Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mile High Beach!

I knew a beach-themed tablescape would challenge me. Beach related items can be found in Colorado, but I had a budget in mind, since I will not have many uses for them. I found some items on clearance, but who wants a seagull on a stick with a broken beak?

I made some signs to prove my point!

I went to Michael's and bought a bag of shells, some starfish, a net, and a bag of crushed shells. Time to get crafty!

I hope you enjoy!

I found these extra large wooden chargers on eBay. I painted them ivory (they were green).

I asked Mr. Wonderful to drill holes in some of the shells, and then added pearls in between the shells to create my own napkin rings.

I found a box of these blue mason jars in our basement. I tied shells on the outside, poured crushed shells inside, and added a candle.

This gnarled piece of wood was in my garden. It's as close as I could get to driftwood.

On another trip to Michael's, I found these little votive holders in the colors I was using.

I painted the starfish and strung them up with the jars.

The flatware was chosen because the design mimics the one in the quilt I used as a tablecloth.

I found this old bottle when I was looking for the mason jars!

The sun is starting to set!

This lantern came with a battery operated candle inside, but I replaced it with the real thing.

Quilt, glasses, napkins, flower plates, and fish plates are from thrift stores
Aqua plates and lantern are from TJ Maxx
Flatware is from Burlington Coat Factory
Goblets are from Dollar Tree
Bowls are from Ross

Be sure to check out the beach-themed tablescapes this week at the CuisineKathleen's Let's Dish Blog Party!

I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch

Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here

Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen

Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes

You're Gonna Love It at Kathe with an E

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

The Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jeans Decor

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants

Primp Your Stuff Wednesday at Primp

Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters

Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper

Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

  Sunday Blog Love at Cherished Treasures

Blue Monday at Smiling Sally

Be sure to visit my sister's blog (you know, the one she writes from Florida!) for her beach table.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am stunned by how pretty this tablescape is! I love the colors!! You really made the most of your budget and were able to set the mood with those shells in such a creative way. WOW is my response. Love everything about it.

Kathe said...

No fair! Linda took my WOW! LOL! Everything is just perfect! The color, the decorations, everything! I love your signs too! Yeah, the beaches around here are pretty much man made and fresh water, no salt :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at the party this week! I am counting down the days to when I get to meet you in real life Elaine!! Soooooooo excited about that ♥

Judy Biggerstaff said...

You nailed beachy even though you are 1736.6 miles from the beach. Love the aqua in your beach theme and all the beach elements you have added to the theme. Perfect.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Perfect. The colors the textures the lantern and jars...all fabulous!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Elaine: I am very plesantly surprised to see what you came up with for someone who is so far away from any beach. Your tablescape is just beautiful and I love the mason jars/candle holders. It's all so pretty. I was born and raised at the beach and I came up with nothing!!..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

You did a great job! I love how you used the mason jars! ~Tammy

ellen b said...

Oh you really did good on the beach theme for it being a challenge for you. Love all your great ideas! Those mason jars with the shells and candles are amazing! Love the outdoor setting. Well done!!

Anonymous said...

Wow you did a fabulous job on this tablescape. Love to sit there under the candle light of those beautiful blue candle holders.

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

I love it! You'd never know it was in Colorado and not at a beach house. Love the Mason jar hanging lanterns. Clever idea. The whole thing is very pretty and creative.

Mary said...

LOVE, love, love your mason jars/lanterns hanging and your "driftwood" centerpiece! I wish I had a basement to walk down to and find wonderful bottles & jars waiting for me! Your colors are wonderful on your table~ and perfect with your Michael's votives!

Karena said...

Elaine your sea inspired table is gorgeous!! The quilt as a table cloth is perfect with all of the other details!! I need some wooden chargers as well!

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Alycia Nichols said...

You KNOW you are wrong! You had us feeling sorry for you for a minute there, and then POW!!! You come up with this really great table with so many cool elements! You did a lot of work for this!!! One thing for sure: You'll definitely have everything you need for any future beach-themed dinner parties!!! FABULOUS job on the hanging lanterns and napkin rings! Bravo a million times over on both! Good eye on the design similarities re: the table covering and the flatware!!! Everything looks fantastic!

