Daylight, Birds, and Bees

I’m dining outdoors and enjoying the company

of Birds and Bees~

Since I’m enjoying longer days with the arrival

of Daylight Savings time, it seemed only appropriate

that I set the table with Mikasa Daylight~

Energized by the vibrant green leaves and the first tender

growth of spring!

Entertaining the company of Azalea~

Sweet William and his sidekick, Dusty Miller~

Miss Tulip~

Miss Daisy~

And Miss Iris~

Welcoming fields of flowers

sprouting on the napkins & quilt~

Wishing you longer daylight hours

that are flower-filled  :)

Dishes/ Mikasa Daylight~ used previously here & here

Chargers/ World Market

Napkin Rings/HomeGoods

Napkins/Stein Mart

Bee Stems/ Sur La Table

Napoleon Bee flatware/Horchow

Quilt/ Kohl’s~ used  previously here & here

Thank you for your visit!

I’m Dishing & Dining with:

Cuisine Kathleen~ Let’s Dish!~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  43 comments for “Daylight, Birds, and Bees

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    April 16, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Gorgeous pics Mary! Love your pretty quilt and the cute bee glasses. I really hope to be able to get a good pic of a bee on a flower this summer, I’ve wanted to for years:@)

  2. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    April 16, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Mary…I can sit here at the computer and look at the gorgeous view of the birdhouse and lake all day…my favorite view…

    I just love the way you placed the flowers in individual containers on each plate…I am definitely taking grabbing this idea for my next dinner group…
    Simply stunning…everytime your posts hits my email, I am quick to open it and see what gorgeous table you have in store for us today….!

  3. April 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful flowers! I love how you’ve captured the bluebirds going into their houses!

  4. Marilyn
    April 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Once again a beautiful table. Thank you for all that you do that keeps us inspired. ~m

  5. April 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I love the shots looking toward the docks and birdhouse. All gorgeous images, but those are may favorite! Beautiful table, as always, Mary.

  6. April 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Mary, I could “dish and dine” at your gorgeous tables everyday of my life. You never miss a beat with setting a table with gorgeous details. Looks like you are having a glorious spring just as we are. I think I just might linger at this table a bit more before heading out into the reality of life.
    Enjoy your week! ~ Sarah

  7. April 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

    oh so pretty… again! my favorite shot is the daisies in the cup, such a perfect alignment it makes me smile in the detaills… oh and i suppose i truly love that dang lake of yours, and the birdhouse, and the table and the azaleas… yeah yeah yeah, you know the drill, love all you do all the time!

  8. April 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What a view you have with the birdhouse and lake. I am GREEN with envy:):) Love the napkin rings and that they mimic the leaves on the plates! I have never seen really nice napkin rings at my HG:( Enjoy this glorius weather, it is going up to 89 here today…crazy!!! XO, Pinky

  9. bichonpawz
    April 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Stunning photos Mary! I am VERY excited as they just announced a Home Goods store opening about 12 miles from my house! I thought of you!

  10. April 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    So fresh and pretty! I might have to break down and get the Horchow Bee flatware….I saw the Bee stemware in the Sur La Table catalog and came this close to ordering…I just don’t have any more room for more stuff!!!

  11. April 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful settings in a beautiful setting! Your table is spring lovely and I adore the dasies in the cup. How fortunate to be able to dine at a beautiful table in such a beautiful setting.

  12. April 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    What a gorgeous table! Love all your flowers and birds. How lovely to be able to dine outdoors. We can’t do that just yet. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


  13. April 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Beautiful photos as always!!!! I have so missed all my bloggy friends. I’ve been gone, had company (14 days) & dealing with my neighbors house (they are in France) that flooded…. But, today I took a little time for me & as always your post made me smile. You have such a talent. Enjoy those birds, bees, & flowers, although my allergies are horrid I wish I could do the same.

  14. April 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Very pretty, Mary! I LOVE all the flowers and I always love an outdoor table setting! You have a great eye for detail! Very pretty quilt and I love how you worked the napkins together. You have such a pretty view of your lake, it must be heavenly!


  15. April 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    So very pretty!! Lovely dishes and I just adore the pretty quilt that you used for a tablecloth!

    Have a wonderful evening!

  16. April 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    That was a breath of Spring for sure! I love all the prettiness that you share, Mary!

  17. April 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Mary, I love this Daylight setting. The flowers are so gorgeous with these dishes. I too am enjoying the extra daylight! Happy Earth Day.. xo marlis

  18. April 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Beautiful — your photos are absolutely spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

  19. April 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Undeniably beautiful!!! I almost pulled out my Daylight dishes today, but the wind was just brutal out there!!! Ha! So much for weather guessers’ forecasts!!! Perfect choice for Earth Week!

