My second fond farewell is to the sweet season of summer. Once the school supplies hit the shelves at the store, I know that summer is about to disappear. It's not just the Daylight Savings I'll miss, but summer ending means that obligations that have been on hold will be beginning, and the frenzy of the Holidays is just around the corner! So, I decided to create a table to celebrate a summer that will soon be just another memory. I'm celebrating the beach in this tablescape: my absolute favorite place to be in the summertime!
Here's The Table I Created:
Here's How I Created It:
I started with a turquoise tablecloth that I have had for over 30 years! I had purchased it originally to match my wedding china set. It matched the turquoise of the pattern around the edge of my plates perfectly. I'm sorry the color didn't turn out better. It really is a pretty shade of turquoise.
I then added a woven placemat that I found at HomeGoods. I wanted to give the place setting some texture and to bring out the color of sand.
I start my dish stack with some square-shaped glass plates that I found at a design center in town called Shinoda. This place is a huge warehouse of dishes, glassware, flatware, paintings, accessories: EVERYTHING you could want for decoration. It's a wonderful shopping adventure!! These plates have a hint of turquoise and reminded me of sea glass.
I then added turquoise enamel plates from Target that are labeled "zazen". They have just a hint of a pattern that perfectly mirrors the different colors of the ocean surf.
The dish stack is topped with a cute set of plates that I found at Marshall's. They are labeled "222 Fifth" and the pattern is called Marine Life: perfect for this table! There are four different patterns.
I completed the table setting with Ralph Lauren paisley-patterned napkins found at HomeGoods (the turquoise and tan paisley mirror the colors from the beach); napkin rings from a shop Hubby and I went to on our trip to Maine(there are four different examples of marine life); and, flatware from Tuesday Morning (I thought the enameled handles looked like shells). The turquoise goblets were passed on to me when a good friend moved on and wanted to buy all new decor!
My centerpiece is sitting on some "fish netting" to add texture to the table and reflect the sea.
For height, I placed a lantern filled with sea-colored scatter and turquoise tea lights wrapped in sea shell rings on top of a tray that is decorated with fish and shells.
I added an accent piece for the table of a plate found at Tuesday Morning from Mudpie. I LOVE the shell pattern on this plate! I topped it with a whimsical "mermaid" that is actually a salt and pepper set given to me by my stepdaughter for my tablescaping stash.
Another accent piece started with one of my shell plates, but then I topped it with an sea urchin light that was a present from a dear friend. A "dusting" of sea shells completed my accent pieces.
Most of the components for this table were things I had not used before, and it was fun to go through my closet and find these things that were just waiting to be shared. So, for my fond farewells to my MacBook Pro and sweet season of Summer, I had some Fabulous Finds in my tablescaping storage! I also had a chance to use my new Photos program. There were some hiccups (thank you, Hubby, for helping me out!), but I'm happy I can still get a post published!
I'll be joining Susan for her Tablescape Thursday at www.betweennapsontheporch.net. Be sure and stop by for a look at some wonderful tablescaping! Thanks, Susan, for hosting.