Alfresco Dining with Butterflies

Happy Thursday, sweet friends! This week, I am joining a wonderful group of bloggers to bring you our alfresco tables. This fun hop is being hosted by the very talented Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate. A schedule of the tables can be found at the end of this post.

This summer, I have really enjoyed tablescaping in my new outdoor space. However, last week the temperatures were brutal hovering in triple digit territory! Luckily, this week we have had a little reprieve from the extreme heat. Temperatures have remained in the low 90s with a slight northerly breeze. These pleasant evenings are the perfect occasion for alfresco dining.

The theme of this tablescape was inspired by some beautiful visitors…Swallowtail Butterflies.  They love my Impatiens!!!

The underpinning as well as the china I chose for my table is by Lenox. It is the Blue Butterfly Meadow pattern.

As you can see by the pattern, they are the perfect tribute to my sweet visitors. Green straw placemats help to anchor each settting.


Mikasa Golden Tiara stemware, seersucker napkins, and butterfly napkin rings complete the look. The napkin rings are also by Lenox.


The centerpiece is simple with blue hydrangeas placed in a jardiniere.



Thank you all for your visits and comments. Please be sure to visit the other bloggers on the tour. I know you will find some wonderful inspiration for your summer tables. This group always amazes and inspires me with their wonderful creations. Take care and have a beautiful day, dear friends!!!


Home is Where The Boat Is
Everyday Living
A casa di Bianca
Living With Thanksgiving


Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Me and My Captain
PMQ for Two
At Home With Jemma


Red Cottage Chronicles
Life and Linda
Bluesky at Home
The Painted Apron


Belle Bleu Interiors
Our Crafty Mom
Celebrate and Decorate


Debbee’s buzz
Simple Nature Decor
From My Carolina Home
My French Twist

Linking with:
 Coastal Charm – Dwellings

Savvy Southern Style – French Country Cottage – Stone Gable – Confessions of a Plate Addict

Worthing Court – Between Naps on the Porch – Cedar Hill Farmhouse – A Stroll Thru Life –

 The Charm of Home – Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Shabbyfufu – Designthusiasm

Katherines Corner – Share Your Cup –  21 Rosemary Lane  –  Life and Linda

Rustic & Refined – Celebrate & Decorate – Peonies and Orange Blossoms 

 – Sweet Sensations – Imparting Grace– The Dedicated House


  1. Shannon, I’m all aflutter over your alfresco table and tablecloth! Lenox Butterfly Meadow is such a pretty pattern (I hadn’t seen the blue!) and perfect for summer and dining with butterflies. Your setting is beautiful with the dappled sunlight that’s highlighting your retaining wall, goblets and pretty jardiniere. It’s always a pleasure to blog hop with you. ♥

  2. Beautiful! The blue theme with butterflies and hydrangeas are just lovely together. Love your plates!

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  6. Shannon, your new garden is lovely and you are so lucky to have temps only in the nineties. The tablecloth and the dishes are a match made in tablescape heaven. Love the napkin rings. And the seeesucker napkins are wonderful. No ironing I assume. Where did you get them? Great to be back on a Hop with you.

  7. Shannon, You have the prettiest setting in your garden for dining alfresco. I am in love with your tablecloth and butterfly napkin rings. Your seersucher napkins are so attractive and you have skillfully used them differently in a different tablescape.
    That jardinaire is gorgeous!
    I adore butterflies so I love your theme. Those plates are so pretty.
    Have a wonderful week. Enjoyed your tablescape!

  8. Shannon, your table is striking! Such a beautiful placesetting and complemented so well with the table cloth and the gorgeous hydrangeas. I love the striped sear sucker napkins, a nice juxtaposition to all the florals. Your garden wall topped with blooms makes for a pretty background.

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  10. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    How pretty! I love butterflies. What a wonderful tablecloth and dishes!

  11. Shannon, I have one word ~ gorgeous! I love every single detail and your beautiful garden is the perfect setting.

    Have a beautiful day and weekend, my friend!

  12. Shannon, such a gorgeous table to sit down and dine at. The butterfly plates are beautiful. How special to use the blue hydrangeas placed in a jardiniere. Loving the pattern of the seersucker
    napkins with the butterfly napkin ring. A pleasure to join you for this fun alfresco tablescape blog hop.

