A Garden Table Setting with Azaleas, Roses, and Snowballs


I’m at the Table with Azaleas, Roses, and Snowballs~ Snowball Viburnum that is, in a celebration of spring flowers! Spring has in been in bloom for several weeks now, pollen has started to wane and it’s perfect weather to dine outdoors again!

Spring Blooms

 I set a table that’s a mix of old and new that’s casual and comfortable for a garden setting with a quilted coverlet as a tablecloth. I pulled out my Great Aunt’s delicate Limoges china and hold my breath every time I use it. There were originally 12 place settings once upon a time with six of the fragile dinner plates remaining. The quilt is new and machine made and can go into the washing machine if needed without any fear of spills or damaging a family heirloom or delicate stitching.


I cut some viburnum and azalea blooms, along with white spring flowers from our laurel shrubs. I added them to some wet floral foam in a galvanized Flowers & Garden bucket for a celebration of spring and centerpiece for the table.


Our Chinese Snowball Viburnum is blooming with giant snowballs. . .


The only snowballs you want to see in April!


The hydrangea-like blooms start out green, changing over to cream and then white. It’s also ideal to enjoy as a cut flower.


You can see a profusion of snowballs in bloom, here.



Delicate roses are blooming on dishes along with a patchwork floral and embroidered quilted coverlet as a foundation for the table.



 Portmeirion Botanic Garden flatware is blooming, attracting small butterflies seeking nectar on the bowls and handles of the flatware.


Mikasa French Countryside is a favorite goblet for casual or formal dining with its curvy bell-shape bowl and hour-glass stem.


In celebration of gardening season and flowers, I’m giving away a few garden goodies to share with one winner. . .


A galvanized Flowers & Garden bucket, a pair of gardening gloves, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Bloom Booster® Flower Food, Bowl of Beauty Peony (2 roots), a package of Nasturtium seeds and an Al’s Flower Pouch!


To throw your name in the Flowers & Garden pot and enter the giveaway, leave a comment HERE

A winner will be chosen April 29th.


Dishes /Avenir China Limoges, Great Aunt’s, used here

Chargers & Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago

Quilted Coverlet / Bed, Bath and Beyond, used here

Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden, HomeGoods

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside, Tuesday Morning


Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring blooms where you are!


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  36 comments for “A Garden Table Setting with Azaleas, Roses, and Snowballs

  1. Kathi
    April 20, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This is such a beautiful, feminine and delicate place setting. I love all the sweet blossoms in the galvanized bucket also. Perfection! This post gave me such a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility. Thank you once again for sharing one of your incredible table settings!

  2. April 20, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Great combination and great photos! So pretty in pink. I had some frost nip on my hydrangeas (hoping the blooms aren’t affected), as well as my hostas & mountain laurel……every year is another surprise adventure as to what you’ll get in the garden. To compare our timing, my neighbor’s snowball viburnum blooms are just now green.

  3. Karen
    April 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

    This is such a beautiful setting. I love everything. Azaleas are my husband’s favorite flower. We always look forward to seeing them in the spring. The table setting is beautiful. I think the silverware is especially eye catching. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    April 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful table!! The quilt and the china along with that stainless steel bucket with azaleas are the stars!! I hope I can enhance my table with that stainless pot!! Good luck everyone!!! See you on Facebook!! ❤️❤️❤️. Nothing blooming in my yard yet here in Indiana..my neighbors have some tulips but our flowering bushes are just now getting buds..can’t wait!!

  5. April 20, 2016 at 8:22 am

    What a beautiful table that you’ve set with your Great Aunt’s china, and how appropriate to have it sitting on the quilt You’ve created a gorgeous scene, and dining outside right now is a spring delight among all the bloomers!

  6. April 20, 2016 at 8:45 am

    My mother and grandmothers both had snowball bushes. I never had one even though I am an avid gardener. Love the combination of flowers for your lovely tablescape. I would love to win your gardening giveaway….thank you for your beautiful pictures and display always.

  7. April 20, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I will share with all of my friends and gardening buddies.

  8. April 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love your bloom upon bloom outdoor table Mary! Spring is such a celebration of warmer weather with things growing and sprouting and greening everywhere and you’ve captured it perfectly with this elegant yet cozy table. Your great Aunt’s Limoges china is perfect with that field of flowers, and snowballs are my absolute favorite. I know you’re enjoying being outside potting and puttering!

  9. Jan McF
    April 20, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Mary, each and every one of your posts have such wonderful photos. Thanks for starting my day with such beauty!

  10. April 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Mary, what a beautiful spring table! The snowballs and azaleas are gorgeous! My snowball bushes have been the prettiest ever. Love the Limoges, what a treasure! Thanks for sharing your lovely spring setting! Pam @ Everyday Living

  11. April 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I would LOVE to sit at this beautiful, floral table with that VIEW!! It truly is priceless to me. After lunch we could take a pontoon cruise:) I have always loved that flatware. Your napkins are beautiful too. You always make the most beautiful floral centerpieces. We don’t have anything blooming yet but soon, I hope!!! Have a beautiful day Mary!!!