Entertaining Women said...

This is absolutely fantastic! You came up with so many wonderful's all in the details. Love the shells attached to the lanterns. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Crafts a la Mode said...

Beautiful eye candy. Beautiful blog. Nice visiting. Linda

Marlis said...

WOW!! and WOW again. I love your table. The colors are so perfect. Your ingenuity and creativity is amazing. You made a beach come to Colorado!! xo marlis

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Well done taking us all the way through sunset. I felt like I was right there. The signs you made are so fun and the starfish hanging from the trees was a creative touch. The whole mood was really lovely. How cool that you found that bottle too. The way it's caught up in the net really sets it off. Found your post at Ivy and Elephants. Stop over and see me at Quirky Vistas sometime.

Anonymous said...

This is really beautiful! I love the soft blues and greens, but especially the decorated Mason jars you hung. That is such a creative way to use something many of us already have. Thanks for sharing your table and your crafty ideas at the Grill, BBQ, & Picnic Party!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a gorgeous well detailed tablescape. I love all the soft sea colors!!! Your lanterns are adorable. Just beautiful!

Robin said...

So much for not having anything Beachy! Your creativity really shines through with this table. The color of the mason jars and having them hung like that really makes the tablescape. I can't believe you made those napkin rings. Where did you get the patience. Are you sure we are sisters?

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Misti said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love everything about it! The colors are just awesome and I love the night pics!!

allisamazing said...

Your table and outdoor setting is asolutely gorgeous! You would think you were on the beach. I also love your signs :)

Babs said...

You live in Colorado? OMGosh, I thought we were at a beach house! Everything about your table is gorgeous. Love your creativity and eye for color and detail. Darling napkin rings and cute sign, too. I'm happy to be your newest follower.

suzyq said...

Did you say you had those gorgeous blue mason jars in your basement??? What other treasures do you have there?
Lovely table,

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gorgeous table and those napkins rings are stunning. So clever to drill holes in the shells and add pearls. Lovely colors and the twilight photos are beautiful.

The Style Sisters said...

Love love love all the colors and details of your sea scape! I am totally going to attach sea shells around my votive candle holders! All your dishes are to die for! Just beautiful! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your ideas with us!

Jo Ann said...

Wow! With this beautiful setting you'd have had a hard time convincing me that you didn't live close to the beach! I love this and the beach is my favorite place to vacation. You did a great job and I love it!

Diann said...

Well, In know I am early visiting this post but, it is so wonderful! You did a great job creating a fabulous beachy party theme! Way to go. I love every element you added. thank you (in advanace) for joining TTF this week and I hope you have a wonderufl week!

Diane said...

Amazing! You really pulled off this challenge! I would never be able to do a mountain table, as well as you did a beach one! The DYI Mason jars are perfect and your centerpiece is definitely "beachy". Beautiful job - so inspiring!

Marigene said...

I would be delighted to be sitting at your beautiful table...I just love aqua and lime together. What a gorgeous quilt.

dizzyizzy said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! I really covet your blue jars.

Scribbler said...

This is the most beautiful table! You used your imagination and creativity and came up with any thing better than you could have just gone out and bought. Maybe you should market the napkin rings and jars?

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Your tablescape is gorgeous. I love the signs and the hanging candles.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful tablescape!! Love the aqua color and the cute lanterns. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party this week.

Lynn said...

Your setting is beautiful and your basement sounds like Fantasy Island! Oh to "find" blue mason jars! Lovin' your napkin rings too-enjoy:@)

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Totally beautiful setting! The colors are magical and really do conjure up the sea. Your hanging Mason jars are stunning. I love the shells decorating them and the napkin rings you created. This is a gorgeous, well done table setting with fabulous atmosphere!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

WOW! I wish you could come and help me decorate! I'm in Florida...not quite so far from the beach. You really found a perfect way to bring summertime to your home!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

LOOOVE your beachy table!!! The colors are perfect. Good idea to use the old wood. Love the lantern too. XO, Pinky

andrea@townandprairie said...

