Bee Theme Tablescape

by MaryJo

Bees are an iconic symbol in today’s world and there’s no denying the French bee motif has an important impact on design. Styling a bee themed tablescape can make anybody feel like the Queen Bee!

These fashionable fliers are suited to help nurture our environment as highly efficient pollinators. To raise awareness of these importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated May 20th as World Bee Day. To honor this day I set this bee theme tablescape in the dining room last week.

Details for a bee theme tablescape

⚜️Bee motif flower containers and plates

⚜️Bee skep basket

⚜️Honeycomb motifs

⚜️Black & yellow color theme

⚜️ Flowers

We have many tabletop items with the color black in them and yellow is a favorite color of mine {behind green}, which made styling this table super fun.

Gold rimmed china and glassware always give table scapes a touch of refinement, which I absolute love. And the ever popular emblem of the bee, made popular through French history, plus the beehive and the honeycomb pattern are extremely popular in all facets of design.

Place setting details for a bee theme tablescape

⚜️Black & gold boho tasseled placemats

⚜️Williams Sonoma Bistro black dinner plates

⚜️Royal Stafford black transfer-ware accent plates

⚜️Williams Sonoma Honeycomb appetizer plates

⚜️Yellow and black linen napkins

⚜️Gold jeweled napkin rings

⚜️Laguiole ivory steak knives

⚜️Roster stainless dinner fork

⚜️Etched gold rimmed water glasses

⚜️French champagne flutes

⚜️Gold rimmed aperitif glasses

The star of the plate stack is the bee appetizer plate. I coveted these plates for.a.long.time. There is a complete collection which you can preview @ Williams Sonoma Honeycomb collection. It’s beautiful and extensive from dishes to glassware to linens and more. Check it out.

Although I love all the things, for whatever reason, these little appetizer plates captured my heart. They coordinate perfectly with our everyday dishes and the touches of gold lends them to coordinate with our fine china. It’s a win-win! They are perfect for an appetizer spread, which we do quite often when we entertain, adding a little bit of pizzaz.

Centerpiece details for a bee theme tablescape

⚜️Vintage wooden bread board

⚜️Bee skep basket

⚜️Burlap, linen, and kraft paper containers

⚜️Assorted white flowers {daisy, tulips, etc.}

⚜️Tabletop accents from the Anthropologie Bistro Tile collection

A bee theme tablescape would not be complete without fresh flowers since it’s the busy bee’s main task to pollinate. Pollination is a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems, which makes the bee not only stylish but vital.

I used white flowers. The daisy varieties will be incorporated into our front yard design and the white tulips will be part of a summer vignette. All of it is coming your way, which I hope to share soon.

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I also love the Anthropologie Bistro Tile collection. I have accent pieces around the table. The collection has a honeycomb design that coordinates with the appetizer plates. I used pieces in this tablescape {a glitzy halloween tablescape}.

History of the iconic bee symbolism

The symbolic status of bees dates back to ancient times, associated with wisdom, birth and rebirth and industry. Bees, like fairies, are often considered guardians of the natural world, eternally linked with love, magic and romance.

The universal Provencal bee has its origins in the old 1st century Merovingian dynasty. Childeric I, the father of the French hero, Clovis I, was the first French king to use the bee as a symbol. The bee is believed to be one of the oldest symbols of French royalty.

It’s just another French design motif I am inexplicably attracted to.

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes.”

Mark Nepo
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