At the Table~ Sweetest Day


 I’m enjoying some garden-inspired dining with

Sweetest Day Dinnerware by Pfaltzgraff.


Sweetest Day brings the vibrant life of a garden to your table. Charmingly casual with the fresh feel of a summer day, a honeycomb border buzzes with activity with bees and blooms of red, orange, and blue flowers.


Yellow check napkins are tied with a picot edge ribbon and in lieu of napkin rings, just-picked blossoms of yellow bidens and blue lobelia, flower on the bows.


A playful plaid tablecloth provides a colorful landscape for the dinnerware, used at the table previously with a harvest of veggies and reliable seeds.


 Quattro Stagioni canning jars were discovered at an unlikely apiary, T.J. Maxx, a couple of months ago, so I made a beeline for the check out counter!


The bee skep design is ideal for a

just-picked bouquet from the garden.


Crafted of stoneware, Sweetest Day Dinnerware is as hard-working as a bee busily gathering nectar.  A cake plate provides a pedestal for a bee skep as a centerpiece for the table.


A flowering vase of slender arching Gooseneck Loosestrife, Black-eyed Susans, and Queen Anne’s Lace grace each place setting for a sweet and cottage-style bouquet.


I couldn’t resist gilding the lily

or in this case the bee skep. . .


 . . .Adding a few blooms to

sprout from the top!





A soup/cereal bowl holds 24 ounces when it’s not playfully serving as a pedestal for a mini bee skep :)




Sweet Day Table Details:

*Sweetest Day Dinnerware/Pfaltzgraff

 *Nicole Bordeaux Glasses/ Mikasa

Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware/ Horchow

Water Hyacinth Chargers/ World Market

Green Placemats & Napkins/ Pottery Barn

Tablecloth/ Kohl’s

 Quattro Stagioni Jars/ T.J. Maxx

Bee Skeps/retail days


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.

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  62 comments for “At the Table~ Sweetest Day

  1. July 29, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I’m in love with these dishes. The yellow and green colors are great!

  2. Suzi/Pam
    July 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

    how do you keep turning them out like this? your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  3. July 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

    You have a gift for puting together color, and patterns . Everything coordinates. You must have quite a collection of dinnerware and it must be fun to entertain with all the different patterns you have. Enjoy your Monday !

  4. July 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I love the soft yellows and great colors in the dinnerware Mary! All the details are great, even your choice of ribbon is very eye catching:@)

  5. July 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Love that you used 2 different chargers and those gorgeous jars again…the yellow just pops.


  6. July 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Those dishes have some of my favorite colors and are just made for the garden table, if that makes sense. Of all the pretties, and there are many, the thing I love the most for some reason is the simple gingham napkin tied with the bow and flower. That is just so lovely to me.

  7. July 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Another great pattern from Pfaltzgraff! Beautiful table, Mary!

  8. Peggy Thal
    July 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

    The dishes are so beautiful and happy. Love your bee inspired table. Mary, you are so talented. I would love to be invited to such a lovely table by the water. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Karen
    July 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Another beautiful table setting in the perfect “setting” by the lake.

  10. July 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Mary, such a pretty table you’ve set with the Sweetest Day dishes! I love how you’ve used the bee skep as a centerpiece and you even have a matching miniature one! I will have to look for those canning jars the next time I’m in TJ Maxx!

  11. Cheryl
    July 29, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I just love that bee skep centerpiece…what a great table for summer entertaining. The bee themed dinnerware is so charming and goes great with your bee flatware. Love it!

  12. July 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

    You sure have fun playing with dishes, Mary! Oh my, do I ever love that “sweet” pattern! You certainly enhanced it’s beauty with all your pretty accessories. The bee skep is the perfect centerpiece! Weren’t you the lucky one in finding those canning jars at TJ Maxx?? The gingham napkins tied with the ribbon are the best choice and that Napoleon flatware…I’ve always so admired it. Sitting at the table by the lake must be so soothing….xo

  13. July 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I MUST have this dinnerware! On my way to purchase now. Should I mention your name?!

