By The Sea Table Setting Accents and Accessories

When last we met here on the blog, by the sea table setting accents and accessories lead the entertaining, tablescape, and place settings share and tell.

Regardless if it’s setting the table for a party of one or two of a kind you don’t need a special reason or house full of guests to set a visually dazzling table.

I refer back to the words of my Aunt Sis pertaining to setting a table with the good china, crystal, and the like for the pure pretty of it.

“What’s the use of having the stuff if you don’t use and enjoy it?”

After careful Covid-19 reconsideration, Dave the Builder and I will forgo our summer soiree entertaining.

The number of place settings at our table will be fewer, however, the themed tablescape train with all the delicious trimmings rolls on.

Aruba Coast

Summer pairs well with setting the table in by the sea chic.

Selecting by the sea table setting accents and accessories pieces sure to complement and dazzle is the part of the process I liken to adding the perfect jewelry, shoes, and bag to a couture emsem.

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One Kings Lane

Valenica decanterLenox Valenica Decanter

 

Geo Outdoor Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 6 - Blue

Geo Outdoor Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 6 – Blue

 

Costa Nova Sea Urchin Serving BowlCosta Nova Sea Urchin Serving Bowl

A serving bowl in a sea urchin pattern or decorative clam shell is quite the snazzy home bar accessory when used as a vessel for ice cubes.

White and Gray Clam shell Decorative Clam Shell

 

Godinger Brookdale Decanter in AmberGodinger Brookdale Decanter in Amber

 

Artland Iris Loft PitcherArtland Iris Loft Pitcher

 

Artland Misty 4-pc. Highball Glass Set

Memories of summer times spent on the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida Gulf Coast beaches drive my bar and drinkware choices and suggestions.

alligator-print-above-home-bar

Architectural Digest

Presently I’m all in on alligator-crocodile decor accessories.

This particular style of lamp has been around for some time now and with good reason.  I’m sourcing and suggesting the pair based on the classic form, style, color, texture, pattern and price.

Ollie Ceramic Table Lamp Set of 2 - SafaviehOllie Ceramic Table Lamp Set of 2 – Safavieh

 

Highland Dunes Lu Highball GlassHighland Dunes Lu Set

Bistro Croc 16 oz. Highball Glass (Set of 4)Bistro Croc 16 oz. Highball Glass (Set of 4)

 

Hank Alligator Cheese Knives Set of 3

Hank Alligator Cheese Knives Set of 3

Arthur-Court-ice-scoop

Arthur Court Designs Alligator Ice Scoop

Alligator Skin Serving TrayAlligator Skin Serving Tray

Riviera Alchemille Leaf 7" Appetizer Plate (Set of 2)Riviera Alchemille Leaf 7″ Appetizer Plate (Set of 2)

Sea waves and ocean breezes come to mind with this pattern.

Elena Salad Plates, Set of 4Elena Salad Plates, Set of 4

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TOSCANA Wine Appetizer Plates, Set Of 4

Coastal themed cocktail accessories make a stylish splash as the perfect mix and marvel bar accessories garnish.

seashell-starfish-toothpicksSeashell & Starfish Toothpicks

Stepping away from the norm is more my rule than exception when it comes to seizing the opportunity to use pieces for something different other than their intended purpose.

shell shaped salad bowl

Coastal Home Shell Serving Bowl

Using serving bowls in an array of by the sea shapes, colors, textures, and patterns elevate the presentation of everything from steamed vegetables to seafood specialties to cocktail garnishes.

Oyster Shaped Coastal Blue Serving Dishes Set of 2Oyster Shaped Coastal Blue Serving Dishes Set of 2

OYSTER Platinum Silver Small Bowl - 1 PieceOYSTER Platinum Silver Small Bowl

Cozart Triple Shell DishCozart Triple Shell Dish

These super chic seagrass baskets will be the star of the sea themed tablescapes show for shore.

Get it?

Seagrass Shell BasketSeagrass Shell Basket – 24″ x 8″ x 11″

Bread basket.

Dinner napkin station.

Silverware holder.

Seagrass Whale Basket

Seagrass Whale Basket- 14.5″ x 15″ x 24″

Woven Straw Fish Chip & Dip TrayWoven Straw Fish Chip & Dip Tray

Mermaid Wooden Serving BoardMermaid Wooden Serving Board

seashell-trim-food-coverSeashell Trim Food Cover

 

BESTONZON Coconut Bowls Natural Coconut Shell Storage Bowl Coconut Serving Bowls Candy Container Nuts HolderBESTONZON Natural Coconut Shell Serving Bowls

 

pescado-enamel-oval-serving-platter

Pescado Enamel Oval Serving Platter

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Hand-painted Traditional Portuguese Ceramic Fish Shape Platter
Balfor Fish Platter
MacKenzie-Childs Pink Small Fish Dish

 

Back in our Hopefully Classic days we became dear friends with a fellow dealer who specialized in premier vintage sterling silver serving pieces.

