Hydrangeas and Butterflies Summer Table + DIY Hosta & Hydrangea Centerpiece

Welcome summer at the table with hydrangeas and butterflies. You’ll find tips to create a hydrangea and hosta leaf vase centerpiece as well as hydrangea longevity tips. Additionally you’ll find summer table inspiration from 20 bloggers and table stylists.

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Happy Tuesday,

I’m welcoming summer as part of a Summer Tablescape Blog Hop!

You’ll find my blogging friends links and summer table inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Hydrangea garden plate and summer tablescape #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

You know summer has arrived when

Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming!

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Endless Summer Hydrangea is a re-blooming variety of bigleaf hydrangea.

Early season flowers are produced from buds on old wood from the previous year,

with the new season’s growth pushing blooms later in the summer.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas #hydrangea #garden #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I highly recommend planting an Endless Summer Hydrangea if you have room in your landscape.

They mature to 3 – 5 feet in height and width and are hardy in USDA zones 4 – 9.

Hydrangeas need sun to bloom, preferring morning sun with afternoon shade

especially in the hot and humid South. . .just like me. ;)

Endless Summer Bloomstruck Hydrangea #hydrangea #garden #summer©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Endless Summer Hydrangea blooms can be blue or pink depending on your soil’s pH level,

turning blue in acidic soil and pink in alkaline soil.

For blues and purples, the soil pH should be between 5.5 to 5.8.

Use a 3-in-1 Meter to determine your soil’s pH.

You can amend your soil to become more acidic by adding composted oak leaves,

pine needles and coffee grounds, or use a product with sulfur,

following the directions on the package to produce blue flowers.

Garden lime will increase soil alkalinity and keep hydrangeas pink in color.

DIY Hosta Leaf Vase with Endless Summer Hydrangeas table #flower #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

To create a flower arrangement, I used a favorite vase-within-a vase method,

placing a smaller vase inside a larger one.

The wall between the vases can be filled

with decorative material of your choice to conceal the flower stems

and match the theme or color of your table.

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I cut some garden hosta leaves to place between the walls

of the glass vases.

'Vase within a vase' flower arranging method with chicken wire #flower #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Chicken wire is my ‘go to’ flower arranging tool as it is reusable and

makes for easy arranging to support your flower stems.

Cut your chicken wire at least 4 inches larger than diameter of your vase

so you have enough wire to bend to hold against the

walls of your vase to help keep it in place.

Any chicken wire will work, but I like a coated or painted wire which is rust resistant after repeated uses.

'Vase within a vase' flower arranging method with chicken wire and hosta leaves #flower #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I filled the vase with water and floral preservative

and added the hydrangea blooms, along with a few hosta leaves.

 I also filled the outer wall of the vase with water

so the hosta leaves would stay fresh longer.

Tip: Add water to your vase for your flowers first so it’s weighted,

before adding water between the walls of your vases,

to prevent your inner vase from floating.

DIY Hosta Leaf Vase with Endless Summer Hydrangeas table #flower #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

My two tips to keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting:

Tip Number One: Use Alum!

Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with this easy tip! #hydrangeas #tip #alum #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Hydrangeas are notorious for wilting and alum allows hydrangeas to draw more water from the vase.

Cut your hydrangeas in the morning with they are fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat.

When arranging them, cut each stem at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake

and dip 1/2 inch of each cut stem in alum powder.

Place your dipped hydrangea stems in your vase of room temperature water mixed with floral preservative.

For best results, remove the leaves from hydrangeas since they cause evaporation loss

and take water from the head of the flower. Hydrangeas are thirsty flowers,

so check your water level frequently and top off as needed.

Extend the vase life of your flower arrangement with this game changing product! #hydrangeas #tip #arrangement ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Tip Number Two:

To get the longest vase life from your flowers, use

Crowning Glory, an anti-transpirant spray that seals in moisture!

It dries clear and is safe to use on all flower types, especially beneficial

for flowers that are prone to wilting due to moisture loss, like hydrangeas.

I’ve had flower arrangements last two weeks using Crowning Glory!

Crowning Glory will dry within 30 minutes to an hour, depending the temperature and humidity.

Note: Wait to spray roses with Crowning Glory after they are open

as it will prohibit them from opening further.

Summer table on the porch with hydrangeas and butterflies #flowers #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

I set a table on the porch in a celebration of

Endless Summer Hydrangeas and butterflies.

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I was all aflutter when I spied this Hydrangea Garden Dinnerware Set

designed by Susan Winget.

It’s melamine and break resistance for carefree summer dining and entertaining.

