Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sweet Virginia Bees

For the past several years, I have had the pleasure of meeting up for a fun week-end with my girlfriends from my hometown. Most of us have known each other since we were children. Even though we all have been apart for many years, it is such a comfort to know that when we do come together, it is as if we have never been apart. Girls from the South love a good party, and we are all about it. But most of all we love the fellowship we have with each other--the laughing, the crying, and did I mention the laughing? We share family stories, we talk about the good ole days, we eat, and we dance!! So here's to my sistas--may we continue our ya ya week-end for many years to come!

A relaxing dinner outside was on my mind after the excitement of my week-end. The buzzing bees reminded me of all our activities and conversations!

I began by using yellow flower placemats from Home Goods.  For my black and yellow theme, I added my basic black plates.  If you look closely, you can see a bee flying above the hive!

I added a lighter yellow salad plate, which I just bought on sale at Dilliards, and then the darker yellow flower bowls, which are the Martha Stewart brand from Macy's. 

I found the cute pitcher and bee hive at Goodwill, and filled the pitcher with daisies and some crape myrtle.  The cute bee napkin rings came from Sur Le Table and I used a combination of yellow and black napkins.

The saltcellars match the bowls.

The glasses are the bee old-fashioned La Rochere glasses (I think you can buy them from overstock.com) and the wine goblets were purchased at Tuesday morning many years ago.  Can you see the little spoons in the saltcellars?

Woops, accidently left a tissue on the table, not very good manners.

By candlelight... Looks like some activity in the bee hive!

Thanks for visiting today!  Please leave a comment, as I strive for a PERFECT SETTING!!


  1. I just love your "Bee Themed" tablescape. The napkin rings are darling. I also love the bee pieces you used for the centerpiece. Everything is put together beautifully! ~ Susie

  2. The table is just precious. It looks great, inviting and truly restive. I really like all the wine goblets and just when you thought it couldn't get better, it just glows with the candles lit. Thanks for the post.

  3. Your table is great, I love the colors and bee theme! Cute napkin rings!

  4. I'm off to Macy's to see if they still have these darling bowls. Your tablescape is just so much fun.

  5. I was so certain that I commented on this last night but don't see mine. I was tired so....If this is a repeat, please delete.

    I really love this table. It was a week of bee inspiration, and I have loved it because I love a bee theme! Yours was so lovely, especially with the candlelight.

    And I love those sunflower placemats. Perfect!

  6. This is so pretty. I can see why the bees were a buzzin'! How fun to have that time with your friends. I love the bees for your napkin rings and the glasses and all of the flower dishes. It is so pretty as night comes on and you caught the candles flickering. Lovely table.

  7. Love your table...from the cute placemats to the cute bowls.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Thanks to all, I'm new at this, so please feel free to give me constructive criticism! I'm having a ball!!

  9. I loved your table. The placemats are adorable as are the other extras you painstakingly placed on the table with care.. It's stunning.

  10. Your table settings are all GORGEOUS!! I especially like the 'Bees' with the REAL bee in the picture:)

  11. Kathy Gholson TannerSeptember 4, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Betsy...this is absolutely awesome...I love all the "extras" you have used in the settings. You know you have talent when you can take ordinary things and make something this beautiful.

  12. This is a really outstanding tablescape! The element of your black table is also a really important in the overall impact of your vignette. You made great choices! Great balance...super color...wonderful detail. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay