Summer Lakeside Dining: Floral Arrangement and Tablescape with Sunflowers

Summer flower arrangement in ironstone pitcher with sunflowers, hydrangeas and abelia #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Happy Monday!

It’s one of my favorite days of the month, when I join my blogging friends

for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!

Pam, Lidy and I are excited to welcome

Sarah, from Hyacinths for the Soul,

as our special guest ‘bloomer’ today.

You can find the links to my blogging friends’ floral

 inspiration at the bottom of this post.

Summer flower arrangement in ironstone pitcher with sunflowers, hydrangeas and abelia #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Sunflowers were our common theme for August’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms.

Sunflowers are the perfect flower for sunny, summer days as well transitioning to fall

with their yellow rays and warm brown centers!

Summer flower arrangement in ironstone pitcher with sunflowers, hydrangeas and abelia #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

I picked some sunflowers from the grocery store for an arrangement and centerpiece.

I added them to an ironstone pitcher,

with Limelight Hydrangeas that are blooming now. . .

Limelight Hydrangeas #summer #flowers #hydrangeas ©

Along with ‘Mathilda Gutges’ Hydrangea. . .

'Mathilda Gutges’ Bigleaf Hydrangea #flowers #hydrangeas #garden ©

‘Mathilda’ has faded to a soft, muted blue shade from her

former vibrant blue/purple spring color . . .

Summer flower arrangement in ironstone pitcher with sunflowers, hydrangeas and abelia #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

And joining the sunflowers and Limelight Hydrangeas,

as well as some Abelia foliage cut from the shrubs.

Summer flower arrangement in ironstone pitcher with sunflowers, hydrangeas and abelia #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

A tablecloth with sunflowers was picked from HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago.

The soft blue background, reminiscent of faded blue hydrangeas

in the garden in August.

Summer Dining on the Dock with Sunflowers #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Have a seat and join me at a table for some dockside dining. . .

 Word of warning: the humidity is on the rise and

the heat index is in the triple digits!

Sunflower pillow and summer table by the lake #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Cheery yellow sunflower bowls are layered on white sunflower plates . . .

Sunflower bowl and plate and summer table by the lake #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Easy DIY Sunflower Napkin Rings and Sunflower Table #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Napkins are buzzing with bees on Easy DIY Sunflower Napkin Rings . . .

Easy DIY Sunflower Napkin Rings and Sunflower Table #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

As well as on my favorite flatware for summer,

 Wallace Napoleon Bee.🐝

Sunflower Table with Wallace Napoleon Bee flatware #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

We’re dripping wet from the humidity, so we should jump in the lake to cool off!

The lake water temperature was 85.8 °F when I last checked on Sunday,

but it feels better than 102 °F. 🥵

 Dining with Sunflowers by the lake #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Sunflower Table with Wallace Napoleon Bee flatware #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

 Dining with Sunflowers by the lake #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©


Sunflower table runner, tablecloth & napkins / HomeGoods, several weeks ago

DIY Bee Napkin Rings

Sunflower bowls / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Sunflower plates / Hobby Lobby, several weeks ago

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Sunflower pillow / HomeGoods, several years ago

Ironstone pitcher / vintage

 Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware

Summer Dining on the Dock with Sunflowers #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

Visit my flowers friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul

Summer flower arrangement in ironstone pitcher with sunflowers, hydrangeas and abelia #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

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Summer Dining on the Dock with Sunflowers #sunflowers #flowerarrangement #hydrangeas #centerpiece #alfresco #tablescape #lake #dock ©

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  23 comments for “Summer Lakeside Dining: Floral Arrangement and Tablescape with Sunflowers