  14. Anne Boykin
    July 29, 2013 at 9:09 am


  15. July 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Mary, this is beautiful. I love the dishes! Beautiful with your new canning jars and bees kep! xo marlis

  16. July 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

    This table is so inviting and cheerful. The china is so sweet looking.

  17. July 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Photos are beautiful as usual! Love the “Sweetest Day” Dishes! And…if I can find the Bee canning jars, my neighbor that provides us with honey every Christmas will get a set :)

  18. July 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

    You are going to need a dish room too!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOVE this pattern, and am SO tempted to order it. I think it would be perfect for our everyday dishes for Spring and Summer!!!!!!!!!!! OH! I just remembered, I have a birthday coming up:):) Now I have a plan:) Love the tablecloth and the napkins and the jars are fabulous! XO, Pinky

  19. July 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Mary, I went to the link and want to ask, do the prices reflect the 20%off or do we need a code or something to get it??? Thanks!!!!!

    • July 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Pinky- After you add a piece to your cart the discount is computed :)

  20. Jeannie Steen
    July 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Love your summery and beautiful table settings so beautifully put together!

  21. July 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

    adorable, i love all the bee touces and delicious details you excel at. the bee slep is the perfect pairing to make your table hum right along~

  22. July 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Another great table and beautiful setting. The four small arrangements with the bee motif on the jars are charming with the cottage style flowers. I love learning from you. Today, I recognized the flower gooseneck loosestrife but now I know it’s name. Also, I am glad to learn what type ribbon you used to tie your napkin.

  23. July 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Good Afternoon Mary,
    These Sweetest Day dishes are so lovely and it was so nice that you managed to capture a photograph of the bee on the flower.
    This is a beautiful table setting and as always you have a keen eye for detail….. I just love visiting you.
    Enjoy your day,
    Best Wishes

  24. Pam
    July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Do bloggers have a “sharing your garden day”? I would love to see yours, you always have the prettiest flowers in your table scapes. By this time of year in my corner of Texas all but the hardiest of flowers are waiting for cooler weather, so I do love seeing yours, thanks for sharing!

  25. edee
    July 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    You do a wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous job! I have to ask where in the world do you store all your stuff?!!

  26. Nancy B.
    July 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Please invite me :) Wonderful table, love everything! I’ve never heard of those jars! They are great, I’ll bee on the hunt :)

  27. Tardevil
    July 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Another pretty table!

  28. Franki
    July 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    That “wee little blossom” on the spoon just stole my heart! You are a honey! franki

  29. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    July 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Flowers, bees and honey by the lake. I can’t think of anything more beautiful. Thanks tons for linking up. Hugs, Marty

  30. July 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Bee-utiful Mary, the flatware, mini and maxi bee skeps, and sweet napkin “rings” are such a compliment to the Sweetest Day dishware. Everyone will be flocking to dine in this fun summer setting amongst the flowers and the bees~ I love that each setting has their own special jar of pretties~

  31. July 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Mary, this is a happy setting! Of course I’m smiling at all the bee details, and eagerly awaiting a delivery of a set of those cute canning jars. I place an order on Amazon when I saw them on your previous post. I searched for some brown gingham napkins for my Brown Cow table, but didn’t find any. I thought they would add a bit of country charm. Your picot edged ribbon napkin rings are such a sweet country touch. You think of everything. I hope Pfaltzgraff does a book or catalog of your gorgeous tables set with their products.

  32. Rattlebridge Farm
    July 30, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Love your bee-themed table, and your special touches add vibrance and beauty. The dishes are gorgeous. We use canning jars for everything (even biscuit cutting), but they would be darling for lemonade or iced tea. I’ve got to look them up. Thanks for providing eye candy, inspiration, and joy.

  33. July 30, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Always so beautiful….

  34. July 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Pretty dishes and the Bee skeep is definitely in charge of that table.

  35. Pam
    July 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Love the flowered china and the pattern is perfect for your garden setting. The bee theme is complemented by the bee skep centerpiece! From your plaid tablecloth to the cute jars of flowers everything is lovely. Have a wonderful week!


  36. August 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Love your table setting with yellow and green and bees. Perfect for a summer event. So bright and cheery.

