This is the time of year when we want to get outside and dine under a starry sky! There are so many beautiful beaches that I dream of styling a table upon, but for now, my back porch will have to be the scene for this summer dinner party.
There are many ways to decorate an alfresco table, but I decided on a color palette of neutrals with a white tablecloth topped with a piece of burlap.
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Empty clear wine bottles held simple white tapers. The bottles were displayed in a row down the middle of the table.
A fishing net was used as a table runner. At both ends of the table it was embellished with driftwood and oyster shell garlands.
Large silver Pottery Barn lanterns sat on each end of the table. These add a little height to this beach-themed table.
Instead of flowers, I tucked small succulents into seashells. I nestled the shells into the fishing net table runner.
The shell chargers were such a hit and everyone wanted to know where I had found them!
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 shopped for seashell charger plates 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. A white dinner plate could be used just as easily.
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 candle holders with assorted sea shells to keep with the theme of the tablescape. Clear glass bottles being used as candle holders were placed down the center of the table, nestled amongst the fishnet and my tiny shells used as planters for a touch of green.
The Sun Sets:
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.
White napkins were folded and each tucked inside a DIY coastal napkin ring. You can see my DIY tutorial on my napkin rings .
Shop This Tablescape:
White Wooden Fish – Kirklands
White Salad Plates – Pottery Barn
Succulent Plants – Amazon
Air Plants – Amazon
Seashells (if you don’t live near the beach) – Walmart
Fishnets – Amazon
Mushroom Brown Dinner Plates (similar, mine came from Home Goods several years ago) – Amazon
Linen Napkins – Crate & Barrel
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