In the Potting Shed: Tabletop Nesting with Blooms and Dishes


You may have noticed that playing with flowers and dishes are two of my favorite things. ;)


 I took the time to stop and smell the peonies and shared some pretty in pink blooms around the Potting Shed this week.


Blue and pink are a favorite color combination especially when it comes to pink flowers and blue dishes.


I had a little tabletop fun in celebration of peony season with a few Ball jar bouquets in the window and on counter top of my Potting Shed.


  Birds flew in to nest on white dishes and along the border of dinner plates. I have a set of four assorted bird dishes used herethat I found at HomeGoods several years ago. I continue to get questions and emails about where to find them.


   They still fly in to roost at HomeGoods from time to time ;) but you can find them on Amazon right now for the set of four: Gracie China Bird Trellis Porcelain Accent Plates.


They’re just the right size to serve an easy dessert! Use a cookie cutter to cut a bird shape out of puff pastry, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar and bake until golden. Serve with lemon curd, berries and whipped cream.


I used reversible napkins as placemats, layering some blue and white pattern and color over a jute runner.


 A pair of garden gloves hold a napkin and provide a pocket for assorted vintage flatware, a fun addition if you’re having a garden party or for lunch with your garden club!


I’m always happy to add a flower to my garden of flatware, especially if I can pick a pretty blooming handle for a $1 a piece!


And on the look out to add a stamped spoon marker and garden metaphor for life: “Love what you grow and what you love will grow”.


Ball jar are filled with bouquets of fragrant peonies and privet that’s blooming now. . .





Villeroy & Boch Switch 3 Dinnerware is designed for mixing and matching, used at the table, here.


Castell salad plates have a checkerboard motif. . .


Paired with Cordoba dinner plates, with a bird and flower design, reminiscent of Portuguese tiles and a mixed with assorted  transferware for an electic pairing of blue and white.



Table Details:

Dinnerware / Villeroy & Boch Switch 3, HomeGoods, several years ago

White Bird Dishes/ Gracie China, HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Assorted vintage, antique mall

Assorted transferware / antique mall

Garden gloves / Target, last year

Jute Runner and Woven Placemats / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Napkins / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

Stamped spoon markers, Etsy

Blue goblets, Dollar Tree


Keep Calm and Garden On!


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  40 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Tabletop Nesting with Blooms and Dishes

  1. Linda L
    May 11, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Beautiful post! Love those bird plates. I have an Amazon gift card from Mother’s Day…thinking I might indulge myself.

  2. Sherlie Magaret
    May 11, 2016 at 8:00 am

    So pretty, I love it all especially the bird plates, it all looks so refreshing and spring, perfect for a luncheon.

  3. Donna Parrish
    May 11, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Beautiful job! I want to come and live in your potting shed !

    • Linda
      May 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Me, too :-)

  4. Ellen
    May 11, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Simply beautiful- as always! Love the garden metaphor etched on the vintage spoon. I’m writing that down to print on something. Your posts brighten every day- Thank-you!

  5. May 11, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Blue and white delight Mary! Love the way you’ve mixed things, it all comes together to make such a cozy spot! The white bird dishes are wonderful, such a handy size. And your peonies, wowza! Your very green thumb has been so successful, what a treasure to have those blooms growing in your garden!

  6. May 11, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Oh my, be still my heart! Your playing with dishes and flowers brings us such joy, Mary! I love the pink white and blue combo with all your magical touches. I love those birdie dessert dishes, and filled with berries, lemon curd, whipped cream, and topped with a crunchy sweet bird, even better! One of my favorite things that you collect is the vintage, assorted flatware….swoon! Enjoy your time playing, Mary!

  7. May 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Love it all…and the bird cut out on the berries thrilled me. YOU make my day!

  8. May 11, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Oh Mary….(notice that is how I seem to start out all my comments to you?) This post has given me SOOOO many great ideas! I’ve been wanting to host a “Meet the New Neighbors” luncheon this spring. These settings & that LUSCIOUS fruit compote would be the perfect touch, with the darling baked birds!!!
    I have the same pretty blue glassware but would have to use my Blue Willow dishes instead of the delightful mix you’re created. LOVE the little white birdie plates!! You do seem to have a “thing” about birds, huh? LOL
    Thanks for sharing ALL your wonderful ideas & great finds. I hope you know how special you are & how you make my life so much richer via your blog.

