How the Tables Turned: 2020 Year in Review

A year of tablescapes, celebrating the seasons and holidays with inspiration and centerpieces for indoor and alfresco dining.

A year of tablescapes, celebrating the seasons and holidays with inspiration and centerpieces for indoor and alfresco dining | © #tablescapes #roundup #spring #fall #easter #winter #halloween #summer #july4th #christmas

 As a confessed dish-aholic playing with dishes and flowers brings me joy. I think it’s important to enjoy some simple pleasures during these unsettling times and staying busy with a hobby that occupies our hands and head while we’re all spending more time at home is good for the heart! While we weren’t entertaining after March last year, tablescaping was (and is) a way to entertain myself, even if it’s just for the two of us or just ‘for pretend’ as part of a blog hop.

 Whimsical ‘Cusp of Spring’ Table with Forest Friends | © #winter #tablescapes #birds

I’m sharing a look back at how the tables turned during the year, with highlights from the months, seasons and holidays. I so appreciate all your visits, generous comments and Pins throughout the year.♥

Click on the links in red if you’d like to revisit the post, for table sources or DIY details.

Winter Nesting Table with DIY Orchid Arrangement | © #winter #tablescapes

Winter Nesting: Winter White Table + Orchid Arrangement

The table is set for cozy dining in front of our Winter Nesting Tree, an excuse to extend the *twinkle* season after Christmas, when it’s cold and gray outside.

Special Delivery of Hearts and Flowers for Valentine’s Day | © #valentinesday #tablescapes #redtruck

Special Delivery of Hearts and Flowers for Valentine’s Day

A Christmas truck centerpiece gets a makeover, delivering ‘farm fresh’ flowers for Valentine’s Day

Transferware Table and DIY Floral Arrangement Citrus | © #flowers #centerpiece #DIY #tablescapes

Tulips, Roses and Citrus + Pink Transferware Table

Vintage transferware and DIY flower arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus

Whimsical ‘Cusp of Spring’ Table with Forest Friends | © #winter #tablescapes #birds

A Whimsical ‘Cusp of Spring’ Table with Forest Friends

Forest Friends celebrate the cusp of spring with a centerpiece of evergreens, pine cones and snowy bird nests, mixed with sprouting bulbs and blooming hyacinths.

Erin Go Bragh and Wearing of the Green for St. Patrick’s Day Table | © #stpatricksday #tablescapes

Erin Go Bragh + Wearing of the Green for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day-themed table came from an assortment of vintage St. Patrick’s Day postcards, cabbage leaf plates and shamrock embroidered runner.

Black and White Easter Table with bunnies and eggs | © #easter #tablescapes

‘Black and White with Bunnies All Over’ Easter Tablescape

A black and white toile-inspired tablecloth with blooming bunnies and black and white plates

Spring Lakeside Table with Botanic Blooms | © #spring #garden #flowers #tablescapes

Lakeside Table and Botanic Garden Blooms

A spring table by with lake with Portmeirion Botanic Garden and watering can of garden blooms

Garden Flower Arrangement and Table | © #spring #hydrangeas #flowers #tablescapes

In Praise of Endless Summer Hydrangeas: Garden Flower Arrangement and Table

A flower arrangement using hydrangeas, hosta and verbena from the garden as a centerpiece and reproduction majolica plates

Garden table with Hydrangeas, Butterflies, Bunnies and Birds| © #alfresco #garden #spring #hydrangeas #tablescapes

Garden Table with Hydrangeas, Butterflies, Bunnies and Birds

Alfresco table with a patchwork floral quilt, blooming terra cotta napkin rings, garden hydrangea centerpiece and tablescaping faux pas ;)

 Patriotic Table with DIY Red Truck Flower Arrangement for Independence Day | © #patriotic #tablescapes #redtruck #redwhiteandblue #july4th

Whimsical Patriotic Centerpiece and Table for Independence Day

Another whimsical red truck tablescape and parade of Red, White and Blue! Galvanized American flag plates, enamel napkin rings and Americana flatware add some additional star-spangled details.

Bees Tablescape with Sunflowers and Hydrangeas Arrangement | © #bees #tablescape #sunflowers

Bees, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas Arrangement +Tablescape

Buzzing with bee favorites with a checked bee tablecloth, bee flatware, honeycomb bee plates and a little bee ‘jewelry’ in a sunflower and hydrangea centerpiece

Falling for Apples Transitional Tablescape | © #fall #apples #plaid #sunflowers #tablescapes

Falling for Apples: Summer to Fall Transitional Tablescape

A farmhouse plaid tablecloth provides a cheery foundation for the table, blending the colors of summer and fall. Post includes a tutorial and easy flower arranging method incorporating apples!

