A Beach Escape Table Setting

Welcome to the 90th Tablescape Thursday!

The cold weather is finally gone. It’s time for the soft breezes of fans whirling over head…

Fans whirling on porch
Speakers playing James Taylor…Long Ago and Far Away…Sweet Baby James…You’ve Got a Friend…

Hope you enjoy a touch of the beach this spring day. Toward the end you’ll find a change in the centerpiece…just couldn’t make up my mind.

Beach Table Setting


Beach Themed Tablescape

Napkin Rings were made by hot gluing sea shells onto plain, white wood napkin rings.  The white wood napkin rings came from Kohl’s.

Beach Table Setting with Shell Napkin Rings

Beach Table Setting with Shell Napkin Rings

Beach Table Setting with Shell Napkin Rings

Plates are a HomeGoods find. Flatware is by Hampton Forge and it’s available here: Hampton Forge Argent Sophia

Beach Table Setting with Crab Plates

Beach Table Setting with Crab Plates

The first centerpiece was made by adding faux moss to a milk glass bowl, then adding shells and candles.

Beach Table Setting with Crab Plates

Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Blue stemware is from Dollar Tree…

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Starfish candle holders were found in Marshall’s.

A change in the centerpiece:

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

I think I like this centerpiece better.

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Which one do you like?

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Getting dark out now.  Is there anything better than candlelight and the night sounds of croaking frogs and chirping crickets.

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Maybe one thing…catching the Blue Hour. πŸ™‚

Candlelight Shell Centerpiece on Beach Themed Table Setting

Chargers: Horchow, 2-3 years ago
Dinner Plates: Big Lots, Clarendon, 2 years ago
Salad Plates: HomeGoods, a couple of months ago, Brand is Mesa
Stemware: Dollar Tree, a year ago
Flatware: Available here: Hampton Forge Argent Sophia
Napkins: A Classy Flea
Napkin Rings: Plain wood napkin rings from Kohls…on which I hot glued shells
Tall White Pillar Candle Holders: Colonial Candle
Weathered Beachy Votive Holders: Colonial Candle, “Weathered Picket Fence”
Starfish Votive Holders: Colonial Candle from Marshalls
Milk Glass Compote: Antique Shop, a year ago
Large Silver & Glass Candle Holder: Marshalls, a year ago

Looking forward to viewing your beautiful tablescapes!

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  1. Allie and Pattie says

    Susan, Allie and I are LOVING those salad plates- this table is just wonderful! Thanks so much for hosting- we have so much fun here!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. SouthernGal says

    Love those wooden birds. We have had storms lately. My sister's house was hit by a tornado in Oklahoma and they are not able to stay there until repairs are made. Will be so thankful when the storms are gone and the hot, sultry days of summer settle in. Your tablescape is the perfect escape!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  3. Susan, This is a beautiful tablescape! It makes me think of summer! I love the blue and white salad plates, the chargers, the stemware, and the napkin rings. Everything looks great!

  4. Rettabug says

    Why do I find myself humming "Blue on Blue…heartache on heartache" SUCH beautiful blue colors all over this beach scene! I can't believe that stemware came from the Dollar Tree. So sad I missed it!!

    All your little sand dollars & starfish set the mood beautifully! I swear, I don't know how you come up with such different looks each week. I'm green …no, BLUE with envy! LOL

  5. ellen b. says

    The beach theme/themes are so inviting. Love all the accessories but what I really love is the lighting and the mood of the different photos. So nice…
    Mr. Link up is having a fit. I'll come back and see if he's behaving himself…

  6. vignette design says

    This belongs in a magazine! I love the nautical/beachy tablescape. And yay, you captured the blue hour again! Thanks for hosting another TT!
    Come check out my April Cornell giveaway when you get a chance. xoxo Delores

  7. Gorgeous! I love the pop of blue in the stems of the glasses and the salad plates are darling! Thanks so much for hosting this fun weekly event!

