Ocean-Themed Table Setting–A Contrast of Elegant Sophistication and Casual Ambiance

Party Favors for Special Beach-Themed Dinner

Welcome to the 723rd Tablescape Thursday!

How is your week going? Are you staying inside out of the heat? Things have gotten pretty busy here the last few days. I just returned from visiting family on Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon, the first phase of installing the garage floor took place. The final part of the process will be completed today. I’ve taken a few photos and look forward to sharing those and how the floor looks real soon.

Granite Garage Floors, Garage Floor Makeover

 

While I was out of town, I received a lovely email from Toni who had just hosted a special luncheon for a good friend. Toni’s friend really loves the ocean life so Toni decided to create a pretty seaside-themed tablescape. She decorated the hutch in her dining room for this fun gathering. Toni said, “I’ve hand-picked up every shell you see….from beaches around the world, the sea glass as well–kind of my favorite souvenir from a trip, if possible. I’ve purchased just a few like the large white skinny sea stars.”

Beach House Style

 

Soo many pretty shells and I love the beautiful blue sea glass Toni has collected over the years! Sea glass really feels like finding treasure when you come across it, doesn’t it?

Decorating with Shells

 

Toni drew her inspiration for her table setting from her friend’s love of neutrals. Toni said, “My friend loves neutrals so I wanted to keep the table more neutral. I used a painter’s cloth for the tablecloth because of its more rustic feel.” I love that idea! The dropcloth tablecloth makes me think of a sandy beach, the perfect backdrop for a seaside-themed table!

Beach-themed Neutral Table setting, Painter's Dropcloth Tablecloth

 

Toni said, “I found the fish net and the place card holders at a garage sale. I collected all the shells and sea glass, a friend made the cute white chocolate anchors for favors.” Love the little shell name card holders!

Soft Neutral Color for a Beachy, Nautical Table Setting

 

Toni shared more details saying, “The dishes are Mikasa Italian Countryside. The napkins and shell napkin rings are from Homegoods. My silver is Roger’s International Silver Lace (wedding silver) and my water goblets were Gorham Reizart, First Lady.” I love the mix and contrast of the more casual elements (painter’s cloth tablecloth and fishnet, shell centerpiece) paired with the elegant dinnerware and crystal. The contrast adds that air of excitement and awakens the senses! So beautiful!

Soft Neutral Color for a Beachy, Nautical Table Setting

 

About the centerpiece, Toni shared, “The antique bottles and floats, I’ve found here and there. My candle holders were from Homegoods as well.  The silver and crystal are from my wedding almost 50 years ago!” I love the pretty sea glass Toni has collected from her various beach trips over the years. It’s those personal touches that really add so much to a beautiful table.

Beach Themed table, Centerpiece Ideas

 

The lovely friend who made the white chocolate anchors seen at each place setting, also made the party favors pictured below. Toni said, “The cute little “matchbox” type packages contained another chocolate. The same friend made all the favors, including the white chocolate anchors at the table.” Ohhh, I would love to bite into one of those luscious, white shells right now!

Party Favors for Special Beach-Themed Dinner

 

I love how this ocean-themed table setting with its neutral color scheme is elegant and sophisticated but still maintains a relaxed, casual feel. What a fun summer gathering of great friends!

Beach-themed Neutral Table setting, Painter's Dropcloth Tablecloth

 

Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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Author: Andy Edwards