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Tablescape Thursday - A Walk Along the Beach

Okay, so I decided to marry a Florida native about 20 years ago. Up until that time I had never even been to Florida! And I had only seen the ocean one other time and that was in Virginia! Needless to say, not only did I fall in love with Mr. Right but Palm Trees, Seashells, Sandy White Beaches and West Coast Florida Sunsets fell right in line. I started thinking last week that next month is Mr. Right's birthday and wouldn't it be great to have a seafood buffet for his birthday dinner. Grill up a little Salmon in Lemon-Dill sauce, pan sear some Scallops and bake Crab-stuffed Mushrooms with Hollandaise Sauce....hmm. This started me thinking about table decor - naturally. So this week's TABLESCAPE is a forerunner of next month's birthday buffet but Ssh! Don't tell because I want it to be a surprise. This table is all about Seashells and the color of a Florida Sunset.

Burnt Orange linen placemats set the right amount of color punch to play up the white dishes. I love these Shell shaped salad plates. They were a real-deal at HomeGoods and work perfectly with my Ivory dishes from Better Homes and Gardens.

Silver accents and Mercury Glass give just the right amount of glitz.

A real Florida, West Coast sunset. Isn't that just beautiful? Thanks Linda Charlene for the use of your incredible photo! XOXO! Now you see where I got the inspiration to use the orange placemats.

Walking along the beach after a storm is the best time to find little treasures washed up from the depths of the ocean.

The color pallet is very simple - white, orange and silver - but it all glows in the soft flicker of candlelight.

I found these little bronze Starfish napkin rings at BBandB while I was still living in Florida. I pulled an ivory cotton napkin through the ring, then stood it up resembling an Octopus. Okay, work with me here - use your imagination. If you tilt your head and squint your eyes it COULD look like an Octopus.

Last week a Reader e-mailed me asking how many sets of dishes do I own. The answer is one. I do have extra salad plates and bowls or plates only from other patterns but as far as complete place settings go, I have one set, enough for 10 place settings. Most of my tablescapes use common pieces. The differences are all in the linens and the accessories. Invest in a neutral color and style, then you can mix and match to your heart's content.

The romantic glow of candlelight adds ambiance reminiscent of an evening clam bake on the beach.

Now, this little guy won't be center stage during the birthday dinner but I'm sure I'll find a nice place for him to rest.

Here is a close-up of the shell-shaped salad plate. Notice the raised details at the bottom of the plate - it is a cluster of little seashells.

This shell-shaped silver serving platter will most likely hold Peel and Eat Shrimp during the seafood buffet. I have three of these in various sizes. All of them were purchased at Target on a markdown sale. They will make the perfect buffet set-up and keep our seaside theme in tact. Well, I hope you have enjoyed the "Walk Along the Beach" table. For more great tablescapes be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Friday we will feature The Cook's Corner and Saturday a very special "Junk to Gems" post showing the handiwork of Mr. Right and his thoughtful Valentine's gift. Until then,
Happy Decorating!


ellen b. said...

What a lovely Beach table you set. I'm always anxious to see what you have in store for us. Happy TT to you!!

Unknown said...

Loved every bit of this seaside table!!! I could feel the warmth of the sun as I took in this scene!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

OH MY!! This is beautiful! I don't have any beach/shell table stuff...but I need to keep an eye out for some things!

Thanks for the ideas!


Kathleen Ellis said...

Beautiful! I love how you did your napkins...how did you do that, so they stand up a little? they kind of remind me of little octopuses!
Anyway...lovely, as usual...you always set such a pretty table!
Have a fabulous rest of the week, Alisa!

Sue said...

I love the beach so I loved your table setting...I really liked how you used the star fish on your plates and the use of mercury glass to give it a little blinge...Sue in Atlanta

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

WOW... this is incredible. I love your shell shaped bowl.. have never seen one like it..and the vintage looking candleholders stole my heart. My daughter would absolutely love this..she loves anything that has to do with the beach.. hugs ~lynne~

Kathy said...

A wonderful beach themed table, Alisa. I love anything beach and can't wait to get all my summer sea shell things out!

Anonymous said...

Hi Alisa! Oh, what a wonderful tropical Florida tablescape! I love everything about it - your dishes, the glasses - the shells! It's glorious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

xinex said...

Love you beachy themed tablescape, Alisa! Those napkin holders are darling and the napkin does look like an octopus. Tha salad plates are gorgeous and you captured the sunset.....Christine

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Alisa! Love the "Walk Along the Beach" Tablescape! It "ALL" looks fab! I'm a beach lover too...so all the details are just my cup of "tea"! ;) I'm back in GA tonight...ahhh, it's always so nice to come home! ;) ~CC Catherine PS: I do totally think the napkin with the ring looks like an octopus! Hands Down! ;)

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Alisa! Love the "Walk Along the Beach" Tablescape! It "ALL" looks fab! I'm a beach lover too...so all the details are just my cup of "tea"! ;) I'm back in GA tonight...ahhh, it's always so nice to come home! ;) ~CC Catherine PS: I do totally think the napkin with the ring looks like an octopus! Hands Down! ;)

redsoxmom said...

