An Alfresco Table with Kim Parker Woodland Floral by Mikasa


I’m  dining alfresco with Kim Parker Woodland Floral dinnerware by Mikasa.


Woodland Floral by Kim Parker for Mikasa, brings the garden to the table with the wildflower beauty of a fresh meadow on a summer day.


Colorful flowers adorn each piece of the porcelain dinnerware, blooming from the borders of the dinner plates to the interiors of the bowls and mugs.


Kim Parker, artist and entrepreneur, is the founder and creative director of her namesake lifestyle brand, and brings her signature style of modern floral art and design to the table in collaboration with Lifestyle Brands.


Her work of exuberant modern floral design, spans several diverse industries: art, design, fashion, interiors, publishing, and technology.


After searching for a tablecloth, I came back to the same one I used for last week’s table. . .


Deciding the terra cotta, blues, and greens in the paisley pattern and stylized small flowers would work with the Woodland Floral dinnerware. I added an accent of terra cotta with a woven placemat to highlight the plates, bowl and mugs.


The same plaid napkins at last week’s table are tied with wire-edged ribbon this week, and blooming with a sprig of white angelonia, snipped from a planter.


Flowers from the grocery store and garden provide a centerpiece for the table.


To arrange the centerpiece, I cut a piece of chicken wire to provide support for the flower stems in the arrangement.  I placed some hosta leaves between the walls of the glass vases, with a medium size glass vase nested inside a larger one.


 Gerbera daisies, asters, and zinnias from the grocery store round out the sunflowers and alstroemeria I had from my table last week. I cut some Queen Anne’s Lace, coleus, pincushion flower and abelia to add more color and variety for a garden centerpiece.


To help your flowers last in your arrangement, cut your stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and add some floral preservative to the water, removing any foliage below the water line. If you don’t have floral preservative you can make your own to help your flowers last longer: Per 1 quart of water add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach. Or you use a short-cut and add some lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to the water.


Mikasa Gourmet Basics Blossom Flatware adds a modern floral vine motif to the table.


Hope you’re enjoying a little alfresco dining this summer!


 Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Kim Parker Woodland Flora by Mikasa

*Flatware / Blossom by Mikasa Gourmet Basics

 Tablecloth, Nicole Miller Home / HomeGoods, used here

Napkins / Pier 1

Placemats / Bed, Bath & Beyond


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



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  43 comments for “An Alfresco Table with Kim Parker Woodland Floral by Mikasa

  1. August 1, 2016 at 7:13 am

    You always come up with such nice little surprises on your tables, Mary. Those hosta leaves in the arrangement are gorgeous! I really like these dishes, and the muted tones are a perfect segue for late summer as the garden starts fading. You could have left the dishes au naturale on that table (like on your lead photo) and they would’ve been pretty, but that tablecloth looks like it was made for those dishes – wow!

  2. Michelle
    August 1, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Love the floral dinner wear ! So Spring or Summer! I always enjoy your table scapes! Have a great week!😎🌴

  3. August 1, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Such loveliness! The dinnerware has captured my heart. So cheerful. And that tablecloth! I am simply smitten. Your floral arrangements are so striking. Thanks for including the tutorial. It is inspiring to see how you pulled it together.

  4. August 1, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Aren’t those Kim Parker dishes so cheery and full of summery fun, Mary?! They look beautiful on your paisley tablecloth, with those plaid napkins tied with ribbon. Your bouquet of flowers is just glorious and the hosta lined vase makes for a spectacular centerpiece. Have I been dining alfresco? It’s too sweltering in our 100 degree days to enjoy being outdoors for too long! I water my plants and head back to the A/C. Enjoy your week, Mary.

  5. August 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Oh Kim Parker is certainly a most talented artist…beautiful design! … then you work your magic on the table and make it ever more beautiful….I often use a smaller container inside a larger container to make the arrangement fit properly, but usually do that in opaque containers…love how you used those Hosta leaves to both embellish and disguise the container inside!……Have a wonderful day Mary!

  6. Karenann
    August 1, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Absolutely gorgeous tabelscape! I love the dinnerware, so delicate and perfect for mid-summer. Your floral arrangement is stunning! Do you make it out of your own garden flowers? Wonderful inspiration, thank you!

  7. Ellen Stillabower
    August 1, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Love the dinnerware but isn’t it great to be able to reuse those beautiful tablecloths and napkins over and over again. I really like that paisley and the colors look like they could go with anything….we love dinning on our screened in porch..but right now it’s just breakfast because about dinner time it’s just too HOT!! 🌻☀️🌻☀️🌻

  8. August 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

    What a beautiful late summer (Can you believe it’s August already?) table, expertly (as usual) displayed and photographed. Thanks so much for the tip on making the floral arrangement.

