Sand and Sea: Beach Themed Tablescape

Welcome to the very 1st Tablescape Tuesday! (Update:  Tablescape Tuesday eventually became Tablescape Thursday when the tablescape party moved to Thursday.) I know summer is almost over, but I’m just not quite ready to let it go. I found some adorable shell candlesticks recently and put together this beach-themed table setting.

Beach Themed Table for the First Tablescape Tuesday


Beachy Table with Shell Candlesticks


Found the sea-blue flatware at Pier 1 recently and it was half off…Thought it worked well with the colors in the plates…what do you think?



Napkin rings were made by gluing shells to plain wooden rings…

Shell Napkin Rings


Used both starfish salad plates with shell-shaped ones in this tablescape… Star-fished shaped salad plate shown here…

Beach Table Setting, Shell Napkin Rings


Shell-shaped salad plate…

Beachy Table in Blue and Sand Colors


Do you see the little starfish on the glass?

Starfish Glasses, Bubble Glass


Sea biscuit bread plate…

Starfish Plates


Love how they decorated all four sides of the bowls…

Beach Themed Table, Starfish Glasses


Thought these candlesticks looked like they were designed to go with this beach china…

Beach Tablescape Table Setting


Beautiful Shell Pillar Candle Holders


Close-up of candlestick base…

Shell Pillar Candle Holders


Beach Themed Table, Shell Pillar Holders




Come walk with me, along the sea, where dusk sits on the land. And search with me, for shells are free, and treasures hide in sand. (Author unknown)

Beach Themed Table for the First Tablescape Tuesday


Tablescape Tuesday

You will find beautiful tablescapes awaiting your oohs & aahs at the following blogs (listed in alphabetical order)

A Beach Cottage:
Angelic Accents:
Cathymac’s Holiday Hamlet:
Dish Diva aka Kay:
‘D’s DayDreams:
Equus Villa:
Designs by Gollum:
My Romantic Home:
Note Songs:
Ribbonwood Cottage:
Sweet Designs:
There is Always Thyme for…:
Thinkin’ of Home:

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  1. RetiredAtLast says

    Like you, I look forward to the beautiful colors of Fall, however I also am not ready for Summer to end.
    The candlesticks are exquisite. Sandra Lee has some good ideas, but the self-proclaimed Queen of execution (Martha Stewart) is the one that better watch her back. You are definitely gaining on her. Absolutely gorgeous. Now I’m off to see the other Wizards of Blogland. I don’t have a Toto, can I borrow Jake for a bit?

  2. RetiredAtLast says

    BTW, absolutely love the music, I didn’t know the Drifters did “Under the Boardwalk”. I need to dig out my old CD of their top hits, and see if I have it. Love all the music. That is an era that I really appreciate.

  3. Susan 5* from me. And normally I am not a matchy matchy person, but this was wonderful. vicky darnell

  4. santamaker says

    Susan, your tablescapes are wonderful! This one is so fun and fresh…just love it. Will have to copy the seashell napkin ring idea! It’d be great for an end of Summer party….. I’ll be there with bells on! Your music was perfect!

  5. jerseygirl211 says

    Susan, I love the table setting, anyone would enjoy sitting at that table. Thanks for showing us.


  6. I’ve never seen beach dishes so sophisticated and cute! The sea blue glass, the shells, the candles, the bird… the lady behind the design…WOW!

    Thanks for starting this! I look forward to checking out the others, and one of these Tuesday’s I’ll get it together and post a tablescape with you. But it won’t be near as nice as anything you do I can tell you that right now. LOL


  7. a day in the life of bella says

    Your tablescape is TO DIE FOR! It is just so pretty! I would love to dine there, anytime πŸ™‚

    I have a Fall setting here:

    If anyone wants to take a peek πŸ™‚

    It’s so nice to meet you, I found you on Sheila’s blog.

