Tablescape: Starfish Tablesetting

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Summertime always makes me think of coastal colors and décor. I don’t live on the water or have a boat, but I really enjoy visiting at the river or beach and soaking up the sun, sand, shells and feel of the water. Even if I am not near the water, the colors and summer icons I can use in tablesettings remind me of my favorite season! Check out this starfish tablesetting for some easy ideas!This is a very simple tablescape to create. I began with a crisp white cotton tablecloth for the glass-top patio table. On the tabletop, I placed four natural-colored woven flat chargers. These flat chargers are spring green on the other side, so they have been versatile to use on many different types of tablesettings. On top of those I placed plain white dinner plates by 10 Strawberry Street. I also added pewter flatware.Next I placed four turquoise cotton napkins, folded in eighths, on the top of the plates. On top of each napkin, I place a white starfish. These are resin starfish that I bought at the Christmas Tree Shop several years ago and just seeing them makes me think of summer. I give these to my guests as favors so they too will be able to evoke the memories of the season. The clear-glass pedestal glasses full of tea and ice complete the placesettings. Ah–cold tea, whether you love sweet tea or unsweetened, is so refreshing when you are in the summer sun. Note how the light brown of the tea picks up on the natural brown color of the woven chargers, just as the white dishes and starfish pick up on the vivid white of the tablecloth. For a centerpiece, I used two inexpensive blue glass hanging lanterns I found at Walmart several years ago with a few starfish around them.. Each lantern holds a tealight and can be hung by its chain from a tree branch, hook or deck rail. When I found them, I knew I could use them inside or outside in a number of different ways. They could be used in nautical, beach or patriotic settings.

For this tablescape, I decided that the blue lanterns picked up on the turquoise napkins. I would not light the lanterns for a luncheon, but for supper, I would light the tealights for the special glow of candlelight.

Enjoy the summer, the sea, sun and sand–whether you are on the water or inside a nice cool air-conditioned house!

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