She taught me the art of selecting just the right piece(s) for an impressive table setting.

I still indulge my sterling silver collecting habit when I’m lucky enough to come across a piece such as this fried oyster server and fish knife.

The detail of each piece is impressive, and the Southern tradition of setting the table with at least one good piece of sterling silver maintained.

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Fried Oyster Server – Luxembourg (Sterling, 1893, Monograms) by Gorham Silver
Abbott White Ceramic Oyster Dish
Sterling Silver Fish Knife
Spode Woodland King Salmon Fish Dish

 

Seaside TureenSeaside Tureen

Beachcomber Soup TureenBeachcomber Soup Tureen

Tempeste Platter

Tempeste Platter 1

Tempeste Platter

Aqua Hobnail Glass PitcherAqua Hobnail Glass Pitcher

 

Dimensions PitcherDimensions Pitcher

beach-style-dining-roomRichard Moody & Sons Construction LLC

silver starfish pillar candle holder

Silver Starfish Hurricane

The rule of kiss (keep is seaside simple) applies to centerpiece ideas.

Blue & Teal Ombré Teardrop Vase

Strombus UrnStrombus Urn

coastal-tablescape-photo-John-O'Hagan

The Cottage Journal – Photography by John O’Hagan

oyster shell table runner 6'

Oyster Shell Table Runner by Treasures of GG 

Bulk shells, knobby starfish, accent gems, decorative sand and river rocks make a decorative splash as anchor embellishments.

brown-shells

white knobby starfish

Set of 12 White Knobby Starfish 2″ to 3 1/2″

Dollar stores are a treasure trove of tabletop accessories and supplies for setting and decorating a by the sea tablescape. 

For a small amount of money you can create an impressive DIY tabletop focal point or decorative companion piece to build your by the sea centerpiece upon.

oyster-shells-in-glass-containers

Decorative sea and oyster shells placed in sand filled clear glass containers  become a tabletop showstopper.

glass cylinder vases

Glass cylinder vases filled with decorative sea shells of various colors, textures, and patterns make a sea escape statement.  

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Add the following items to your dollar store shopping list and let the DIY centerpiece brilliance begin.

Glass cylinder vases

Floral Garden Decorative Nautical Rope, 9.5 ft. Strands

By the sea fillers and/or embellishments (decorative sand, shells, pearls)

rope-wrapped-cylinder-vase

Wrap the rope around the bottom of a glass cylinder, tucking ends into rope.

Candlelight contributes to the overall ambiance- an essential part of the entertaining and table setting scenario. 

A pillar candle firmly situated atop decorative sand and shells will shine a soft and inviting light on the by the sea situation. 

rope-wrapped-glass-vase-with-shells

Retail stores will soon be in summer clearance mode, and this is an opportune time to stock up on great pieces at good prices.

coastal-spheres

Table Linens

Natural Macrame Table RunnerNatural Macrame Table Runner

Chiffon Table Runner 18 x 180-Inch Extra LongChiffon Table Runner 18 x 180-Inch Extra Long

DII Gold Sequin Mesh Table Runner Roll 16in X 10ftDII Gold Sequin Mesh Table Runner Roll 16in X 10ft

coastal-themed-dinner-napkin

Avanti Destin Set of 4 Napkins

Craft stores offer tons of creative ideas and supplies ready for DIY project perfection creations.

Decorative pearl trim looped through a coastal themed pendant, charm, or bead results in a stylish napkin ring and a little gift of to you from me lagniappe to take home.

by the sea table setting accents and accessories

Cholla wood, small rope wrapped frames, or mushroom coral pieces used as place card holders or knife rests uniquely carry out the by the sea theme.

5 Pieces of 5-6" Long Natural Cholla Wood5 Pieces of 5-6″ Long Natural Cholla Wood

Natural Rope 4x4 Picture Frame

by the sea table setting accents and accessories

From place settings to centerpieces and all the by the sea ambiance in between, by the sea table setting accents and accessories set a lovely scene and a lovely table.

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Setting The Tone and The Table: Easter Tablescape Ideas Part 1

An Easter tablescape can rival fashion’s finery for the spotlight in the Easter parade.  Dressed to impress not only applies to the fashions, but to Easter baskets and Easter tablescapes.  To look upon a beautiful Easter tablescape as a work of art is no over exaggeration of the term.   I’m featuring a two part series this week appropriately titled Easter Tablescape Ideas.

bhg centerpieceBetter Homes & Gardens

A centerpiece full of fresh flowers from nature’s floral department aka our own yards broadens the field for artistic interpretation.

