“Gather a shell…And listen at its lips: they sigh…The echo of the whole sea’s speech.” Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The sea for me is rejuvenating and its majesty always awe-inspiring. This table setting recalls the breathtaking beauty of the beach and conjures up favorite seashore vacations. I started designing this tablescape with a piece of driftwood recently found on a windswept beach and our family collection of shells. I kept the table setting casual and carefree. An irridescent scarf in many shades of ocean blues shimmers across the table.
Turquoise glass beads in 2 sizes (Dollar Tree) are strewn in wave-like patterns across the table. Shells are added here and there, as if drifted in with the tide. A shell centerpiece was created by mounding dozens of shells and coral on top of a turquoise ceramic pedestal urn(Anthropologie). To add a bit of greenery, I tucked in some lime green succulents to cascade down, imitating sea life. The place settings introduce layers of texture and are organic in feel: rattan chargers topped with everyday ivory plates and ocean blue ceramic bowls on woven straw placements. Sand-colored linen napkins are simply tied in rope and topped with a shell. Silverware is casually tied with the same rope. At each place setting is a salt cellar created by pouring sea salt in a clean oyster shell. Stemware in several shades of blue and green sparkles like sea glass catching sunlight on a beach. Candlelight is provided by 2 glass hurricanes filled with blue and brown pillar candles(Home Goods) surrounded by more glass beads and shells. Inverted shells become candle holders to add more ambiance. Whether you are entertaining seaside this summer or just dreaming of a beach vacation at home, I hope this table setting inspires you to bring the beauty of the beach to your table.
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea