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Courtly Check, Sunflowers & Bees

We actually threw a dinner party over the weekend and invited neighbors.
Sunflowers are definitely a flower in abundance right now.  I paired sunflowers with bees and Mackenzie Child's Courtly Check.

Black Checkered Round Placemat with Ruffle  from Crown Linens topped with a yellow placemat.  American Atelier white dinner plate, with courtly Check plate and then William Sonoma Bee plate. Mackenzie Child's flatware goes perfectly with the checks theme.

For two of the plate stacks, I used these woven yellow placemats and sunflower salad plates. The floral spray is from the local farmer's market.

Dinner menu

Bolognese Sauce With Fettucine
Strings Copycat Salad Dressing
This is so yummy and easy to make. String's salad consists of lettuce, carrots, red onion, cherry tomatoes, sun flower seeds, raisins and croutons.

Carrot Cake

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  1. Hi, Linda!!!!! Wow…you pulled out all the stops for this one! End-of-summer sunflowers are always such a welcome sight, and paired with honeybees…perfect!🌻🐝 I live in Missouri, right on the Kansas border, but in recent years the number of sunflower fields this way have greatly diminished.😕 There used to be sunflowers as far as the eye could see while driving the highways.

    Nice that you had a chance to have guests in to enjoy your creative and culinary skills. Have a relaxing holiday weekend!

  2. Your table is gorgeous and your meal sounds to die for. That cake is a work of art in itself! I adore sunflowers and will probably be snaring a few at the farmer's market tomorrow. They look terrific with the checks and the cute bee plates, too!

  3. Everything looks delicious! And love those bee plates!

  4. Linda, you know I'm all a buzz over your bee-ut-i-ful table setting! Bee still my heart! Looks like our trip is still on to CA on Sunday. The three national parks remain open, and we've confirmed all our reservations from Monterey Bay to Carmel to Ragged Point to Paso Robles too. Only part of the trip is lacking is getting to meet you!

  5. I don’t know which one I like best, the bees or the sunflowers. Both are lovely! I like how you mixed up other elements in the plate stacks, too. The Courtly Check looks pretty with both, and the Courtly Check cake stand is gorgeous.

  6. What a bright and cheery table - and that cake made me drool a bit!! lol. I am sure your guests enjoyed sitting here and having dinner.

  7. Your table is gorgeous. Love the black and white and sunflowers with the yellow added too. Very pretty. The fettuccine and bolognese sauce looks so yummy. Happy Holiday weekend. xoxo Kris

  8. What a special evening that must've been! Intimate entertaining is really a lost art. You made it beautiful, Linda.

  9. That bolognese♥It looks amazing and such a pretty cake Linda..A happy place♥

  10. Love the bees and sunflowers with the checks, darling! Your table is perfect for September. I always look forward to buying sunflowers in the Fall. Love your linens and the table is lovely. The menu sounds delicious, I'm sure your guests were enchanted. Happy holiday weekend........

  11. Everything looks great, Linda and I love those placemats! Wow! So unique.

  12. Love this tablescape with bees and sunflowers and black buffalo plaid...all just right for the end of summer

  13. This is such a festive tablescape! Perfect for summer's end. A feast for the eyes before the actual feast, which sounds delicious!

  14. This is beautiful. I love how bright the yellow makes everything.

  15. Hi Linda,

    Thus us beautiful as always

    Love the sunflowers mixed with the bee dishes.

    I'm drying Sunflower heads right now


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