Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Walk along the Beach

I guess the best place to start a story is from the beginning. 

At the beginning of summer Mr. VH and I helped with decorating for the Vacation Bible School at our church.  It had a nautical, beachy, pirate ship theme.  It was called Sailing Adventure.

So on a trip with my friends in the summer, I started looking for nautical themed items.  I wanted some pieces with a touch of the past as well as the cutesy ones.  I did a 5-part post on our trip if you would like to check it out click here.

This all became inspiration for a tablescape that I have been wanting to do all summer.  Last week when we were having halibut for dinner, I decided this is the time for this tablescape.  

I am just going to let you take a "A Walk along the Beach"

Fabric for the tablecloth and napkins was given to me by my friend, Beverly
The napkin rings were a gift from my friend, Sally many years ago when she went to Hawaii
The silver chargers from Target last year
The plates are Fiesta turquoise.  White or sand plates would look great if you wanted to keep it without color.
The shell and starfish plates, garland of driftwood, and rope-like silverware was from HomeGoods.
The starfish and shells are purchases I made from beach stores over the years.
One of my favorite items are the old buoys I purchased from Bungalow in Sacramento California
The vintage nets I have purchased at antique stores and shows when I see it.  The vintage nets have such character.
The shell planter was purchased at an antique store in Las Vegas.
The stemware and votive cups with the wavy glass I have had for a long time
I hope you enjoyed  your "Walk along the Beach"

I will be participating in the following blog parties.
You can click on their names when I link them up or on their buttons on my sidebar.

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady
Simple Pleasures at A Collection of This and That
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Some What Smple
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


  1. Gail,

    Just love the beachy look and feel. Makes me crave seafood. Delightful way to send off summer and make me want to put my summer vacation in a memory book to get out on a cold winter night and reflect with by the fire light.
    Bravo again my friend.

    Ta Ta For Now,

  2. This is my favorite tablescape so far, being a beach lover that I am. I just love the sea shells, starfish, wonderful garland, the netting -- everything. (I can't believe you still have the napkin rings. I have mine, too, if you ever need more!) It is so calm and refreshing. Beautiful. Shall we go watch the waves?

  3. I've been waiting a long time to see this one, as I was with you when so much of the "parts" were found. You haven't disappointed me. It is better than I could have dreamed. You know I am a beach lover too, and I can close my eyes and hear the waves and smell the salty air. Great job, Gail, as always. You are the tablescape queen. Oh, and love the picture of you and David at the helm

  4. You make me want to hop on a plane and go to a beach and usually we do in October for my husbands birthday but he is off to China this year for business instead.

    I have those same nautical plates from Home Goods. I only found 4 last year and was so surprised to see more this year. My husband was thrilled as he loves them too.

  5. What a table setting!! Lovely. Happy VTT!

  6. This is really beautiful! I have never seen driftwood garland...I LOVE IT! Great job!
    Jane (Artfully graced)

  7. As a beach bum at heart, this made me smile. Thanks for linking up with Simple Pleasures today. I can think of nothing more pleasurable than a walk along the beach.

  8. this is very creative.

  9. Wonderful centerpiece, I'm in love with those buoys mixed in with your net & shells! I enjoyed my walk along the beach!

  10. beautiful colors, turq always draws me in~

  11. Your combination of the beach and vintage collections made a great post for today. Neat idea.

  12. What a great tablescape and so refreshing from all the Fall and Halloween ones. I love your centerpiece idea. Come link up to my centerpiece Wed on my is underneath my tablescape post. Great ideas!!


  13. love all the picures as I was walking along the beach.

  14. Beautiful, you have a talent for decorating!

  15. Wonderful! I especially loved the way the string of driftwood linked all the individual elements in the centerpiece. Love that pop of turquoise!

  16. I love coastal the most! I would love a real walk on the beach right now!

  17. I long for the ocean, being a Sydney girl I had the beach right by, & I have been landlocked for so many years in the USA!
    We just last month had a visit to NE & gorged on seafood & enjoyed some beach time!
    Your table scape is delightful

  18. Actually does make me want to take a walk along the beach!

  19. Gail....what wonderful beachy items! I just love your tablescape and the VBS items :)


    P.S. Pop over for a visit and enter in for a SPECIAL giveaway :)

  20. Oh wow! you can almost hear the surf and smell the fresh sea air ;) It's really pretty.

  21. I am addicted to sea shells and this is a beautiful tablescape. Such a great way to keep summer alive.


  22. What a beautiful way to dress a table - so creative! The colours are very lovely and shells are a great simple pleasure :-) blessings..Trish

  23. Your tablescape is lovely. I love nautical and I just love what you did here. TFS!

  24. Wow. I love the white plates. Just beautiful. I am your newest follower. *hugs*

  25. I so enjoyed the walk along your beach. I love your choice of dishes and the turquoise color was perfect.

  26. The shot of turquoise in the Fiesta plates is just wonderful with the creams and neutrals in the shells and other lovely pieces. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  27. I did, indeed, enjoy my walk along the beach. I lived at the beach for years, but have lived inland for quite some time now.

    Everything about your tablescape was beautiful!

    Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing you link up each week.

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


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