‘When Black Cats Are Seen’ Halloween Tablescape | © #halloween #tablescapes

‘When Black Cats Are Seen’ Halloween Tablescape

Quintessential black cats for Halloween with mugs filled with nostalgic candy treats

Lakeside Fall Table with Succulent topped Pumpkin | © #fall #tablescapes #pumpkins

Alfresco Fall Table with Pumpkins

Dining with pumpkins and Succulent-Topped Pumpkin centerpiece with black and white buffalo checks

Whimsical Fall Table with Pumpkin-Floral Runner | © #fall #tablescapes #plaid

Whimsical Fall Table with DIY Pumpkin-Floral Runner

Fanciful animal portrait plates and an easy method and organic way to create a natural runner for the table

Giving Thanks Tablescape with pumpkin runner and Cone-ucopias | © #thanksgiving #tablescapes #plaid

Giving Thanks and Easy 10-Minute Harvest Runner and Tablescape

An easy runner for Thanksgiving with harvest elements, including mini pumpkins, nuts and Indian corn with DIY Cone-ucopias

Merry and Bright Christmas Tablescape | © #christmas #tablescapes #plaid

Merry and Bright Christmas Tablescape

Merry plaids and checks with tartan accents and ribbon weaving its way through the evergreen runner

Merry Christmas Nesting Tablescape | © #christmas #tablescapes #birds

Merry Christmas Nesting Tablescape

Bird ornaments and plates for some Merry Christmas nesting

Top Hat Snowman Centerpiece and Tablescape | © #christmas #snowman #tablescape

Top Hat Snowman Centerpiece and Tablescape

A snowman top hat provides inspiration for a table and centerpiece using greenery from the yard, Christmas picks and candy canes

A year of tablescapes, celebrating the seasons and holidays with inspiration and centerpieces for indoor and alfresco dining | © #tablescapes #roundup #spring #fall #easter #winter #halloween #summer #july4th #christmas #stpatricksday #valentinesday

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  34 comments for “How the Tables Turned: 2020 Year in Review

  1. Kathleen
    January 13, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Your tables are always stunning! Oh to be able to assemble beautiful centerpieces and set them among carefully curated dishware and linens.

  2. Ann Woleben
    January 13, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Each table setting speaks of a caring heart and welcoming spirit. The combinations of flowers and tableware are captivating. Whether it is for two or more, what a pleasure to have such lovely table settings! You have a talent for these vignettes.

    • Franki Parde
      January 13, 2021 at 7:57 am

      Oh, THANKFULLY you didn’t ask, ” which do you like best”…these are so absolutely delightful…each a “conversation piece.” I’ve always “enjoyed” a “pretty tablescape” and get some comments “oh, why do you do this for us”…tee, hee…I do, but, mostly for me. franki

      • January 13, 2021 at 8:47 am

        I keep referring to quote by Fyodor Dostoevsky ““Beauty will save the world” and all my attention these days is to beauty in all it’s forms and I so enjoy your beautiful tablescapes. Thank you and keep sharing.

    • Cyndi Raines
      January 13, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you Mary for a wonderful year(s) of such inspiration, beauty and creativity with each post, be it tablescaping, the garden shed with extra special educational information on flowers, birds and bees, the awesome pontoon boat with the lovely water views and firey sunsets, the sweet faced fur-babies, or your delicious recipes, all extra special every one. Oh, can’t forget the fun with each special craft project also! You are our “go to person” for all of the above and make our life happier as we read, copy and do! Looking forward to more of all the above in 2021! Thank you! Hugs! ♥️♥️♥️

  3. Patti
    January 13, 2021 at 7:40 am

    I agree 100% with your view on staying busy with things you love especially in these challenging times! Your blog is my favorite and I love reading it for inspiration for my tables scapes, garden, and my potting shed. Your photography skills are awesome and inspiring me to take up a new hobby this year. Thank you, Mary, for creating this blog and inspiring me. May 2021 bring you and your family good health and the option to resume close contact with those you love.

  4. Calypso in the Country
    January 13, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I could stare at your tables all day! They are ALL so beautiful! I know what you mean about enjoying simple pleasures during these times! It’s so important to have these happy distractions! Happy New Year to you and have a wonderful week!

  5. Leslie
    January 13, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I want to add my voice of thanks to the others. You do a lot of work preparing and photographing your wonderful designs — and you share your sweet pups in an adorable way. Thank you. And thank you for the love and care you bring to the blog world. You brighten my day and inspire my pursuits. Blessings on all the work of your hands.

  6. January 13, 2021 at 7:57 am

    I could stare at your tables all day! They are ALL so beautiful! I know what you mean about enjoying simple pleasures during these times! It’s so important to have these happy distractions! Happy New Year to you and have a wonderful week!

  7. Rita C.
    January 13, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Outstanding! I am just as thrilled to your table in recap as I was the first time you shared them, Mary. They each convey the moods intended so very well. Tablescaping was my happy activity in 2020 also, and I still look forward to it in 2021 and beyond.

  8. Debbie
    January 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

    When I see your posts, I can’t wait to open them and see the lovely tables you create! You are such an inspiration! Thanks for all the tips so novices like me have the courage to try! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

  9. Donna
    January 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Your tables are always so inspiring. I am amazed that you have continued to find new and beautiful places setting and create centerpieces that are beautiful. I would love to come and be seated at one of your tables.You are so right we all need to keep busy. For me my gardens were the best ever
    Let’s pray we can get back to normal soon. I miss my friends.