  9. August 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    It’s like and enchanting garden Mary, I adore the ribbon bow tied napkin, so pretty! Also love the hosta leaf lined vase, thanks for giving away your secrets :)

  10. August 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

    OH!!! I have to go look for this set, it would be my set for spring and summer!!! That second picture is GORGEOUS!!! That is what me fall in love with this set of dishes!!!

  11. August 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I forgot to say, I thought you had put a feather in the vase!!! Then I realized it was the design of the hosta leaves!!! That arrangement is beautiful and the tablecloth and napkins are perfect with this set of dishes. Have a beautiful week. Oh and is there a tree near your table as I noticed that it is partially shaded. It is a perfect spot for dining al fresco!!!!!

  12. August 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Mary, I feel as if I have just visited a field of gorgeous wild flowers in bloom! Kim Parker is truly a gifted artist, love everything about this setting! Have a wonderful Monday, Pam @ Everyday Living

  13. August 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Pretty, PRETTY dishes but GORGEOUS floral arrangement!! Thanks for sharing how you were able to use such a wide, clear container. Makes me want to run out & buy one…and the dishes, too!!

  14. August 1, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Another pretty table, Mary! I like the hosta leaves at the base of the container and you know I love fresh flowers. Yours make me happy. Your alfresco table makes me want to sit and take all the vistas in. It would be a treat to visit in person with you.
    I’m posting an alfresco table tomorrow.

  15. August 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

    As usual absolutely stunning.

  16. August 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

    You are so talented. Love the floral arrangement and how well it goes with the tablecloth and dishes. I like the idea of the chicken wire balled up inside with the hosta leaf covering the outside. I’ll have to try and remember that since I have a ton of hostas here! The dishes are a real petty pattern.

  17. August 1, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Your tablescapes are always so lovely, I would love to join you for lunch at your pretty table anytime! These pretty dishes say summer with their floral pattern, don’t they!

  18. August 1, 2016 at 10:38 am

    What a beautiful table! I am in love with all the pretty details ♥

  19. Darlene
    August 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Love the way you used last week’s tablecloth in a different setting. The dishes are lovely and your table is so inviting! Do you often eat at this spot? It is so gorgeous beside the lake.

  20. Chloe
    August 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I love Kim Parker designs and own this pattern so it was extra special to see your talented take on using it in a tablescape.

  21. August 1, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Simply beautiful!

  22. August 1, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    As usual, your table is stunningly beautiful…but what really speaks summer to me is your arrangement of flowers! Absolutely gorgeous…especially like the close-up photo right above the Table Details list!

  23. August 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Very pretty Mary! I’m especially lovin’ that great tablecloth and the beautiful huge orange zinnia:@)

  24. August 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I love the Hosta leaves in the vase. I use Hostas quite often in bouquets when I’m short on flowers and want to fill out an arrangement. They are colorful often and texturally interesting. I love all your bouquets, and I’m going to do one tomorrow! Thanks, sandy

  25. Sherry
    August 2, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Enchanting. Your tablescape is enchanting. A delight to behold! Inspiring to say the least. I never tire of your work. Thank you for sharing. Glorious photographs!

  26. August 2, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    So very pretty!!

  27. August 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I’m in love with your flower arrangement, as well as your tablescape. Beautiful as always!

  28. August 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm


  29. Sandi Allen
    August 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

    How Beautiful! Love the arrangement and the idea of putting chicken wire in the middle. Thank You for sharing!

  30. August 3, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Mary, I’ve loved paisley since my high school years in the 70s when it came in with a bang, and I think your pairing of it with the floral plates is genius. But I also can’t take my eyes off your centerpiece. I’m glad you mentioned that some flowers came from the store because I was thinking I must move south if that’s what you can grow and bemoaning the state of my own yard which is looking quite pathetic this year! I love everything on your table including the fresh floral design on the plates and the hosta leaf idea! Linda

  31. August 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Your flowers are just stunning, especially with the beautiful backdrop. I have similar chairs, but they are inside our sunroom. You have inspired me to move them outside for a special dinner.

  32. Cyndi Raines
    August 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Love the flowers Mary and the touch of Hosta is a designer-special! Thanks for the inside tip on the chicken wire, I’ll remember that one for sure!

  33. Jain
    August 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    It’s all about those flowers girl, love the hosta l net~

  34. July 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Mary, visiting this stunning setting again, I am swooning over the flowers! The arrangement using hosta leaves with all the gorgeous blooms is perfect! I am so glad you shared this at Gardens Galore! You inspire!

  35. August 4, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your floral arranging secret!

  36. July 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Your gorgeous floral arrangements always play off of your lovely tablescapes so very well. It is beautifully coordinated and is even more stunning in a stunning outdoor setting. You really know how to combine such individual beautiful pieces. I always enjoy your work. Have a great summer!

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