Sunday, August 8, 2010

Beachy, Fishy Seaside Tablescape

I had this tablescape set up before I left for Chicago. But nobody cooked while I was gone. My stepdaughter Heather and her hubby Ben came for a visit a few days after I left and they ate out every single day so this table was not touched at all.



This is how it looked when I left and this is how it looked when I came back.




I bought the tablecloth from Grand Cayman. I almost forgot I had it, lol. This is the first time I am using it. I love the shimmer! I used shell napkin rings and napkins with shell print, silver sequined placemats to mimic sand when the sun shines on it, turquoise goblets and clear wine glasses with silvery Greek key patterned rim, white salad plates with shells around the edges on white dinner plates.





I love these turquoise translucent glass plate chargers. I found them at TJ Maxx in Monroe for $2.99 each the week before I left for Chicago. This set alone made the 2.5 hr. drive, one way, worth it to shop there.



The bubble flatware were distributed by Avon and I got them from Ebay.





While in Illinois, my sister gave me some turquoise serving dishes, 2 fish, a big shell and a smaller one. They were free so that's thrifty, right? Thanks, sis, I love them!
I am glad they did not break because I packed them in the luggage.






I thought they would look perfectly nice with my the accessories on the table so I added them and took more pictures this morning. John wants me to leave the table as is because he wants to show it to his pingpong buddy who always asks to see my tablescapes. He is out of town for a few days so I guess we are not eating on this table for a while.





John bought this shell compote from Baton Rouge. I filled it with stone eggs and various shells. I bought the starfish from Orlando, FL. The 2 mermaid taper candle holders were from Marshall's in FL. about a year or 2 ago. I have 4 of them.






I bought a pair of this votive candle holders for $2 each, I think, from a local hardware store. I like how they are wrapped with rope and has shells hanging on them.





This tea set has a story. I won it on Ebay. It arrived without the teapot lid so naturally, I complained to the seller. He said he forgot to enclose it but added it later but it was nowhere to be found inside the box. I even took out the packing stuff one by one and laid them carefully on the table and sent him pictures, but the lid was not there. He had to believe me because I have a red star on Ebay with 1022 transactions and 100% positive feedback. The seller thought that maybe he inserted it in another box and that he would ask his other buyers if they might have seen it. Well, he could not find it so he refunded me my full payment. This tea set therefore, is another one I got for free. I took a lid from a sugar server and it kinda fits so it will do for now.










I am linking with Sally for Blue Monday at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

Mary for Mosaic Mon at http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/







Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/


Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/
Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for Two and Wednesday Tea for Me and Thee at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/




Susan for Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/


Leigh for Thrifty Thursday at http://lbratina.blogspot.com/



62 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

No one wanted to eat at the table and mess up how pretty it was. :D Sorry about the top to your teapot! :(
Have a great week!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, the table was so pretty they were afraid to mess it up. Love the colors of it.

Entertaining Women said...

i'll bet that you don't forget that tablecloth again...it's magnificent. And I love the shell compote centerpiece...just lovely. I wonder if, when you finally eat on your table, it will be a seafood dinner. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

SmilingSally said...

I love the color turquoise for a tablescape, and I'm glad to see it too!

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

maria said...

Beautiful! The tea set is my favorite.

My Blue Monday.

Tete said...

You have a beautiful home and the table scape is just wonderful! I love all of your little details and the tea set is my favorite. Great post!
Tete

Kat said...

Beautiful Christine! I love the colors in this, and all of the seashore accessories. And that bubble flatware is so much fun! I understand why your guests didn't want to mess this up, it's perfect! Kat

mississippi artist said...

This is beautiful! I really love the glittery placemats.

bj said...

I'm not sure what is going on with the comment location. It's in the middle of your post.

Your table and everything on it is just stunning. You have a beautiful home, Christine. Thanks for sharing.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful tablescape and I love the centerpiece. ~~Sherry~~

leavesnbloom said...

wow words fail me - your tablescape is so beautiful. You have such pretty little pieces of china to go along with it aswell. Those pieces from your sister look like a wonderful addition to your table. Its a table fit for royalty!

:) Rosie
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Manang Kim said...

I am so in love with all your dishes. They are very pretty!!

