Monday, August 19, 2013

A Beachy Luncheon with 2 Friends

I planned to relax all day today. Well, that changed when my friend Brenda texted me last night saying I am invited to a simple early luncheon here at our house, lol. She made some pinakbet, which is an ethnic Filipino food and she wanted to bring it over. Of course, I am always happy to have their company and their food. She said our other friend Noemie was also coming. The more the merrier!

I had some time in my hands so I decided to make the table pretty. Besides, Kathleen is having a "Summer Party" this week so I better get ready for that too.

I started with laying a crinkle soft tablecloth on the table. Then, I just used our everyday placemats. I like using these on this round table because of the shape. Then, I added a blue and white plate charger with shells.
Next, came the grey blue "Abigail" dinner plates and the blue bubble flatware.

I added a little lantern that I won by sharing a link of a store downtown. It also came with a bigger yellow lantern but I only used this white one.
I added the luncheon shell plates I bought from Homegoods on my last trip to Florida. I like how the shells are raised. Then I placed a shell place card holder on each plate.

 I added a 4th plate setting in case John shows up for lunch, which he does every now and then. Sure enough, he did show up.



I like to use this glass salt and pepper shakers for beach themed tables. It makes the salt and pepper look like dry and wet sand on the beach. John bought me this shell compote about 3 years ago from Red Door in Baton Rouge.

This coral candelabra came from Homegoods in FL months ago and was shattered to pieces in my luggage, but I was able to glue it back together.
The stems are some of our everyday glasses.
The napkins have shell prints on them. The beaded coral napkin rings came from Kohls in Cape Coral, FL., on clearance. I believe the napkins came from there too, just from another trip.


I used this covered casserole to serve mussel soup.


My beautiful friends Brenda and Noemie, with their pretty smiles.

We planned to fry some dry fish at first, fish that Noemie brought from the Philippines but we wanted to eat early because Brenda is working tonight and she can take a nap before going to work. So, we did not fry the fish. We will save it for a brunch that we plan to have in the future.
I decided to make some mussel soup, only at the last minute.


And so I added some soup bowls on the place settings and this is how the table ended up looking.
Thanks for coming over. I always appreciate your visits and especially your comments. I also appreciate all the hostesses very much. I know they do lots of extra work to make these parties possible so again, a big THANK YOU to y'all!

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29 comments:

Sarah said...

Pretty beach details, Christine. Your shell compote is gorgeous!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so fun and pretty, Christine! I just love the layers and layers of dishes! Is that a snail in your centerpiece? How cool! I know you had a great time with your good friends and I bet John enjoyed the lunch, too!

XO,
Janie

Jojo said...

That covered casserole is beautiful. Okay...tell us about pinakbet!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I specially love the big Shell centerpiece, it's gorgeous! I also love all your lovely dishes, as always. What fun you girls had, wish I was there! I also had a luncheon for our nephew that came for summer vacation from Flagler College in Flo. Have a lovely week, Chris.
FABBY

Christine Graves said...

Your table is stunning...and I love those dishes and tureen...

XO,
Christine

Vel Criste said...

Perfect as always!!! Those starfish plates are so beautiful!!!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Your shell compote is just stunning! And what a flexible hostess you are to change up the menu and the table so effortlessly at the last minute! I'm sure you had a very special time,
Jenna

Entertaining Women said...

This is a beautiful table. The shell compote is magnificent, and I love the coral candelabra. Your friends look like they were having a marvelous time. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Diane said...

That nautilus compote is gorgeous, Christine! Your entire table is so well-planned and perfect for a beach theme. I love that your friends invite themselves over for meals and parties - that speaks volumes to the kind of wonderful person that you are!

Denise said...

Warm and inviting,well done.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, this is stunning, you always do the most beautiful tablescapes. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Art and Sand said...

Your table setting is simply wonderful. You had me at polka dot flatware. But, I was actually in love before the flatware with that beautiful shell centerpiece.

Thank you for dropping by my blog so I could come over to yours.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow Christine!
That centerpiece just blows me away, it's so pretty and perfect!
And the food looks delicious, and the friendships are the best part of it all.
Cindy

Sharlotte said...

Thanks Christine for dropping by my site. I love, love your table! Anything having to do with the sea is tops on my list. I love your centerpiece, it's gorgeous!
Have a wonderful week!
Sharlotte

Crystal Grandeur said...


So sweet of you Christine.you create such beautiful table with beautiful things.The beach concept so pretty.love all the things...Love sujatha...:):)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Beautiful table...I covet your gorgeous shell centerpiece. Visiting from Let's dish. Pam

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Christine, Your table is beautiful but that shell compote is just stunning!! I love the turquoise and blue together. The mussel soup looks delicious too. Linda

Mary said...

Beautiful seaside table Christine! Your coral napkin rings are wonderful, I didn't see those at Kohl's in my shopping! Glad you were able to glue your gorgeous candelabra back together!

tablescapesbybev said...

This table is absolutely beautiful, as usual! I love the shell plates, the napkins, every detail...

Marigene said...

Beautiful table...I had no idea those plates were called Abigail, I have some with the same pattern but the backstamp is just a shield with a B.
Love that shell compote.
Have a great week, Christine...

Laurie Ritchey said...

We both went to the beach on our tables this week. Your table looks so pretty. That compote is stunning! I need some of those pretty napkins with shells on them. The coral candleholder is so unique. I'm glad you were able to glue it back together. laurie

Beeutiful by Design said...

So pretty, love your napkin rings!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

It all turned out so pretty, love that centerpiece it is just beautiful and I also love the covered casserole dish, what a welcoming lunch table, I hope you had a good time...Phyllis

Lulu said...

All the textures on your table are terrific and the shell compote is something I would love to have.

Helen's Decor said...

Christine, your table is beautifully set for your guests...how honored they must feel to visit and enjoy such hospitality!
Thanks for sharing it,
Helen

Ivy and Elephants said...

So many fabulous and special details! The huge shell, and the coral candle piece, those shell plates and the adorable napkin rings!!!! I could go on and on. Lovely and thoughtful.
I bet the food was amazing, too!
Hugs,
Patti

mississippi artist said...

What fun-always great when friends visit. Love all the shells. What is dry fish? Never heard of that. Yes tell us about pinakbet too.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, this luncheon sounds so marvelous - growing up my best friend was Filipino - her mother was an excellent cook - I do miss that! Your tablescape is marvelous in the beautiful nautical detail - such fun!
I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Kathleen said...

Your friends must love coming to your house, you treat them so royally. Love all those plates, a treasure trove! The compote shell is so pretty!

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