Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Summertime, and the Livins Easy!

Summertime, and the Livins Easy!
Those iconic words drift through my mind as I 
ponder the lazy, days of summer.
Welcome to our
Summer Tablescape Blog Hop
A big thanks to our organizer Rita @ Panoply
You'll find links to all the festive summer 
inspired tables at the end of this post.
If you are hopping over from 
Maureen's Plans for the 
Perfect Summer Dinner Party.
Maureen shares the best recipes 
and most beautiful tables.

A recent visit to a favorite antique venue 
yielded the little creamer above.
The buzzing bees on the honeycomb texture 
spoke to my bee loving esthetic, but I also
 immediately knew this little jewel would serve 
as my inspiration for this summer tablescape.

Summertime and the livins easy, so I filled it 
with a simple mix of flowers from my garden.
~ Orange Day Lily and Mexican Hat ~
My patch of Mexican Hat coneflowers were a gift
from the birds.  These perennial wildflowers are excellent for
pollinator conservation and bloom from May well into fall.

Yes, the livins easy with a
simple table for two on the terrace.

The livins even easier 
with these enamelware dishes!
~ Chargers ~
  Courtly Check by MacKenzie-Childs 
~ Dinner Plates ~
Bee Hive and Sunflowers by
Mary Lake-Thompson for The Golden Rabbit

Our ageless La Rochére glassware embossed with bees
buzzes onto most of our casual, everyday tables.
It's such a joyful pattern!

Obviously a little buzzing bee theme going on here.
The charming bee napkins are from my favorite linen source,

The silver napkin rings are also from
Crown Linen Design.
The brass bees are from MacKenzie-Childs.

I slipped a few flower stems in with the 
Caspari bamboo picnic ware.

Mary Lake-Thompson's art invokes
easy livin with its fresh sophisticated style.

Like the song says,
"Summertime and the livins easy!"

"When do we eat, Mom?"

Please leave a comment before buzzing off to 
Cecilia's beautiful Summer Garden Tea for Two.
Let me know what you do to make summer easy.
Thanks for stopping by.
May you enjoy a summer of easy livin!

Enjoy your visits to each of these inspiring posts!

Home is Where the Boat Is - Dockside Nautical Table
Hyacinths for the Soul - Summertime, and the Livins Easy! (You are Here)
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Sweet Peach Summer Table
The Painted Apron - Shells on the Beach
Living With Thanksgiving - Patriotic Table by the Pond
Everyday Living - A Welcome to Summer



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah, Your table is the bees knees! I’m a fellow bee enthusiast so I’m all abuzz over your accessories and table details, in particular your MLT plates with sunflowers and sweet bee creamer! Miss Sadie is a charmer...look at that sweet face! And always it’s always a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Summer ♥

  2. Sarah, I always appreciate you attention to detail! Your little bee creamer is darling and I love your bee-themed place settings! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia

  3. Sarah, I know you were delighted to find the adorable creamer with honeycomb and bee motif. It was perfect for you.
    Wow, your bee theme is charming. Love the glasses, plates, napkins and napkin rings!
    Your table for two on the terrace showcases all your favorite designers beautifully and showcases your creative mind and styling ability.
    So glad to tablescape hop with you!

  4. What a find makes the prettiest vase! Lovely lovely things Sarah♥

  5. So delightful Sarah! I love bee themed things too, and your new creamer is so pretty, and perfect with your Mary Lake Thompson plates...and of course Courtly Check blends in perfectly! I love your furry photo bomber, she thinks you need to set a table for 3! Happy Summer Sarah!

  6. What a sweet little setting, as a gardener I know to cherish the bees, but frankly miss Sadie stole the show!

  7. Sarah, your tables are always eye-candy! Finding the perfect little creamer set your wheels in motion for this beautiful bee-themed table. The MLT plates are so lovely as are your bee details. I always enjoy a seat at your table...Happy Tuesday!

  8. Sarah such a lovely table with your bee accessories. The Mary Lake Thompson plates are so pretty with the yellow and bees. I own a couple of designs from her. Courtly check always fits right in every table. The sweet bee creamer is lovely filled with orange day lilies and Mexican hat. Sadie is adorable. Always a pleasure Sarah to hop along with you. Happy summer

  9. What a beautiful table, Sarah! I wish I could send you a piece of the "bee" cake I made for Cork Poppers -- it would go perfectly with it. Love your sweet pitcher. That's especially pretty and of course the flowers in your checks and the plates just set it off perfectly!