Blue Monday

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

With my love for all things with seashells, I love this table. I actually have my own sea table ready to post for TT. I love the centerpiece. I've never seen anything quite like it. I still can't imagine how you store so many things. You don't need a dish room, you need a little dish house!

Joy said...

Very pretty tablescape. Just love that center piece and the candlestick are so cute.
Happy Blue Monday and have a great week!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Your table is stunning! Love the little peak of your kitchen too.

Snap said...

Beautiful tablescape. Love all the mermaids and shells. Enjoyed your story about the tea set .... it is lovely even without the lid!

Terri said...

This is a gorgeous table setting. Well done!
Your E-bay story is sad, but your lid looks pretty good. The tea set is really beautiful, what an amazing blue color. What is the make of it? Does it have anything written on the bottom?
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
Hugs,
Terri

Bookie said...

these colors and dishes are so different from anything I have or would use in my home that to sit at this table would be a feast for my eyes. Lovely and unusual.

Sarah said...

Another beautiful table, Christine. The turquoise dishes from your sister are lovely on this setting. ~ Sarah

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

My goodness Christine!
I just adore that ultra pretty table! The blues are fantastic and your china and other pieces are just perfect! And that tablecloth, oh I love the shimmery color!
This table is a mermaids paradise!
Hugs,
Cindy

Olive Cooper said...

the aqua tea set is stunning...you table is very fun...olive♥

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, this is breath taking! That cloth is the prettiest fabric I've ever seen! All of the pretty blues are gorgeous, and your tea set is beautiful (even if that isn't the right lid-I wouldn't have known it if you had told me). John has great taste. I love that shell compote, and what pretty dishes your sister gave you. It's all just gorgeous. laurie

Shelia said...

Oh, Christine! Your table is just so stunning! I adore that gorgeous tablecloth!! It's perfect for your sea theme! The little tea set is so pretty! The huge shell in the centerpiece is beautiful! Everything is amazing. You rock, girl friend!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lady Katherine said...

Christine! I am in love! This is wonderful! I adore it all! The tablecloth is so beautiful! Oh,the shell compote with the votive candles shining through is so pretty! The dishes! All! Wonderful! Terry Birthday is this month, I have been collecting Beachy Dishes for his Birthday Party. He loves Destin so, he stays on the webcam in Destin watching the boats come in. Now he watching Beach TV on the computer. lol He been going there every year since he was a child. We missed last year for the first time. I have my dishes hid, and not sure what all I have bought! lol Oh, but I now know I need a tablecloth! lol I know I shall find nothing as lovely as yours! I would keep this setting up and just enjoy it! John and you both have the greatest taste! Oh, love the Tea Set! Lucky Lady! I would have never known the lid wasn't part of the set! It looks made for it! I am so excited to see your lovely Beachy Setting! Goes great with the outdoors too! I know your Garden is looking beautiful!

KathyB. said...

The tablescape and everything about it is beautiful! I love the colors and the centerpiece...the tea pot and teacups also are spectacular.

Rebecca said...

Great tablescape-just facinating!!!!! Happy Blue Monday on my First Blue Monday!

Kathy said...

The colors you've put together are perfect for an underwater dream! I am enthralled with how lovely everything turned out!
I love it, love it!
Kathy

parTea lady said...

I love the beach and your beach theme tablescape is wonderful. That large shell compote is fabulous and so is the rest of the china and glassware. Sitting down for a meal at this table would be almost as good as being at the waters edge.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Christine, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love that center shell, it is just unreal. All of your dishes and accessories are fabulous. You always set the most wonderful tables and you have the most fabulous accessories. Love your new header pic too. Thanks so much for joining TTT Hugs, Marty

Marie said...

My goodness Christine! What an exquisite collection of seashells and sea inspired table setting you have there. As someone who loves the ocean, I really appreciate your wonderful display. Happy Tuesday!
-marie

Melissa Miller said...

Christine it is happy looking and vibrant for the summer! The beachy shells and colors are beautiful.

Thank you for the kind birthday wishes. I really appreciate it my friend. ~Melissa :)

Msartist said...

Hi Christine, Your table settings are lovely I love the beach! What a story about the free set and it is so pretty too! I do hope you get a chance to drop by I am having a giveaway.
MsartistSewCrafty, Theresa

Helen said...

Love your beachy tablescape!!!!

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Kathleen said...