You would think this was Nantucket! You choice if colors and imagery is spot on. You photography for this shoot is just summertime gorgeous and the little ball jar lanterns add a nice touch to the tablescape.

Michelle said...

Amazing! Beautiful photos! I love all of the colors...the quilt you used as a tablecloth is especially pretty! :)

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

This is the prettiest table I have seen in a long time!! Would love to be sitting there - 2nd best to sitting on the beach. Your attention to detail really shines! Well done!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Elaine, your table and setting is absolutely magical!! I'm in awe at what you created. You sure fooled me as it looks like you're at the beach. I don't know what I love the most, but the things that I adore are the hanging blue mason, love, love!!!!!

xinex said...

This is so beautiful, Elaine. The jars that you created with candles are just awesome. I love your centerpiece with the net. You are very creative....Christine

Donna at the Scarlet Petticoat said...

i just love your tablescape! the way the flatware and the quilt tie in together is neat. i have those blue mason jars filled with sand, but, i think i will try the scallop shells strung around them like you did. also your photographs are really great! just beautiful!

Kathleen said...

This is so creative! You really went all out and on a budget too! Love the hanging lanterns , signs and napkin rings you made.
The table is mile high good! The colors are wonderful!
Elaine, thanks for visiting so many of the Let's Dish entries. You are a good blogger!

Victoria Mische said...

Very beautiful and so is stunning. The colors and the seashells, everything looks so classic chic! You've got an A+++ on this project as this is the most outstanding tablescape I've seen far on your blog. Great job!

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Susan Freeman said...

This is fabulous!

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An Oasis in the Desert said...

I'd say you've definitely moved on from the minor league in tablescaping. Yours looks totally beautiful and very charming. I really like your hanging lanterns, & that quilt you are using for a tablecloth is beautiful! Great job!

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Elaine! Gosh, your table (and everything related to it) are just wonderful! I could spend hours looking at your blog and the pretty things in it. Some of my favorite items in your great photos are the blue jars and the bottle on the table...I wondered how someone "finds" those in a basement and then I read your other blog about "collecting". I am so in your same boat about wanting to keep bubble wrap, boxes, things for "someday". My husband (second for me too)says that the attic is going to collapse on us one day from all the stuff I have put up there . I found your blog via "Elephants and Ivy".

Lynn Wood said...

This is just stunning! Your photos are incredible and I love the evening shots. I live in the mountains too and long for the beach so your sign just cracked me up. I've got this pinned and hope I'll be able to recreate a bit of your magic!


SmilingSally said...

Ah, your craftiness has brought the beach 1736.6 miles to you! This is so blue-tiful!

Happy 1st Blue Monday, Elaine.

Leah H. said...

Your work is so impressive. I like and I enjoyed your theme very much:)

Visiting for Blue Monday- hope you can stop by..

Liz said...

My, this is beautiful. I love the hanging jars.

My Blue Monday.

EJ said...

Lovely, happy blue Monday!

Come and see my BLUE when you get a chance.

Crystal Grandeur said...

hi i am from crystal grandeur.just fell in love with your beach scape.the table looks great.

The Charm of Home said...

Everything is so pretty! Love the lanterns. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

mary beth said...

What a great job you did! It all looks really coastal to me, but here in Kansas we have to get creative too...I love scattering shells and things around and pretending that I live near the sea! Thanks for sharing with us!

Unknown said...

I love each and every thing on this table and what hangs above.It's so my style, my colors!! I do want to stress one thing.......if those hanging starfish are real as opposed to glass or ceramic, if they get wet.....they turn to MUSH. Been there done that. I have yet to test a polyurethane covered one. MY next project. But real starfish, when wet, dissolve. :(

Wendigo Witch said...

You can use solar lights in the mason jars as well so they light up nightly with no mess

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