  8. once in a blue moon... says

    love your centerpiece, i need a holiday so bad, seeing your table almost took me there… don't tell my husband i said that!

    thank you for hosting us all, its so fun glimpsing everyones lives~

  9. Gorgeous!!! Love the beach…bring on summer. So beautiful in the blue hour with candlelight.

  10. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Susan, this is such a lovely and inviting Beach tablescape. I love the candlesticks and the shells with the candles. Your dishes are just wonderful. Everything looks so cool and inviting. Hugs, Marty

  11. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    How pretty! We just got back from a week at Sanibel — I can almost still hear the waves on the beach with your pretty tablescape.

  12. Dining Delight says

    I went and clicked on your playlist and put on "Summer Breeze" to view your gorgeous tablescape. Listening to the music and savouring all your fabulous pictures, allowed me to almost feel 'the breeze' on your porch and delight in the ambiance of the candles on your table. Love the freshness of the colours you used and I can see why you couldn't decide on which centerpiece to use, both are wonderful. Love those birds!


  13. homeiswheretheboatis says

    LOVE your pics by candlelight & your blue hour shot! Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚


  14. OMGoodness…this is awesome. I, too, love all the dishes and etc but it's the glow of all the candles and that BLUE HOUR that is so breathtaking..

    Sorry Mr. Linky is playing hooky tonight. I'll come back another time..:)
    xo bj

  15. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Love your beach themed tablescape. I can just hear James Taylor playing now! Your napkin ring are so cute and it looks so easy. I want to try that for the summer. I have lots of pretty shells. Love & blessings from NC!

  16. Beautiful as ususal, Susan, so relaxing to look at. Love the birds and the salad plates and the napkin rings, a very clever idea!…Christine

  17. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    Very pretty! It's been so cold and damp in Philly, but this just warms you up!

  18. Coty Farquhar says

    Dearest Susan,

    Congratulations on your 90th!!!
    ..and you and I should have joined forces today as we are both having a lunch by the sea.

    Have a wonderful day,
    xxx Coty

  19. Michelle says

    Beautiful tablescape! So inviting!

  20. Susan, I can feel the sea breeze coming across this table. You definitely caught the mood. Love the napkin ring idea, clever one! And the little blue strip plates with the green crab are really cute. This is a fresh, crisp look. I like it!!! ~ Sarah

  21. Your photography is awesome. I feel like I am right there.

    Everything is lovely!

    From Virginia

  22. Cynthia@ITLLDO says

    I want that lovely tablescape right here on my lakeside table! Just love everything about it!

  23. Hi Susan,

    Your wonderful porch is the perfect setting for a beachy table like this one. As I scrolled through your stunning photographs, I really felt as if I'd been transported to a tropical island paradise. Your attention to detail, as always, is admirable. I loved both centerpieces, and I can see why you had difficulty deciding between the two. Wonderful compromise to feature both!

    Your blue hour shots are gorgeous. Thank you for hosting and for inspiring us, week after week … after week!

    Kindest regards,

  24. Susan, that looks like …..holidays in Bretagne/France, or like…….Susan!
    So charming and fresh. I adore this little blue striped plates. They make the table. And I like that you let them play the major roll. That makes the fresh looking. Great work. I love it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  25. Gotta make those napkin rings! Love it!


    Hi Susan,
    James Taylor and your beautiful tablescape what could be better? James Taylor lives here in the "Berkshires" and every now and then I run into him at different events. Your beautiful pictures took me away to the ocean this evening. I really enjoyed the colors you used for your dishes and the candle light really set everything of beautifully. I can see why you had a hard time deciding on which centerpiece to use, both are so nice. I like how you placed your napkin and starfish on the plate, so lovely. Thank you for hosting; I'm honored to be in this special group of wonderful ladies and you!

