Coastal Inspired Table with Watery Blues, Shells, and Natural Elements

I’m so excited to be sharing my first summer tablescape of the season with you! I always love doing tables, and I have to say it felt so nice to be doing one again – I’ve been missing it! 

 Today I’m joining some other bloggers for my friend Lory at Designthusiasm‘s Styled + Set Entertaining Blog Tour so be sure to scroll to the end of the post to see all the gorgeous summer entertaining inspiration!

For this table, I was inspired by the beach and wanted to create a coastal feel. Combining a palette of watery blues and natural textures, along with shells, hydrangeas, and other coastal elements, set the tone for the perfect summer table.


coastal tablescape white hydrangeas blue vase outdoor summer tablesetting

Light and bright, with texture and color is what I was going for. And a definite feeling of summer!


coastal tablescape with white hydrangeas fishing floats and shells

I included some themed elements like the shells and the vintage blue fishing floats, but then I balanced it with some blues and whites and natural textures. I wanted it to have a coastal feel, but I didn’t want it to get too theme-y.


coastal tablescape floral napkins shells blue vase summer table setting

The napkins are really the only new item, and I’m completely smitten! The minute I saw them, I knew they would be a part of my table.


coastal tablescape printed napkin shells fishing floats natural willow charger

The colors are so pretty and cheerful, and the blue is the exact color of the blue in my grain sack table runner!


coastal tablescape willow charger white plate floral napkin shells blue striped runner

For the napkin “ring,” I tied them with some natural twine and topped each place setting with a shell.


coastal tablescape white hydrangeas blue vase fishing floats blue striped runner summer table

The “vase” is the pressed vintage glass line from Pottery Barn, and is actually a hurricane. I don’t know if you saw this line that they just came out with for spring, but it is so pretty! There are a few large hurricanes in different colors, but also candlesticks and some adorable little votives! They come in an assortment of pretty pastels and they all have a vintage feel – I’m in love!


coastal tablescape printed napkins willow chargers backyard setting perfect summer table

The chargers are natural willow ones that I got awhile back at Home Goods, but I found some great options that are similar here and here. And the grainsack runner is one of my favorites! It’s available at Sundance Catalog and is one of the best reproductions I’ve found. The linen is thick and heavy and it definitely has that vintage feel.



coastal tablescape blue japanese vintage fishing floats shells texture summer table

These vintage Japanese fishing floats are also one of my favorite finds! I found most of them at a cute little store in Oregon, and then I found more at a flea market last year. However, now Pottery Barn and some other stores are making reproductions and can I say, I wish those had been around when I was searching high and low for them!


coastal tablescape blue vase white hydrangeas shells fishing floats wicker chairs perfect summer table

coastal tablescape willow charger white plate floral napkin shells fishing floats summer table

I actually love the shells on the table and the natural texture they add. I’ve never used shells in a table setting before, and now I’m wondering why!?!


coastal tablescape printed napkin shells willow natural charger summer table

coastal tablescape backyard perfect summer table texture watery blues white flowers shells

Setting this table outside made me so excited for summer. There’s just nothing like eating on the patio on a balmy summer evening! I love the easy feeling summer brings; even the entertaining feels different.


coastal tablescape white hydrangeas blue vase backyard setting perfect summer table coastal beach elements

White hydrangeas are mixed with eucalyptus from the grocery store.


coastal tablescape blue vase white flowers backyard summer table setting beach inspired


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I’ve loved sharing my summery coastal tablescape with you and I hope it’s gotten you as excited for the season as I am! I’m entertaining next weekend for Memorial Day, and I’m definitely planning on re-creating this table. It would be perfect for any summer dinner, BBQ, or party! If you want to see last year’s summer table, which had a very different feel, you can get to that one here. And for even more tablescaping ideas, sources, and tips, be sure to sign up for my emails so you can get my free e-book, A Calendar of Tablescapes!

I hope you’ll go on to visit Jennifer at Town and Country Living next, and onto the other talented bloggers posting today as well! And don’t forget to check back again later this week – there are 20 bloggers total sharing summer entertaining ideas so there’s bound to be lots of gorgeous inspiration!



coastal inspired tablescape shades of blue, hydrangeas and shells


styled + set summer entertaining blog tour table setting ideas


Monday’s posts:

Monday Summer 18

Maison de Cinq | Town n Country Living
Celebrating Everyday Life | Maison de Pax | Zevy Joy

Tuesday’s posts:

Tuesday Summer 18

Designthusiasm | Shabbyfufu
So Much Better With Age | On Sutton Place

Wednesday’s posts:

Wednesday Summer 18

Cedar Hill Farmhouse | My Soulful Home | Cotton Stem
Bless’er House | Taryn Whiteaker


Thursday’s posts:

Thursday Summer 18

StoneGable | CitrineLiving | Life on Virginia Street
French Garden House | ZDesign at Home


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    1. Thanks so much Sandra! And I’m so glad you stopped by!


  1. Sheila, this is gorgeous!! I love the seashells and I think it’s the best coastal table setting is the best I’ve seen. LOVE.
    Hugs, Jamie

    1. Aww thank you SO much Jamie! That is so kind! And you have amazing taste and do gorgeous tables, so it’s especially nice to hear that from you my friend! You made my day:)


  2. I adore those napkins! What perfect colors to pull your table together. I love the hydrangeas and those floats are just so cute! Love it all, Sheila!

    1. Thanks so much Shelley! I couldn’t believe it when I brought the napkins home and they matched my runner perfectly! And now I need more fishing floats I think;)

      Thanks for stopping by my friend!


  3. Beautiful table, Sheila! It’s the perfect balance of conceptual with understated!! (Funny, I just wrote my post last night and talked about that very thing!) I also saw those fishing floats at Pottery Barn and loved them, but yours have that authentic feel to them. Just gorgeous!! Love the shells too… 🙂

    1. Aww, thanks Lory, and I couldn’t agree more! I didn’t want to be too conceptual or “theme-y” but wanted to have that coastal feel. Thank you for making me feel like I got the balance right;)

      Thanks again for having me -I so enjoy these blog tours and all the gorgeous inspo!


  4. Sheila, I love the adorable fishing floats! I’ve seen larger ones but not smaller like what’s on your table. So cute. The napkins add beautiful color to your pretty summer tablescape.

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! I was thrilled when I found those – they were the ones I got at the cutest little shop in coastal Oregon. I wish I’d gotten more!

      Thanks for stopping by – I’m headed to see your table now!