A Summer Table in a Cornfield

 Summer is slipping away and I set a table for a little alfresco dining. . . in a cornfield!

A simple table for two with corn as the guest of honor and summer’s sweetest vegetable~ the essence of the season, at its peak of flavor and availability.

Field corn was planted this summer in the field next to my Potting Shed.

I borrowed my mother-in-law’s Fitz and Floyd corn pitcher, salt & pepper shakers and butter dish for the table.

Yellow check and linen lace trimmed napkins are paired, tucked securely in the napkin ring with the flatware.

Yellow alstroemeria from the grocery store joins greenery cut from the shrubs, along with a few corn tassels, to fill a pitcher as a vase for the table.

Here are some a-maize-ing corn facts:

One acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air during the growing season.

The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows.

Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.

There is one piece of silk for each kernel.

Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.

There are over 3,500 different uses for corn products.

One bushel of corn can make 33 pounds of sweetener, 32 pounds of starch, or 2 1/2 gallons of ethanol fuel.

Corn is grown in every continent except Antarctica.

Help yourself to Corn on the Cob Cupcakes!

Easy to make with Jelly Belly corn kernels and Laffy Taffy banana-flavored butter pats. Don’t forget to add black and white sparkling sugar for salt and pepper!

Corn Pitcher, Butter Dish & Salt & Pepper/ Fitz and Floyd- Omnibus- 1990

Plates/ Paula Deen Whitaker

Stemware / Stephanie Iced Beverage Glasses, Mikasa

Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Vienna

Tablecloth / HomeGoods

Napkins/ HomeGoods and Pier 1

Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Hope you’re enjoying the bounty of the season!

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  45 comments for “A Summer Table in a Cornfield

  1. August 14, 2017 at 6:40 am

    What a fun idea and I love the cupcakes!!

  2. August 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Simply beautiful – and how imaginative!

  3. August 14, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Wow! 5 million grains of pollen from each tassel! While that factoid is crazy, that table of yours is a-MAZE-ing. Your MIL’s Fitz and Floyd are stars today, really kicking yesterday’s majolica patterns up a few notches. Very creative and well done (as always).

  4. Karen Wright
    August 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Cool corn facts!!! Love the Fitz and Floyd!!! Cupcakes are so creative!!! As well as the corn tassels in the flowers! Just Lovely!!! And a parody off the movie, “Field of Dreams”… If you set it, they will come… Lol… And here I am enjoying your “Summer Table in the Cornfield”. Happy Monday, Mary!

  5. Sherlie Magaret
    August 14, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Being an Iowa farm gal, corn is the staff of life here, the fields are beautiful this year. I count the days waiting for sweet corn to come into season. I can eat it three times a day. Thank goodness it only lasts for two to three weeks, corn on the cob that is slathered with butter. I do freeze it cut off the cob for use the rest of the year. A lovely tribute to corn. Thank you.

  6. August 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Nothing like Indiana corn on the cob and tomatoes!! Ours are coming on now and we are eating until we can’t eat no more!! That way this winter we will remember how delicious they are when we have to buy store bought!! Have already put up a ton of tomatoes and hopefully will be starting our corn soon..love the table…what a great setting!! Keep those ideas coming!!! 🌽🌽🌽🌽🌽🌽

  7. August 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Having grown up on a farm, your pictures are a sweet reminder of those days. Love the Fitz and Floyd pieces. Happy Monday. Dianne

  8. August 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

    So very imaginative! I wish you had my “corn” soup tureen! I haven’t used it in years, and it would be perfect with your other items. 😊🌽🌽

  9. August 14, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Love Love Love corn on the cob. Just had some yesterday. Your table is simple and inspiring. Made me smile this Monday morning. Thank you!

  10. August 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Those cupcakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We live on the fringe of several corn fields, and it always a treat to watch the fields flesh out each summer. My Dad grew up on a far that raised LOTS of corn (popcorn mostly!) so I know a little about it, but I didn’t have this many facts under my belt. I do now! I’m gonna show off at the next family gathering with my newfound knowledge!!! 🌽 🌽 🌽

  11. Mary Boger
    August 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Takes me back to my grandparents little farm. What an unexpected place
    to set a table. You did a super job. The cupcakes are adorable. The
    Fits & Floyd is so pretty. Happy day!! 🏡

  12. August 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

    What a unique location and perfect dishes for this lovely table for two! The cupcakes are the “icing” on the cake!

  13. August 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Wow, Mary! this is beautiful. It is so funny, I’ve been planning a similar table for years in my mind since I have corn dishes, too. They are different but the same time frame I would guess. I just never found a healthy corn field. This was a good year since we have had a lot of rain!
    Love your centerpiece, napkins and dishes. So creative and interesting facts about corn.
    Those cupcakes are amazing. I got a kick out of those.

  14. Lynette Forrest
    August 14, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Such a creative theme!! And, the cupcakes are delightful! Even though I should start downsizing and thinking about a retirement home, I realize that I still want to find more dishes!! I’ll have to keep a house just to store my collections!!

  15. August 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

    What a perfect backdrop that cornfield makes for your table for two, Mary. I enjoyed reading al the tidbits about corn…very interesting! Your corn cob cupcakes are just too darling, especially with the “seasoning”! May you have an a-maizing week! 🌽

  16. Cynthia Raines
    August 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    We just bought 6 ears at the open market Saturday and have been thinking about flash boiling and cutting off the cob to freeze some for this winter. LOVE the Fitz and Floyd. Great information also! :) Thanks!

