Floral Friday: Ball Jar Bouquets and a Lakeside Picnic

Happy Friday! I’m inviting you to a lakeside picnic for this week’s edition of Floral Friday, along with my blogging friends!

You can find their links for beautiful floral and picnic inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Our theme and challenge for this week’s edition of Floral Friday was to use jars in a picnic setting.

It was a pore-cleansing challenge. . . 

With an eye on the weather to dodge rain showers, I ended up photographing and setting my picnic up on extremely humid 90+ degree day  . . .the things I do for blogging. ;)

I cut some Limelight Hydrangea blooms for some Ball Jar Bouquets and to fill a basket to hang on the dock post.

My galvanized bottle caddy is a favorite picnic accessory and comes in handy for toting and corralling flatware, napkins, drinks, straws, food in jars, as well as Ball Jar Bouquets.


Alstroemeria from the grocery store provides a pop of red and joins foliage from the shrubs, limelight hydrangea blooms and coleus from the planters.


I filled my picnic basket with some new melamine Berry & Blossoms plates and bowls I was thrilled to find on sale last month.

The fruit, flowers and wicker pattern makes for festive picnic-ware and enjoying a casual and easy picnic of fruit and cheese and some sparkling lemonade!


Colorful ceramic knives add some additional flower power for Floral Friday. Who wouldn’t want to cut their baguette or slice their cheese with a floral knife with a blooming blade cover?



Visit my talented blogging friends to see their floral inspiration and picnics this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Picnic Details:

Basket/ vintage

Berries & Blossoms plates, bowls, platter / MacKenzie-Childs

Very Berry Tablecloth by Moda Home / Amazon

Floral Knives / Pioneer Woman Spring Bouquet 2-Piece Ceramic Cutlery Set, Walmart

Floral Straws & Napkins / HomeGoods

Lorina Original French Lemonade / World Market

Rattan Sleeve Glasses / T.J. Maxx

Basket on Dock / retail days


Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

Tablescape Thursday


  45 comments for “Floral Friday: Ball Jar Bouquets and a Lakeside Picnic

  1. Mary
    August 17, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Gorgeous. I have the same. cloth on my table, but it is at least 60 years old!

  2. August 17, 2018 at 6:23 am

    I love your lakeside picnic Mary! The tablecloth, wonderful flower caddy, wicker basket & plates, and pretty floral knives…Walmart…who knew? Thank you for sharing your time and talent. Your pore-cleansing efforts are appreciated :)

  3. August 17, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Mary, Your picnic floats my boat with that gorgeous view of your lake and setup on your dock! The dock basket is so pretty with your hydrangeas and I love those plates! Happy Weekend, stay cool

  4. August 17, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Ok…so let’s start at the fabulous tablecloth…it truly looks vintage!…I wanted to use a vintage cloth however, I packed them all away thinking, I won’t need them … never say never….And missed that sale on those amazing MacKenzie-Childs dishes…they are so beautiful!…..the plates, the knives, the tablecloth, the floral bouquets, the everything together making a truly wonderful picnic setting by the lake. I see that Gracie was smart enough to stay inside away from the heat. I must ask..in this sticky humid weather…do you sometimes have trouble with your lens fogging up? I do!….Glad you weathered the heat and awful humidity to bring us such beauty. As always, thanks Mary for another wonderful Floral Friday that I always look forward to being a part of with such truly gifted and heartfelt ladies. Have a great weekend!

    • August 17, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Hi Shirley, I learned the hard way to put my camera and lens on the porch to ‘warm up’ for about an hour in advance of using them. They always ‘fog’ going from the A/C to the summer heat! Thank you for the floral inspiration this morning. It’s always a pleasure to join you girls for Floral Friday. ♥

      • August 17, 2018 at 7:08 am

        Beautiful display…love vintage tablecloths..I have many andvsome are starting to get holes, etc..therefore, I found fruit or floral appliqués and attached them and they look like they belong on that tablecloth.. the dishes are to die for but I better not find any..I have no more room for dishes!! Thanks for the floral on Friday…

  5. August 17, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Looks so inviting, you’d not guess that it was too humid for words! Love your new melamine plates!

