Monday, August 30, 2010

An Evening at the Beach

I spent most of my childhood in Florida and Hawaii and near some of the most beautiful beaches in the world..I'm landlocked in Oklahoma now and miss the beautiful water colors of  Destin on the Gulf of Mexico as well as the deep blue waters of the Pacific.  

One of my best friends gave me this beautiful teapot  for my birthday..the colors remind of those gorgeous shades of blue at the beaches I used to
 live by.

I set a beached themed table this evening just to celebrate the last few days of summer.  Fall is just around the corner so I thought I'd enjoy an "evening at the beach" at my little kitchen table.

Deb also gave  me the matching plates and
I just love them!
I found that I already had a turquoise blue tablecloth in my mother-in-law's collection, this is my favorite color of water.  I used my round straw placemats in lime green I purchased on sale at Kohl's and started layering with my white
Pier One  plates.

My son gave me this cute little shell box for Mother's Day last year.   He attends college in Florida
It was perfect to put a variety of
teabags in.

    Deb also gave me these cute shell napkin rings and I just added my lime green napkins I bought on sale at Penney's several years ago.

Of course the accessories for this table were obvious..seashells and starfish!  I bought a small basket of shells at Dollar Tree and just added a voitive candle for a simple centerpiece.   I found the starfish in a little resale shop for a couple dollars.

I added more shells around the base of the tea warmer as well.

 I found a set of 4 "Bone white" Sheffield (made in the USA)  cups and saucers for $3.00 at Goodwill. 
I love the swirl design.  I also purchased six dinner plates that match for $2.50...but those I'm using on another table!  

I decided my new lime plates from TJ Max I used on my "hydrangea" table last week would also look wonderful layered under the beach plates.  

The tiny little seafood forks are from my mil's collection of sterling.  

A few more pictures of the completed table.

Hope you enjoyed our little "evening at the beach" and go join in all the parties!

Have a safe Labor Day!

I'm linking this week with:

Marty's Tabletop Tuesdays
Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday
Susan's Tablescape Thursdays
Cindy's Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
Laurie's Favortie Things 
Tablescaper's Summer Sundays
 Chari's Sunday Favorites
Smiling Sally's Blue Monday


  1. The whole tablescape is simply beautiful and I very much like the way you carried the theme throughout, using other pieces to complement your table setting. The teapot and matching plates , love them!

  2. What a cute setting and the perfect way to end summer-enjoy!

  3. Hello, I love your blog, is so instructive and gives us both visually possibilities. I congratulate you for your dedication. this post with details this beautiful summer, so many details! Thanks for sharing your art and skills, greetings Rose marie

  4. I bet you do miss the beach. Florida and Hawaii are such beautiful states. You are so talented with your tablescapes. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Totally beautiful!! I love it.

    Like you, I am struggling with being in a land-locked state after living in Florida for over 20 years. I miss the ocean more than I can say.

    Thank you for sharing this totally gorgeous tablescape.

    Patti ~ Fill My Cup with Beauty

  6. Oh so pretty. I love the mix of the blue and the lime and all the shells are gorgeous. Your plates and teapot are stunning and the shell box and napkin rings are exquisite. Such pretty things. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  7. Beautiful!!!!! The colors are perfect, your dishes and the teapot are so pretty,really WONDERFUL!Hugs. Fatima-Scrapart.

  8. Very lovely. comforting and relaxing too.

  9. Hi Sonia,
    This is a very pretty table, you got all the details just right! Love the little teapot.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  10. Your beach themed tablescape is gorgeous, Sonia. Love the teapot and the shell plates...Christine

  11. That is beautiful! I am sure you miss the beach. I try never to take my watery surroundings for granted.
    The teapot is so cute, and all your beachy accoutrements are wonderful!
    Great table,Sonia!

  12. Love this table. Cute teapot and I'm ready for a few more 'beach' days myself! love the color combos!

  13. What beautiful dishes and tablescapes beach theme. I bet it is hard to be away from the water and beaches. I still yearn for four seasons and mountains. Thanks for stopping by my blog...come back soon.

  14. Oh, I just love everything. The teapot is darling and since I'm a beach lover who is stuck in Illinois, I surround myself with shells too! My daughter lives in Florida, moved there the day after graduating college 3 years ago. Why is it the kids get to be where we want to be?