  1. Pam
    August 7, 2023 at 7:01 am

    Good morning, Mary. What a gorgeous view at your dockside dining and how I would love to join you! The arrangement of sunflowers, Limelights, muted hydrangeas, and abelia placed within the ironstone pitcher is summer at its best! Yellow sunflower bowls, white sunflower plates, and the golden runner make a lovely statement against the backdrop of the blue water. Your DIY sunflower napkin rings are the perfect jewels for the table. I must try my hand at making these. You were able to find fabulous sunflower items recently at HomeGoods…tablecloth and napkins are ideal for the sunflower theme. I wish we had a HomeGoods locally. I would never guess it was steaming hot with high humidity at your stunning setting We have had the same kind of weather and today promises the same. I always look forward to pulling up a chair at one of your tables and enjoying flower therapy. Wishing you a Happy Monday and hopefully no bad storms 🌻💛🌻

  2. August 7, 2023 at 8:55 am

    What a beautiful post to greet my Monday morning, Mary! Your serene lakeside table has me in a tranquil state of mind and feeling giddy with delight at the sight of those sunnies mixed with the limelights and soft hydrangeas. What a perfect combination! Talk about flower therapy!!!
    Honestly, I think your creative mind must go nonstop. I love your clever napkin ring idea. Makes me want to get crafty, and I’m not much of a crafty person. Love all your sunny linens on the table! Honestly, I might just linger dockside all day and into the evening. It’s still blazing hot here in Austin, already too warm to be comfortable outside. Sadie and I get up early, walk, water the containers, and then hibernate inside. Grateful for AC!
    Thank you for including me the August Monday Morning Blooms. I’m honored and thrilled to share my simple arrangements of sunflowers. Does quantity count? Happy Monday Morning Blooms!!!

  3. August 7, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Beautiful Mary! You are brave to set that pretty dockside table in this heat, but it certainly looks fabulous in your lakeside setting. I love the combination of flowers you used and they look wonderful in the ironstone pitcher. Sunflower plates bowls, tablecloth, pillows, napkins and napkin rings…Sunflower Everything! I have been playing with sunflowers too, my favorite flower for August! We are experiencing the same weather, and also severe thunderstorms…try to stay cool this week 😅

  4. franki Parde
    August 7, 2023 at 9:14 am

    All the supplies have arrived to make those Sunflower Napkin Holders…really pleased how cute those “brooches” are!! Pass the glue, plez…franki

  5. Judith DiFrancesco
    August 7, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Take me away! I feel like I’m sitting on the Lake with you! I will pack my bathing suit so I can jump in when it gets too hot! Love your flower arrangements! Stay cool!🥵

  6. August 7, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Mary your dockside table is fabulous. Sunflowers make us smile and are such a happy flower. Your ironstone pitcher is a lovely vessel to show off the sunflowers, limelight hydrangeas, muted hydrangeas, and abelia. Your diy sunflower napkin rings are so pretty. Love the one with the bed. Stay cool.

  7. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    August 7, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Mary, your table with the lake background is stunning! Your floral arrangement is gorgeous in the ironstone pitcher. The sunflowers, limelight hydrangeas, and abelia make such a pretty combination. You have so many sunflower pretties from you dishware to your lovely tablecloth and adorable sunflower pillows. It all creates such a beautiful summertime setting. We have been suffering with triple digit temperatures as well. We were blessed with an early morning shower which offered a short relief from the heat. Stay cool and enjoy your day, sweet friend!

    August 7, 2023 at 10:59 am

    Beautiful and I don’t consider myself a sunflower person. Blasphemy I know :)

    • Clara
      August 7, 2023 at 11:24 am

      The view is stunning from your dock Mary. The lake is so enticing in this heat. The dockside tablescape with a beautiful centerpiece is magazine worthy. I love the DIY napkin rings. The plate stack is so pretty. I love the linens. Your limelights, and other hydrangeas are so prolific. Your centerpiece is gorgeous. It’s so hot, you should get extra compliments (and maybe a boat ride) for working in this heat! Happy Monday! Clara❤️

  9. Dorinda Selke
    August 7, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Mary ~ what a welcoming Monday morning post !! Especially because it is very rainy and dismal here in NW CT today. You and your other Bloom Ladies have outdone yourselves this week ! Sunshine Hugs to you, Dorinda Selke

  10. August 7, 2023 at 11:58 am

    Good morning, Mary. Oh, your gorgeous view at your dockside always makes me have dreams of joining you there. {Even though I know the humidity is horrible.} Your beautiful arrangement of sunflowers, Limelights, hydrangeas, and abelia in your ironstone pitcher is so lovely!

