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. 

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.  

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!!


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.  


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

 The cutest little S & P’s!

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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August 15, 2012 - 1:54 am

Linda @ A La Carte - Love this bright yellow tablescape. Those plates are adorable!

August 15, 2012 - 2:00 am

FABBY'S LIVING - 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!

August 15, 2012 - 6:03 am

Barbara F. - Gorgeous table. Love the dishes, glasses and bee napkin rings. xo

August 15, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Laura Keller - Love this table! And the idea of the gift tag in the fork is genius!

August 15, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Intentionally: Amy - I absolutely love this theme!

August 15, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Laurel - Love all of it! You have excellent taste and an eye for design!

August 15, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Yvonne @ StoneGable - 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!

August 16, 2012 - 12:33 am

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) - Great tips and a lovely tablescape.

August 16, 2012 - 12:43 am

Marlis - 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

August 16, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Christine @ Stonehouse Living - 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,

August 16, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Barbara~Bella Vista - 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!


August 16, 2012 - 5:18 pm

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

August 16, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic - Your tablescape is so beautiful. I love the theme and the cheerful color!
Stopping by from Inspiration Friday.

August 17, 2012 - 12:27 am

Entertaining Women - 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

August 17, 2012 - 1:10 am

Infuse With Liz - 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!

August 17, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Texas Tea Party - 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

August 17, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Barbara - 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!

August 18, 2012 - 12:00 am

Kathleen - 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!

August 18, 2012 - 2:17 am

Dianne - 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

August 18, 2012 - 3:47 am

Elaine - 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!

August 18, 2012 - 12:29 pm

ann k - Very cute! What a fun summer table! My favorites are your bee napkin rings and your carefree centerpiece!

August 19, 2012 - 12:13 am

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style - Great table setting. I love the bee napkin rings. So cute.

August 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Marigene - What a ray of sunshine…gorgeous table. I ♥ the cute s/p’s!

August 21, 2012 - 2:52 am

Alycia Nichols - 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!

August 21, 2012 - 10:19 am

Mary - 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 :)

August 13, 2014 - 6:47 pm

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