Looking to throw a few fun dinner parties in the near future? Or wanting to change up the daily look of your dining room table? Well you are going to need a theme and beachy tablescapes are the latest trend. From the dinnerware to the decorations, we'll help you create your dream beach table setting.
To have the ultimate tropical tablescape you should start with the dinnerware. There are beautiful plates from ceramic to glass to unbreakable melamine that are perfect for outdoor use. Using dishes with ocean inspired patterns will set the tone for the table. It's nice to have a extra set of dinnerware for special occasions or themed dinner parties. If you don't feel like using a entire set of one pattern you can coordinate smaller plates like dessert or salads plates in with the ones you already own.
After the dinnerware, your glassware is the second most important item. Everyone loves a pretty wine glass, and what is better than wine glasses decorated with all the colors and creatures of the sea. If you have already invested in fine glassware, you can use beach life wine charms. That are a cute accessory for any wine glass, not to mention it will help your guests know who's glass is who's if they put theirs down and walk away. Have fun with it and make it game. Throughout the night, call out one of the wine charms, have that person share their favorite memory at the beach. It's a good way for those who don't know each other to learn more about your other guests.
Add a pop of color to your table by using placemats, napkins and table runners. Mix and match with your favorite colors from the ocean. There are also fun placemats in shapes like scallop shells and sand dollars. If you have white or bone colored dishes, bright blues and corals will be the perfect accent color to help light up your table.
Just because the table is set and the food is cooking, doesn't mean you are finished with your beach themed dinner party. Decorating the table is not only the icing on the cake (no pun intended) but it's also the fun part. Let your table showcase what you love about the sea. Have a beautiful collection of seashells? Spread them across the table for all to see. This also works well for sea glass or tiny starfish. Candles are always a must. You can use beach inspired candles or candle holders. Or be creative and use tea light or taper candles and place them in a large holder and fill the outside with shells. Last but not least you must not forget the centerpiece. You can use a large conch shell and fill it with your favorite flowers or if you have chosen to go with a more nautical theme, place a small sailboat in the center. Your centerpiece is always a conversational starter.
The most important part about creating a beach themed tablescape is that you enjoy putting it together and are proud of the end result. Weather it is for an everyday look with your family or for a fun festive dinner party with neighbors and friends, you are sure to impress when using these techniques. Your possibilities are endless!
Article Author: Rebecca McKeich
Article Source: OceanStyles.com