Hydrangea garden plate and summer table with hydrangeas and butterflies #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

A Hydrangea Butterfly Table Runner

is layered over a tablecloth, to pair with the dinnerware. . .

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Beaded butterfly napkin rings join Portmeiron Botanic Garden flatware,

embossed with butterflies and flowers . . .

Butterfly napkin rings and summer table with hydrangeas and butterflies #hydrangea #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

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And more butterflies migrated to the table on glassware.

Butterfly glassware for Hydrangeas and Butterflies Summer Table #hydrangeas #tablescape #summer ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Summer table with hydrangeas and butterflies with Hydrangea and Butterfly Cupcakes #flowers #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer #butterflies ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Help yourself to Hydrangea Frosted Cupcakes with Butterflies

easy and fun to make for a birthday, tea or garden party!

 Hydrangea and Edible Wafer Paper Butterfly Cupcakes #flowers #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer #butterflies ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

They’re alight with edible wafer paper butterflies!

 Hydrangea and Edible Wafer Paper Butterfly Cupcakes #flowers #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer #butterflies ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

 Hydrangea and Edible Wafer Paper Butterfly Cupcakes #flowers #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer #butterflies ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Hydrangeas and Butterflies Table Details:

Hydrangea Garden Dinnerware / Certified International 

Hydrangea Butterfly Table Runner

Tablecloth / Maison d’ Hermine

Napkins / Maison d’ Hermine

Butterfly Napkin Rings / HomeGoods

Butterfly Goblets / La Rochere

Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden

White Woven Placemats / Ballard Designs, several years ago

DIY Hosta Leaf Vase with Endless Summer Hydrangeas #flower #diy #arrangement #hydrangea #tablescape #summer @homeiswheretheboatis.net

Many thanks to Rita of Panoply for organizing

this Summer Tablescape Blog Hop!

 Find more summer table inspiration from my blogging friends at the links below:

Panoply – Up, Up and Away With Summer Dining
Home is Where the Boat Is – Hydrangeas and Butterflies
Everyday Living – Welcoming Summer With A Garden Tablescape
Life and Linda – A Boho Alfresco Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Summer Plaid and Polka Dot Picnic
Living With Thanksgiving – Summer Blessings
Debbee’s Buzz – Alfresco Bee Theme Table and Florals
The Painted Apron – Boats, Floats and Fish!
The Little Yellow Corner Store – Pucker Up Lemony Tablescape – It is Time to Have a Bee-utiful Day!
The Cat’s Whiskerz – A summer picnic tablescape for Canada Day
Pandora’s Box – Summer Blues
Me and My Captain – Florida Blue Crab Summer Tablescape
From My Carolina Home – Welcome Summer Tablescapes
The Bookish Dilettante – Summer Tablescape:  Old Glory
My Thrift Store Addiction – Summer Picnic Brunch under the Texas Mountain Laurel
Red Cottage Chronicles – Lemon Tablescape for Summer
Hyacinths for the Soul – Long May She Wave
Celebrating Everyday Life – Create a Chic Seashell Table Setting This Summer
Dinner at Eight – A Summer of Colors
Bluesky at Home – Pretty Table for a Ladies Dinner Party

DIY Hydrangea Cupcakes with Edible Wafer Paper Butterflies #cupcakes #hydrangeas #buttercream #frosting #butterflies #diy ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

Find a Celebration of Summer with 20 Tablescapes and Centerpiece Inspiration, HERE.

20 Summer Tablescapes and Centerpiece Inspiration #summer #tablescapes #alfresco #beach #lake #nautical #tropical #patriotic #flowers #lemons #redwhiteandblue ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

You’ll find summer table and centerpiece inspiration with themes and ideas ranging from nautical,

seaside, tropical, or fresh-from-the-garden, for your outdoor entertaining and dining.

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  31 comments for “Hydrangeas and Butterflies Summer Table + DIY Hosta & Hydrangea Centerpiece

  1. Rita C.
    June 13, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Mary, not only is your theme extremely well-coordinated, but it’s also full of truly useful ideas. I’m in hydrangea envy while waiting on mine to bloom (alum ready!), but those predominant blues of yours are showstoppers. You have an incredible gift in floral arranging, and also in baking. Those cupcakes look identical to the pattern of those beautiful plates. But it’s not just the plates – the tablecloth and runner, napkins really stand out, yet blend perfectly. I always look forward to your tables and am so happy you join me with this blog hop, thank you. Oh, and I have one of those 3 in 1 meters, and it has become a go-to tool for me, especially in metering soil moisture, not just pH! I highly recommend!