    Bella πŸ™‚

  8. Brown-Eyes says

    Thanks for “blessing” my eyes with such beauty this morning. Everything was exquisite down to the last detail including being set on your gorgeous porch. I think you could shine doing your own book! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  9. Loved it! the whole idea of Tablescape Tuesday!..You didnt miss one detail….made me want to take a walk on the beach by the sea…(unfortunately it is impossible…right now). Now off to peek in on the rest. ~Cindy~

  10. Oh sweet Susan! Oh, did I not say you were the absolute Queen Diva of Tablescapes? This table is just marvelous – couldn’t be any prettier. I still marvel at all the dishes, glasses, napkin rings, napkins, and all the accessories to go with them that you have!! This was a great idea and sign me up for next week. I’m loving this. Now I’m off to see the other table ladies!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  11. Oh Susan this was just beautiful Girl..I love all your sea shell dishes..You do find some of the best stuff to work with..I alway admired your tables on RMS so this was really a treat to get up close and personal seeing them.. You are me far the dish diva girl now wear that crown proudly and walk that red carpet…I just love your blog your good girl!! Hugs and smiles

  12. decorator101 says

    Susan this is just gorgeous..the new candlesticks are great!!! And those dishes.. you find the most fun pieces to work must share when you go out looking do you already have an idea in mind or does it come to you after you see the great dishes??? I love the seashell glued on a plain napkin creative and just fun.. and I think “alot” of fun could be had at this table…as always you inpsire me to dress up our table… hmmm wonder what dh would think about a dressed table with his morning oatmeal..hugs ~lynne~

    girl: I LOVE the music today.:-)going to leave it on while I play around here…

  13. imjacobsmom says

    Susan, this is absolutely gorgeous! Down to every detail. ~ Robyn

  14. Dear Susan…no one can hold a candle to your tablescapes. You have such lovely, unusual pieces and your talent to put them all together puts most of us “in the shade”.
    I will do a tablescape for NEXT Tuesday…I didn’t get it all together fast enuf for today.
    Your music is great.
    YOU WERE BORN TO BLOG…See?? Didn’t I keep tellin’ ya?? ;O)
    love, bj

  15. Cindy ~ My Romantic Home says

    Hi Susuan, I joined in too! Thank you for doing this because I had no idea what I was going to put on my blog today!

  16. Good morning, well, sorry a little late, but my post is up. I hope you have time to add it. I will try to do better next week!

  17. P.S. Boy, I am spacey today!!! Your table is fantastic. I hope my friend at Mimi’s garden sees it. She is mad for seashells.

  18. Esther Sunday says

    Super stunning!!!!

  19. Susan, The first ever Tablescape Tues. has been so much fun. I’m sure it’s going to grow into a wonderful Tues. adventure for everyone who tours blogland. Your new candleholders are SO perfect. I have toured the other tablescapes as well, and found lots of inspiration in yours and the others. What fun. Thank you for all of this inspiration. Laurie, a/k/a bargainhunr

  20. Susan, this is wonderful! What a great idea to glue on the seashells. I will participate as soon as I can get my act, er, my dishes together.

  21. Susan, I’m so very happy you decided to create Tablescape Tuesday’s on your blog. I always loved your tablescapes on RMS but the system was so slow there in changing pages that I wasn’t able to see all of the pictures you posted. Now that you’ve put them on a blog I have the luxery to seeing all of your pictures. Thank you! As for this incredible beach theme I LOVE IT! I’m off to see the other tablescapes now, and once again a big thank you from me.

  22. RetiredAtLast says

    Second BTW, I checked and I do have "Under The Boardwalk" by the Drifters. It is on a CD that features The Drifters & The Coasters. When you do a gardening spot you might want The Coasters "Poison Ivy". I so love the old songs. Unfortunately, I remember when they came out. Makes me almost a day older than dirt.

