I have had this tablescape in my mind for quite a while. I think that I found these fabulous stems first:
I found them some time ago at Tuesday Morning. They are Mo-Mo Panche and make quite a statement!!
Next, I found the Karen Lee Ballard placemats on One King's Lane. They are indoor/outdoor mats with a vinyl coating. I usually do not buy anything like this, but I thought that I could eventually use them at our condo in Florida and they would be perfect for the table on our balcony. You can see our view HERE.
Since brown is my favorite color, I decided to use brown Oneida "Asiatic" dinner plates with the addition of white and aqua plates on top:
I always think of my Towle "Diane" sterling, when I am planning a tablescape that involves water. This silver was made in 1889 and is covered with wavy lines, which reference the ocean. I used forks and spoons of this pattern and completed the flatware by using old mother-of-pearl knives with sterling ferrules and silverplate blades.
All of these pieces were in my head for a long time, but when my lovely daughter and her family gave me some wonderful apothecary jars for Mother's Day, I finally had the whole table set in my mind. I had to wait to bring back shells from the beach, which I used to fill the jars. Finally, the table was set! Well, not really. When I added the shells, they jars looked pretty dull. There was so much blue on the table and none in the jars. Eureka! I had an idea. I headed straight for Dollar Tree to see if they had any aqua vase fillers. This never happens to me, but they did!!! The first store had them - yeah!!
I came home and added them to the jars and was so please with the results:
I think that I can transfer this idea to the beach - I have brown Fiesta and aqua Margarita glasses there. Many thanks to my daughter's family for helping me finally get this table done! Now, maybe, I can move on to some of my obsessions - I have not written one of those posts in a while! Speaking of my daughter, I have fantastic news! She has reactivated Tablescape Times Three! You can read all about it HERE. While I probably will not be posting there, we will be sharing links to each others posts. I am so excited, because she has some fantastic creative ideas and she and her new husband (also, brilliant and creative) will be sharing lots of interesting and useful information. Don't miss it!! Best of luck, Andrea and Steve!!
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