Casual Coastal Tablescape ::


As the days get shorter, we hang on to every breath of summer’s sweet breezes.  There’s the “one last time” at the beach day.  Or, if you live in the mountains, the desert, or in America’s heartland, all of that may be just a dream.  But, it doesn’t stop us from creating our own little breath of fresh air and wind and waves….even on our supper table.  Our own casual coastal tablescape….ah!


Longaberger Classic Blue Dinner Plate ::


Today, I used my everyday, Longaberger Classic Blue dinner plates and Woven Traditions Cereal Bowls.  No…we won’t be having cereal for supper.  These generously sized bowls are perfect for chicken salad (my favorite) on a bed of spinach.  You may recognize the napkins from my spring tablescape here.  All I did was tie them up with a length of jute and place a seashell on top of the knot.


Coastal Table Centerpiece ::


Every table needs a centerpiece and mine is super quick and easy to put together.

I used an oval silver bowl and filled it with play sand.  Then I took some vintage insulators and turned them on their round ends and nestled them into the sand so they would stand up.  Inside each I placed a tea light candle.

Randomly I sprinkled seashells and sea glass around the insulators and have the sweetest centerpiece for my casual coastal tablescape.


Tablesetting with a coastal theme :


A simple woven tablecloth in light blue and white gives us that foamy wave feeling.


Coastal Table Setting ::


The blues don’t match.  Yet, there’s something imperfectly perfect about how it all comes together to create that easy breezy feel of summer at the lake or seashore.


Coast Centerpiece with sand, shells, & vintage insulators ::


My shells were all collected on a spring trip to Fort Lauderdale.  If  you’ve been there, you probably didn’t find many shells either, but I have enough to create the look.  And really…isn’t that all we’re hoping to achieve?


Sea Shells :: Table Decor ::


Beautifully imperfect, some broken, all seemingly cast off from the sea.   Yet, together they create the sense of waves and summer breezes better than anything.

Simple, casual coastal tablescape.

Holding on to summer for a long as possible.


Did you get to the beach this summer?

What are you doing to savor the days of summer?

Are you yearning for cool weather, colorful leaves, and sweaters?


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  1. Suzan says

    Beautiful tablescape!!!
    I’m holding on to summer by the fingertips lol

    • Diane says

      I love that! “Holding on to summer by the fingertips!” Me toooooo!!!
      Hope your week has been Extraordinary, Suzan!

  2. Susan says

    I am hanging on to summer as long as I can too. Your blues may not match, but they all work together to create a lovely beachy feel.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thanks Susan!!
      You and I will hang on together for as much summer as we can squeeze out.
      Hope you and Bentley have an Extraordinary weekend!

  3. Bev says

    I love this summery feel. The napkins and your votive holders are wonderful.

    • Diane says

      You are so kind, Bev!!! Thank you!!
      Hope you’re enjoying the last bits of summer!

  4. I enjoy summer tables all year round because that means someone is going to the beach or living by the beach or just dreaming about the beach – all good!!!

    I just adore the insulators used as candles. What a great idea and that blue is stunning. Sitting them in the sand was a great idea. They look kind of like sea glass washes up on the sand with the pretty shells. You did a great job! I would move that centerpiece somewhere in the house and keep it out for a long time!

    • Diane says

      You just put the biggest smile on my face, Jacqueline!!
      I, too, think this little centerpiece is a keeper. Hope I remember to make it again next year, so I can enjoy it longer. [wink]
      Thanks for your sweet thoughts and for stopping by!

  5. I love this color. I find it so soothing.

  6. Love your centerpiece! My father used to save these insulators back when they were plentiful — he’d just pick them up as he was out for his walks. Someone in the family made off with all of them long before I realized what clever things could be done with them. Oh well…

    • Diane says

      Awwww…thank you so much!! Keep your eye open for them at garage sales….I’ve seen them….I’ve even sold a few that way.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  7. Carol says

    I am in love with those simple white with blue dishes. And those napkins are perfect.

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Carol. 🙂 Thank you!!!!
      Blessings sent your way!

  8. Linda says

    I have a few old insulators packed away some where, but I never thought to turn them into votives. How imaginative and creative you are! Love it. Living in Phoenix AZ where the temps are still 100+, I am not trying to hang onto summer. But I hope every one enjoys their day where ever they are.

    • Diane says

      You are so sweet Linda… 🙂
      I think if it were in the hundred’s I might feel differently too. Then again….though I love living in a four-season-state, I’m really not a fan of winter…so a longer summer is a very good thing.

  9. Kathy says

    I’ve been ready to tell summer good bye since the first day it arrived. It’s too hot!!! I’m ready for cool crisp nights & the leaves changing into beautiful fall colors. I’m ready for mulled cider and the other smells of autumn. I live in the south where it feels like summer for most of the year so I guess it’s why I love and appreciate the cooler months so much.

    • Diane says

      Truth be told….I melt in hot weather! Fall is delightful, for sure. The bottom line for me….let’s hold off on winter!! 😉
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary, Kathy! 🙂

      • Kathy says

        I agree. Autumn is my favorite season. I can definitely do without the snow/ice and temperatures in the teens that comes with winter. But where I live that is very very rare. I can’t wait for the temperature to drop though so I can lay in bed at night without sweating.

        • Diane says

          Oh my Kathy! I would be anxious to lay in bed at night with sweating too!!! I’ll blow the cooler temps that came our way down to you. 😉
          Have an Extraordinary (and cool) weekend!

  10. Carolyn says

    Diane, What a lovely tablescape! Love the insulators…have some from my brother-in-law that I will definitely be using as you did. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.
    I too have my beachy theme still out & loving it. I used a set of placemats w/matching tablerunner in coral pink & taupe stripes reversing to florals. The warm pinks pick up the pinks in some of the seashells so it all goes. I do like the blues you have too! Blue is a favorite of mine.
    Blessings of abundant provision on you & your hubby!

    • Diane says

      You are so kind, Carolyn. 🙂 Your coral pink & taupe beachy theme sounds wonderful! Let’s enjoy it as long as possible. [wink]
      Thanks for your blessing…

  11. judianni says

    Hi Diane, I’m so pleased to have stumbled onto your awesome blog! You have a precious sweet spirit which comes through in the words you use and the thoughts you share. I think I must really know you in “real life” as we share similar feelings and beliefs!
    I moved to the Florida Panhandle recently and will use your beautiful tablescape soon. I have some old insulators that I have had NO idea how to use…thanks for that inspiration as well. Looking forward reading your wonderful future blogs.

    • Diane says

      Judy…you just put the biggest smile on my faced. Thank you for your kind words. I am truly delighted to meet you and look forward to seeing you here again. 😉 I do hope you have fun with your old insulators, creating something lovely.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  12. So pretty and peaceful looking!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Susie!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  13. LUCY says

    love it…makes me wish summer would last forever…xo

    • Diane says

      Thanks Lucy!
      I hear you….the snow will be here tooooo soon!!

  14. Many shades of blue are in the ocean – all the shades on your table. I love the calm, serene tablescape you’ve created, Diane! Just what we need…for one last time this summer. 🙂 Beautiful, my friend!
    <3 Kim

    • Diane says

      My sweet friend….you always say the nicest things!!! [hugs]
      Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  15. I love everything about this…especially that centerpiece! The colors are great! Found your blog through Redoux’s link party and I’m your newest follower! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too

  16. Sarah says

    Sadly no beach time for me this summer, and a recent trip was canceled. Hopefully later this year. Pretty table. Love the napkins!

    • Diane says

      Awwww…I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t make it to the beach this summer. I do hope you get there soon. 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words, Sarah. 🙂
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  17. Love the blues – we are using these colors as we redo our dining room area. So peaceful and serene! It still feels like summer here in Los Angeles, though, predicted to be in the 100’s next week. 🙂

    • Diane says

      I agree! Those colors really do evoke a peaceful feeling. Just what we need when the thermometer climbs to such heights!!! Hope you’re able to stay cool!
      Thanks for popping by Janelle and for your thoughtful words!


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