Lakeside Dining: Spring Table by the Azaleas

Spring has sprung here in North Carolina! Between the rain showers and storms, I had a window of beautiful spring weather to enjoy some welcome sunshine and a little alfresco dining last week!

The azaleas were in bloom and it was a “nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning” kind of day, with blue skies, low humidity and temperatures in the 60s. I wish I could place an order for weeks of this mild spring weather. . .the temperatures are climbing close to 90 degrees today.

A table runner with a blooming watering can, butterflies and bunny & chick with eggs provided the inspiration for a table the week before Easter.

Hilltop Garden Friends gathered at the table. . .

Bunnies and a watering can were blooming for a centerpiece. . .

I cut some snowball viburnum and azaleas, to join some hydrangeas leftover from a blooming table runner.

The watering and taller bunny can hop over to the patio wall while dining so not to block anyone’s view at the table.

When Lola’s not wearing her bunny ears, she wants to be close by to supervise. . .

She’s content to watch and nap from her portable pen on the patio.

The Japanese Maple is always beautiful when it leafs out the beginning of spring!

Hilltop Garden Salad Plates / Pottery Barn

Dinner Plates / Paula Dean Whitaker

White Wicker Placemats /Ballard Designs

Goblets  / Mikasa French Countryside

Butterfly Watering Can & Napkin Rings/ MacKenzie-Childs

Tablecloth, Runner & Napkins / HomeGoods

Bunny Vases / HomeGoods, used here

Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

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

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  51 comments for “Lakeside Dining: Spring Table by the Azaleas

  1. Janine
    April 24, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Your azaleas are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Tammy
    April 24, 2019 at 6:56 am


  3. Maureen D. Eha
    April 24, 2019 at 6:57 am

    How refreshing to see such a beautiful outdoor table setting in idyllic weather! Very inviting. Mary, can you tell me whether you got the floral napkin rings recently, and where? Thank you!

    • April 24, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thank you Maureen! The napkin rings are from MacKenzie-Childs last year. :)

    • Virginia
      April 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Your azaleas are gorgeous, a few of ours here in northeastern North Carolina are still blooming but most are now past their prime. Your table is beautiful as always, you have so much talent for pulling things together. The weather here has been beautiful since the storms past by, just perfect for pulling weeds and cleaning up the garden. Have a great day.

  4. Susan H Whetstine
    April 24, 2019 at 7:16 am

    That is a beautiful table!! I love sitting outdoors with a beautiful view!

  5. April 24, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Wow that was beautiful! Love the runner’s details and how you repeated the theme with your own watering can. The azaleas and viburnum couldn’t be more beautiful! I really love those bunny dishes and Lola is precious!

  6. Shannon
    April 24, 2019 at 7:49 am

    So so beautiful! Like a true breath of Spring!🌺

  7. April 24, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Oh, I want to come have lunch with you at that table!! Our azaleas are blooming now too, spring in NC is wonderful!

  8. Julaine Durdil
    April 24, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Such a special place to dine. I could sit there all day!

  9. Franki
    April 24, 2019 at 8:14 am

    That tablerunner is SO beautiful and w/ the napkins..LUV!! It was PERFECT yesterday…*sigh* franki

  10. April 24, 2019 at 8:39 am

    The epitome of spring!

  11. April 24, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Lola makes a sweet bunny! Your table is spring dream come true!! How beautiful 💕🌸💕🌷

  12. SUSAN
    April 24, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Such beautiful pictures!!

  13. Michele
    April 24, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Your artistic talented makes me happy!

  14. April 24, 2019 at 9:11 am

    So gorgeous Mary, and your flower arrangements with the big snowballs and eggs are just adorable! I am green with flower envy! Such an incredibly beautiful setting. I have been living on the patio the past few days enjoying the perfect spring weather and yes wishing we could order it to stick around for a while!

  15. Janet O. Robinson
    April 24, 2019 at 9:15 am

    So beautiful Mary! I follow your temperatures and they are so lovely and warm now. April is a winter month in Maine….rain over and over….enjoy your lovely view and dining outside!! Lola looks so happy and sweet!!

  16. Bonnie Morgan
    April 24, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Wow, what a beautiful table. Your azaleas are drop dead gorgeous! The view of the lake is so pretty and everything on the table is a wow! That runner is adorable and your flowers in the bunnies and watering can are so pretty for an Easter Alfresco table. I adore the plates and perfect napkins for your table.
    Glad the storms didn’t bring you damage. We had wind and our yard and driveway were covered in limbs and leaves. We went to our daughters for a long weekend for Easter and went off and left all the mess. Thankfully on returning home yesterday, our yard service had cleaned it up.
    The weather is so perfect! Wouldn’t it be nice if it could stay like this for several months? I finally got around to set an outside table that wasn’t in a blog hop. IIt seems we can’t stay home long enough and are off to visit our son in a few days. I may be absent from blogs for a short time. Grandkids keep you busy!

  17. Ellen
    April 24, 2019 at 9:45 am

    A very serene setting and beautiful too!! Yes, I wish there were days we could clone…I have a feeling we are going to have another HOT summer here in the HOOSIER state…right now it could stop raining…I’m sick of the rain..but imagine later I’ll be praying for rain..I bet Lola is wondering where her friend went?? She looked so lonesome laying on that little couch!! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!! 💐🐰🐥🐇💐

  18. Tricia
    April 24, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Beautiful tablescape. I love Lola’s pictures- she looks really tired after setting up the table!

