In this post: Setting an outdoor table with coastal dinnerware is a fun way to use seaside decor for a festive summer entertaining theme.⇒
I don’t live by the water.
Well, I live on a coast, but not overlooking the water.
Yet, when setting an outdoor table for summer, it’s fun to bring the seaside to my table.
Today I’m sharing a relaxed and tranquil summer table, set outdoors and evocative of the seaside.
But it’s not the seaside. In fact it’s simply under my back patio.
For this summer tablescape, rather than using actual beach motifs, my approach was more subtle, depending on watery blues and flowing patterns to suggest a seaside feel.
The unusual twist on coastal dinnerware can be seen in this plate stack.
Beginning with a decorative pewter charger and layering in next an aqua alabaster dinner plate, the stack is topped with a beautiful swirling print salad plate, reminiscent of the ocean’s waves.
The crowning touch is a lovely taupe bowl, but the real surprise is that the bowl is acrylic, a convenient option for outdoor dining, and is perfectly sized for fruit or ice cream.
Another surprise is that the pretty centerpiece is, in fact, faux flowers.
You probably know about my passion for fresh flowers and I even had some blue ones around the house, but I was so delighted by the quality of these white peonies, that I couldn’t resist trying them out on the table.
The base of the whole setting is my washed linen tablecloth with ruffled edging, a nod to summer linens blowing in the breeze.
For napkins I clustered a ruffled blue linen over an embroidered white cotton, gathered together in my blingy crystal bracelet napkin rings.
A closeup of the plate shows the beauty of the pattern and you can see why it evokes a feeling of coastal dinnerware to me.
I’ve been wanting to get an outdoor farmhouse table but for now I just pulled out our old kitchen table to age naturally.
We’ll have to see how that goes, but the chairs I keep inside when not in use.
I also added silver candlesticks to the table, and I love how the cool tones make the taupe acrylic pieces look almost a silvery grey.
I’m crazy in love with the acrylic goblets, as well.
If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you well know my preference for items that don’t really match.
The quest is always for an overall blend, in this case going for the peaceful feel of seaside decor.
If you close your eyes and concentrate really hard, you can just about hear the nearby sea.
Even if it is tucked beneath a suburban deck!
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