  13. Shannon, butterflies are my favorite and I couldn’t help but smile while looking at all the aspects of your beautiful table. I am always looking for butterfly dishes…and your swallowtail butterfly is a perfect addition to your garden. I have them too…..such a shame they don’t live long because their grace and beauty are amazing. Blue hydrangeas are always perfect in a table setting and all your colors flow together so nicely. Always a pleasure to blog hot with you.

  14. Shannon, blues are a universal favorite in any decor, your tabletop included! The swallowtails on the china is a beautiful pattern, and there’s nothing like the real deal when they visit the garden! I’m seeing more and more of those now too, and I just love them. Perfect timing for you to be able to celebrate them with your alfresco dining. Your outdoor setting is gorgeous.

  15. Shannon, I have always loved the Lenox butterfly dish pattern, but I adore it on top of the matching tablecloth! The green placemats are perfect at each setting. The overall impact with the centerpiece is gorgeous.

  16. Shannon, your alfresco setting is so beautiful! As I have said before, it is stunning! I love the Lenox china with its delicate butterfly pattern. It highlights your impatiens visitor. Using the Lenox tablecloth was a great complement to your alfresco setting. I would certainly love to have a seat and enjoy the beauty of your space sweet friend! Perfectly lovely!

  17. What a charming table! Love all the blues and whites! I Love to have dinner there!

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  19. This is soooooo pretty Shannon! What a delightful theme and such a cute tablecloth! Your garden setting is so serene and inviting. The lovely cool blues and greens provide a refreshing cool feeling on this hot summer day! The china is beautiful…

  20. Shannon, this is so pretty and delicate. It is lovely to see such a pretty and coordinated look on a tabletop. The butterflies are a perfect theme for in your garden! Thank you so much for adding your talents to another tablescape hop!

  21. Your outdoor table setting is breathtaking. I got to try and make this exact setting at least once.

  22. This is so pretty! Love the soft coloring and how fresh it feels. Lenox makes such pretty dishes and linens. The blue hydrangeas were the perfect touch!

  23. Your table setting is Beautiful! Love the butterfly theme….and the real one just made it even prettier.

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  25. Good Morning Shannon,
    Oh how I love this cool, refreshing and butterfly themed Al Fresco table! (I have these darling plates too!) You made it all the sweeter by inviting real-life butterflies to dine with you! Hydrangeas….aw, they are one of my all time favorited flowers. Elegance combined with nature is always such a win, so beautiful in every way!
    So enjoyed sharing the tablescape hop with you,


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  28. Shannon, your table setting is just beautiful. Naturally, I’m drawn to it, because blue is my favorite color and I love hydrangeas. It had such a romantic, free spirited feel. Good job!

  29. Another darling tablescape from you! I’ve always enjoyed the Lenox patterns, especially the butterflies! You do them justice here, especially with those gorgeous blue hydrangeas. Happy summer!

  30. Sigh! I could just sit at your table all day long! I have told my husband he has to build be a stone wall for the garden!! Your table is so pretty and I am will be on the hunt now for those Lennox dishes. The bowl of hydrangeas is so simple yet stunning. So very pretty!

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  33. Such a pretty alfresco table setting! And I like your garden visitor!

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  35. Such a beautiful table — and that hydrangea, sigh* Dropping by from The Dedicated House party. Drop by my blog any Wednesday morning for our Vintage Charm party — you’d fit right in! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  36. Just love your beautiful table, such a great color combo, and those hydrangeas and beautiful plates
    are just fabulous…….Lovely lovely lovely…..


  37. What a gorgeous and delicate table you styled. I love everything about it. The hydrangeas, dinnerware and garden setting…. Beautiful styling.


  38. I do love the Butterfly Meadow series by Lenox. This table is gorgeous.

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  40. Lovely… and beautiful plates! Give me all the blues! 😉

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  42. Shannon…this is the sweetest table….I so love seeing your outdoor table settings…..the Butterfly Meadow is one of my favorites….I love the color combination that you have used today…when I went furniture shopping recently, I seemed to gravitate towards the combination of blue and green….Lovely, lovely table Shannon!

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