when my initial vision didn’t pan out. Finally, a lovely bird of paradise stem provided new inspiration and direction.

Hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, today’s post is part of the Late Summer Tablescape blog hop.

I’m really excited to see what so many talented and clever table stylists have to share. With several weeks of August still left, I’m in no hurry for summer to end. Are you? I especially like the opportunity to dine alfresco.

Come on and join me, outside, on the covered porch. Imagine a paddle fan circling overhead, creating a cool breeze while you sip a refreshing, frozen concoction.

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