  2. Bonnie Morgan
    June 13, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Mary, I have told you for years you need to write a book of your tablescapes! It would fly off the shelves!
    I am in hydrangea heaven with your beautiful blooms with hostas and your lovely linens and butterfly motif. Butterflies are high on my list of happiness. Your cupcakes are adorable and I am always impressed with your tips and links. They are so helpful. I learn so much from you.
    The napkin rings are beautiful! I am pinning away this morning. I will be back when I have more time to savor each pic. I have an early morning appointment.

  3. June 13, 2023 at 7:21 am

    Love the butterflies and hydrangeas, such lovely plates! Your flowers are beautiful. My hydrangea is not blooming yet. I want one of those cupcakes!

  4. Pam
    June 13, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Mary, your endless summer hydrangeas are gorgeous! I am also a flutter over your Hydrangea Garden dinnerware by Susan Winget and melamine is perfect for alfresco dining. The hydrangea butterfly runner is ideal for your theme. Oh how beautiful are the beaded butterfly napkin rings, amazing jewelry for the table. I am still swooning over the cupcakes with the edible wafer paper butterflies. The photos of the cupcake on the plate is stunning! The table is gorgeous and a delightful welcome to summer. I always look forward to joining you at table! Happy Tuesday

  5. June 13, 2023 at 8:19 am

    You gave the most beautiful hydrangeas, Mary! The only ones that I can grow are oak leaf hydrangeas. You centerpiece is stunning on your tablecloth and with those melamine plates!! I love those butterfly napkin rings, too! Yes please, I want a cupcake before I leave! 💙

  6. June 13, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Stunning! Blue hydrangeas always remind me of living on Cape Cod as they are everywhere there! The cupcakes are adorable and made my mouth water. I would so enjoy sitting at this table – well done! BTW, I am off to buy some alum!!

  7. June 13, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Mary, you had me at blue hydrangeas! What a stunning theme tablescape. It clicks all the boxes with every little detail, including the beautiful cloth, napkin rings, glasses (I didn’t know they made butterfly ones!), and those lovely and practical plates. Really appreciated all the floral and centerpiece tips — you are a flower whisperer lol! And there’s even icing to top the tablescape “cake” with the wonderful cupcakes you created. Thanks for your ever-inspiring ideas!

  8. June 13, 2023 at 9:28 am

    Oh Mary, this is hydrangea heaven! I love the hosta leaves in your vase and the blue hydrangeas everywhere! And butterflies! I love your melamine hydrangea plates, I really like all the cute melamine plates that are available now, they are so versatile. The napkin rings are gorgeous and your cupcakes are fabulous~ I can’t thank you enough for recommending Crowning Glory, that stuff is truly magic! Sitting at your table is just like sitting in a beautiful Summer garden. A wonderful celebration of Summer!

  9. June 13, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Mary, such a gorgeous table. I have envy over your gorgeous hydrangeas. The floral centerpiece is lovely. Such a great find with the Susan Winget Melamine butterfly plates. The Ballard white woven plate chargers caught my eye. They look so pretty with your tablecloth and butterfly runner. The beaded butterfly napkin rings are so perfect. Iwould love a pretty cupcake with those edible wafer paper butterflies. Everything is so perfect and a great nod to welcome summer. Always a pleasure top hop along with you.

  10. June 13, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Endless summer blooms is music to my soul! I’m trying some Endless Summer hydrangeas this year. so far, they have a few blooms. Still young to produce much. You know I’m taking in each and every detail of this gorgeous hydrangea butterfly table. This vision offers a cooling mood to our already hot and humid week. Heat index is preventing us from much outdoor activity. I had to forgo an alfresco setting for my table this time. I much prefer dining out on the terrace. Thanks for sharing all this beauty. It’s always a pleasure and honor to hop through tablescapes with you.

  11. Kim
    June 13, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Oh Mary. From the sneak peak I knew this table would be absolutely beautiful and of course it is! I too have serious hydrangea envy – I love all their beautiful colors but the blue ones are my favorites. Hydrangeas do not typically do well where I love so I have to admire vicariously. And those plates – oh my. If ever some plates needed a forever home, it is definitely with you! The placemats, napkins, napkin rings, and table runner are all so beautifully coordinated. Such inspiration. It was a pleasure hopping with you and wishing you a very happy summer!

