Mrs. McGregor’s Garden Party

Do I have a treat for you today!

Last week, a reader saw my Mr. and Mrs. McGregor inspiration boards … then sent me pics of a Mrs. McGregor’s Garden Party table she has done — two actually! I love to get emails from you, and they’re extra special when they include photos!

Since Katherine doesn’t have a blog of her own, I’m sharing her photos and “behind the scenes” commentary right here at My Place to Yours.  I always like knowing how a table comes together, don’t you?  Enjoy!

This table was part of the 2013 annual Entirely Entertaining event at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It all started with a flower show requirement of green only. I chose to use herbs, and my co-designer added vegetables to our arrangement.


From that came doing a centerpiece mini-garden. I had wanted to do a live fairy-sedum garden, but I live in Tennessee, and the tablescape was to be in Florida, so transportation would be an issue. The idea kept evolving.  Once I decided on a square miniature garden and found a clear cube shaped vase to use as a dome, I was thrilled, as I still wanted to do a veggie arrangement on top for height.


For the miniature garden, it became imperative that I include a Mr. McGregor figurine, once I knew he existed. He and his garden shed flew in from England, just in time. I found miniature carrots in both Hobby Lobby and on Etsy, and asked mini-sculptor Lily Stewart (AquaticCat-Etsy) to make me a few more carrots, but half eaten, to show the damage Peter had caused.


Cube glass vase – Home Goods
Wedgewood Mr McGregor figurine – Ebay
Miniatures –, Etsy, Hobby Lobby, Ebay
Base is a square wood picture frame upside down, covered in moss sheets, Michael’s
Glassware, flatware – Home Goods
Flower pots – Target
Nachtmann basketweave glass charger – Bed Bath and Beyond
Bordallo Pinheiro Lunch plate
Farmers Market glass appetizer plate, bunny/carrot salt and pepper – Pier 1
Linen garden printed napkin – gift shop of Biltmore/Ashville
Tablecloth, carrot cloisonné napkin rings – Williams Sonoma
Orange floor length tablecloth and chair ties –

Once the design got rolling, I was afraid I would only use it once and that it would be too much effort for one table design, but alas… I have already re-used the table design with variations, (flowers instead of vegetables, place cards with Peter Rabbit and friends), and am planning a tea party table setting as well. One variation would be to raise the garden on top of a clear container with veggies, or something else, to make it easier to see the garden detail.

Here’s another of Katherine’s “takes” on Mrs. McGregor’s Garden Party … this one for a garden club flower show at a private home in Memphis, Tennessee.


Portmierion Garden glassware – Home Goods
Trader Joe flatware – Tuesday Morning
White plates – Pottery Barn
Place card holder pots – Williams Sonoma


Didn’t I tell you I had a treat for you today? Do you have a favorite table? I still can’t stop going back to Katherine’s tall veggie centerpiece in the first set of pics. Gorgeous!

Katherine, thank you for sharing your fantastic photos and “behind the scenes” details with all of us here at My Place to Yours! There are so many creative ideas in these two tablescapes. I’m sure readers would love to see more of your tables in the future. Feel free to share!

The same goes for the rest of you.  Yes, you — the most fantastic readers around!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.


I’ll be linking Katherine’s tablescapes with these parties:
Let’s Dish! at Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Two gorgeous Tables! I love the idea of turning the glass square upside down and using it as a cloche!

    Beautiful and genius….Great job.

  2. Oh my goodness, this is sooooo cute! The inverted square vase is totally brilliant! How much fun it all is! What a nice reader to send you these amazing photos! Please thank her for me!

  3. Love, love, love this particularly because I’ve always love Peter Rabbit stories and have given my daughters a Beatrix Potter figure each year of their life.

  4. That is too cute and how ingenious to turn the square vase upside down! Thanks for sharing that with us!

  5. Oh, these tables are so charming! How clever to use the square vase like that! And the little miniature garden is just delightful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. FANTASTIC!! I love both of them. I think the second one might be my favorite, but I’m not sure. There is just such a fresh and happy look about them.

    I also love your note cards below. I am busily trying to delete pictures and kept seeing ones from my blog that I wanted to use, but I never got around to posting.

  7. Great eye for design. I’ll bet that Peter was really relieved when he saw Farmer MacGregor confined in that glass cube! The tall centerpiece is spectacular…so many wonderful details. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  8. I absolutely LOVE both tablescapes! Very well done! Thank you, Katherine and Susan, for sharing with us. xo Nellie

  9. Utterly enchanting! What a great inspiration for the rest of us!

  10. That is just precious…and oh how fun that would have been to have the mother’s of the children’s book club enjoy that. Not sure the boys would have thought it was so neat. Thanks for sharing….how fun.

  11. Oh gosh, I just love these tables. What a fabulous idea! Love your centerpiece and the garden on the bottom.. oh so wonderful. I do love vignettes especially on the table. Thanks for inspiring us. xo marlis