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I want to share a story about this summer tablescape. Back in the spring of 2016 I was feeling a little blogging sorry for myself. I was seeing all of these great blog hops where several bloggers would get together online and share a holiday home tour or a fall wreath round up. No one had invited me to the party! Has this ever happened to you? Did you ever feel left out, like you were the only one who was included in a party invitation or other get-together? Well, as the saying goes, I put on “my big girl panties” (Who is kidding who? At my size, all my panties are big girl panties no skimpy thongs in my drawers!) I decided to throw the party myself!
One of the things I have talent for is styling pretty tables, so I decided I would host a tablescape blog hop. There are so many skilled tablescapers sharing their skills I just reached out to them via the internet and invited them!
I had NO idea what I was doing! I just kind of figured it out as I went along! When I went back to visit this post I realized I hadn’t even shared a link to the other bloggers! OH NO! I have fixed that here!Twenty three amazing bloggers had faith in me and joined me on this adventure! I am proud to say that half of them are still hanging in there and joining me several times a year to showcase their tablescaping talents year in and year out! These days I have all kinds of bloggers reaching out asking to join these hops!
Come along and re-visit my first tablescape for my first tablescape blog hop. This is the time of year to get outside and dine under a starry sky! I decided the first hop would be an Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop. I endured the summer heat and humidity in central Florida and set up this beach inspired tablescape on my back porch.
There are so many ways to decorate an alfresco table, but I decided on neutral and beachy with white tablecloth topped with a piece of burlap. My table runner was a fishing net. Large silver Pottery Barn lanterns sat on each end of the table.Empty clear wine bottles held simple white tapers. Burn your candles ahead of time and let some of the wax drip down over the bottles for a bit of a bohemian vibe.
Instead of flowers, I tucked small succulents into seashells. I nestled these into the fishing net table runner.
I shopped for seashell chargers and couldn’t find any I really liked at a price I liked, so I went to work with my glue gun and seashells. You can see the tutorial for these at Seashell Chargers.
I topped those with mushroom brown dinner plates and added simple white salad plates on top of those. White napkins were folded and tucked inside my DIY coastal napkin rings. You can see my DIY tutorial on my napkin rings .
I found these fun little fish on a rope at Kirkland’s and picked up a couple of them thinking I will add them to my Christmas tree. For this dinner, they were perfect hanging on empty glass bottles that served as candle holders. I used two different kinds of seashells on my chargers and alternated these down the table for variety.In keeping with the natural elements I chose to use my wooden handled flatware that came from IKEA.
I filled the base of the candleholders with assorted shells to keep with the theme of the tablescape. Clear glass bottles being used as candleholders were placed down the center of the table, nestled amongst a fishnet and my tiny shells used as planters for a touch of green.As the sun set, the candles were lit to offer a lovely glow to the dinner table. There is nothing as lovely as dining by candlelight. I would like to imagine I could hear the waves breaking on the sand.
Visit all of these skilled table stylists and see what they shared for my very first tablescape blog hop! Come back next week when I will be hosting my third Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop!
Starfish Cottage | Knock it Off Kim | Life and Linda | Southern Hospitality | Everyday LivingMy Kentucky Living | DesignThusiasm | Simp
CoziNest | Love of Home | Panoply | Flourish & Knot | The Painted Apron | Dining Delight |
B. Lovely Events | Lolly Jane | A Toile Tale | Bluesky Kitchen | Rattlebridge Farm
Shop This Tablescape:
White Wooden Fish – Kirklands
White Salad Plates – Walmart
Succulent Plants – Amazon
Air Plants – Amazon
Seashells (if you don’t live near the beach) – Walmart
Fishnets – Walmart
Mushroom Brown Dinner Plates (similar, mine came from Home Goods several years ago) – Amazon
Linen Napkins – Macy’s
Glass Wine Bottles – Amazon
Chargers – DIY using Plain Chargers
Napkin Rings – DIY
Yellow Stemware – Antique from my Husband’s Grandmother
Crystal Stemware – Marquis by Waterford – Amazon
Lanterns – Pottery Barn
Flatware – Ikea from Amazon
I will be sharing this at: The Charm of Home