Oh that is pretty! I love that cloth and the dishes are so pretty! And I could use flatware that color, it is wonderful!

Kim said...

This is so pretty. I'm amazed at all of the different styles of items you have, yet they all work together beautifully.

Sue said...

This is just beautiful! I love the large shell compote and those serving dishes are unreal. I would feel so special and honored if I were a dinner guest in your home. The colors ARE the sea! hugs, Sue

Natasha said...

What a great tablescape! I love anything to do with the seaside, Christine, and the colours are so summery and fresh-great job!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Christine,
Love the torqouise tablescape, very pretty. The teapot is still lovely. Thank you for coming by and following along. Good luck with the giveaway. I am a new follower and will be back soon.

Mimi said...

Christine, this is one of your finest tables...love all the shades of aqua. That tea set is beautiful.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Christine, these colors are beautiful! I love it all so I'm having a hard time pointing out a couple things, but I will say that tablecloth is amazing!

ellen b. said...

Hi Christine,
This table is so full and rich. Love the colors and the layers!

Sailing Simply said...

You should have called this an "Under the Sea" tablescape. I can't help but feel like this is how the mermaids dine! I love it! I love your choices of sparkley items with the blues and and seaside accessories. I love the bubble blue flatware, I used to sell Avon years ago to bad I never saw these. Your new plates from your sister are wonderful too!

Beth said...

The tablecloth is so pretty. Love the shell and fish serving dishes, as well as your china. Great centerpiece too, Christine! Nicely done - beautiful tablescape!
Blessings, Beth

Sares said...

What a fun summer tablescape. I always love to see what beautiful table design you have laid out. Your tableware collection never ceases to amaze me!

Barbara said...

What a pretty table! That tablecloth is just gorgeous. I love all the details you have on this table. There are so many wonderful things to look at.

Chandy said...

Ok, wow! That is a great theme and the colors are just, well... wow! You certainly have lovely pieces, Christine!

Been home bound busy with redo projects, but soon enough, I'll have enough free time to join in all the memes again. Hugs and stay cool, my dear!

jennifer said...

That is the prettiest thing I've seen all day. I adore the color and the beach items are wonderful!

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a FABulous beachy tablescape, Christine!!! I love everything! Too bad your guests didn't take advantage of dining there! I'm sure they enjoyed seeing it everyday, though!
Very pretty tea set, too...maybe the lid will show up somewhere, sometime!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day~
;-D Kathleen

Marlis said...

Maybe you can find a lid on ebay.. but congrats on the tea set, it's quite stunning. As is your table. I love to come visit every week. Your tablecloth with the embroidery on it is spectacular as are the chargers. You have a wonderful ability to combine and create.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello~I've just strolled in for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek around. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.We share similar tastes for so many of the same creative design elements, especially for setting a unique ambiance. This tablescape is delightful and a lovely reminder of the things I adore about summer.
It's wonderful how inspiring blog friends as yourself can be, that's why I love returning the gesture, by sharing cooking or DIY ideas too.

I've bookmarked you in my favs.
I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

GrannySue said...

An absolute treat to see. Thanks so much. I just love every piece of it. So many treats for the eye. Beautiful.

artisticblend said...

I love it! We just got back from the beach and I'm missing it so much. I'd love to eat here!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Christine, you have such a knack for putting together items from various sources and making them look wonderful! Gorgeous tablecloth, and that flatware is so cool! Thank you for your kind comments on my table this week.

All The Pretty Dishes said...

What a fantastic looking table! I love all your cool items!!

Carrie said...

Your beach-themed tablescape is just fabulous...the colors, textures, and shapes are intriguing and work so well together! The tablecloth and serving dishes are all special finds.

aimee said...

breathtaking! you have an amazing talent for tablescapes and your home is just as breathtaking.
blessings,
aimee

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Christine! This was just breath taking sweetie! I got our tickets for Angels on the Bluff in November.
I hope I get to meet you then! XOXO

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a lovely tablescape, Christine! I love your centerpiece! Have a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Traci said...

I love the fish & shell serving pieces. That tea set is really pretty too! I think that table is too pretty to eat at.

Debbie said...

I love those colors Christine...those little mermaid candle sticks where adorable. Pretty flat ware too. You do a beautiful table.

Just Breathe said...

What a beautiful table and the colors are outstanding.

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