Begin with a vase, jar, tureen, pitcher, decorative coffee can- any type container that floats your boat or flower frog will do.

Fern and magnolia leaves, camellias, hydrangea, knock out roses, palm fronds, daffodils, dogwood branches, bridal wreath spirea, azaleas and  lilies- all eggscellent (you knew it was coming!) centerpiece options.

Inspiration lives in the great and colorful outdoors.

craft-tipNever underestimate the decorative power of paint.  Hobby Lobby makes a great point!

We see oodles of pictures showing lovely kitchen and dining rooms with dining tables polished and pristine.

You won’t see one of our kitchen tabletop.

It’s a working tabletop- one big catchall for house plans, design boards, material lists and shelter magazines.

Now you know my little secret and why I am in total support of the statement, “the kitchen is the heart of the home.”

Tablescapes usually take place on the dining room tabletop, but not this year.

Why?

The dining room chandelier is still sitting in the box waiting to be rewired…for the second time.

crystal-chandelier1

Dave the Builder stripped the new wiring as he was threading it through the center tube.

He didn’t discover this very important development until he was in the process of hanging the chandelier and the wires sparked in Katy Perry style.

You’re probably thinking it, so I’ll address it.

What’s the point of a tablescape post?

Because I absolutely love sourcing and creating tablescape ideas.

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Seasons and Settings: A Seasonal Tablescape

Fall and Thanksgiving are seasonal first cousins.  I like to intertwine the two and hit upon the best of the best.  New traditional is a wonderful concept that I definitely embrace.  It incorporates the classic standards together with new trends.

seasonal tablescape

One of the biggest considerations in the art of tablescaping is reining in the costs. Taking that into consideration, the basics of  seasonal tablescape 101 is to bring good foundation pieces to the table.  Classic accents will pay for themselves over and over again, tablescape to tablescape.

Miles Redd

Fabric, ribbon and mesh in core holiday colors are interchangeable with other holiday themes.  I have tablescaped the heck out of $1.00 burlap bags,  and mastered the art of reinvention by mixing and pairing china and crystal  patterns.  Nature provides endless inspiration for centerpiece ideas.

traditional home decor

I pushed back from the keyboard and took an “eye”dea stroll around the house with the intent to set from within.  Setting the table with items I rediscovered here at home produced a ‘tween fall and Thanksgiving tablescape with a nod to nature and traditional fall colors.

tablescape ideas

Last year I style spotted items perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape, but me paying full price for seasonal items is a rare occurrence.  This girl will wait a good clearance sale out with the patience of Job.  It paid off when I timed a visit to Hobby Lobby just right last year and got my 80% clearance on!  Included in those items was two yards of home decor fabric and one yard of green burlap. The wheels of creativity began to turn.

no-sew table runner

A standard table runner doesn’t offer the width needed for our kitchen table.  A tablecloth is too much.  If you can’t find what you want, make it or fake it.  I am no seamstress.  Hem tape is a wonderful invention.  An iron gets hot…real hot. My mouth is no prayer book.  The DIY 40″  X  70″ not really a runner, and far from a tablecloth, but exactly what I wanted came out perfect with straight lines and rocking corners.

porcelain fruit bowl

I’ve stared at the vase in the image below for months.  It has been sitting on the counter in the man cave kitchen, basically in my way.  Turns out the vase served as the starting point of inspiration for the centerpiece. Brown and green eucalyptus and grapevine branches are inexpensive ways to add filler volume and color.  Backyard hydrangeas bloomed in time for me to cut and begin the drying process.  Pheasant feathers give good fall and Thanksgiving decorating, but can be rather costly.  The hunt for a good deal on pheasant feathers began a couple of months ago.  Ebay came through with an auction for ten 20-22 inch feathers.  Determination, luck and a winning bid  of $3.91 sealed the deal.

fall centerpiece

I filled the vase with Aromatique Creme Caramel potpourri.  The remnant yard of burlap and a decorative tieback found at Goodwill embellished the neck of the vase and camouflaged any signs of stems.

fall placesetting

Can you tell what I used for a charger?  Dave the Builder’s stockpile of  12 X 12 floor tiles came in handy for this unique use.

table-place-setting

Dinner napkins tucked in Kerr jars with vintage flatware and brown velvet ribbon ties creates an all-in-one display.  I tried the look with and without fresh rosemary.  The jury is still out on this one.  Kerr jars keep with the theme and intent of this tablescape idea- use items from around the house with an emphasis on natural fall elements and colors.

tile-charger

Simple and uncomplicated never fails to set a beautiful table.