  6. August 17, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Oh you make me want to go on a picnic! I always love to see what you girls are up to for Floral Friday. Your details are impeccable as always from the plates, tablecloth and picnic caddy. I love the sweet quilted pillow in the chair too.

  7. Stacy Edmond
    August 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Your blog is such a blessing! The beauty you share through your lovely photos is so uplifting! Thank-you!

  8. August 17, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Mary, what a beautiful setting for a picnic with your gorgeous lake view. I can’t believe the tablecloth is not vintage. It looks like one I have that is very old and faded. I am crazy over the MKC melamine, I should have gotten in on the sale. I do not own a single piece, why I keep asking myself. Your hydrangeas cut from your garden are the perfect picnic flower in your ball jars. It is raining here today and we haven’t had a drop in over a week, and it is supposed to cool down to the 80’s over the next few days. You are right when you said what we do for blogging. It is always a pleasure to share Floral Friday’s with you. Have a wonderful weekend❤️

  9. Terri
    August 17, 2018 at 7:53 am

    This week a friend gifted me with a Ball jar of the most amazing zinnias. The colors are so bright & summery. They bring such joy and I have been over the moon with thankfulness.

  10. August 17, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Love your lakeside picnic. What a beautiful and inviting presentation. The florals look wonderful in the ball jars and I like the carrier. That tablecloth reminds me of one I have- love it!

  11. August 17, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Oh how much fun Mary, although my first thought was how did you do that in the summer heat! I love the way you described it as a pore cleansing experience! Those knives are so cute, and of course I applaud your choice of plates :) There is nothing better than a picnic with jars full of summer blooms 🌺

  12. Kari
    August 17, 2018 at 8:17 am

    So pretty Mary…you are such an inspiration. Your picnic setting is so serene and the tablelcoth a definite find. I have never gotten into the MKC craze due to the high prices, altho I have admired them always. ..and yours are lovely in melamine. We have had rain, rain and more rain in SW Florida which brings very high humidity. It will soon cool off as Fall transitions in.

  13. jane Lund
    August 17, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Absolutely gorgeous as usual!! Do love that little knife too.

  14. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    August 17, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Mary, everything looks absolutely gorgeous from your beautiful florals to the pretty tablecloth! What a perfect spot to enjoy a delicious picnic! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

  15. August 17, 2018 at 9:13 am

    How blessed you are to have this spot for a picnic! However the heat would be so hard to take, I know. Thank you for your efforts to do this!!!! Love the tablecloth and together with those wonderful plates, blooming knoves, flowers etc. it is all picnic perfection!

  16. Linda
    August 17, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Coffee, two sleeping puppies, and your blog……doesn’t get much better than this on a quiet Friday morning. Thank you Mary.

  17. Sharon
    August 17, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I have an antique bottle holder just like yours but I have always used it for milk bottles. I load it up with daffodils in the spring. I’m going to try it out with ball jars, it will have a whole new life!. Thanks for the inspiration

  18. Cyndi Raines
    August 17, 2018 at 9:59 am

    How very inviting! Everything is lovely. I think I would have to be IN THE WATER with that kind of crazy heat and humidity. I can see my self saddled in my innertube, tied up to your dock enjoying those beautiful cherries! Ahhh, love the lake!

  19. August 17, 2018 at 10:18 am

    All perfect. Just gorgeous down to the lake in the background! I was just telling Pam I love Ball jars for vases almost more than my lovely “real ones.” More “home.”

  20. August 17, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I am sighing over your MKC melamine dishes, Mary, and the pretty vintage-looking tablecloth. Thank you for doing this pretty setting for us on such a humid day. The knives are wonderful, too. You find the best treasures out there.

  21. Amma
    August 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Inspiring with fabulous photography as are all your posts – so jealous of all your talents! Love the floral straws – are they plastic or paper? I hope you were able to relax on the dock and enjoy your beautiful spread and the views of lake-life.

  22. barbara
    August 17, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    There is only one thing about Floral Friday that I do not like, that is we have to wait 2 weeks for the next one. I love your Floral Friday inspiration Thank you for sharing your talent and beauty with us.