  27. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Beautiful Susan. I could almost smell the salt water. This is just such a calm and peaceful look. Thanks for hosting the 90th!! TT. laurie

  28. eatlotsachocolate says

    You are extremely talented! I adore the tablescape, it is just perfect and your photography is sensational. I do think you should have some of our seashells filled with our luscious chocolate seashells to nestle in among your beautiful table setting. You would love them!
    I'm jealous that your cool weather has left. I think we will have cold weather forever.
    I hope you have a great evening.

  29. Practically Precious says

    How beautiful! I love seeing your porch tablescapes!

  30. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Susan, that is an absolutely adorable table! You did such a good job. I saw those cute plates and was coveting them, so I'm glad you got them! ADORABLE! We were thinking along the same lines tonight. I got all messed up with my name and stuff when I tried to enter it. I wanted to put in there Nautical Notes. I don't think people can tell what it is. Sigh. Oh well!


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  31. Hi Susan,

    Love it all. You must be a professional decorator. I've never seen something so beautiful and creative. I'm a bit frustrated at the moment because the house is being renovated and I cant use anything in my dining room because its being used as storage. I cant wait to decorate my own table. Thanks for sharing.


  32. Dear Susan,
    Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful meme.
    I have learned so much here… I appreciate all the work people put into their posts.

    Your seaside scape is beautiful… right down to the starfish!
    My daughter would love to see this.

  33. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    This is so fresh and beautiful! The cobalt blue stripes just pop!

    Thanks for hosting!


  34. Le Chateau des fleurs says

    I will have to say your table scape made me dream….Ocean, relaxing…Amazing!

  35. Red Couch Recipes says

    Susan, this is my 12th tablescape and I enjoy participating and viewing others. It has helped in my home too as I try to do a better job setting the table everyday…thanks! Love your beachy tablescape and especially love the blue! It just pops right out and adds so much! Joni

  36. Tardevil says

    Such a pretty table. Love the crisp white combined w/ the blue. Love that silverware and stemware. Makes me want to be at the beach!

  37. Kathleen says

    Susan, I can smell the ocean!
    Great table..love it all…so beachy!
    I like both centerpieces..love the shells in the candle holder!

  38. tales from an oc cottage says

    The picket fence votive is THE cutest thing ever! {and I just so you know…I have a achy "trigger" finger from taking so many "blue hour" shots!
    I'm obsessed! ;}

    m ^..^

  39. I love all of attention to detail that you always put into your table scapes! This one is just perfect for Summer- the sandpipers, the crab lates, and the candles and shells. Everything looks great! Mary :O)

  40. Pamie G. says

    I am "so" falling in love with your tablescape! Thank you for sharing your talents! Pamie

  41. Susan, this is my favorite post EVER! You know how wonderful this scape would look on Cape Cod, don't you? I love the touch of the beach fence votive candle holderss; when my cousin from Buffalo first saw sunken picket posts buried in the sand dunes, she couldn't understand why Cape Codders put fences on the beach!

    Jude at http://www.dolcecapecod.blogspot.com

  42. Lara Harris says

    Love the beachy theme!

  43. Sailing Simply says

    I love the coastal setting! I also like both centerpieces, there equally great! Always enjoy looking at your porch, it's so inspiring!

  44. Donna at The Scarlet Petticoat says

    dear susan,
    thank you for your enthusiastic hospitality! ever since mom, my sis and i discovered your blog a month ago our lives have not been the same!!!
    we are thankful to be a part of this positive group of people and be able to express out creativity and enjoy that of others. (i will be linking up later today!)
    i really love your tablescape and the mood you created with the lighting. i liked the hurricane centerpiece the best!
    i will be attending a wedding in warner robins ga in late june and i cannot wait to check out the classy flea you highlighted the other day!
    with warmest regards,

  45. The Shiny Pebble says

    This is one of my favorite tablescapes of late. I love how modern the dishes look juxtaposed with the traditional settings. Everything looks so crisp and summery. Great job!

