Thursday, July 26, 2012

Under the Sea

“There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” – Dave Barry

Our niece Jennifer has been staying with us for the past week and helped me to put together this weeks table. She is an incredible artist so she looks at things with a different eye.



The entire table started with this fabric we had at Bolts in the Bathtub. From the moment that Norbert our Timeless Treasures rep showed it to us my thoughts went to napkins on a tablescape. And this was long before I started blogging about them.


From there came the hues for this table. The napkins sit in bowls ready for clam chowder.


This piece of licorice allsorts is perfect for giving the seahorse on my platter a little depth.  I found the platter in the clearance section of Home Goods and snapped it up.


A glass blown pumpkin looks like a sea creature on its side.




A little candy for nibbles between courses.





The quilt on the chest is from a Terry Atkinson Designs pattern.


If your tablecloth is too long, use napkin rings to shorten up the ends. These were going to be used on the table, but were needed here.


“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Thanks for joining me at the table.

Stitch at you soon,

Underwater cast :
Dinner Plates:
Longaberger, current Wish List
Salad Plates: Primagera, TJ Maxx last Spring
Bowls and Egg cups for candy: 
Longaberger, retired
Wine Glasses: Pier 1
Yellow Water Goblets: Mervyns (how I miss that store)
Cordials: Royal Caribbean cruise
Candlesticks: Sansibel, Marshall’s were also used
Platter: 222 Fifth, Home Goods
Flatware: Style Happy, Home Goods

Linking to:
Cuisine Kathleen - Let's Dish
Susan @
Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday


  1. Love the colors, teal is my new favorite. The beach theme in July is perfect.

  2. What a fabulous table -- and all built around the wonderful fabric used for the napkins! I think I need to visit Bolts in the Bathtub! The colors in this table are unusual but stunning!

  3. What a clever and fun table!

  4. What an absolutely great idea!! Never thought about the napkin rings.. that would be great outside too to keep the cloth on the table in a breeze.. Wonderful fabric as a starting point. It certainly provided the most fabulous of colorways. You certainly can see the artistic influences on this table..
    Oh yeah Tricia.. you must make the trip to Bolts.. it's a real treat. xo marlis

  5. Fun and colorful table!

    Cathy <;)

  6. Those napkins add an incredible pop to the table! Beautigul. Love thecandle too!
    Great under the sea table, Dawna! Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  7. Oh, that fabric is fabulous! You did a wonderful job of pulling everything together to create a fun and imaginative tablescape!


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