  9. Ellen Stillabower
    May 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing about the bird plates..I love anything with peonies are still buds..they will probably pop open on or about Memorial Day!! Just in time for our Vets and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500!! 🇺🇸🏁🇺🇸🏁🇺🇸🏁

  10. Penny Bohlen
    May 11, 2016 at 11:53 am

    My spirit just had an ah moment when I saw the dew captured on the pink peonies. Your photography is on a professional level. Each picture has wonderful composition and great lighting. I greatly appreciate the time you put in so as to share with us. Thank you.

  11. May 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Ooooh, I’ll have one of the berry treats please! Blackberries were 99¢ at Aldi’s last week, I couldn’t believe it:@)

  12. May 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I swear, Mary, nobody does it better when it comes to tablescapes. Gorgeous! I think those bird dessert dishes look even better stacked on the blue & white (even though they look terrific on the white stack, and I use little to no blue in my house).

  13. May 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Mary, the combination of blue/white with the pink peonies makes my heart sing! So beautiful! Pa @ Everyday Living

  14. Marilyn
    May 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Absolutely beautiful….

  15. Myrna
    May 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Wow. All of my favorites. Just beautiful. Blue and white gives such a clean look.The photos are so professional.
    Thought of your potting shed last night when looking at SheSheds online.

  16. May 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Beautiful. Peonies are lovely. Great post.
    I just planted another peony. Next year hoping for blooms.

  17. Ruth
    May 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Beautiful flowers, beautiful photos. I have never thought to pair the peonies with the privet.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Linda
    May 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Just love all of your “pretties”. I am especially fond of blue and white. You do an amazing job with your photography and decor. So enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Pat Vinson
    May 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I want to live in your potting shed!!! Your pictures are always so beautiful, and we share a love for beautiful dishes, flowers and birds.

  20. May 11, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Your photos are always great but that dessert looks divine! You can taste it through the screen. I shared your idea of using garden gloves for the flatware with the hostess of our Garden Club luncheon. Everyone was impressed. I think you would be pleased with her interpretation.
    I’m green with envy of your beautiful peonies.

  21. May 11, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Mary, this post brought big smiles from start to finish. Love the pretty dishes! It’s obvious that you have fun with dishes and flowers in the potting shed. I get vicarious delight from it all. Cute stamped spoons. I have one from a friend, but should add some more. Cute touch to the table!

  22. May 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Oh bird and peony envy here Mary!….Those Villeroy & Boch dishes have been haunting me ever since you posted about them a while ago…The color combination is perfect for me….Mary, you always make my day with your amazing creations in that wonderful potting shed. I always tend to scroll up and down so that I do not miss a detail!….Have a great day!…

  23. Eddi Reid
    May 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful as usual. Love those little flatware pouches – so clever.

  24. Sherry
    May 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

    If I could change myself into a little birdie, I would flutter around your garden and potting shed all the time. I would never want to leave! Gorgeous, gorgeous! Tweet, tweet!!!

  25. Cyndi Raines
    May 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Hi Mary! Amazon just got my order! They are currently out, but will let me know when the white bird plates will ship! LOVE them! Can’t wait to use them with the fruit /lemon curd desert and the special baked Pepperidge Farm birdie! That has got to be the cutest idea yet!! Thanks for all your inspiration, it makes for so much fun!!

  26. Cyndi Raines
    May 12, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    oops, I reread about the baked birdie and see it’s “puffed pastry” = yum

  27. Cyndi Raines
    May 12, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing where you purchased your bird bath – it is so darn cute! I did go to the Hen Feathers site and yes, they have some lovely pieces. I put them in my favorites bar so I can check them out from time to time. Thanks again Mary. ;)

  28. May 13, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Mary, I’m always delighted to see you playing with flowers and dishes…and birdies and birdhouses…and this blue and pink is gorgeous. And I love the dessert idea! Elegant and pretty and so easy! Perfect for me! Linda

  29. May 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    So much prettiness so little time! I can imagine sitting there having my morning coffee and danish pondering what I will do on that day. You create such storybook settings- love it! Those pink peonies are striking with the dishes. I can’t imagine how good that must smell with all of those peonies!

  30. Ellen Martin
    May 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    As always……..a gorgeous post!! Those peonies are magnificent, my favorite! Your photography provides such eye candy.

  31. Kathy G
    May 15, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Oh how I love the little bird dishes!! They are the most fun and delightful dishes ever. Thanks for the inspiration, I found them several years ago when you posted and am so grateful, just can;t tell you how much I have enjoyed these and by friends love them at the table also. I found the cutest white bird figurines that I realized was a vase and of course, they had to come nest at my house. Ever ytime these are used for a meal, I think of you Mary and just have to thank you for all the joy and inspiration

  32. May 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Gorgeous china Mary! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  33. June 7, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    its always so sweet stopping by…

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