Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shutters, Bumble Bees & 5 Tips

As in most parts of the country, we are having a warmer and dryer summer than usual.  The lawns are brown, and the gardens need water.  But nothing stops my yellow daisies.  They even bloomed a few weeks early for me this year!


My daughters found an awesome pair of old wooden shutters when they were driving around during a free-cycle weekend in our community last summer.  When I saw this table runner idea on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect for a summertime tablescape. 


Tip
Table runners do not always have to be fabric.  Think outside of the box.  Last fall I used a small wooden ladder in THIS tablescape. 


Flowers and little floater candles in a jar carrier 
give this centerpiece a simple, carefree feeling.  


Tip
Gift tags from Michael's dollar bins make a sweet place card tucked into the fork.



I bought these bumble bee plates and napkin rings last year on an after season clearance.  I actually found them at two different stores, but they were both 50% off!!




Tip

These tiny vases were once candles that I used HERE on my Christmas Eve table.  When the candles were gone, I washed and saved the containers to use as a vase.  


Tip
To elevate these dessert plates I sat them on top of a thrift store candle holder. 


 The cutest little S & P's!




Tip
Don't you love the burlap place mats.  I made these several years ago by cutting up a roll of tree and shrub wrap from my favorite Home Hardware store.  I have used them over and over and over again!




I'm so glad you stopped by the back deck on this warm summer day.  I hope you try using one of these easy tips today on a table at your home.  Simple little accessories can make any meal time extra special!



PS.  Our Facebook Fans saw a "teaser pic" of this tablescape a few days ago.  If you are not currently following us via FB, come on over HERE and like our page!


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25 comments:

  1. Love this bright yellow tablescape. Those plates are adorable!

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  2. What a beautiful, yellow and happy tablescape! I love the bumble bee theme and the dishes are so pretty, along with the bumble bee napkin holder, how cute! Loving the centerpiece and glasses too. Very pretty!
    FABBY

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  3. Gorgeous table. Love the dishes, glasses and bee napkin rings. xo

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  4. Love this table! And the idea of the gift tag in the fork is genius!

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  5. Love all of it! You have excellent taste and an eye for design!

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  6. Tanya, I see you have been a busy bee! I am buzzing over your bee table! I LOVE all things bees, and you did such a beautiful job with your bee themed tablescape!
    I hope you don't mind... but I feel a copy cat table buzzing inside me! This is so inspiring!
    I hope you will stop by TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS and share your great tip about elevating desserts plates!!!! Link goes live at 8:00 tonight!

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  7. What a great great table. All the pieces just really go together so well. I love the idea of a shutter as a runner. Love the plates and napkin rings. be blessed xo marlis

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  8. Hi Tanya,
    What a beautiful table setting! I love the theme perfect for a summer table. The shutter as the focal point is fantastic twist! Love it!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  9. Hi Tanya,

    Your table is so cheerful and totally charming. I love the yellow...such high energy and the bee napkin rings are to die for.
    The shutter is genius. I love it all!

    xoBarb

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  10. Sweet, sweet, sweet!!!
    Love it, I love everything about it.
    How come I missed out on that design gene?!?!??

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  11. Your tablescape is so beautiful. I love the theme and the cheerful color!
    Stopping by from Inspiration Friday.

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  12. This is a wonderful tablescape...I adore the dessert plates sitting on top of the candle pillar, and the bumble bee napkin rings are really special. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  13. Adorable! I love the dinner plates too! What a cute idea for the center!
    I like the plates stacked on the candle holder too! Very cute!

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  14. What a clever idea and the perfect runner for a summer outdoor table. The bee plates and napkin rings are a great motif with the addition of the yellow flowers. The jar carrier tops the shutter for a beautiful centerpiece!

    Thanks, Pam

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  15. This table is so me! :) I just love everything about it. The colors are wonderful. I love your placemat idea, stacking the plates on a candle holder, the bee napkin rings and the idea of using a shutter as a table runner. Just love this! You have inspired me!

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  16. This is so lovely! Love the use of the shutter and those napkin rings are so sweet!
    Thanks for buzzing over to Let's Dish!

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  17. This is such a happy summer table. I love your plates and napkins rings. 50% off makes everything better! I love you use of the candleholder to elevate the plates. Dianne

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  18. I am loving this table! The bees are so cute, and you have come up with so many creative elements! Your flowers are beautiful and make a perfect centerpiece! Love the shutter runner! I need to start thinking outside the box!

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  19. Very cute! What a fun summer table! My favorites are your bee napkin rings and your carefree centerpiece!

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  20. Great table setting. I love the bee napkin rings. So cute.

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  21. What a ray of sunshine...gorgeous table. I ♥ the cute s/p's!

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  22. Hallelujah for pretty yellow daisies!!! They really brighten up your table and give it a fabulous "Summer's Last Hurrah" feeling. I think we're all just about ready to see summer come to an end! While we were able to salvage our grass, the flowers I planted this year didn't fare very well at all. I'm so over it! I love the shutter runner! I love that kind of stuff so much!!! Thinking outside the box is what tablescaping is all about!!! Beautiful job!

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  23. Oh this is wonderful! LOVE, Love, love the shutter, bees, adorable S&P's and yellow daisies! Your caddy is the perfect functional centerpiece too :)

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