  19. Mary L Stevens
    April 24, 2019 at 10:05 am

    My son lives in Statesville, NC what lake do you live on is it close to Statesville???

  20. Clara
    April 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Mary-Nothing could be finer in Carolina than this tablescape! Everything is so colorful & inviting! I love it all especially the plates & napkin rings! The table runner is duplicated beautifully atop the table as the centerpiece. Alfresco dining with the blooming landscape is a perfect backdrop! Enjoy your week & give Lola a hug from all of us pet lovers. Clara 💖🌸🌼🐥

  21. Karen Wright
    April 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Amazingly Beautiful!!! MY FAV Always!!! It made by day!!! 🌸

  22. Cyndi Raines
    April 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

    So beautiful! I could sit there all day! Everything is just perfect, the table, the flowers, the dishes, the scenery, just awesome. Baby girl Lola is such a doll! What a great post, Thank you! 🐾🥀🌾⚘ Happy Spring!

  23. Julie Duncan
    April 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

    What a lovely setting for your beautiful table!

  24. April 24, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I must say that a waterside table in your beautiful gardens is like being at a 5 star resort…no even better!!! … Your azaleas, the Japanese maples, the everything are magnificent and the table set so perfectly coordinated with its surroundings….Be still my heart Mary!

  25. Margie
    April 24, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Your Blogs are the ABSOLUTE BEST. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Ann Woleben
    April 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    So pretty and inviting~

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  28. Debbie J
    April 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Mary, you have such a gift for pulling everything together perfectly. I enjoy your BLOG so much!!

  29. April 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    What a delight it is to visit your outside table and your azaleas, snowball viburnum, and Japanese maple. Lola is so adorable! Enjoy your Carolina day, Mary. We’ve had storms and dreary weather, with power outages early this morning.

  30. Sheryl R
    April 24, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous setting and beautiful tablescape as usual. You are such an inspiration! I just LOVE your light pink azaleas with the dark pink centers. Can you tell me the name of that one – is it Conversation Piece Azalea by any chance? It’s just beautiful.

    • April 24, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you Sheryl, they’re George Tabor azaleas 🌸

  31. Donna Phillips
    April 24, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Such a lovely dining spot !
    This time of year in NC is so beautiful with the blooming azaleas !
    May I inquire where you purchased your wicker chairs ?

    • April 24, 2019 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Donna, they’re all weather wicker chairs from Pottery Barn. We’ve had them about 5 years and they’ve held up really well.

  32. Sue
    April 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I am late in reading this post; enjoying though, the beautifully decorated table nestled among your very colorful plants and trees. Awesome photos.

  33. April 24, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    It truly does look like spring has sprung Mary! I love your cute table runner:@)

  34. April 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Oh what a joy it would be to sit at this table, surrounded by such gorgeous spring blooming bushes and that VIEW!!!! I could sit there all day. We are lucky this week in that we have our 6 year old granddaughter all week and the weather has been perfect. She and I dined alfresco today for lunch:):) It was wonderful. After, we were sitting on the glider while she had a small ice cream cone, and she said to me, “this is the life”!!!!! LOL, I cracked up! Thank you for sharing all of your talents with us.

  35. April 25, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Mary, this is a stunning alfresco setting with the lake and blooming azaleas as a backdrop! Your table was perfect for the week before Easter. The table runner is so cute and I love those sweet dishes. Your centerpieces are always fabulous. I would love to keep this spring weather just as it has been over the past several days, but we are supposed to be near 90 next week.❤️

  36. Mary
    April 25, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Is your Azalea one bush or a number of them clustered together. Absolutely beautiful!
    Always enjoy reading your blog.

  37. April 26, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    You always have the most colorful blog and I wanted to know if you knew about She has some of the most beautiful table accessories that just remind me so much of you.

  38. April 27, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Hi Mary! Your table is so welcoming near your gorgeous lake. Lola looks like a huggable bunny in her cute ears and I would love to cuddle her! She is adorable!! My table bunnies would love to be carrying some bright blossoms in their backpacks like yours are, but the buds are just beginning to show on the azaleas and fruit trees here, so a few more weeks to go. I wish you a Very Happy Day today! :) Linda

    • April 27, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Hi Linda! Thank you! I think about you often and wonder about where you are in your home building stage. Hope you’ve been able to enjoy all those glorious bulbs you planted.🌷💕

  39. Sally E Biondo
    April 27, 2019 at 7:58 am

    You have the most beautiful posts, Mary. Thank you for sharing the beauty!

  40. June 1, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Beautiful pics! And Lola is so cute!

  41. Portia
    June 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Beautiful springtime tables!
    I’m wondering, what kind of dog is Lola?
    She’s so cute!

    • June 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Portia, she’s a Bichon Frise! 🐾

  42. Debbie
    February 26, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I am a long time subscriber/follower and I love your alfresco table. I pinned it so that I can create something similar. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration and the giveaway.

  43. Sandy K Park
    March 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Oh Mary, how beautiful. We’re suppose to have 50 mph wind here today. Oh boy.

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