Happy Halloween! Best Witches!
I live about a mile and a half from the Pacific Ocean and I have wanted to put together a beachy theme tablescape for a while. Been mulling it over in my mind for awhile and finally pulled it all together and it seems appropriate with the hot weather outside.
We saw the whale centerpiece on a long weekend my husband and I took a few years ago. It was really expensive so we passed on it. But I found it later online and because it was a second with an imperfection, it was much cheaper and I bought it. I often have it out in the summertime. Took the photo before I added flowers.
I used to collect glass blown animals starting when I was about 10. As an adult I continued to collect glass animals and other glass objects until I ran out of room. The glass octopus has always been one of my favorites. The Waterford glass conch shell, a gift from my husband, is heavy and another of my favorites. My husband bought the glass starfish for me from a glassblower in Laguna Beach many many years ago. There is a funny family story about it breaking many years ago (since mended) and to this day no one in the family will admit who did it. The seashells came from a trip to Baja early in our marriage or from a vacation trip to the Carolinas or were part of a group I bought somewhere. The clear goblets are my Waterford Lismore wedding crystal and the vintage blue hobnail goblets came from ebay.
The beaded chargers came from Williams Sonoma a few years ago. I watch and wait till things I like go on sale. The blue melamine dinner plates came from HomeGoods as did the white salad plates. The small crab plate is made by 222 Fifth and is part of a set of four that includes the crab, a seahorse (first photo) , an octopus and a starfish. There are similar sets for sale on ebay. I purchased the plastic napkin rings on Etsy, I have them in other colors also. I bought the white napkins recently at Pier1, they often have good sales on napkins. The flatware is Vietri Aladdin in Aqua and I got it on sale at Bloomingdale's. I bought a gray set as well, that's a difficult color to find. I love the crossed design and the frosted color. Can't remember where I got the starfish place card holders. By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!
Ready for a 4th of July celebration with a table full of red gingham, stars and stripes, Uncle Sam, and an elephant and a donkey. We are a 2 party household so we cover all bases! I bought the indigo tablecloth from Crate and Barrel a few years ago on sale. I love their tablecloths, they are usually heavy and well made. This one almost looks like denim material with a slight weave to it. The runner came from a gift shop, now closed. I bought the handmade donkey and elephant pot holders on eBay several years ago I think. They make me laugh.
The multi-color place mat is from Pier1, I look for place mats and napkins on sale there. I have had the red gingham plates for a few years, have a smaller one too. They are made by At Home with Marieke, I love the gingham! The star plate is from Sur La Table a few years ago, got it on sale in a set. I watch for their sales because they have cute holiday designs sometimes. Napkins are either HomeGoods or Pier1, can't remember. Can't remember where I got the napkin rings but they were an antique white and I painted them because I wanted a true white. The flatware is Cambridge Barcelona, I have this pattern in a medium blue as well. I really like the frosted color and simple design.
Using my Waterford Marquis Brookside Red goblets again. I think I use these more than any other goblets I have. I got them at HomeGoods a few years ago. I buy in sets of 12 because there are 11 of us with the grandkids and I was really lucky one day because I saw them and they had exactly 12. I grabbed them quick! I later found the same pattern in an ice tea and bought those as well. The other goblet is Red Spiral, they were at Pier1 for a few years but looks like they finally sold out of them. The small bowl is from Pier1 as well from a few years back.
There is something about red, white, and blue that is just timeless and the contrast in colors is always striking.