  12. April 20, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Oh, Mary, what a beautiful spot for a ladies’ lunch! Your Great Aunt’s china is so precious, and you’ve highlighted it perfectly. I love your floral centerpiece, simply breathtaking, as are your other photos. I’ve never been much of a gardener and you are quite an inspiration. Mother Nature must be so proud of you! Rosie

  13. Janet O. Robinson
    April 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful! Beautiful! When do your peonies bloom? Ours used to be the last week of June, now they are the 2nd or 3rd week. Looking forward to seeing yours! Your china and other place settings are lovely!! Thank you Mary. Janet

    • April 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Janet! Our peonies have buds right now! Some usually bloom around the end of April through the middle of May :)

  14. Patricia
    April 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Please tell us about the quilt on your table. It is beautiful. Did you make it?

  15. April 20, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    What a gorgeous setting for dining al fresco.Your table showcases your spring flowers and your aunt’s lovely china. I like your flower arrangement and using a quilt for your tablecloth.
    It’s always a bright spot in my day to view a new post from you.

  16. Beth B
    April 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I love your Spring table. The flowers are gorgeous, the quilt is so pretty, and the old dishes are lovely. I look forward to your wonderful tablescapes and amazing photography. Thanks for brightening the day!

  17. April 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Beautiful setting…Love your Great Aunt’s Limoge plates!

  18. April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    My heart is going pitter patter over you Great Aunt’s Limoges dinner plates, Mary! What a beautiful pattern and oh, how I love it on the quilted and embroidered coverlet. The napkins, the flatware all add to the beauty of you bouquet of flowers from your yard. My…how I love your view! Enjoy your springtime by the lake.

  19. franki
    April 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm


  20. April 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Looks so nice and sunny Mary! The plates are very pretty and look delicate-enjoy:@)

  21. emily
    April 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Where did you get Al’s flower pouch around here?

    • April 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      I found them last year at Lowe’s but haven’t seen them yet this year. You can find them on Amazon.

  22. April 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    How wonderful it must be to dine at this gorgeous table and feel as if you are dining in a garden itself and then you look around and realize that the gardens surround you too….next to the hydrangea…the snowball viburnum is my favorite! And lunching on Limoges has to be the ultimate! Love that wonderful bucket of things to start the celebration of Spring.

  23. Cyndi Raines
    April 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Very lovely – the tablecloth, your Aunt’s beautiful dishes, the vibrant flowers, the peaceful view – doesn’t get much better than this! Thanks Mary!

  24. Darlene
    April 20, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    When you do your tablescapes outdoors they are always so beautiful! And this is one is another gorgeous one. Love the fact that the dishes are heirlooms.

  25. April 20, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Your lovely tablescape just sings out “Spring!” with layers of detail and memories. We have a small yard, so I cheat and purchase blossoms for inside displays and leave the azaleas, peonies, honeysuckle etc uncut outside.

  26. Kim
    April 21, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Your spring table is just gorgeous, as is the setting. I don’t think I’d ever want to go back inside after the meal was over :). I’ve had the same laurel shrubs for years and have never once thought to add them to floral arrangements. Thanks for sharing that idea.

  27. Debbie
    April 21, 2016 at 10:28 am


  28. Trenda
    April 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Mary!
    As always, I find myself wishing I was one of your guests seated around the table, gazing at the lake and enjoying all your beautiful surroundings!
    My favorite spring flowers are the Lady Banks Roses with it’s cascading blossoms of white surrounded by the brilliant pink flowers of the Formosa Azalea. 😊

  29. April 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    The tablescape is lovely and heartwarming, and your photos are gorgeous.

  30. April 23, 2016 at 11:40 am

    This is possibly one of my favorite posts! Because these are some of my favorite spring flowers! Love, love the snowball bush and mine is thriving. In fact, I may just have to duplicate your setting and arrangement. It really brought a smile to my face. But, my absolute favorite spring flower is the peony! And as I walked the garden this morning, they are full of buds. By the middle of next week I’ll have scrumptious peonies to add.

  31. April 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Mary, Those dishes are so dainty! You are lucky to be the one who received them! I am intrigued by your laurel. Mountain Laurel is our state flower, with similar shiny leaves, but it does not work well as a cut flower, and I lost my bushes a few years ago after a rough winter. I don’t think we have your variety up here but I love it in combination with your azalea and snowballs! Linda

  32. Sue Bingeman
    April 26, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I hope I’m not too late to enter to win!! Sometimes it takes me a while to catch up on emails including your blog, but I always make time to read and enjoy your posts! I was the lucky recipient of a Havilland china pattern, delicate with flowers like yours! This post is an inspiration for me in ways to use that beautiful china. Thanks so much!

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