Create a Coastal-themed Luncheon

Would you like to have some friends in for a lovely coastal-themed luncheon?  It is so easy to re-create a coastal theme for a tablescape and then add some wonderful seafood salad, yummy breads, sweet tea, and you have a luncheon your friends will remember and talk about for long after.  This is not a party, just an opportunity to have friends in for a nice lunch, with a beachy twist to your table setting.  You don’t need to go out and purchase an entire set of dishes to re-create this kind of tablescape, just add a few accessories and you have a coastal table you will be proud to set and show off.Coastal-luncheon-tablescape

Begin by adding a cloth to your table.  I used a pale blue, green and grey striped throw.  Your tablecloth or drape on your table will begin to set the scene for your table.  You may want to have a coastal table that is more navy blue and red and white, or sand colored with some coral accents.  The color doesn’t matter as long as you just use continuity throughout your table.  I began with the throw and then assembled pieces that complemented the fabric. Coastal-luncheon-centerpiece

After your cloth, build a centerpiece.  I found a lovely silver and white platter on clearance at Home Goods for just $14.00.  I know this is something I will use again and again, so this is my base for my centerpiece.  I wanted some height to my centerpiece, but did not want to block the view, so I used these nice crystal clear cloches and tucked lovely assortments of shells, delicate starfish, and my favorite decorative item for this luncheon, the pale green sea urchins.  At the base of the cloches, I used a piece of driftwood draped with a decorative green fishing net.  Adding a few more starfish, shells and urchins, but allowing enough of the lovely pattern of the dish to show set the scene for me to move on around the table.


 You can see in the above picture how I allowed the sea creatures on the platter to show around the edges.Coastal-luncheon

Next come your dishes.  I chose a driftwood-look charger and added some basic grey plates that I already owned.  Since the food was going to be served on the grey dishes, there was no need to invest in something special.  Instead, I chose to buy the small bread plates that complemented the large centerpiece platter.  On top of my grey plates I folded grey and white napkins and tucked one of those little green urchins on top of each napkin.  You may choose to add a seashore print napkin to your tablescape.Coastal-luncheon-plates-and-napkins

Coastal-luncheon-with-blue-hobnail-glassesI added some blue hobnail glasses and my everyday stainless flatware to complete my tablescape and then, it was on to lunch!


I cut thin slices from the center of a seedless watermelon and used a seahorse cookie cutter to cut a whimsical piece of watermelon for each plate.


Next step was to tuck a nice little cup of butter lettuce to each plate, and then…Coastal-luncheon-seafood-salad

…I added a scoop of delicious seafood salad from my favorite corner seafood shop!  Bakery purchased croissants were served with salted butter which I molded in starfish shapes.Coastal-themed-luncheon

I hope you enjoyed my coastal luncheon!  I would love to see your favorite tablescape for any occasion!  Feel free to add a link in the comments!  I would love to share your ideas right here on Celebrate and Decorate!

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  1. Very chic Chloe! The watermelon starfish is adorable and just goes to show how simplicity and imagination can create a big Wow. Beautifully done!

  2. I love how you used the glass cloches, very cool! Your new dishes are so pretty and aren’t you smart with the seahorse melon! Great table!

  3. Your coastal themed tablescape is the next best thing to being at the beach. The neutral colors and light green and blues are so calming and makes me immediately feel like I am very tranquil and relaxed at the waterside. I love all of the shells, wood and the printed salad plates. Your seafood salad and seahorse watermelon are perfect and make me so hungry. Beautiful!

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