First off, let's take a look at how easy it is to put together a centerpiece that fits with this theme.
It's pretty self explanatory but here's a mini-tutorial in pictures.
I used these rectangular glass vases but clear cylinder vases would be nice too.
I have collected these items from various places over the years but similar items could all be purchased at Walmart or even some Dollar Stores.
To me, the item most people don't think about using is the beach type grass-greenery but it adds so much to the look.
Here is another variation...
By placing multiple vases in a row on the table, you will have created a very dramatic centerpiece.
Now, some tips on creating a tablescape that complements your centerpiece.
Choose dishes that are either beach-related in their colour or their shape.
Here, I used a silver charger, white dinner plate, blue salad plate and a clear shell-shaped plate under a blue soup bowl.
Placecards are set next to a shell which could be decorative or could be a little take-home-memento for guests.
If you have some type of woven material, burlap or as seen here, bamboo table runner, it will add the perfect rustic texture to your beach-y table.
Scattered shells and blue glass beads reflect a seashore vibe.
Shell tealight holders stick with the theme but also add some ambiance...
...as do other candleholders placed in between the vases.
Another tip for any type of tablescape - if the tablecloth you want to use doesn't fit your table, layer it over another one.
Above, you see my shorter aqua tablecloth is placed over a longer brown one. You will note, I used white placemats as well. I like a LOT of layers!
And there you have it!
So round up a few glass vases, some sand, shells, glass beads & grass-greenery and create your own version of a beach-inspired table for your next summer gathering be it indoors or out!
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