  20. April 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Mary your table is absolutely gorgeous as usual. I bet your husband feels like a king everyday of the week! And then add your marvelous cooking….again you just need to be teaching classes in all this. Where do I sign up?

  21. April 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Mary, love the table Daisy and her friends dined at! The flowers are beautiful! Love the chargers too! The quilt is a great base.
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!
    Mary, Barb from 2 Birdies and a B said her computer keeps freezing up when she goes to your blog. Marigene told me the same thing last week. I have no idea why. They wanted me to let you know.

  22. April 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Oh Mary, What a gorgeous tablescape.

    You do it SO WELL.

    I love every element- and it was so helpful being shown the flower names and where you found all your lovelies!

  23. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    April 19, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Mary, whenever I see a quilt now, I think of how you use them on the table. I think you also used a quilt on the Jeep :-) I have made two of them in my life, and I can appreciate the effort that goes into making quilts. Love the birdhouse and the azaleas!

  24. April 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Everything about your table setting is perfection. I adore the dish pattern, and the flowers are breathtaking.

  25. April 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    A lovely table beyond words! Your centerpiece is gorgeous and your quilt is the perfect backdrop for your beautiful tablescape.

  26. April 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Oh, Mary. Your tables always are so inviting. The colors are just wonderful. The flowers are so gorgeous. I still think my Napoleon Bee is my favorite flatware. I just love using it. Wish I could sit at this lovely table of yours.

  27. April 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Just the perfect place to celebrate Earth Day is your lovely place on the lake. I like the use of the guilt as a tablecloth. The Mikasa plates with the green jar as the vase for the flowers is beautiful.

  28. April 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  29. Ellen
    April 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oh so pretty! Love your talent for putting together a floral arrangement and your photography is fabulous. Have a great weekend.

  30. April 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Oh so beautiful, everything! I am drooling…….Christine

  31. April 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    So many beautiful flowers! And the simplicity of the dish design allows the flowers to take center stage. Great photos of the birdhouses. We have one and a lovely sparrow couple moved in. To me, that says spring has arrived. Very pretty post, Mary!

  32. April 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Mary, everything is beautiful Love the quilt and the flowers are simply gorgeous! Add a bird or two … perfect!

  33. April 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful table with the quilt, the flowers and the dishes. The centerpiece is just fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  34. April 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

    This is such a colorful post!! The azalea is gorgeous and I loved the mosaic of the bird houses. It is all so inspirational!

  35. April 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Gorgeous photos – just beautiful! Especially love the blue birds. How lucky you are to have them.

  36. April 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    So many shades of simply gorgeous flowers to usher in Spring!Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  37. April 23, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Mary, Your table is beautiful as always! I can’t believe how many bluebirds you have!! I would love to see that everyday! Every time I see those Mikasa dishes I am impressed by their simple beauty and versatility. I think I will see if they are still available. I have those napkin rings too–I think they have little olives on them, but I purchased them at a local gift shop. Must have been before they made their way to HGs! Do you notice at the lake how much longer the late June and July nights are than those in August? When we used to go to the shore for long vacations we gave up going in August and changed to July so we could be outside longer. I think we lose track of that daylight issue during most of the year. Have a happy day. Linda

  38. April 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Mary…

    Ohhh my…your table is one of the prettiest that I’ve seen in awhile…it just strikes my fancy! I love the “Daylight” pattern by Mikassa. You’re right, they’re perfect for dining al fresco! My favorite thing about your table…that beautiful comfit jar filled with all those glorious spring flowers! The prettiest bouquet that I’ve seen all season, my friend! Ohhh…a beautiful…beautiful table…and the view isn’t too bad either! Hehe!

    I sooo enjoyed this post and I must tell you that your photos are fabulous! Magazine worthy for sure!!! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Warmest spring wishes,

  39. April 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Hi! I saw your blog from when I visited this site, this gorgeous table setting caught my attention. It reminds me of the place where I grew up because of those pretty pieces on top of your table. I’m just overwhelmed by all the beautiful things you have and how creative you are in displaying them.

    Happy spring! :)

  40. April 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Wow! the dinner and of course the coffee set is to die for. That is really to die for a plate addict that can’t have her own Mikasa §;-)

    Everything looks perfect. Great job…


  41. April 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Oh how lovely- you put together the most gorgeous spring tablescape!
    WOW! And I love your bluebirds, we don’t get them around here. We’re finch heavy though!!

  42. April 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Gorgeous table and gorgeous setting!

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