    Your table setting is so cute, with the sunflower bowls, sunflower plates, and those wonderful sunflower napkin rings. And my very favorite flatware, we use ours every day….it looks great with everything. I always look so forward to pulling up a chair at your table for our beloved flower therapy. Happy MondayI I hope your weather remains calm and gets a little cooler soon! xo Lidy

  11. Rita C.
    August 7, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful table, especially there on the water’s edge. Funny how it can look so fresh and inviting when you explain the reality of the heat and humidity that’s there. But I most certainly believe you! Love the new tablecloth, and the napkin rings you made recently, of course. The flowers are fantastic.

  12. Kim
    August 7, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    The face of sunflowers are nothing short of miraculous in their ability to warm our hearts and souls on this earth!!! You can almost feel them burning brightness into your spirit. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful part of God’s creation on this Monday morning!

  13. Bonnie Morgan
    August 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Mary, Your sunflower tablescape and stunning MMB arrangement looks beautiful in front of the lake. It is amazing how warm the water temperature is. Fishing is not good in those temps my husband informs me.
    Although it is very warm and humid your table looks cool and lovely with all things sunflower. Love your new tablecloth and your DIY napkin rings.
    Abelia reminds me of my grandmother’s garden. The hydrangeas are so pretty and your limelights are always stunning.Great combination for a winning centerpiece.
    Have a wonderful week.

  14. August 8, 2023 at 5:05 am

    I am a day late, but I enjoyed sitting at your dockside table. I love your Exquisite centerpiece, in the iron stone pitcher, with the lake views behind it. And the golden color of the runner and bowls is a beautiful contrast with the blue lake!
    I love visiting you… thank you!

  15. Michele M.
    August 8, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Your sunflower themed dockside tablescape is absolutely stunning, Mary. What a gorgeous picture – the tranquility comes right through to the reader…..I can smell the water and hear it’s soft lapping…..and hear the gulls…..what a lovely picturesque mood it creates for us. Well done, again. ♥

  16. August 8, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    I know all about the heat and humidity, Mary, but just looking at your pretty table at your lakeside cools me off. Your centerpiece on your new sunflower tablecloth looks perfect. You always set such a perfect table! 🌻🌻🌻

  17. August 8, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    So love sunflowers and your luscious dockside dining, LUCKY GIRL! What a beautiful combo with your hydrangeas! How fun your lake is so warm, you can swim at night and watch the meteor shower 😊

  18. Cyndi Raines
    August 8, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    Love the waterside tablesetting for two! The pretty yellow and white sunflower dishes really standout with the beautiful blue water as a backdrop. With those temperatures and heat index, you would find me bobbing around in the water on an intertube or a floatie! Lol I ordered myself another Napolean Bee placesetting. After my honey passed, I purchased one for myself and decided I needed a second set, hehe. Thanks Mary. P.s. I am growing pumpkins and am having a ball going out to check them each day! 😀 So far I have 1 good size one about the size of a basketball, 2 about the size of a softball and 3 about the size of a quarter. I am thrilled! Lots of blossoms, so looking for “new babies” each day, lol.

  19. Kim
    August 10, 2023 at 11:55 pm

    Mary, your photography skills are amazing!! Your sunflower table is beautiful and the dishware is perfect with your new tablecloth and sunflower table runner. The sunflowers with the hydrangeas in the vase are perfection. No one would ever know from your pictures that the temp was 102 and the humidity was crazy but yet it all looks so perfect. Love the sunflower pillow too. Crossing my fingers that you don’t get any wicked storms or anything. Thank you for sharing and take care down there!

  20. Shirley @Housepitality Designs
    August 13, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    A most beautiful sunflower themed table by the Lake!….The perfect theme for our hot summer days that places a smile on our face even in this awful summer heat!…As always, the table is so very well curated and extends to the seating with the fabulous pillow!….Stay cool Mary!

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