  15. Hi, Sonia, I'm happy to find your blog. Being an Oklahoma transplanted from Missouri, I don't feel landlocked, but sure do understand your longing for the ocean. (Oklahoma has more miles of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined and more man-made lakes than any other state, but we can't find seashells on our beaches, can we?) Anyway, I am adding myself as a follower of your blog! Annie

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  17. LOVE your new teapot & plates...what a fun color pallette for your table~ it's so perfect too with the upcoming Labor Day weekend! Hope you have a great holiday.

    (sorry for deleted comment above, I had so many typos, bleary-eyed this am!)

  18. beautiful. I love the combination of plates you put together. the table is charming.

  19. Love your ocean inspired table...lots of my favorite blues and greens. Thanks for sharing...have a wonderful weekend.

  20. Since Oklahoma has more miles of shoreline than Minnesota, I hope that you are in some close proximity to some form of water...other than the tub. I know that your lovely tablescape must have given rise to many wonderful memories. Did you have a great big Oklahoma thunderstorm this evening? Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  21. Another beautiful table setting. I love this one all about shells.

  22. Oh, it's just beautiful! The tea warmer, the dishes, the shell box. I grew up in Oklahoma. My grown daughters live in the Tulsa area. Gotta hold onto a pole in the winds in that state.

  23. Simply delightful themed table setting, thanks for sharing the inspiration

  24. What a beautiful table for the close of summer. The teapot and plates from your friend are truly special. Love the rope border on them. All your shell details are perfect for the table.
    Hope you have a terrific weekend. ~ Sarah

  25. Such a lovely beachy themed table, a lovely tribute to summer's end.

  26. Your tablescape looks delightful! It looks like something right out of a magazine.

  27. Such a pretty beach tablescape! And it all started with a teapot. I love your step by step directions and all your pretty things. What a great table to share!

  28. Everything looks so pretty! Love the seashell dishes, especially the teapot. I have never been fortunate enough to live at the beach but I sure wouldn't turn down a little cottage by the ocean if somebody wanted to give me one!!! I love the beach, ocean, and seashells!

  29. Hello sweet lady...

    First of all, just wanted to tell you how pretty your new header photo perfectly autumn!!!

    Well dear friend, you never dissapoint when it comes to creating the most beautiful table!!! I'm so glad that you celebrated the last days of summer is such a lovely way! You're right...autumn is just around the corner! What a sweet gift from your friend...I love this coastal teapot and dishware! Ohhh...I really do love the pretty blues and greens together too...soooo like the ocean!!! My friend, I always enjoy all the many wonderful layers to your tables!!! It really IS all the details that push a regular table setting right over the top!!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful coastal table with us for Sunday Favorites this week...I can't think of a more perfect way to celebrate summer!!!

    Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend, Sonia!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  30. Yum, Starfish for dinner. I wonder how you cook them, so they aren't too crunchy.

    Seriously though, your table makes me think of summer, sunshine and lemonade.

    The good things in life!

  31. Very naughty-cal! LOL I love it all! Very inspiring and creative. Thanks for sharing.


  32. What a fun and summery table! I love all the pretty details you have here and that teapot is just wonderful!

  33. It's lovely! The mix of colors is perfect.

    My Blue Monday.

  34. What a thoughtful gift and so unusual!

  35. Oh sooo lovely! I love the colours an dthe beachy theme! Love it! thanks for sharing!

  36. Oh, I know just how you feel. I spent several years near Miami in the late 60's and it was glorious. Even though I was young I appreciated the beauty of the South and still do.

    Love your post!

  37. What a neat gift.

    Happy Blue Monday, Sonia! Check out my book giveaway.

    Your link was defective, and as soon as I leave this comment, I'll fix it.

  38. You have set a perfect table for Blue Monday. As a matter of fact it would be perfect for any summer meal. It is really well thought out and quite lovely to look at. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  39. Your table is adorable! I'm so glad you got to add a touch of the beach your landlocked state. I'd have an awfully hard time living there.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  40. Totally loving this look!! It's just darling! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your wonderful creations up at my Fabulous Friday Finds party, each Friday! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~


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