  23. salmagundi says

    Oh my goodness, this tablescape is just beautiful. Please come by my blog, I have an award for you if you care to accept it. Sally

  24. Hi Susan, I am so glad you decided to create a blog, I have loved your tablescapes for ever and now hopefully with your guidance I can make mine look as good as yours, these colours are beautiful and the shells and candlesticks are amazing.
    I have added you to my faves if that’s okay. Kathy (Ischia07) from RMS.

  25. Hi there! I found you thru Bells’a blog. What a beautiful table you have. And love the candles πŸ™‚

  26. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!


  27. Diane@A Picture is Worth.... says

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for adding me to your blog roll…I returned the favor and you are now on mine.

    This is a great idea for Tuesdays….I may try to put something together real soon.

    I love what you have done with yours…and providing the links to the others is so sweet of you!
    Have a great day,

  28. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents says

    Hi Susan! Found you from Cindy's blog. What a wonderful idea for Tuesdays! I adore tablescape scenes! I hope I can join you soon!

    You have a beautiful home & oh, how I love your front entry!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  29. cedwards55 says

    Susan, I am so going to steal those candlesticks! They are everything you said, and more. Love the dishes and the flatware is just perfect. I’m proud of you, Friend!!!!!! Carol

  30. Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents says

    Hi again Susan! I posted some pics of my favorite Rooster plates, so please add me to the party list!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  31. I come to you by Cindys blog and all I can say is WOW. Your summer tablescape is probably the most beautiful and relaxing one I have ever had a privilege to view. So many beautiful pieces to your tablescape. I especially love the colors, and the candle holder. Again I say WOW.
    Jean in Virginia

  32. Cherry's Jubilee says

    Wow…so glad to have found your blog! Love your porch..and really enjoyed reading up on bluebirds. I love birds. We get a lot of hummingbirds and quail. I am gonna have to go back and read up in your archives. Looks like we may have similiar tastes. cherry

  33. imjacobsmom says

    Susan, this was fun! I will definitely “step up to the plate” so to speak next week. The way things were going around here I thought that I would just have a tablescape of grilled meats to present. The new fridge was finally delivered! Next day delivery my a–! Well, what can you do….Robyn

  34. Susan,

    Yea for Tablescape Tuesday!! What a huge success!! :-))
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your beach china!! Just beautiful!


  35. Ceekay again. Could you please help me. I am trying to see your RMS page. I type in your name in the search, but I don’t think any of the 3 that come up are you. Is there another way to do it? Thanks

  36. DishDiva aka Kay says

    Susan,this was so much fun! i think you created a real winner here. can’t wait until next Tuesday. I have a dinner party this weekend ,so I will ahve a blast taking pics!
    have agreat week…

  37. this is my first time to visit,but I will be back. The table is so beautiful!

  38. Cindy@Cutepinkstuff says

    Wow! Beautiful beach table settings! I wish I were sitting in one of your chairs taking it all in (btw I have the same wicker dining chairs from Pier 1 Imports!)

  39. Oh, Susan, I just had to come back! You’ve gotten 36 comments on your Tablescape Tuesday!! This is so wonderful! I do believe this is going to catch on!! You’re a doll and I knew if you ever started a blog it would be fantastic!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  40. Hi Susan
    Your tablescape is beautiful!

  41. Well lookie here at you!!! When did you start a blog girl?!!! Didn’t nobody call me …didn’t nobody tell me!!!!! lol lol Ohhhh welcome to blogland…I love you tablescapes and your porch and well…just everything you do…I just don’t go to RMS anymore except to a few of the ones that come by the blog to visit from time to time…this is a great idea and oh I look forward to the inspiration this is gonna give…I am adding you to my list so I can find my way back here girl!!! I am so glad I found you! Have a great week!

  42. Thoroughly enjoyed your tablescape, lovely lovely colours and setting. I also enjoyed reading about the bluebirds. They are like our Blue Fairywrens which are so precious. I did get a little grossed out looking at the worms, but I hung in there, you are a brave woman. The thought of them being left in the fridge with the lid ajar, and bringing them out for a feast is just a bit too much. However, one has to do what one has to do, credit to you that the bluebirds are doing well.

