Welcome back, friends! Today I am super excited to be participating in the Late Summer Tablescapes Blog Hop hosted by my friend Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate! I’m honored to be joining 24 other talented bloggers for this tablescape hop full of late summer inspiration. You will find links to each of the other blogger’s beautiful tablescapes at the end of this post. If you are coming over from Zucchini Sisters or if you just happened to stop by today, I’m so glad you are here! *This post contains affiliate links.
For late summer I have created a sunny tablescape with a little French farmhouse flair using sunflowers and lemons as a theme. Every time I look in the dining room it makes me feel so happy. I hope it will make you happy too!
I am so excited to finally get to use my Dollar Tree lemon dishes that I purchased way back in May (Dollar Tree again for the win!) They dishes are nearly identical to the Royal Norfolk Lemon dishes.
Even though fall decor is showing up in all the retail stores and there are some subtle signs in nature, August is the sunniest and hottest month here in Kentucky. Sunflowers are in bloom and the high temperatures means that ice cold lemonade will still be on the menu for several more weeks.
I am so excited to finally get to use my Dollar Tree lemon dishes that I purchased way back in May (Dollar Tree again for the win!) At first I thought that it might be too close to fall now for a lemon themed table, but using the lemons and sunflowers together makes the lemon dishes seem perfect for August too. My friend Rita of Panoply also shared these same dishes combined with French blue accents for her late summer tablescape. So pretty!
I started by clearing everything off my neutral summer table other than the linen runner. For this tablescape I mostly just used things I already had around the house and in my decor stash. Let’s take a look at the table in a little more detail.
I arranged a bountiful array of faux sunflowers and rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans) interspersed with lemon branches, yarrow and thyme in a pretty Mediterranean style urn for the centerpiece. I love the realistic look of the various sunflowers (purchased at different craft stores over the past three years.)
Even though I am using some elegant gold flatware, (I finally scored a set at an estate sale this summer!) overall I wanted to create a casual feel with this table setting. I used burlap chargers under the plates and I really like the added texture.
I am loving all of this August sunshine in the dining room!
A small olive bucket filled with a mini-bouquet of faux rudbeckia and herbs sits just to the left of the centerpiece along with a decanter of lemonade.
To the right is a rustic whitewashed dough bowl filled with faux lemons, moss spheres, greenery, black-eyed Susan blossoms and a French lemons dish towel.
I thrifted the adorable little birdhouse beehive for only $2.00 a couple of weeks ago.
I think it makes a cute addition to the table and it’s so appropriate for this time of year when the bees are buzzing around my sunflowers.
To add even more farmhouse style I placed a pair of rustic, mismatched candlesticks topped with moss spheres and white pillar candles on each end of the table.
I decided not to layer cloth napkins under the saucers because the napkins would cover up some of the pretty lemon design on the dishes. I also didn’t want to place them to the left side of the plates because I didn’t want to hide any of the pattern on the placemats either. I wasn’t sure what to use, but then I stumbled upon some pretty sunflower paper napkins at TJ Maxx at the last minute. I think they are just perfect for this tablescape!
I placed a napkin under each glass of lemonade and tied up the extras with a little bow of twine. I really love how the place settings turned out!
I discovered this absolutely gorgeous French lemons botanical fabric at Hobby Lobby earlier this summer. I purchased it with the intention of making some pillows for my summer porch tour. After finding the lemon dishes however, I decided to make some easy no-sew placemats instead.
I was “squeezed for thyme” so I simply cut the fabric to match the size of some other placemats I already had. Then I ironed a hem around the edges and hot glued a thin strip of glue under the hem. Easy squeezy! ( I couldn’t resist!)
After working on the tablescape for a while I realized something was missing…VINTAGE! Even though the tablescape has a vintagey French farmhouse vibe, I really didn’t have anything vintage on the table. That just wouldn’t do for my vintage-loving heart! Can you spot the vintage piece I added in this photo?
I shopped my dining room and spotted a stack of mismatched vintage ironstone butter pats. I knew they would be perfect for holding a little sweet treat beside the glasses at each place setting.
I headed back to TJ Maxx in hopes of finding some lemon macaroons and I got lucky again. They are even gluten free!
Even a tiny bit of sweet vintage goodness goes a long way!
Why quit when you’re on a roll? While at TJ Maxx I also scored a set of four vintage style glasses for only $5.99 that are just great for lemonade. I normally don’t like to buy too many items just for tablescapes, but we needed some new casual glasses anyway so it all worked out.
The decanter and glasses look like they could be a set, but I actually found the decanter at Dollar Tree back when I purchased the dishes. I just love how everything came together for this tablescape!
I didn’t end up using these bowls in my tablescape, but they will be perfect for serving chicken salad or lemon sorbet for brunch next week when my mom comes over. We are planning a weekend trip to the beach in September for my cousin’s wedding, and there will be plenty of vintage junkin’ along the way! I will be sure to share my treasures when I get back from my end of summer mini-vacation.
After our brunch I will be packing away all the lemon dishes and lemon decor, but I will be keeping the sunflowers a while longer as I begin the decorating transition to fall. For now I am happy to hold on to sunny summer in the dining room just a bit longer. Do you love sunflowers as much as I do? If so, then you might also enjoy taking a look at my late summer breakfast nook too!
I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at my French Farmhouse Lemons and Sunflowers tablescape! If you haven’t had a chance to visit all of the other blogs on the late summer tablescape blog hop, you can find each post via the links below.
Thanks so much for visiting today. Enjoy the rest of summer!
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