honoring the iconic Bee symbol

Welcome May! Did you know there’s a National bee day in May? To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated May 20th as World Bee Day. On that note, I’m kicking off the month of May sharing the iconic bee symbol for some Queen Bee goodness.

iconic bee symbol

Bees are an iconic symbol in today’s world, and there’s no denying the French bee motif has an important impact on design. These fashionable fliers are suited to help nurture our environment as highly efficient pollinators, and their profile is also well known throughout history and design.

honoring the iconic bee symbol

Today, I am sharing different ways to inject some Queen Bee goodness into your home. I have some new honey bee projects planned for this season as well. So stay tuned, I will be sharing really soon.

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iconic bee design crafts

Floral Cone Bouquet

The month is kicked off with May Day so I thought I would share a sweet floral cone with the iconic bee design!

bee may day bouquet
floral cones bouquets DIY for May Day

The Napoleonic Bee is a Symbol of French industry. There’s no creature more industrious than our pollinator bee friends.

floral cone bouquets
floral cones bouquets DIY for May Day

Burlap Bee Container

burlap bee container
burlap container DIY {bee honeycomb theme}

This container can be used in so many ways. I used it as a cache pot for a flowering potted plant on this table design. It can also be used as a vase for pretty blooms. It would also be fantastic as a canister on the counter in a kitchen or bathroom. The possibilities are endless and it brings that idyllic Napoleonic Bee design aesthetic to any space.

burlap container DIY {bee honeycomb theme

honey comb food and drink ideas

A Honeycomb Cheesy Cracker Appetizer

honeycomb cheese crackers
the best honeycomb cheesy cracker appetizer ever

The honeycomb is a delicious indulgence, which paired with these cheesy crackers makes for a decadent treat.

the best honeycomb cheesy cracker appetizer ever

If you follow the link underneath the images it will take you to the original posts with all the instructions and more photos.

Honey Ginger Champagne Mule Cocktail

honey ginger champagne mule cocktail

Honeycomb is also used in this pretty drink with a twist on the traditional Mule cocktail. Between the sweetness of the honey and the spiciness of the ginger, which is all topped off with the bubbles, it makes for a very complex depth of flavor.

honey ginger champagne mule cocktail

This is the honeycomb I use for my recipes since it can be hard to find in some areas.

iconic bee symbol table design

All this food and drink should be shared on a pretty table. Here’s a table design honoring the fabulous bee.

bee theme tablescape

The bee has been a vital symbol of French industry and one of the most prominent emblems of the French Revolution. Even today, the bee emblem is used on French glassware, cutlery, linens upholstery fabric and even on cosmetic brands.

bee theme tablescape

use the iconic bee symbol in your decor

“The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them.”

Saint Francis De Sales

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Myrna says:

    Those crackers sound delicious. Anyone who has ever raised bees loves the honeycomb. Back in the dark ages when I was little, an occasional bee would get in your hair. The first thing was to run over and put your head under a running faucet. Who knew those were the good old days ?

  2. annafromskylarkhouse says:

    Hi MaryJo – With pollinators and especially bee populations in serious decline, I love the idea of us celebrating them. Bringing them into your home decor is lovely. I also love all the products you linked. Thank you for sharing this post with the Home Imagined Link Party.

    1. Thanks so much Anna! Yes, I love me my bees for so many reasons. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  3. Cara says:

    I think we should celebrate bees, what a great idea Mary Jo. We are the only ones on our street who doesn’t treat our lawn and I can tell you our neighbors are not too crazy about it. I feel like I am doing a small part in helping though.

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