Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sand, Sea and Shore Tablescape

It's time to set the table again and this week I've set a table by the sea! Well, not really, just wishful thinking....but we love the water, ocean, river, lake....whatever. It's time to grab a few relaxing days as summer wanes. So here we go......

Welcome to the table.....

.....a place set for you!

....I'll take a seat right over here. The "napkins" are kitchen towels found at the grocery store for $1 each.

Things are busy on the beach today....

....This little guy is happy to join us, as long as he isn't dinner!

....sand castles.....

....sand pipers....

....and a comfy sea side seat.

Blue stemware from the Dollar Tree.

Layers of dishes and shell flatware.

I found four fish dishes at Goodwill last week. The little cups for cocktail sauce are votive candle holders. Whatever works...right?

The blue salad plates are from Walmart.

White ruffled plates from Tuesday Morning.

Green dinner plates from Kroger.....I can find dishes just about anywhere!

My new chargers from Pier One. Love these!

A couple of table overviews.

Hope you're enjoying these last days of Summer. Be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this week to see tables set from sea to shining sea!

See ya!


  1. Pretty tablescape, Martha. Very relaxing. I love your white plate chargers......Christine

  2. Martha,
    thats so pretty. Love the seablue dishes and that little beach chair is the perfect centerpiece..
    Lovin this beachy table you did.
    Sonny~ 155 DreamLane

  3. What a great tablescape for these last weeks of summer, Martha!
    I love fall too...I really enjoy all the seasons but fall is one I always relish!
    Have a beautiful evening~

  4. Love this beachy table....especially your chargers! loved your comment about using paper plates under glass plates - pretty clever... I'll be back!

  5. This is just great! Love the blue and green! The centerpiece is perfect, so are those chargers! You are going to get a lot of mileage from those chargers! Love it all!


  6. Martha, I LOVE your beach theme table! And the chargers are gorgeous!! Great tablescape :-)

    Jocelyn @

  7. Beautiful table, Martha. I feel serene just looking at it...love the way the dark blue tablecloth makes the settings really stand out.

  8. I love sea themed tables too! This all looks so pretty! I would love to join you, but I guess we can't ahve crab cakes;):) I have GOT to get those chargers, I keep seeing them and wanting them:):) XO, Pinky

  9. Martha, I have those same fish plates!!! too cool. I love your colors together.. so calming and relaxing.. your accessories are so lovely.. great table.. xo marlis

  10. What a cute tablescape! The towels are a great! Love all the accents...those fish plates are super cute! I just used the same chargers! They look really great with your tablescape! I love all the cool colors...I am sorry to think about summer coming to an end! I guess we need to make a special effort to enjoy each day!

  11. i have your same fishes, mine are at least 35 years old, how cute you found them at the gw~

  12. Darling, darling, darling.. I love the clear fish plates. My daughter would fall in love with your table... hugs ~lynne~

  13. I love thrifting too, you never know what wonderful treasures are waiting for you to bring home. What a great idea to use dish towels as napkins. I will have to expand my way of thinking. I love the fish plates and all the great textured plates. Beautiful!

  14. This table is just darling! I love the adirondack chair and the adorable sand castle and crab! I have to say I love anything related to the ocean or water--and you nailed this one! Good idea using the towels, they look just right with your design.

  15. Martha we are definitely on the same page today! I have the little adirondack chairs on my beach table too and the wonderful Pier 1 chargers. So pretty in white and blue. Enjoy the rest of summer.

  16. Beautiful new chargers! I really like all the miniature beach things, and the tea towels make darling napkins. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  17. very very nice!
    You have made a truly beautiful table,

  18. Love your table by the sea complete with fish & sandcastles! Your new chargers look great with your layers of color!

  19. Gorgeous tablescape. It made me want to head straight to the beach. Your tablescapes are always so wonderful and inspiring. I have found myself looking for things to set a table with. Thanks for the decorating ideas.

  20. I will be sailing right over! This is a pretty beachy table and I would love to eat at it. Love your dishes, towels and candles! You did a fantastic job!
    Blessings My Friend,

  21. Oh, I am enjoying these beachy tablescapes this week! I love those chargers. Great color!

  22. I love the little white beach chair. I had seen on blogs the white wooden chargers but didn't know where to get them. Thanks. If our store has any left, I might get some and paint them. Of course, I love any seaside tablescape with shells and birds. You did great finding all those plates.

  23. Martha, you totally have me craving the beach. Wonderful table...love that big Adirondack chair. :) The chargers are perfect...remind me of ocean waves.

  24. Dear Martha,

    Beautifully set table.

    Loved the chair.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  25. I have so missed stopping in to see you Martha and it was a delight to do so today. I love this table and those chargers are so very special!

  26. Hello there, Martha! Those fish plates are great!!! You got them at the Goodwill??!?!! Man....I just never find anything good there. I try and try and try, but there's never anything good. I go to several within a 25 mile radius, but there is never anything fabulous. Rats for me, but hooray for you! Love the towels as napkins, too! Enjoy your weekend!!!!

  27. I love all the layering in your tablescape.... the colors are so relaxing and soothing... blue and green... perfect for a beach theme. The clear fish plates are looking so pretty and I love the white chargers. Your dish towel "napkin" for $1 is such a wonderful find and I love how the starfish in the napkin coordinates so wonderfully with your setting. Great post!Thanks for sharing with us and for your sweet thoughts. Have a nice day!~Poppy


  28. What a lovely table setting! Don't you love when you get something fun for a dollar! I love the scalloped plates too. Thanks for stopping by our giveaway. Mom from Cottage and Broome.

  29. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Beautiful !!! I love the clear fish plates with your white chargers. You did a great job putting this all together for your party sweet.
    XXOO Diane

  30. MARTHA!!! I LOVE IT !!!

    Just beautiful, what time should I arrive? LOL! I love your setting, and the china is just glorious. You always do such a good job with these tablescapes - inspirational for sure!

    Listen, I have a new series on my blog called: "A Picture is Worth ..." I'm trying to get back to posting pictures about my house, and I'd love it if you'd come by and see the bar in the dining room! :)


  31. What a fresh, beautiful tablescape!

  32. This is so lovely. I love the sand castle and all the beach elements. We have to squeeze the last days of summer out of August.

  33. Hi Martha! Oh, I just love your pretty tablescape! Love your centerpiece! Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I hope you're having a nice weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  34. I love your beautiful nautical tablescape.
    Everything looks so much fun and hope that you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying your summer days.


  35. Oh my goodness. Girl your tablescape is wonderful. You had me with the chargers, I haven't been in Pier 1 in a very long time, I see a trip hopefully in the near future. My post for this week hits around 2, would love for you to come for a visit.. hugs ~lynne~