  10. Sarah, I love all things apian! Your post is the bee's knees! So cute, and it's always fun to catch-up with Sadie!

  11. Sarah, I love anything bee themed, and your table is precious! Your new antique find is a perfect addition to your table and looks so pretty with the orange lilies. Your plates are so beautiful along with all of your bumble bee touches. Happy Summer!

  12. Sarah, I love my bee friends as well! Those beehive plates and vintage mug are darling. And your sweet dog babies look - really melts your heart :)
    Happy summer.

    and yourdogs

  13. Sarah, there are so many things I love about your summer table! First that adorable creamer adorned with bees! Second is those Mexican hat flowers - how adorable! But your plate stack is stunning. I love everything about it. Sliding the flat wear into the napkin ring is a nice touch and really makes the black linen napkin pop! So very pretty!

  14. Cute bee theme - when I saw the tiger lilies i peeked outside to see if our are ready to bloom and then I remembered they bloom around the 4th July! I love them!

  15. Your bee themed table is just lovely and so perfect for a summery table in the garden. Your MacKenzie Childs chargers make a great base for your pretty plates! I am all for the bees and am so happy the public has become aware of how important they are!

  16. Hi Sarah, your tablescape is lovely. It has been so long since I have visited. I am really trying to organize my blog comments and visit many blogs. It seems blogger changes so many little technical items it is hard to catch up. I hope you are having a wonderufl week. Take care.

  17. Such a cute table, Sarah, just buzzing with summer joy! Bees are always a favorite theme of mine and I adore so many of your bee-utiful pieces, like your new pitcher, your glassware and especially those plates!! But your puppy is kind of stealing he show!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, it is always a pleasure to hop with you!❤️☀️

  18. Sarah, I always love to see what you'll pull from your wonderful inventory of tableware and linens. Not only do you find the unique (the creamer is buzzing with great vintage style!), but unique can also describe your finesse in styling. I just love it. The Mary Lake Thompson plates are fantastic, and I'm wondering how many pieces of that line you have?! Those Mexican Hat flowers are also unique in my book, as I've not seen them in our region (but I love that quirky appearance). Sadie wants to know why the table isn't set for three, or else she's found her seat already. ;) Great styling, Sarah!

  19. I love how you pulled your bee-themed setting from the charming little creamer. The enamelware has the perfect pattern for a summer table and everything looks pretty with checks. What a lovely way to enjoy a summer evening.........Your tables always inspire Sarah! Happy Summer.

  20. Oh, Sarah, your table is exquisite!!! I love your bee plates, your colors, EVERYTHING!! Thank you so much for sharing. Bravo!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  21. Oh, Sarah, your table is exquisite!!! I love your bee plates, your colors, EVERYTHING!! Thank you so much for sharing. Bravo!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  22. Oh, Sarah, your table is exquisite!!! I love your bee plates, your colors, EVERYTHING!! Thank you so much for sharing. Bravo!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  23. Oh Sarah my dear, you know that I am absolutely abuzz over your tableware! I love it all --- bee still my heart lol! What a lovely find that pitcher is. So many fabulous bee motif details like the plates, napkins and rings. A really lovely table for summer. Only wish I could have a seat at your bee-utiful table with you.

  24. What a darling setting, and I treasure the bees. Miss Sadie is the sweetest! I thoroughly enjoy the Tablescape Hops. Wishing you a delightful summer of easy livin.

  25. Sarah, your table is full of beautiful details. The buzzing bee theme is darling. Love your pretty creamer that started you vision. Summer easy livin is wonderful - I just wish it wasn’t quite so hot!!

  26. Sarah, what a cute inspiration for your easy livin bee theme tablescape. It displays your flowers beautifully. I love how you mix it up with the black and white from McKenzie Childs collection. And your adorable puppy is first to arrive at the gorgeous table. He is so sweet. He knows a stylish table when he sees it. Have a great summer!

  27. Dearest Sarah,
    Love the picture of Sadie asking Mom when do we eat?!
    La Rochère glasses with the bees are adorable as well.

  28. Sarah, your tablescape is darling. Love all the little buzzin bees. I don't have any on my table, but looking out the door at the lavender and it looks like an earthquake with them all hanging off the sweet blooms..Happy June..xxoJudy

  29. 🐝 utiful! Such an exquisite collection of bee designed tableware, plates, and linens all curated to make the most wonderful table!! Thank you for the 🐝 inspiration Sarah!

  30. Sarah, my vintage loving heart was instantly drawn to your pitcher. Was it made in Japan? I love it with the arrangement of tiger lillies and coneflowers. I agree that using enamelware dishes makes summer entertaining easy! I've never them with a bee motif. They're so cute paired with the Mackenzie Childs checked chargers. It was fun hopping with you. Have a wonderful summer!


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