  37. August 1, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my gosh! Of course I love everything about your table and how it looks so beautiful with the lake in the background, but what I really find spectacular is that you got an actual bee to pose with your bee themed table! You really are something special!!

  38. August 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Such a beautiful table. Great set of dishes. I can see you using these in various ways.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  39. August 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Love the whole thing and especially your jars and flowers – gorgeous! And that hive!! It all looks perfect with the dishes.

  40. August 7, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Beautiful! What a perfect summer theme! Wish I was there :) So nice to visit your blog!

  41. August 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Pfaltzgraff is certainly coming out with some gorgeous patterns and you always display them in the most eloquent ways…gorgeous table Mary! Now, should I look forward to you building a “dish shed” for all those amazing dishes and tableware?…

  42. Dar
    August 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Love everything about it…especially the background!

  43. August 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I found this from “wow us wednesdays!”. I LOVE the bee skeps! They probably don’t make those anymore, do they? I would love to have some!

  44. August 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    PS, I should share my honeycomb with a bee napkin rings with you! So glad to come back for a second look. LOVE this table.. xo marlis

  45. August 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Cute dishes…love the bee skeps.
    Have a wonderful week, Mary…

  46. August 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Well Mary, I say this all the time, but this is another one of my favorites. :-D You really are amazing! I absolutely love these dishes — the pattern is so pretty and summery. I love everything you’ve done on this table. One of my favorite things in summer is to put fresh flowers in mason jars, and this is such a pretty mason jar. I adore Queen Anne’s Lace; I always want to pick them from the fields, but my mom always said they had chiggers when we were growing up, so now I’m afraid to pick them. :) Love your gingham napkins with the flower and the bee skep. I have a bee skep in our kitchen, and it’s one of my treasures. I hunted for one for over two years, and of course found it when I’d stopped looking.

    Your table and your photographs are lovely, Mary. Visiting from “Let’s Dish” — have a wonderful week!


  47. August 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

    So pretty! Love the centerpiece and how it fits your t’scape theme perfectly!! The individual jars of flowers add not only to the beauty on your table but will make your guests feel extra special.


  48. Bev
    August 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

    This is just gorgeous! You have thought of every detail…love it all.

  49. August 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This is really bee-utiful, Mary. I love the dinnerware and the way you mimicked the design with your flowers and vases. Love the beehive too….Christine

  50. August 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    So cheerful and charming! Love those jars!

  51. August 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What a charming tablescape, love the dishes and of course the setting is so perfect…I also have some of those jars, aren’t they so sweet…Those wonderful dishes are delightful, I will have to go over and see them at their sight…love the tablescape…come on over for a visit…

  52. August 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Great minds think alike…I did a Bee Tea this week too! I love your bee skep and the dishes are so pretty! Love all the details you have on your tablescape and those flowers are just wonderful!
    Miss Bloomers

  53. August 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    What a great table! I love the cloth and the skep is the icing on the cake. Those dishes are so pretty! But I mustn’t! I don’t want to have to have a dish house built on my porch! :)
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish, Mary. Always a treat to come here!

  54. August 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I fell in love with the the Sweetest day plates the moment I saw them. (and the tablecloth too) I bought the Sweetest day salad plates today on the store site at a nifty 67% off. I can’t wait to use them. I’ve collecting bee stuff ever since this post. Thanks for the inspiration.

  55. July 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Oh this is such a sweet and happy summer table. I can only imagine how pleasing it is to sit here and enjoy the lovely scenery. Those plates are beautiful and perfect for this setting as are the jars filled with summer flowers. This looks like a magazine spread!
    Happy Summer…………

  56. July 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    What a sweet, softly-colored Summertime table! You had me at the picot-edged ribbon!

  57. July 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Love this! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. Love the bee skep!

  58. July 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Every detail is pure perfection! You are so very talented and you inspire me with each post.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  59. July 17, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Lovely use of flowers as place decorators rather than the traditional centerpiece. This is a very fun setting. The colors are pretty and the pattern, plaid and check mix is lovely.

  60. Bev
    July 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Lovely dishes…perfect for this table.

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