Summer Sea Glass Tablescape
See how I created a little Summer Sea Glass Tablescape to remind me of the beach all summer long.
As we welcome in the month of June, and the much anticipated “daze of summer”. I can’t help but dream of white sandy beaches, coastal breezes and the cerulean blue waters the sea. This summer I decided to added a little seaside beach vibe of my own, to my dining room and created my own beachside retreat with my Summer Sea Glass Tablescape.
For some reason this year, the color and tones of sea glass have been calling to me. Maybe it’s just a piece of my soul longing for the beach, but I have found true serenity when decorating with them. They create such a relaxed easy to live in feeling in my home.
My love for sea glass started about 10 years ago, when I discovered a super talented jewelry designer in the temporary section of America’s Mart. She sea glass was her medium, and the rest is history. Now every time I go to the beach my eyes comb through the sand in hopes of finding the highly sough after sea glass treasure.
What is Sea Glass?
A naturally produced sea glass (“genuine sea glass”) originates as pieces of glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance. The most common colors are cobalt blue, lime green, emerald green, and aqua blue, as seen here in the glass buoy’s.
Set The Table
The most important thing to to keep in mind when creating a centerpiece for you dinning room, is that people will actually be sitting at your table. This means if you plan for them to talk during dinner, which most people do, the focal piece needs to be low enough your guests can see each other. I found this to be one of the most common problems in creating a beautiful yet functional tablescape.
Even in the wedding business I have brides wanting big table arrangements, that sadly end up being moved to the floor so your guests can chat. (Yes I have actually seen it happen) On that note I also feel like I should state, I really love the idea that a dining room table center piece does not always have to be flowers. Although I am a floral designer, and it is always where my mind goes to first, sometimes you just got to change it up. Do the unexpected, and surprise you guests.
These fun antique glass buoy’s that alone create an interesting conversation starter, but grouped together they also provide vivid pop of color and reflect light into the center of the table. Add in some monkey knots made of rope and sea shells to create visual texture to the table. This type of centerpiece will make your guest want to reach out and touch it, which is perfectly fine.
I layered in a casual burlap charger, which is offset by the formal gold rimmed bone china and gold flatware. I personally like the mix of gold with the sea tones, I think that they play well together. Now just add in your favorite seaside meal and your have an instant beach trip with our ever leaving your house. Designer Tip: A fun idea for a place card would be to add fishing bobber adorned with your guests name. You could also pair a fish bowl cocktail to this theme easily. (Think blue drink with a Swedish Fish garnish) As seen in our Designer Notes newsletter, be sure to sign up to get the details from behind the scenes.
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Wow! You have a great eye for detail!
Thank You Fran 🙂
I am loving this summer look! I am always about the summer decor and I think you just brought it all together so nicely. I love it!
I’m loving your color scheme, this would have gone great in my last apartment!
aww Blue is my favorite color and this looks so awesome . I love the detailing on the table. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Christina, I love a good summer tablescape!!! You have an amazing website as well.
Thank You !!!
I love blue and anything from the beach. I guess it is because I love to be there, but don’t we all?
This table setting is absolutely breath taking!! My gosh, how beautiful are all of those pieces!!
This would be so beautiful for a dinner party. Lovely!
Thank You I really love the glass buoys too!! They create a very unique look for a dinning experience or party that flowers just can’t match. Hope you stop by again soon!! I am planning to pop by your site too, I love sweet tea and Hydrangeas so I am sure I won’t be disappointed.
Thank You Tracy, I did have a seafood themed dinner party, mostly tapes of Mini Crab Cakes, Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with Fig Jam, and Shrimp Kabobs. I completed the theme with fish bowl cocktails, of course they were blue with Swedish fish inside. It was quite a fun evening!!
You had me at sea glass. You have done a beautiful job with this tablescape – all my favourite colours 🙂
Thanks Sam, I love sea glass too!!! The colors are so serine and relaxing I think I have them in every room now 🙂
This is an absolutely beautiful table!! I love it
Your table is dreamy Jennifer! I love all the tones of blue, sea glass is so inspiring 🙂
I seriously love this look! There is something about the bright greens and blues that just makes me happy. I love how you pulled all of the colors together and gave it balance.
wow! love it! so pretty
Thank you Susanne 🙂
Wow! What a wonderful way to decorate the dining table. We’ll have to replicate this for my sister’s birthday. I’m a hundred percent sure she’d love this. Thanks!
I am so glad you liked my theme, and I would love to see pictures of your replication 🙂 Tell your sister Happy Birthday from us!!!
I love this look for a dining table, where on earth did you find those beautiful glass floaters? I have a beach house I am looking to update from crabs and starfish, this maybe the direction we go for the holidays since they look like giant ornaments. Your site is such a great inspiration.
Thank You!!! I actually acquired them from a retail establishment that no longer needed them, but I have seen them a Pier One, Hobby Lobby and world Market. In fact the ones at Pier One and World Market may actually be on end of season clearance, which makes them a great time to buy.
There is noticeably a lot to learn from you about this caliber of design. I assume you made the table setting yourself? This is one of the pretest things I have seen in a while. Bravo!
Girl you have such a beautiful dining room and I am crushing so hard on those glass bobbers. OMG they are fantastic.
I feel like I just took a trip to the beach, this is such a pretty tablescape, I am book marking for later.
It’s so hard to seek out knowledgeable folks on this matter, when half the world eats on paper plates and uses paper towels as napkins. However you sound like you know what you are talking about and the picture clearly prove it! Thanks
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Your table ideas floor me. How do you keep coming up with all these fresh new ideas. You have one for every season and holiday. Many thanks for all the beautiful picture of tables!
You made a very pretty table setting there. I looked on the web for tablescapes and found most people will find your website near the top.
My friends and I ended up looking through the best ideas from your web blog, you know we host the tablescapes linkup party, this would be perfect if you are interested? Hit me up 🙂
This table is so pretty and makes me dream of the sea. It’s already so cold here Wisconsin, so to think of sunnier times is beneficial. Great blog love you style.
I feel like I have been to the beach this write-up, I actually think this web site needs much more consideration. I will probably be again before the end of the year to you Christmas Open House and to learn much more, thanks for all the info.
Those big glass buoy’s make this table, I saw some over the summer that were clearance out now I wish I had picked them up, to put on the table like this. The colors are so vibrant and pretty, I bet candle light would really make them glow.
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This is such a pretty table, I saw it on your Tablescape Board on Pinterest and had to drop by and tell you how much I love it.
In awe of that answer! You are really cool, and s passionate to thank her like that!
That’s an ingenious way of thinking about decorating a table, to transport your somewhere else. I must say I also really love seagrass and these color tones.
I agree a dinner party here would be fantastic.
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I wish to express my appreciation for your beautiful table and how it makes me long for warmer days on the horizon. Warm wishes.
I have to tell you this post made me long for the summertime to get here soon. I love the sea inspired colors and those great glass floats they are really something special. Also the gold ware is so hot right now I love how it really makes the table pop.
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