Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Backyard Beach Tablescape for Two

 Whether you live near the beach or not, summer is the season where dreams of being by the water abound. 

With that in mind, I created a little beach inspired tablescape for two in our backyard.

 Though not nearly as wonderful as the real thing, our meals here act as a mini-getaway to the beach without ever leaving our yard. 

A white tablecloth provides the backdrop for all the aqua coloured items on the table.

Starfish play a major role in the theme.

Inspiration for the tablescape began with these new melamine dishes from the gift section of our local Pharmasave.

They are such a pretty shade of water-blue and the design on the edge reminded me of water droplets.

I placed the melamine plate and bowl atop a brown charger which was set on a turquoise placemat.

I added a blue starfish plate inside the bowl.

And for fun, a "seaside living" votive holder was placed on top.

Blue and white striped napkins were embellished with a metal star attached to a wood napkin ring.  I tucked the fork inside which is a favourite look of mine.

Two of these aqua coloured wine glasses served as the stemware.

These starfish not only look pretty, they are heavy and provide the perfect tablecloth weights in strong breezes.

The beach themed centerpiece for the tablescape was created using this wire lantern that was placed on a round white tray.

Here's the final look but below I have a pic with the items you need to create a similar look.

I've labelled all the items I used for this centerpiece here.

Any combination of similar items that have a beach theme to them would probably work equally well.

The faux beach grasses were threaded through the wires on the lantern. (My lantern is from Home Outfitters awhile back before they went out of business.)

The candle in the cylinder vase was placed inside and the starfish, shells, rope balls, etc were arranged around the base of the lantern.

This gives a pleasing view from all angles.

We enjoyed having this table set up for our "mini vacations" in the backyard during the pandemic especially when we might not feel totally comfortable with dining in restaurants yet.

No matter what we eat here, it feels like we've gone to a patio by the shore. Have you ventured out for restaurant meals yet?

Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Beach Inspired Tablescape for Backyard BBQ

I'm late to post this but in mid July, we did our first entertaining in months and even though it was just a simple backyard barbeque with my parents, it felt so good!

I set the table in our "cabana" and chose a summertime beach theme in shades of aqua and coral.

These wooden fish tags made the perfect placecard holders.

My copper flatware coordinated well with the orange tones.

Simple stemmed water goblets were selected for this table.

I chose a bamboo runner with blue stitching as the backdrop for my centerpiece.

Various beach inspired decor was arranged down the center.


Aqua coloured jars, shells and a starfish were included.

This Fitz & Floyd shell that I've had for years was the inspiration for the coral/orange part of the colour scheme.

I filled these Dollar Store buckets with faux beach grasses.

It was such a wonderful summer evening for our BBQ...

...and we had the protection from the sun's heat while eating in our little cabana.

I set the food on a separate table in the backyard and everyone helped themselves.  Missing from this pic are the "burger fixings" plate and a bowl of fried onions. 

What could be better than burgers and beer with family on a beautiful summer evening?!!

After dinner, we enjoyed time around the fire.

I set up a little S'mores station and...

...we each made our own dessert!

Yum! Perfect summertime treat!

It was a lovely evening and after so much time in quarantine, it was wonderful to be able to expand our "bubble" and have my parents over for a visit.

I hope we get to do it again before the summer ends!

Thanks for visiting!