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

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.

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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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Greek Tablescape & Olympic Torch Napkin Fold

Greek Tablescape & Olympic Torch Napkin Fold

Ever since I purchased a beautiful tablecloth, embroidered with olive branches, I’ve been wanting to create a Greek tablescape.

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Last September, while on a Visit to Amazing Ancient Athens, I noticed shops selling cotton clothing and linens everywhere. Later, on an excursion outside the capital to Delphi: Center of the World, we saw cotton being harvested. Lining the road, on both sides of the highway, were little cotton balls that had escaped during baling and transport. It actually looked it had snowed in Greece!

Our guide explained that Greece is a major producer and exporter of cotton — accounting for more than 80 percent of European production. Neighboring Turkey, imports over a third of the cotton. Making up eight percent of Greece’s agricultural output, high-quality Egyptian cotton is very important to the economy.

The evening before boarding a Small Ship Greek Island Cruise, a tablecloth embroidered with black olives, caught my eye. I knew it would go perfectly with my china back home. And, linens were one of the few souvenirs that would also fit in my luggage!

It’s taken me nearly a year to style a Greek tablescape, and it’s got me longing to return there!

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