  46. Splurgie says

    My first question was Where did she find those napkin rings? Oh, of course, she made them herself. Wonderful table!

  47. Beautiful table! Love the blue goblets.

  48. Very pretty table, those salad plates are in my colors! I will have to look for them…probably long gone. The first centerpiece is my favorite.

  49. Melissa Miller says

    Susan this is truly perfect! I can smell the ocean viewing it. How stunning and fun all in one. I'm loving those shell hurricanes. Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  50. Love the crabs!! I'm always in awe of your beautiful table settings. I'm going to look around for the perfect set for my home and join your party soon!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  51. Lana K. W. Austin says

    Oh, I am so longing for a beach trip and this table adds to that tremendously!~

    I need to buy me some of those white candle holders!!!!


  52. You sure know how to make dining an event. I love looking over all the imaginative tablescapes! Your blog has helped me a lot – newby – I truly appreciate you!
    God bless,

  53. Hi Susan,

    Your tablescaape is beautiful as usual.I joined in today with a humble tea.
    Thank you for hosting,

  54. nannykim says

    Lovin the birds and shells! I like the second centerpiece the best!!

  55. Love Where You LIve says

    There's always something so refreshing about blue and white. So crisp, clean. Anything with the word beach pulls me in. I'm ready to feel the sand between my toes! I would like to invite you and your friends to a give-away over at my place. The greatest thing is you get to select your own prize!! How cool is that?! So if you need some new plates, mugs, candle holders, placemats . . . please come by and enter…..Cheers,-susan

  56. GrannySue says

    Susan, the table is so "breezy" and light. I like the say the candles shine through the starfish and other shells. I like both centerpieces, but I think the tall one is more dramatic for evening. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing it, and of course, for hosting this wonderful Tablescape Thursday.

  57. Such a lovely color scheme for your tablescape. I am so envious of those chargers. Thanks for hosting TT. I always look forward to it.

  58. Carmie, the Single Nester says

    What a really lovely beach-themed tablescape. I can just taste the shrimps on the bbq!

  59. Mary Ann says

    Do you know how much I envy you? Oh my word, this is a gorgeous tablescape as always. I am new to all of this blogging. I don't think I will ever be able to do something this beautiful.

  60. The table settings are beautiful and wonderful to the eyes. I'm new from northwest Ga area. LOVE DECORATING. stop and see my blog.

  61. Hi Susan,
    That is such a pretty tablescape. I love the stripes and the white starfish, and the blue and white color scheme. AND the birds, and the candles, well, you get it by now, I love it all. Very lovely and beachy!
    Thank you so much for the gift card which I received the other day! I tucked into my wallet and will have such a great time shopping at HomeGoods. I can't wait! Thanks again!
    Have a great weekend.
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  62. Fifi Flowers says

    LOVE your beach table! Sorry sooo late to the tablescape party… better late than never… have a FAB weekend!

  63. Bonnilynne says

    As always… so beautiful, Susan!

  64. The Tablescaper says

    Susan, it's great to see your porch open and to have you tablescaping again. Love the summer scene. I'm partial to your first centerpiece. I love the clustering around the candles.

    A question I know we are both frequently asked is "Where do you keep it all?" So in honor of my first blogiversary, I'm hosting a meme on June 2, 2010 entitled just that "Where do you keep it all?". I'd love for you to join us.

    Now I know you did one post on redoing a closet and now it holds dishes, but clearly that isn't enough space to hold all of your dishes (or mine LOL!). So dig a little deeper and let us know where you keep the rest of it! The basement? Another huge closet? Under the bed? It isn't alwasy pretty.

    Come grab my button and join in the fun!

    – The Tablescaper

  65. Where's the beach?

  66. Love the table setting!!! If you ever tire of the blue crab dishes…..I would love to purchase. I have been looking online ever since I saw your beautiful table setting. You have inspired me!!, thank you


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