Butterflies and Bumble Bees

I felt just a little restless today. I wanted to do a new tablescape, but I wasn’t inspired by anything that I thought of or looked at. Even though I try to spend little or no money on tables, I finally just got out and went to a couple of discount stores looking for inspiration. I have not purchased anything that could be used just for tablescaping lately, so I felt like it would be ok to pick up a couple of inexpensive items.

For some reason, I have had butterflies on my mind the past few days and I knew that I wanted to use them in my tablescape. I like butterflies on dishes, for some reason. My formal china, Reverie by Noritake, has a sweet little butterfly floating around some flowers and greenery.


My everyday china, Fancy Free in Temperware by Lenox, has a more prominent butterfly in the pattern. I know this sounds weird, but when I picked out these patterns almost 35 years ago, it never clicked with me that both of my dish patterns had butterflies in them. It wasn’t until I picked up the tablescaping addiction hobby that it suddenly occurred to me that I must have a thing for butterflies. OK, so I’m a little slow….


I went to the gardening and housewares sections of a couple of discount stores, and I picked up a few inexpensive items to enhance a butterfly table. Plus, because I already have the cute bumble bees, I also added a few bee things. I started with the same April Cornell runner from last week. Since it had a yellow and green floral theme, it was a good choice for this table. I decided to use my sage green placemats, a Fred’s purchase from a few years ago, for the base of the place setting.


I rarely use my Fancy Free dishes for tablescapes. I’m not sure why. I guess since we use it every day, I just don’t think about it. I brought it out today and decided to use the bread and butter plate on top of the dinner plate. The downside of using these dishes every day for 35 years is that a lot of the dinner plates have faded. I tried to choose 4 with the brightest colors. I seldom use the small plates, so all of them still have bright patterns.


I found these cute little buckets at Dollar General. I decided to use them for the flatware. I stuck in my new April Cornell napkins (an eBay purchase earlier this week). My blue flatware looked cute sticking out of this bucket. I used these at 2 of the 4 place settings.


I chose the purple buckets with bumble bees for the other 2 place settings. I don’t have any purple flatware, so I decided that it wouldn’t look too bad to use the pink in the purple buckets.


When I was thinking about the stemware, I suddenly had a thought. Since I used both purple and blue buckets, why not do the same with the glasses? I used the Dollar Tree blue goblets at the places with the blue buckets. I chose Dollar Tree green flutes to continue the green of the placemats and runner.


I put the purple goblets at the place setting that have the purple buckets and, of course, the green flutes.


Then I started looking through my other purchases to put together the centerpiece. I saw the planter with butterflies all over it at Dollar General, so it went in my shopping cart pretty quickly. I wanted it to show up well, so I stacked a couple of books and disguised them with a yellow napkin.  I stuck in a couple of butterflies (actually garden stakes) that I found at Family Dollar and one of my bumble bees. I scrunched up a napkin in the top to disguise the Styrofoam.


I found these cute mini flower pots at Dollar General to continue the butterfly and bee theme. I stuck in some artificial flowers and sort of wished I had bought more than 2 of these. They could be used for candy, condiments, and a variety of other things.


For the other side of the centerpiece, I dug out last year’s Dollar General purchase. It carries out the butterfly theme, and I filled it with more artificial flowers.


For the finishing touch, I place a couple of bees and a large butterfly around the center planter. The butterfly is actually an outdoor garden ornament that I found at Family Dollar.


I like the finished look and the bee and butterfly theme.


I spent about $10 at Dollar General.


At Family Dollar, I spent around $3.


The napkins were $10 on eBay. If you know anything about April Cornell, that is a very good buy.


I did purchase one more item that I am not using in today’s table, and I will show it at another time. I actually think that I might even have a plan in mind for it.


I think that I will use all of these accessories in tablescapes for long time, so I didn’t mind spending it, even though it is rare for me to purchase that much all at once.


I also really liked showcasing my Fancy Free dishes, and I need to do that more often.


Happy tablescaping to everyone, and can’t wait to see all of the spring tablescape ideas in blogland!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 



About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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13 Responses to Butterflies and Bumble Bees

  1. Michelle says:

    Beautiful post…HPS Michelle

  2. Jacqueline says:

    What great finds! Those little buckets are adorable and they just made for such a fun table full of spring color and fun!

  3. Rosie M. says:

    Cute, spring tablescape, Bev. I like all your happy butterflies and bumblebees! Isn’t it amazing how putting together a tablescape can turn a restless day around and make it one of happy fulfillment?! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. vickyhunt says:

    I love this table Bev! It just sings spring…:) Great idea using the little planters for your flatware. I love it! I will be looking at things differently when I visit the Dollar General now…:) Have a blessed weekend my friend!

    Hugs, Vicky

  5. Bravo – fun and frugal! I like this post because it demonstrates how to pull many colors and items together and end up with a unified whole. This is a skill I have not mastered. Blessing to you, and Happy Pink Saturday!

  6. Such a fun table!

    Thanks for sharing your post with Seasonal Sundays.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  7. Your “Fancy Free” dishes are very pretty, Bev; they’ve made a great theme for a tablescape. I, too, love butterflies and have some butterfly dishes myself. 🙂 Your buckets are really cute, and I love the April Cornell napkins. This is a cheerful and colorful table that anyone would enjoy eating at!

    Thanks for your visit and have a great week!


  8. Sherry says:

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sarah says:

    Bev, clever idea to put the flatware in the cute little buckets. I’m going to remember that. Thanks for sharing your butterfly inspired table. ‘-)

  10. Candy S says:

    I love the bees and the butterflies! The dishes may be oldies but they certainly are goodies. I love the fresh Spring look they have. Sarah is right, the buckets are perfect to hold the napkins and flatware, very clever and very cute.

  11. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    What a pretty tablescape and so perfect for spring. I love the butterflies, they are fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  12. Susan says:

    What a fun and cheerful tablescape! Love the use of the buckets and pots.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  13. katelaineransom says:

    Love that pattern! This is a very whimisical tablescape! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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