This table came together so easily! I already owned everything I needed, so it was just a matter of putting things together. There's no stress at the beach! It's a rule! I started out with the white homespun tablecloth that's become an indespensable go-to item in my tablescaping arsenal . . . I used this tablecloth here, for Easter.
The tablecloth was followed by Barcelona placemats from Crate and Barrel . . .
I love the color and the weave . . . and feels like it belongs with beachy things . . .
Then I used my ever-reliable white Traditions dinner plates from Williams-Sonoma, followed by glass Orion salad plates from Crate and Barrel . . . I bought these salad plates ages ago, and I could kick myself for not having bought more. The rippling is reminiscent of the ocean . . . how perfect can it get?
I fell in love with these soft, crossed-dyed napkins from Pottery Barn. The color is called Blue Opal, and it seems fitting considering the many shades of blue that form the fabric, just like the ever-changing colors of the ocean . . .
A beautiful aquamarine blue for the water goblets . . .
I picked up the fresh limonium at my local supermarket. It reminded me of seaweed growing on the ocean floor, and I liked how the purple looked with the other blues on the table . . .
A touch of whimsy with an octopus salt and pepper cellar . . .
Red pepper flakes to go with the spicy menu . . .
I pulled out my lantern and kept layering the blues by adding some aqua-colored pebbles . . . I first used this lantern in a watermelon tablescape. Click here to see that post.
More whimsy with these mini-bottles of Tabasco sauce from World Market . . . I tend to go easy with the spices on the food, and offer guests a variety of ways to crank up the heat to their own taste . . .
The table is set . . . Now for the menu:
Bacon Corn Muffins
Shrimp Creole, Cuban-style
Baked sweet potato fries
And for dessert . . . Lime mousse topped with a dark chocolate/macadamia dolphin . . .
And the most important touch of all . . . wonderful family and lively conversation! Here is my brother-in-law nibbling on fish crackers while we waited for dinner to be ready . . .
One last look at the table . . .
Wishing you ocean dreams . . .