Wednesday, July 8, 2009

My First Tablescape Thursday

I am very excited to finally be able to participate in Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! I have been enjoying her blog and all the eye candy there every Thursday for quite some time now. Having a love of tablescaping myself, I really wanted to join in the fun and debated about creating a blog. I couldn't stand being on the sidelines any longer and went for it. I am still getting the hang of blogging and hopefully I will be able to figure out "Mr. Linky" to post this.



Recently, I was asked to help decorate for a bridal shower in a beach theme and when I brought the items home again, I decided to use some of them in a Beach Tablescape.






I borrowed this large shell from my mom who found it in a Thrift Store recently. I placed it in a large shallow glass bowl with some sand, faux grass and shells.


On the other side of the large shell, I placed a pillar candle in a hurricane shade and wrapped the bottom with netting that was actually a "bag" that was on the starfish I bought.

I used a bamboo runner I had down the center of the table. It coordinated perfectly as the blue string running through it was the same colour as the tablecloth.


On each side of the centerpiece, I placed a black lantern which are usually outside on our deck.

I put two of my glass cylinder vases with inserts beside the black lantern and filled the inserts with blue beads and a floating candle. In the bottom part, I layered sand and shells. A trio of starfish/urchin candle holders by Partylite flanked the vases on one side.


Each place setting consisted of a bamboo placemat, silver charger, coral-coloured dinner plate, blue flower-shaped salad plate and a clear shell-shaped appetizer plate. A placecard attached to shell, individual salt & peppers, candle holder, stemware and scattered shells adorn each place setting.


A closer look at the blue salad plate.



Originally, I had folded the napkins in a "fan" manner to simulate a shell look and tucked the fork inside. I wasn't happy with it though and went back to putting the napkins under the shell plates.



These two shells (next pic too) that I got at HomeSense were put on tables in the corners flanking my china cabinet.




Now the table is set, I just have to convince my husband to cook us up some crab and prawns,which he always makes to perfection, call up some friends and a dinner party will ensue!


Thanks for looking! Now that I have a blog, I hope I will be able to find the time to participate in many more Tablescape Thursdays!

48 comments:

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Great job! Welcome to TT and come back again and again! We're all looking forward to seeing more of your tables! Love the beach look.

D said...

Very pretty. Love it. Welcome to TT.
D

PAT said...

Welcome to blogging and welcome to Tablescape Thursday!

Your table is beautiful!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

How refreshing! I love the netting around the globe - what a clever idea!

Happy Thursday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, you did a wonderful job! This is a great tablescape and SO much attention to detail! I adore the way you folded your napkins they look so smart! And the layered plates. Everything is just perfect. I haven't participated in a long time, but I thought I would give it a shot, too!

Happy Tablescape Thurs!

XO,

Sheila :-)

ceekay said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I love how you used the netting and the big shell....I am so wanting to go shell looking!!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Love the detail of your beach theme tablescape! The globe with the netting looks great. Love the idea! So glad you joined in on the fun!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Mumzie said...

You table looks great, I love the beach theme, it is so "Summer Time". Thanks for sharing.

VintageSunshine said...

Very pretty! I like the placemats! Thanks for sharing!

Jadehollow said...

Beautiful Table! Welcome to Tablescape Thursday.. You'll love this crowd of folks.. always the sweetest most wonderful people and the best tablescapers around.
Hugs,
Debbie

Janie's World said...

You did a fantastic job with your seaside tablescape. I love your centerpiece. It turned out great and the blue in the candle holders. Loved it!

Dana and Daisy said...

Welcome to our party! So glad you came out of the sidelines! You have done a great job and your photos are awesome too! You'll be hooked just like the rest of us. I am even beginning to wonder of I can borrow dishes from people to keep doing this. It is so much fun! nice to "meet" you!

Pinky said...

I just love your beachy table! I am planning one to post soon. on't you just love this wonderful TT!!!??? It is such fun seeing what everyone comes up with! Have a great summer! Pinky

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

What took you so long!?! This is a beautiful table! I love the mix and the touch of rusty/orange in the place setting really looks well with the shell(which is beautiful too) Hope to see more TT's in the future!

Tammy518 said...

Wow, you really jumped in and got your feet wet in a huge way! I love your tablescape, and what a lucky bride to have enlisted your help with her bridal shower. I'm looking forward to more wonderfulness from you!

Lori E said...

Fabulous ideas. You could be a pro decorator.

The Tablescaper said...

Welcome to blogland. Your tablescape is beautiful. I love the depth of color, particularly with a beach theme. It's lovely - The Tablescaper

Martha said...

