I’m kind of in the mood for tablescapes. Specifically, a romantic coastal alfresco tablescape. After creating My Sunny Summer Tablescape on the Summer Tablescape Blog Hop last week, I started thinking about the first tablescape I made last summer for a tablescape sharing party. It made me a little nostalgic and I looked back to that post. I still love this tablescape and I thought you might like to see it too, probably for the first time.
When Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate asked me to participate in this fun blog hop, I immediately knew the look and feel I wanted for my tablescape.
Romantic Coastal Alfresco Tablescape
I’ve set many a table over the years for holidays and parties. But this time the tablescape wasn’t just for me and family and friends. It was for blog readers and I felt it had to be extra special.
My Vision for a Romantic Coastal Tablescape
I knew that I wanted a tablescape that was just for 2, a romantic evening meal, like the ones that Sweet Shark and I like to have on Saturday night. Our patio table would be the scene for a coastal theme, featuring the colors of aqua and sea foam. Our cushions are Sunbrella fabric in the color of Air Blue Resort that I bought at Frontgate.
Part of my inspiration came from Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods. Her sea glass painted bottles sparked my imagination.
I collected 4 bottles (Thanks to my friends Wende and Lezlie who donated 2 of the bottles.) After using Goo Gone to remove the paper labels and glue, I put the bottles in the dishwasher to give them a good cleaning. A trip to Hobby Lobby for the 2 colors of Sea Foam and Aqua in Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint and I was ready to turn clear glass into sea glass.
You might remember the spray box that I made for the Sweet Tea Challenge in July, 2016. I placed each bottle in the “spray box” and sprayed until all sides were lightly coated. The paint dries in under 15 minutes, so I had all 4 bottles ready to go in about 1 hour. This bottle was one of my favorites with the pretty “sculpture” inside.
I wanted to use my white dinner plates from World Market mixed with other dishes in coastal colors. I couldn’t believe that I found the perfect plates at Pier 1 ~ on sale! I love the swirling pattern that reflects the seafoam color of sea glass.
NOTE: These plates were still available in Spring, 2017 and I bought a few more.
Because our table is white, I would need colored placemats and Pier 1 had the ones I needed. I already have their round woven placemats in several colors and the Blue Mist was just perfect.
I wanted flowers in my seaglass bottles and white Gerber Daisies fit the bill ~ the flower stems needed to be thin to fit inside the narrow necks of the bottles. Here are the finished painted bottles with the Gerber daisies.
Since we would be outside, a little candle light would be in order. This anchor candle holder that I had bought at HomeGoods back in February was just right. A couple of white votives provided the right ambiance.
The Big Reveal ~ My Romantic Coastal Alfresco Tablescape
I placed the sea glass bottles around the base of the umbrella pole to conceal it and add a focal point at the center of the table.
Here are the “napkins” that I also found at Pier 1. They are actually placemats, but the colors and pattern were just right for my color scheme and they were soft enough for napkins so I just folded them with the fringe at the bottom.
I set the table with the placemats, dishes and napkins. I love the contrast between the casualness of the coastal plates and our sterling silver.
I placed 2 more of the napkins across the back of the chairs for more color and softness.
Just like using silver to dress up a casual place setting, I used our Baccarat wine glasses and silver mint julep cups for water. A silver wine bucket will keep a crisp white wine chilled.
The tablescape is almost ready. We’re just waiting for the sun to set to light the candles.
After the sun went down, we enjoyed a fabulous meal of rib~eye steak, roasted okra, and grilled corn on the cob. Sweet Shark and I had a lovely evening, in a beautiful setting, enjoying my romantic, coastal alfresco tablescape and each other’s company.