  23. Yvonne Shafer
    August 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Mary! I’m on the hunt again to recreate this table setting! Would you just buy double of everything and send extras to me??!! I love everything you do!

  24. Joan
    August 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Mary I love your table clothes. The cherry one looks like one I have from my grandmother.

  25. Marilyn
    August 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Thank You for sharing your beautiful setting once again.

  26. Marion
    August 17, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Gorgeous describes your beautiful setting. You always have everything looking so lovely.

  27. Ann
    August 17, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    The silver plate floral knives appear to be Jubilee 1953. They are displayed in the jars handle up. Very beautiful!

  28. Sue
    August 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    This post is just the cutest ever!

  29. Alice
    August 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I love all of the floral Friday ladies. But the water gets me every time. I can close my eyes and imagine sitting at your table and hearing the water lapping against the edge. Margarita’s, salsa, and chips is all the sustenance I would need. I’m a NC native living in Co and a lake here looks to me to be a mud puddle. We are experiencing an early Fall as the nights are chilly and I sleep with the window open. Will miss seeing Pam’s beautiful garden and Lidy’s floral masterpieces when the cold weather arrives.

  30. August 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Lovin’ your very vintage looking tablecloth Mary! The guys at work were walking around with heat guns today… 104 in the shade-ugh, just ugh. Stay cool and have a great weekend:@)

  31. August 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Mary, as usual, your Floral Friday takes the cake. The table, with its cheerful floral presence, that bottle carrier, the flowery plates, the hydrangeas…it is ALL gorgeous! Thank you for suffering for us, your hot and sweaty photo shoot was worth it, and we all thank you!

    And then, there is your stunning lake in the background. So beautiful. It is such a joy and a blessing to have our Floral Friday’s together. Personally, I’m more than looking forward to our “switch” to fall. Wishing you a cool and relaxing weekend, sweet friend. Xoxo Lidy

  32. August 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Nice picnic

  33. Dianne
    August 18, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Do you use the Ball jar frog inserts for your flower arranging? For someone like me who can’t flower arrange, they are a game changer.

    Beautiful picnic. I love your ideas

  34. Karen
    August 18, 2018 at 10:14 am


  35. August 18, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Mary, I am loving your new vintage look tablecloth( I would have never known) for your waterside picnic. It really pops next to the water and shows off your flowers. That galvanized caddy is a great piece to use for picnics with such cute floral straws.
    I love the MC berries and blossom plates served with fruit and adorable floral edge knife. You find the neatest things.
    I do appreciate the sweat equity in styling your table but it looks so cool and pleasant in your pics.
    Sorry, I am late in commenting. Yesterday was packed full of grandkids activities.

  36. Virginia
    August 18, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Good Evening Mary, It’s been a busy week but could not let the day go by without viewing your Friday Floral post. Just love your fruit and cheese picnic by the lake. My Grandmother had a similar tablecloth with cherries and I just loved how you dressed the table with the berries and blooms China. Great way to end my week.

  37. August 19, 2018 at 8:57 am

    So cutely coordinated!!!

  38. Rita C.
    August 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Love it, Mary. Dishes and service look great with the flowers & cloth. I should invest my money in the MC melamine (vs enamel) so I need not worry about breaks and chips!

  39. August 19, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    What a beautiful post Mary! Absolutely gorgeous!

  40. Susan B
    August 20, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Mary, I’ve had such a busy weekend that I’ve just read your post on Monday morning. Can we all join you for a picnic lunch? The table is simply gorgeous. The tablecloth is beautiful and reminds me of a pattern my Mom owns. Can you tell us where you purchased the McKenzie Childs dishes? They are lovely too. Thank you for your post and bringing so much joy to my Monday morning.

    • August 20, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Hi Susan, They came from the MacKenzie-Child’s website. Put ‘Berries & Blossoms’ in the search box 🌺🍒🍓🍽😀

  41. August 20, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Gorgeous arrangements as usual. Your tablecloth is a stunner!

  42. Norma Rolader
    September 7, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Beautiful and inspirational

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