    • Kim
      June 13, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      where I “live”

  12. June 13, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    You are truly ready for summer with this stunning table filled with endless summer hydrangeas. The matching plates and table runner are the icing on the cake. Wait… You already have the most beautiful icing on the cupcakes!
    Thanks for sharing your tablescape beauty! 🩷💙

  13. June 13, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Mary, hydrangeas, cupcakes and butterflies…oh my! I love every detail of your gorgeous table and I am so impressed with those beautiful cupcakes! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  14. Ricki Treleaven
    June 13, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    I LOVE your table, Mary. Hydrangeas are a favorite flower, so I’m very appreciative of your tips and tricks for how to get the most out of them in arrangements. I need to purchase alum and Crowning Glory ASAP! Our hydrangeas, especially our limelights, already have lots of blooms on them (YAY!). I love your plates and the table linens, especially the hydrangea runner. The butterfly napkin rings are so cute! I also love the butterflies have flown down and alighted on your pretty cupcakes. LOVE that everything seems to be in the colors of hydrangeas, from dusty pinks to deep blues. Everything is so lovely: Your tablescapes always bring me joy!

  15. June 13, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Mary, this is such a gorgeous introduction to summer! I love the layering of all things hydrangea and am wowed by the cupcake icing!! I’m crazy for linens and love Maison d’Hermine patterns. I always love trips through your garden and I’ve definitely got hydrangea envy. I had several pretty ones, but the landscape company I hired to tame the wilderness my yard had become did not recognize them and removed them. grrrr. I always open your tablescapes with anticipation and am never disappointed!

  16. June 14, 2023 at 6:33 am

    Oh Mary! There is so much to love about your summer table! Great information on the hydrangeas! Ours have not yet started to bloom, but I am anticipating it even more after seeing your table. As a sustainable florist, I love to see that you used chicken wire instead of foam, and adding those gorgeous hosts leaves in between the vases creates quite an impact! Your table settings themselves are stunning. And, the layering of the hydrangea runner over the patterned tablecloth is perfection! Always a delight to visit your tablescapes :)

  17. June 14, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    So beautiful, love the chicken wire trick! ALWAYS fabulous place to visit, thank you!

  18. June 14, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Mary, you always amaze me with your gorgeous settings and your talent for growing beautiful flowers and plants. Truly you are so gifted. Your centerpiece and Susan Winget dinnerware is a stunning combination. Not to mention the matching cupcakes and edible butterflies. So unique. And a perfect edible decor piece. I love the combination of patterns in your placemats and napkins. The butterfly napkin rings are so elegant. Such harmony in this tablescape. Perfect for Spring or Summer.

  19. Marion
    June 14, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    Mary your flowers as well as your tablescapre is beautiful.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  20. Clara
    June 15, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Mary, This beautiful tablescape had to be one of my favorites! I love the plates and cupcakes! You are so talented. This just oozes southern charm! Happy Thursday! Clara ❤️

  21. June 15, 2023 at 11:48 am

    SO absolutely gorgeous! Mic Drop!!

  22. June 15, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, Mary, everything is so, so, so lovely! Butterflies are definitely having a moment right now, trend wise, and I love how your table celebrates them! Your cupcakes are absolutely adorable too!! I’ve been baking, baking, baking all spring and summer too! Thanks for the Hydrangea tips – ours are getting so tall but no blooms quite yet… I’m excited to see them soon though. Thank you again for always being such an inspiration! Happy Summer! ❤️ Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life ❤️

  23. Kari
    June 15, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Mary, thank you for the tips on hydrangeas…I just wish we could grow them down here in Florida. When we lived in Seattle, EVERYONE had these gorgeous plants somewhere in their yards. All colors… due of course to the soil ph. Mine were blue and potted as we were only there for two years. I don’t know how you find the time to not only garden, but to bake such beautiful delicacies. You make me want to get out my baking and decorating supplies but the only thing stopping me is the talent. I can bake and frost a cupcake, but they would not turn out like yours. However, I do have some pastel edible butterflies and have been known to put them on a plain white frosted cupcake and the Captain and my family ooohhss and aahhhhhs over them. I just don’t let them see your creations as they would be comparing mine to yours and I know you would win the trophy. It is always fun hopping with you and I wish you a Happy Summer by your beautiful lake.

  24. June 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    Mary, your blue hydrangeas are stunning. How lucky you are to have such beautiful blooms. Your flower arrangement is perfect. Love your layered tablecloth and runner. The dishes are such a great find. And those cupcakes!! So pretty. Fabulous summer tablescape.

  25. June 18, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Mary, you are making me want to run up to the garden center and buy more hydrangeas!! Your’s are gorgeous!! And what a beautiful table!! And now you are showing us yet, another skill?? Cake decorating!! There isn’t anything this girl can’t do!! Your cupcakes are adorable, and perfectly adorned with the butterflies just like your plates!! Everything is fabulous!! Love it all!!💙🤍💜I hope you have a wonderful summer☀️😘

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