Seafood is my favorite! I even made it for my 3 Valentines on V-day. The shell plates are so cute. I like the white-on-white with placemat providing the only color. I can totally see the octopus, by the way. Very clever!

What a lucky guy!

a quiet life said...

another daarling tablescape~

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Oh my goodness. This is my favorite so far. I adore the ocean and all the elements on your table make me feel the ocean's breeze. Mr. Right must have married Mrs.Right.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Yes I can visualize the octopus. Your table is a work of art. I love how everything blended together in just the right way! I love white dishes too. Your whole talbe is amazing. Great job.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That is a gorgeous setting! I think the orange placemat tied in the some of the colors of the beach photo you showed. Absolutely beautiful!

Jewel Sauls said...

Love your Walk Along the Beach table! It really puts you in mind of a sunset on the beach! Inspired by your Breakfast at Tiffany's, I posted pictures of my daughter's Breakfast at Tiffany's party. Stop by if you have the time! :D Jewel

santamaker said...

Just love it and so glad you found your Fla honey! Beautiful and yes....I saw the octopus!

Melanie said...

This is my favorite tablescape so far. I love the color and the simplicity.

Chandy said...

I love all of the pictures and now, you just gave me a new appreciation for the sea shells! Yes!

Thanks for sharing, Carolyn

Miss Janice said...

Wow, I love this tablescape. Since I moved back to Florida in December, I guess I'll be doing more of these tropical style settings in the future. Your's is absolutely perfect...love the colors, the china, the candle holders, the napkin fold...everything is awesome!

"Blossom" said...

Makes me want to pick up all your tablescape and take it ourside. This is lovely! Seems so quiet and peaceful senery. Love all the white and touch of orange.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Another great table Alisa! Love teh color scheme & the seashell motif. As for the "octopus"? It is what it is. It's a starfish! ;o)

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Elegant and gorgeous! The centerpiece, the shells, the dishes, and your special touch--all of it is stunning!

Unknown said...

This just makes me want to go on vacation somewhere warm. Great tablescape. I felt i escaped to the beach. mishelle

Scribbler said...

I love your creativity! It's always a treat to see what you did.


Peggy said...

OH Alisa, what a beautiful table setting. Everything is just perfect and the starfish napkin rings are adorable. THe whole table is lovely. Peggy from PA

Fifi Flowers said...

PERFECT beach tablescape... I feel like wiggling my toes in the sand!

Linda Q said...

Oh I love this, makes me feel summery! The centerpiece is wonderful, fun shell dinnerware.
It is all good!
Linda Q

Kristens Creations said...

Gorgeous! You have such beautiful tablescapes, this one is one of my favorites, maybe because I love the beach! Kristen

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I do feel like I've taken a walk on the beach. Beautiful tablescape. laurie

Tami said...

Gorgeous table. I loved the napkins looking like an octopus. I hope you have a fun party next month!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa,

You are soooo good at this!
Every week I am just blown away by your ideas and the beauty of your tables.
I love this one!
I'm also from Florida!

The crystal shells are stunning. Love the Silver shell too.

Have a great one.

janet said...

oh i love the beachy feel and look of your table, a place i would love to be right now

JudyBug said...

What a lovely table. I love how you pulled it all together...and very romantic. I see the octupus!!

The Norwegian said...

Alisa! This is SCRUMPTIOUS. A treat for the eyes. Love that your table transports us all to the sea side!

PAT said...

Alisa, this is a gorgeous tablescape!

A Hint of Home said...

Your tablescape is just "beachy"! It all came together perfectly. I can't wait to see your birthday buffet. Love the platter.

Charlene said...

Wondeful tablescape. I have not done one since Valentines. Maybe I will get on the stick next week. Loved yours & would love your receipe for the lemon dill sauce for the salmon. I hade the most wonderful salmon with mushroom sauce when we were in Oklahoma. Yum! Gotta love something that tastes so good & is good for you too. Your surprise buffet will be wonderful.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Very nice Alisa! Every element you used tied in beautifully to your beach theme. I hope you had your vacuum cleaner near by because I'm sure the waves brought in some sand! Have a great weekend!

Lady Katherine said...

This is beautiful! My hubby loves Flordia, we have gone 3-4 times a year for 31 years. This is great, I love the napkin!! The shell plates, all the silver. This is so perfect! OK, you have one set of dishes! I may need to rethink, mine! For I am running out of room! lol

Lady Katherine said...

This is beautiful! My hubby loves Flordia, we have gone 3-4 times a year for 31 years. This is great, I love the napkin!! The shell plates, all the silver. This is so perfect! OK, you have one set of dishes! I may need to rethink, mine! For I am running out of room! lol

LaurenFaythe said...

I love this tablescape. I love the mixture of all the textures with the white!

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