Easter Tablescape Ideas

Easter ushers in spring, welcomes the beauty of renewal to sight and soul, and inspires Easter tablescape ideas.

Easter-table-accents

Spring’s color wheel and go green concept is well represented. Pastel colors, vintage table linens, and Easter spring accents set my Easter tablescape.

Individual fresh herbs tucked inside cut-to-size burlap bags make unique place cards and take home favors.

Everyone loves a spring fling favor of flavor!

Easter-grass-centerpiece

My Easter egg hunt centerpiece is compliments of the miracle of nature and $2 worth of wheat grass seeds from the local feed and seed store.

bird-nest-easter

Crocheted laces and a sugar shaker paired with a sterling silver sugar spoon are vintage keepsakes and collectibles that set the table with memories of grandmothers, treasure hunt trips, and friends bearing gifts.

sugar-shaker-spoon

A-tisket, a-tasket, this is my blue, pink and yellow Easter basket.

Easter basket

What sets your Easter tablescape?

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Three for All: Planning A Fall, Harvest and Thanksgiving Tablescape

Planning a fall tablescape is both a labor of love and one of the best parts of the fall home decorating season.

Blending the best of the season can carry the theme through to a harvest and a Thanksgiving tablescape.

table-2012

Natural elements provide a canvas easy to work with, color that only nature can produce, and the opportunity to treasure hunt close to home outdoors as well as indoors.

tablescape2012That which nature doesn’t provide, Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply, eBay, and my brother the avid goose hunter does!

A savvy tablescaper keeps an eye out for future holiday table setting ideas and clearance sales from holidays past.

Patience and an additional 40% off clearance sale at Dillard’s secured the six new dinner plates, dinner napkins, and hammered copper napkin rings for my fall tablescape.

copper-hammered-napkin-ring

Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make casually chic, virtually indestructible and very affordable placemats.

creamer-2012

To know me is to know I love the opportunity to show and display items from my antique plate and creamer collection.

The Prussia Royal Rudolstadt bread and butter plate is a find from our last antiques inventory shopping trip.

pinecone-in-plate

It’s odd how decorative accessories that normally would not be paired together do, in fact, create the perfect look.

centerpiece-2012

When Dave the Builder brought the Wedgwood candlesticks home from the antique shop I was not feeling it.

But wait.

After careful reconsideration it dawned on me that the steel gray goose feathers in the centerpiece cast an elegant shade of Wedgwood blue all their own.

“A September to remember.  An October full of splendor.  

A November to treasure.”   

-La Prevenchere

My thoughts exactly!

Easter Tablescape

Classic colors from a package of Easter egg dye, spring blooms and a china melange inspired my thoughts for a stylish yet casual Easter tablescape.

Easter-table-settings

I want the Easter tablescape to reflect the colors of the season and the items to evoke memories.

A less formal approach fits well with the spring atmosphere and relaxing mid-afternoon dinnertime.

rabbit-in-egg

My Fitz and Floyd and Andrea by Sadek rabbits have hopped from decade to decade, Easter tablescape to Easter tablescape.

Easter-lily

I found the framed print Bushy Tail by E. Gordon West on an antiques inventory shopping trip six years ago.

The second I saw it I knew it was going into Dave the Builder’s  Christmas stocking.

bushy-tail-rabbit

Dave found a baby rabbit in our yard late one afternoon, and immediately became attached to it.

The picture is a perfect reminder of Cottontail the rabbit.

bird-nest-easter

This spring mix & spinach salad with strawberries, Creole pecans and honey dressing is fantastic.

You can find the recipe here.

Easter-mixed-greens-salad

Hello, spring.

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A Dash Of Louisiana “Seasoning”: Casual Christmas Tablescape Ideas

A holiday tablescape featuring regional pieces made by local artisans is a natural fit for casual Christmas tablescape ideas.  A touch of Louisiana “Seasoning” enhances the flavor.

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A trio of Louisiana Cypress knee Santas crafted by local artisans make an appearance each holiday season.

christmas-deer

 Louisiana is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

christmastime

Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make perfect placemats for a natural tablescape.  Natural raffia ties adorn white linen dinner napkins.

louisiana-christmas-tablescape

My favorite Black Friday purchase has to be the Biltmore For Your Home autumn birds salad plates.  The set includes a turkey, pheasant, quail and mallard.  The turkey is conspicuously absent due to turkey overload.

christmas-pheasant

Louisiana pecans and fresh cranberries naturally make a beautiful addition to any table.

christmas-tablescape-candle

 Merry Christmas, Y’all!