Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dinner on Shell Beach

Congratulations, Susan! This truly is a wonderful achievement to have 100 posts for Tablescape Thursday. I have been on vacation and have spread the word near and far of your beautiful blog.
Stopping people, as I shopped was so much fun, I was privileged to see the positive reactions of the idea of your blog.
Shell Beach on the Texas coast is where I am taking my inspiration! The shells have traveled to my home, which is by the lake, but the lure of the Gulf cannot be compared! Our table is set to dine this evening in the formal dining room.

We will have sparkling wine and soft music of the shore, shall we begin with the Girl from Ipanema?

We will begin the first course with a seafood salad of crab,
lobster, and shrimp.

The pale blue shell salad plate will give you a choice of different shells.
You will want to move the shell votive to the side before you arrange your napkin.

The pale blue shell salad plate gives you a choice of different shells.

Would you like for me to refresh your wine?

I can pour you a cold glass of ice water or is your preference sweet tea!

The shell container with the white flowers reminds me of the grasses which grow among the dunes.

The pretty shells scattered on the table echo the shell motif in the clear french goblet.

The white coral is a living environment in the ocean for the fish to hide and live in.

The two blue shell teapots recreate shell shapes as a finial, handle and spout.

The lovely large pink shell can be lifted and place to your ear for the sounds of the sea.

Each person has a shell ball to view and a memento of this evening!

We were lucky to find all the shells at the shore and the shell ball in each glass sherbet reminds us of the millions of shells in the sea.

It is time to remove the salad and serve our main course, I hope you love our North Pacific King Crab Legs.

The time has come to light the candles!

Time slips by and the blue candles begin to flicker!

One of the large candles is beginning to melt, and we think of the sands slipping back to the sea as the evening tide retreats from the shore.

The shell votives are lit for each of you.

We can see the light of the day fading and the candlelight shining through the aqua wine goblet.

With each passing second of daylight diminishing, we will enjoy our evening of wine and song!

Before the sun slips below the horizon, we will make a toast to all the unfound sea shells along each shore and may we see them once more! We will close the blinds and cross the room into the living room for demitasse coffee or maybe spot of hot tea.

The Shell Beach is only in my imagination, there are many beaches along many coasts which I have visited and this is a combination of all of them. How fortunate we are to live in this wonderful country and have so many coasts to travel to and see. I hope this will inspire you to remember the trips you have taken to the beach. As I plan my next vacation maybe we will meet along the shore as we gather shells and listen to the sounds of the sea.


Sarah said...

Beautiful combination of the aqua plates and all the whites of the seashells on your table. I can feel the ocean breezes drift across the table as I enjoy my delicious seafood dinner. ~ Sarah

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful table, the colors are just so relaxing-enjoy!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I absolutely love your colors! They are so pretty. That is the most luscious shade of blue ever. And I love the plates with the shells and everything you did with your table.

Happy Tablescape Thursday!


Sheila :-)

Mimi said...

Wow, your seaside table is stunning...love the soft aqua with the white. What a beautiful shade of blue your wine stems are.

bj said...

OH my...this is so pretty. I love the aqua and white....ummmm

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, my this is a beautiful and serene table. I love your soft water colors. You put the whole table together so masterfully!
Your watery aqua plates with the shell motifs are perfectly placed on the white plates and the woven reed mats.
I love how you made your centerpiece from a shell and some sea grass.
what beautiful shells you have collected. I would have loved to go shell hunting with you!
A true delight!

Barbara said...

Oh, this is so lovely. The aqua with the whites and tans are a wonderful combination. So many shells set the mood perfectly. Ahhh, wish I was there...

craftyles said...

I love the colors in your beachy tablescape. The shell are wonderful-the whole table is great!

Debbie said...

Your color choices could not possibly be more lovely with this. They are downright serene, just like you feel at the beach.

I love the use of the shells and coral.

Entertaining Women said...

Your homage to the coast and to shells is lovely. A beautiful reminder of the multitude of blessings bestowed on our country. The color choices are wonderful, and I adore the shell balls at each place setting. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I always love beach tables, and the blue and white is perfect! So pretty! Linda

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful table you have set. Those aqua plates are just out of this world. I felt like I was at a world class resort, wait, they never have anything that nice. Anyone would love to be invited over for this fabulous setting.

Dining Delight said...

Just love the colour combo you've created! So many fabulous "shell" accessories and dishes! The aqua coloured stemware next to the clear glass looks gorgeous! Would love some ice tea from them!

Happy 100th week of TT to you!


Johanna said...

I enjoyed your destive table very much. Because I love shells in any shape, this was a real eye-candy for me. How pretty are those soft blue plates and you added some nice things in the same color. I love your flower arrangement (just perfect) and what a great idea to give every guest one of this great shell balls. Shells are always stunning because nature reates the very best and amazing things.
Thank you for this very inviting and festive table.
Greetings, Johanna

once in a blue moon... said...

i love your table, those soothing colors are always a pleaser~ so many nice touches too, beautiful!

marlis said...

omg, your tablescape is breathtaking. I love the soft color of the blues and all the shells give the table so much depth. You have quite a beautiful skill in putting your table together.. gorgeous.

Sue said...

Such a beautiful sea table. I, too, live in Texas, but it's hot and dry where I live. A visit to your table is like being at the sea. Thanks for cooling me off:-)

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

I think your beach-y table is the prettiest one of the many I've seen! Just gorgeous! Those shell balls are really special and add wonderful interest to your already stunning table. LOVE the colors you've used! A delightful post!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

These are my colors. I love anything with shells and with that glorious shade of turquoise. I love the plates, the shell balls and your centerpiece is perfect. Gorgeous!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

So very pretty. I love your colors.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Lovely - the aqua is so pretty -- we just got back from Greece and the water at beaches edge is exactly that color! This surely has the feel of being at the shore. Everything is lovely and you've set your table masterfully!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh, this is just beautiful! I couldn't take my eyes off the gorgeous aqua stemware and all the beautiful touches of aqua throughout your table setting. I love the individual shell votives...they are just magical at each place setting. You have me craving a beach trip!
Thank you so much btw, for spreading the word about BNOTP. As more folks visit, it keeps me inspired to work...no make that play...even harder. I am grateful for those who stop by! :)

The Tablescaper said...

I LOVE this tablescape!!!I have dishes VERY similar and have yet to use them in a post. You've got me inspired!!!

I host a weekly meme called "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU! It's neat to see everyone's different take on summer. Hope you'll come and join the fun!

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

How pretty! I love the colors.
Living on the east end of LI, a block from the Bay, I just love beach scapes.
And as a retired teacher the school bus table is adorable!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is a beautiful tablescape! Those colors are luscious!