  10. January 13, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Mary, each table is beautiful with your touch of magic. I enjoyed seeing them again!

  11. gail fontana
    January 13, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Your tables are so beautiful and inspiring…not just for creating a beautiful tablescape, but for living a beautiful life. Have you considered publishing a calendar of your tables? I’d be first in line to purchase it!

  12. Karen
    January 13, 2021 at 9:25 am

    What an amazing year of tablescapes you put together! I often ‘follow’…okay…copy your tables with what I have and can find at local stores although those adventures have halted. My tablescapes provide me with lots joy but no one see it since nobody comes over. So I figured out a way to ‘share’ my tables: Zoom. As retirees, we are active in various volunteer groups/orgs that now meet via Zoom only. Here’s what I do: I set up a bridge table next to my dining room table, put my laptop on it, sit on a dining room chair and aim it at me and the table. It’s always interesting to see who comments and more telling who doesn’t. Thank you for making me look good Mary!

  13. January 13, 2021 at 10:04 am

    EXQUISITE!! So artfully and tastefully done!! A true labor of love….thank you so very much for sharing with us!! We are blessed!

  14. January 13, 2021 at 10:11 am

    The tablescapes and flowers are lovely, very cheering and inspirational especially over the past months.

  15. January 13, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Oh I just love each and every one of your tablescapes, Mary. My fave dishes are those fabulous Majolica bird plates with the Hydrangeas from late Spring. I loved seeing this!

  16. January 13, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Always a inspirational read and display…I just live all the animal plates you show…especially, the whimsical ones! Thanks for an inspired year and more to come! Love!!! Ellen ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  17. Clara
    January 13, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Mary, I must say I really enjoyed the recap. All the tablescapes in one post brings much oohing, aahing, and joy! Thank you for sharing! I love seeing the beautiful dishes, flowers, and linens. Enjoy your day! Clara❤️

  18. Sue
    January 13, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Thank you for all this inspiration! I love them all and this is a great reference for looking up ideas for each season.

  19. January 13, 2021 at 11:05 am

    gorgeous table settings

  20. January 13, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Always enjoyable to see your tables! And inspirational too!

  21. January 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    You’re so right, Mary, we need to do things that give us JOY! Each and every table through the months, provides so much beauty. I do change my table out probably every month and keep it set because I like to see it, even for just myself. Thank you for all your inspiration! ❤️

  22. Melody Reed
    January 13, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Your tablescapes are so inspiring! I’m going to have to look for a bigger china cupboard!

  23. Virginia
    January 13, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    To be able to visit some of your beautiful tablescapes through last year was such a treat. You are such an inspiration with you clever and creative ideas and thankfully instructions for helping us recreate your lovely floral arrangements. One takeaway I learned from you this year was white chicken wire. I have used chicken wire from our local hardware store often, which was a tip I learned from my Mother, but white chicken wire, which does not rust, even better. Oh! The curlicue ornament hangers arrived this morning, Thanks for sharing the Amazon link with me.

  24. Donna
    January 13, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    So sweet and we do have fun when a table is set, before the feast of food begins. Your talents have given us a bright spot & gotten people like me to use the good china on a regular basis. They don’t just live in the china cabinet. Thank you & keep doing this job, I hope in some way it is more rewarding than retail. To me, it helps to make a home a home.

  25. January 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Your busy hands are good for all of us, I spend my time gardening, when not I am glued to reading the news, with a sickened heart I thought I need some beauty, hey, go visit Mary and see what she is up to… Thank you! There are not enough diversions to wipe this horror away, but you always bring relief and a smile and all your followers love the simple joys you share.

  26. Julie F Harris
    January 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    I love your tablesettings. I get several ideas from you! I especially love the winter white setting with birds highlighted. I just love your posts. Keep doing what you do!!

  27. Lillian Andwood
    January 13, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    I look forward to see your table “scapes.” Your ability to coordinate the table settings is inspiring. My biggest inquiry is would you disclose how you store and keep track of the lovely items you use for your table settings. I’d love to know how you know what you have. Thanks for putting these “scenes” together it is great to view them.

  28. January 15, 2021 at 9:36 am

    It’s such fun to revisit the seasons of last year with your gorgeous tables Mary! My current obsession is Vicky Sawyer’s art, her animal characters are so delightful and I just adore the cute plates you have! Cheers to 2021 and many more wonderful tables!

  29. January 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    2020 has been a tough year, but you’ve made it so much better with those beautiful table settings!

  30. January 26, 2021 at 5:52 am

    WOW! These are some amazing designs! I would to see these tables with some wonderful food recipes too! Tablescapes is new to me, I’m from the UK, so our traditios are a bit different. Anyhow this truly is a wonderful art!

  31. Dawn Jennings
    March 3, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    It’s so inspiring to visit your website and see the beauty and fun you bring to holidays and everyday! Thank you for sharing!

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