This is the time of year when we want to get outside and dine under a starry sky with warm weather! 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. I think a beach vibe is the perfect summer tablescape theme. This tablescape is the next best thing to dining on the beach!
There are many ways to decorate an alfresco table, but I decided on a neutral place settings with a white tablecloth topped with a piece of burlap. I set this as an outdoor tablescape, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, this dining table can easily be styled indoors, too.
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Instead of floral arrangements I used empty clear wine bottles with simple white tapers. If you don’t have empty bottles, thrift stores are a great place to find them! The bottles were displayed in a row down the middle of the table. If you can’t find the wine bottles, or you are dealing with wind, you can substitute mason jars with votive candles as your candle holder.
Fresh flowers aren’t needed for a beachy tablescape. A fishing net was used as a table runner. At both ends of the table it was embellished with driftwood and oyster shell garlands. This made for a wonderful summer celebration last summer.
Summer party decorations are bargain priced like this fishing net from Dollar Tree. My color scheme was neutral, but you could add a pop of color if that is more your style.
These large silver Pottery Barn lanterns are classic pieces that I use again and again throughout my home. sat on each end of the table. These add a little height to this beach-themed table.
My favorite part of this table is the seashell chargers I made! These would make great additions to any beach themed event you are hosting.
For table decoration, you can tuck small succulents into seashells. Nestle the shells into the fishing net table runner for a pretty tablescape.
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. Although I used a sandy brown dinner plate, you could use these with your everyday white dishes for a similar look!
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. Find all links to the products I used at the end of this post!
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 – (Mine came from Kirklands, but they are no longer available. You can DIY your own from these!
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
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