Congratulations on your first Tablescape Thursday -- you did a great job with your beach table.

Mary said...

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only "newbie" on Tablescape Thursday! This is my first week in blogland,I know it will be great fun - the people are absolutely fantastic! And creative! And funny! I'm lovin' it! Love your use of the sea shells - what a great way to serve "sea" food! Good luck with all the blogging instruction - tis quite a challenge!

xinex said...

Welcome to Blogland! I am so glad to meet another tablescaper. I love your table, so pretty, so much details to enjoy but I especially love your centerpiece.....Christine

abeachcottage.com said...

love how you tied the blue flower shape plate in with the shell theme, very summery...

happy tablescaping

Sarah

Carolyn said...

Welcome to blog land. I'd say you are of to a great start! Everything looks so pretty.Glad to meet another Canadian blogger.
Carolyn

KBeau said...

Welcome to TT. You've done a great job with both your table and your blog.

Melanie said...

Oooh, how pretty! I just posted my own recently acquired shell dishes. Your tablescape is amazing!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi, your tablescape is delightful!!!!!! I love all the attention to every single detail and the centerpiece is gorgeous! Great job.

Barb

Kristi said...

The netting is such a cool idea. Your table is beautiful. Blessings to you!

Beverly said...

Good luck with your new blog. It looks as if you are off to a great start. This was my first time participating in Tablescape Thursday, too.

Your table is delightful. I love the bamboo runner, and everything works together to create a perfect beach mood.

Fifi Flowers said...

Love your beach table... WELCOME!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Great table! Makes me wish I was at the beach right now. Happy TT to you!

Joyce said...

I am at the beach and it is pouring but I am having fun looking at your wonderful tablescape:)
Joyce

Maryrose said...

Oh so pretty. I love all of these gorgeous beach tables this week. Yours is wonderful. I am very surprised you have not been blogging for years. Your blog is lovely.
Enjoy your day!
~Maryrose

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Great attention to detail and I love that giant shell centerpiece! Welcome to blogland. I can tell you'll be offering us a lot of inspiration in the days ahead!

Kathleen said...

HI DD! So glad you took the plunge! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. But we can't forget our roots at Holidays! Tam, PD, you, me, now we have to get Jane in too!
Your table is lovely. All those special touches..Funny I used some shells this week too!
Happy Blogging..adding you to my sidebar, friend..

Brenda said...

You're going to love blogging and TT! Welcome to the bunch! I love what you did here, and how you even used the netting that came on something you bought! It's all quite beautiful, and we all look forward to seeing you next time! Great job, girl! A real "pro" job!
Brenda

Jane said...

Beautiful! I love your use of grasses...very beachy. This is my first time with TT, too. Hope we'll see each other often.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is all beautiful! You certainly have the knack for putting it all together! Glad you started a blog and joined us!

Great job!

Katherine

rosechicfriends said...

Love what you have done with those gorgeous LARGE shells! Very Pretty!
Blessings..Lorena

printersdevil said...

DD, great table. It is so nice to see you here, too. I have a large shell bowl or container that I now have some ideas for....Hmm, I have to plan a new table now.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Wow, you did a spectacular table... I can't believe it's your first TT attempt! Amazing. It's gorgeous!

Love it all -- Cass

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Just beautiful! I can't believe it is your first. I have done a couple now...and it really is fun...but not having done a lot of entertaining in recent years...I think it takes some practice. I LOVE that shell center piece you used. It is just one of the most beautiful shells I have ever seen!

Dish Diva said...

I feel that I was at the beach...Beautiful.I must try to do a beach scene for my MIL she loves shells...

Vanessa said...

Love it! Makes me want to pack up and go to the beach!

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

Very pretty table setting. The shell in the center is huge; I wonder what kind it is.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a cute idea. I really appreciate you attention to the details. I love the beach and don't live close enough to it for my liking. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Charli and me said...

Welcome to blogland. Your tablescape and blog is absolutely beautiful ♥ I especially love how you put your napkin together. I have never seen this before. Very creative. Thank you. I am going to enjoy following your blog :>)

marty39 said...

Oh my goodness, so many pretty things. I love all the shells and your centerpiece is just gorgeous. From the chargers to all the dishes, everything is just stunning. So pretty. What great eye candy and inspiration. Hugs, Marty

Bill said...

Wonderful beach-scape! I like everything about it!

Thanks for the sweet comment you left for my Christmas in July tablescape.

Bye for now,

Bill

Alicia said...

I love your 'scape! The shell was a great find. You're a pro. Thanks for sharing.
Alicia