  43. Life on Bonnie Lane says

    Wow, this is absolutely and utterly beautiful! I love the colors, the beach theme, just everything about it! It’s so stunning that it just takes my breath away! Well done!


  44. Pam (pc25) says

    Susan, Your tablescape posting is amazing! Thank you for the inspiration to create a beautiful table for my next party. πŸ™‚ Pam

  45. Cathy Miller says

    Wonderful! Please add my Holiday Hamlet blog to your list for next week!



  46. Sweet Designs says

    Your tablescape is lovely, so soft and summery. I did not post a new tablescape, my DD borrowed my camera (I did not realize I could use one of my old photos of tablescapes LOL), so I will hopefully have my camera back so I can post a new one on Tuesday.

  47. Debbie @ says

    OH MY GOSH (she says with a loud excited voice). This is so gorgeous. I love tablescapes, dishes, centerpieces and all the lovely commotion that goes with it. How beautiful your table looks. I am always decorating for church potlucks or special holiday meals and I am always on the lookout for beautiful table ideas. I love this. Great post!
    Blessings, Debbie

  48. I am on my way back to my blog to post mine. This is fun!

  49. The Summer Kitchen Interiors says

    Wow – everything is just beautiful!! We look forward to seeing what next week brings!
    Karla & Karrie

  50. I LOVE your seashell tablesetting. Absolutely everything about it just sends me! And the colors are so lovely! I’m an avid shell fan and have service for 12 of the old Fitz and Floyd “Coquilles” pattern. I’m so happy to have found your blog!

  51. Hi, I now have a new list of books to read. It is uncanny how you are an English major, my best friend is an English major, my youngest son is an English major at UCLA. I have always had a love of books.I will have to admit mostly design books. You have given me a new list and also an inspiration to think about creating a library. Did you ever see any of Alexandra Stoddards books. Her grace notes are the best. Keep reading, I know I will. Your rms friend Kathysue

  52. well, I really think I NEED THAT TABLESCAPE in my cozy kitchen…
    wonderful indeed.

  53. well, I really think I NEED THAT TABLESCAPE in my cozy kitchen…
    wonderful indeed.

  54. Gypsy Purple says

    Please see my blog for a link and a mention in my Fabulous Friday post. XX Gypsy Purple

  55. Hey, Susan, I never got around to looking at the tablescapes from the very early days until now and WOW!!! This one is fabulous!!! I adore the candlesticks and would love to know where you got them (I know they're out of stock by now, but I can dream can't I?). They are gorgeous and I love your sweet napkin rings.
    I have some dishes similar to yours and I can't wait to try this tablescape at home this summer.
    I love it!

  56. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks! Those candlesticks came from HomeGoods back around 2008. I know a reader found some online back then after searching and searching. I'm not sure if you can still find them, but you never know. Google "seashell candlesticks" or "stacked shell candlesticks" and maybe someone is making them again. I hope you can some!

  57. Thank you so much!! Susan, you're the best!!!

  58. Love this setting. My daughter uses blue and aqua in her bedroom. Lovely

  59. hey susan!! i’m just in love with ur table!!!!!!!!! please please can you tell me where did u get the candlesticks and the dinner set????? i would really love to hear back from you πŸ™‚

  60. Allyson Adams says

    I saw that the tableware came from Kohl’s several years ago. Was there a pattern name for it as well? Also, Can you tell me who made the glassware as well (both styles that are shown). Thanks!

  61. Shoshanna says

    Hello! I came across your blog just searching the internet and was wondering what the brand of plates are, that you got and where I can purchase them? Thank you!

    • On the back of the plates is says: Shoreline Collection-Home Studio. I found them in Kohl’s back in 2008. I’m not sure if they are still being made. You may want to check on eBay, as well.

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