Celebrate a Special Birthday With a Beach-Themed Tablescape and Handmade Chocolates

Welcome to the 402nd Tablescape Thursday!

Have you ever thrown a birthday gathering for a friend? Recently Toni put together a wonderful table to celebrate a friend’s 70th milestone birthday. Toni’s friend loves the beach and anything beach related so she kept that in mind as she decorated for the party. Toni said, “I decorated the dining room hutch and corner table with the remainder of my beach collections to further carry out our theme for the day!”

Decorating with Shells


I don’t think anything is prettier than decorating with natural elements, beautiful gifts from nature. Toni said the shells and other collectibles were, “elements hand-collected by me on various beaches here and abroad throughout my life, even bits of sea glass and driftwood, too.”

Decorate with Shells


For her tablecloth, Toni purchased a drop cloth from Lowe’s and washed/ironed it . It’s the perfect color as a sandy-hued backdrop for this beach themed tablescape.

Toni picked up the peonies from Trader Joe’s and filled in around them with parsley from the grocery store. I never would have thought of using parsley as a filler around flowers, love that! Definitely filing that idea away for the future.

Beachy Table Centerpiece


About her centerpiece, Toni said, “Bottles are old and were dug up on various job sites by my brother-in-law who pours foundations for houses. It was a fun table to do, maybe one of my favorites being as it held some of my most treasured collections.”

The dishware is Thomson pottery, found in HomeGoods. The napkins and napkin rings are also from HomeGoods.

Beach Themed Table


The crystal stemware is First Lady by Gorham and the sterling flatware is Silver Lace by Rogers International.

Beach Themed Birthday Table Setting


Toni found her place card holders in a shop several years ago. The little anchors are chocolate and were made by a friend especially for this birthday gathering.

Handmade Chocolate Anchors


As the party concluded, each guest took home a beautiful rose-covered package filled with handmade chocolates! Such a special birthday celebration!

Thanks so much to Toni for sharing her beautiful table setting created for a special friend on the occasion of her 70th birthday!

Rose Covered Package, Party Favor for Guests


Plates: Thomson pottery from HomeGoods
Crystal: Gorham, Pattern-First Lady
Silver Flatware: Rogers International, Pattern-Silver Lace
Placecard Holders: Two’s Company
Candlesticks, Tiered Tray & Wicker Flower Holder: HomeGoods
Tablecloth: Dropcloth from Lowes
Napkins, Napkin Rings-HomeGoods
Peonies-Trader Joes
Shells, sand on tray, sea glass and driftwood-Found from Sicily to Costa Rica, Atlantic and Pacific and Hawaii beaches
Bottles dug up from job sites by my brother-in- law who pours foundations for a living
Netting: Found in a box at a garage sale
Anchor Chocolates, Favors for Guests: Handmade by a friend

Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. What a wonderful seaside Birthday tablescape! 😉 The netting is a wonderful touch and the candlesticks are exquisite!

  2. I love this!! I am wanting to go to the beach so bad. This just puts me in the mood for sure.

  3. Beautiful!

    Beach themes are usually very informal yet this table manages to retain a bit of a formal flair…Very clever mix of treasures!

  4. So beautiful and ingenious ideas! I love how Toni could make a drop cloth into an elegant Tablescape! It mimics sand in her Beach Theme. I’m sure the guest of honor was so very blessed–as well as the other gals in attendance
    …Well done!!

  5. Love this! The parsley looks so fern-like. I, too, will be using it in the future.

  6. Nancy Akeroyd says

    Lovely setting…some really clever ideas……
    Hope you are recovered from your planting……i woke up this morning and couldnt walk after moving and wheelbarrowing 124 pavers a kazillion bags of dirt and mulch and unloading and spreading…..hitch in my getalong……silly arthritis and they say being active is good for one……i suppose if one gives up walking….☹️. All in moderation is my new philosophy…..
    Your yard looks great…..i wish you had an Amish area near you…..i got 24 to 36 inch shrubs like yours (3 boxwoods and 3 hollies) for $15 a piece at their greenhouse in Muddy Pond down the road. They have 12 in boxwoods for $5. I think i should go scarf them up after hearing what you paid…..they would great around my herb garden.

  7. Mmmmm, all that chocolate. And beautiful take-home treats. Love the old bottles and their story. Thanks for sharing Toni!

  8. I was thinking of creating a beachy table and this inspired me even more….Christine

  9. I really like this, and I can certainly appreciate Toni’s comment on it being one of her favorites for using some of her most treasured collections. That really resonates with me. I may have to do something like this for Mr. P’s big 7-0, which falls in January – a PERFECT time to have a beach-themed bash, since I pretty much despise winter.
    Btw, I had to purchase one of those Lowe’s drop cloths for a makeshift curtain divider my sister & I used recently in the antique mall space….they’re not as nice as they used to be! Now, they have a big seam down the middle (9′ x 12′), and the fabric feels flimsier. Still a great choice for so many purposes other than painting, 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing Toni’s beautiful table Susan! I love the idea of using a drop cloth as a neutral foundation for beachy tablescape along with pretty shell and anchor chocolates!

  11. So pretty and fresh, Toni did a great job! Thanks for sharing, Susan. Another delightful Tablescape Thursday :0)

  12. So lovely. She can decorate for my birthday anytime.
    No matter how creative you are, someone else is just as good or better.
    Thank goodness all of this magic was not available when I was younger or I would have been constantly in trouble with spending.
    Happy birthday to her guest.

  13. LUV’d all the chocolate details!! HAPPY B-DAY!! franki

  14. What a lucky friend to have Toni create all of this special beauty for their birthday. The parsley is a great idea, and I’ll be filing that away too. Amazing chocolate anchors and seashells, and those gift boxes are so elegant. Thanks for sharing these ideas, Toni and Susan.

  15. I love a beachy tablescape! Thanks for the fun Susan-

  16. Lovely party details. I agree that shells are a gift from nature. What a thoughtful friend to host this lovely party.

  17. Marlene Stephenson says

    I love this and will certainly be using these ideas.

  18. Cyndi Raines says

    Love anything Beach-y! Let’s all go! hehe

  19. What a nice table she created. Love the beach theme and the use of the drop cloth. Love the gifts she offered!

  20. Kelly Sanchez says

    Where did your friend get the anchor candy mold? I would love to have one.

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