Tablescape: Beach Tablesetting

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Blue skies, warm weather, a sense of calm and relaxation–that sounds like you’re at the beach on vacation. The summer season’s most iconic location is the beach. It’s the place we all think of spending time–walking up a sandy beach, picking up some pretty shells, sleeping in the sun or  swimming through the waves of water.  Now of course, you don’t actually have to be at the ocean to create a “beachy” feel for your home or tables.  It only takes a few simple items to get you in the mood for wiggling your toes in the sand.

Summer Beach Tablesetting 1

Consider this simple beach tablesetting with dessert plates with seaside icons on them. Over a white tablecloth, I used purple round straw place-mats from the Christmas Tree Shop with lime green dinner plates from the dollar store.  The beachy dessert plates were found at a local thrift store, and the cloth napkins are lavender. What I especially liked about the plates was the unusual color scheme. You don’t usually associate purple and lime green with beach prints–you usually think of blues, aquas and tans. But these colors were a bit different which I thought would be fun to use.


Summer Beach Tablesetting 2

I also love stars, so of course, the star fish on these plates appealed to me. The obvious thing to use for a centerpiece was a simple bowl of seashells, with a few starfish added into the mix. Everyone can use a few stars to wish on!

Summer Beach Tablesetting 3

Now can’t you see yourself relaxing with a glass of iced tea while looking out at the blue skies of fluffy clouds and the peaceful water?

The dessert plates can also serve as salad plates, and wouldn’t a cold green salad with juicy cherry tomatoes and crisp cucumbers taste just right with that iced tea?


Then you could have a nice cold and creamy shrimp or crab salad with some crunchy flatbread crackers–umm, umm, good. And you could end this light meal with a bowl of vanilla frozen yogurt with sliced strawberries as a topping. Then you fill your glass with more ice and tea,  grab your beach book, and head out to a lounge chair with an umbrella. What could be better?




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