  17. August 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Great way to take advantage of the field of corn next to your potting shed! Very clever. I love Fitz and Floyd anything. Fun post. Hugs —

  18. Cynthia Raines
    August 14, 2017 at 9:26 am

    P.s. Those corn stalks will make great decorations for your potting shed porch for fall!

  19. August 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    oh goodness, how beautiful Mary! Your arrangement mimics the corn field behind it and the table is so farm fresh and elegant in it’s simplicity~ I especially love the vintage looking napkins with flatware in the napkin ring. I am always so sad when the fresh corn starts to dwindle, my very favorite summer vegetable!

  20. Granny Gay
    August 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Another “Mary Masterpiece” here today which I love…puts me in a bright and sunny mood. I particularly enjoy the comments made by your readers here….they are so creative, too.
    Once again, thanks for sharing…:)

  21. Alice
    August 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    You are so creative. I’ve seen those corn dishes all of my life but never on a table beautifully dressed in the middle of a corn field. I guess you don’t sleep much but instead you “dream”. Up all of these wonderful post for us. Thank you!

  22. Lynn Schantz
    August 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Mary, thank you so much for sharing knowledge about corn. My husband and I have been raising seed corn for a major corn company for over 20 years, ( seed corn is the corn farmer Brown bought to raise to feed his livestock ). Will have to made the cupcakes for my farm raised grandkids.

  23. Jane Teague
    August 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    What a delightful and gorgeous post! I am smiling “ear to ear!” (Where did the word “corny” come from???) ;-)

  24. Aquitelife
    August 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Love love love seeing color again! Gorgeous arty pics are a bonus :-)

  25. Cathy Wright
    August 14, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Oh My! I love it! My maiden name was Corn and as you can imagine I have all sorts of “Corn” items. I had been thinking about a table and was hung up on a centerpiece. You’ve inspired me. btw – those cupcakes will probably become a staple item and future family gatherings! Thanks!

  26. Sandi Lee
    August 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Love the Fitz and Floyd and the yellow checked napkins as well as all your corn facts!!! Thanks so much. Paula Deen has a wonderful Corn Chowder recipe that would fit right into the soup tureen mentioned in one of the posts. A great way to eat the seasons bounty in the winter from cut off kernels frozen during the summer.

  27. Bonnie
    August 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Absolutely love your cupcakes – you are so creative! Everything created an unusual, but charming tablescape. In a cornfield – who would have thought to do that but you?

  28. August 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    What an original tablescape in the perfect setting! Interesting facts too. Loved this post!

  29. Melissa
    August 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Omg Mary you really are killing me. Lol it is absolutely beautiful as usual.. I love it.. love your inspirations as always. High five!

  30. Barb Consolo
    August 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm


    • August 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Hi Barb, There is no “recipe”. Place Jelly Belly jelly beans in rows on top of a yellow-tinted frosted cupcake. Use a yellow fruit chew like banana Laffy Taffy to make the butter pat. Just mold it using the warmth of your fingers to soften the edges so it looks like it’s melting. Use sanding sugar to mimic the salt & pepper if you like! 🌽

  31. August 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Mary, corn is my favorite summer vegetable! Love, love, love the table in the cornfield. The Fitz and Floyd pitcher and salt and pepper set are perfect! What amazing facts that you shared and the cupcakes are super fun!

  32. Paula
    August 14, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I can not eat corn , but those cupcakes will do nicely !! very cute !!

  33. August 14, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me, Mary! I can’t eat corn, but I can surely have corn on the cob cupcakes! So cute!!! I love the table….I love yellow! The corn facts are interesting.

  34. August 15, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I love it! … and I never knew so many interesting facts about corn. You would think that I would with a father who grew up on an Iowa farm surrounded by corn fields. Love those corn on the cob cupcakes!!!

  35. August 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Those cupcakes are adorable! No wonder we have cornfields all around us! Who knew (except you) all these wonderful facts!

  36. August 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    How fun! Interesting information about the corn. Love the cupcakes- I had to take a double take on them they looked like they were topped with the real thing!

  37. August 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I absolutely love your corn cob table next to the field. The pitcher and salt and pepper shakers are so perfect. And the “corny” cupcakes are just inspired.

  38. jillian
    August 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    That is an inspired tablescape! So pretty for late summer. I grew up in Illinois long ago. When we were fifteen my girlfriend convinced me that getting a job detasseling the corn on a farm was a good idea. We all went out on a bus to the farm for the day. Very hot…humid…sticky…buggy. I did not go back after that day LOL, guess I am just a town girl, tho’ I do love farms.

  39. Jane
    August 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    One of my favorite tablescapes ever!!! My dad was a part-time farmer during part of my childhood and I recall slipping out into the field to pull up a few young stalks to leave me a little “corn room”! Loved my little hidaway!

    Thanks for this beauty!

  40. Rattlebridge Farm
    August 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Award worthy and blue ribbon winning for this brillant excursion. Your MIL’s corn pieces are showstoppers, so intricate they look like the real thing; and speaking of real…when I saw the cupcakes, for a moment I thought the corn was real, yet I knew it wasn’t. So clever and whimsical, Mary. 💕💕💕🌻🌽🌽🌽🌽

  41. August 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

    What a brilliant tribute to corn and summer!! Corn is my absolute favorite! That is such a beautiful backdrop and those corn cupcakes are just about the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

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