July 6, 2017

A Beaching Tablescape

I am back at my desk! 
We have been busy, busy this last week...so I have not been writing. 
A family member was in the hospital and we were driving back and forth. 
Back home now and working on some projects. 
Here is my latest table setting. 
I shared the jar candle centerpiece on Instagram and it was very popular. 
You may want to make one for your porch! 😊

I am overdue going to the beach this year, but at this point I prefer to wait until September or October. I just don't tolerate the heat of July and August very well at the beach. 

I decided that I would make this alfresco lunch tablescape with a beach theme to share my love of sand and shells. 

All of the shells in this table setting were collected over time during my walks on the heel of Hilton Head island (Port Royal Plantation). Probably close to twenty years of walks. I would put a few in my shell basket after every walk. 

For this lunch table...

I used a washable white tablecloth, burlap chargers, white plates, and yellow pineapple linen napkins. The glasses are Libby, Sedona goblets, which I can no longer find. boohoo! 

The large glass jar centerpiece is an Anchor Hocking jar that I purchased at Walmart. They come in various sizes and are great for food storage as well as fun decorating. I use this one on the back porch for summer candles. 

The pineapple napkin rings were a gift from my son and new daughter-in-law. I think they found them at Belks. 

Back to the large jar...

This jar is my trick for keeping my outdoor table candle(s) clean over the summer. 

Put sand in the bottom of the jar, and then place pillar candle(s) into the sand. (Note: Do not burn candles with the glass lid on the jar!) 

This is a great candle jar for creating ambiance on the back porch, patio, etc. When the candles are extinguished for the evening...put the lid on the jar. Dirt, dust, rain, and bugs are kept out and your candle stays clean. :-)

I have had as many as three candles in this jar at one time. Very pretty, and practical,  if I do say so myself. I added a few shells and wood bits to create my "beach" look. 

Burlap charger from Oriental Trading...I am a brand ambassador. 

Here is a closer look at the jar decoration.

I have been playing with black and white photography lately. I like the vibe. Who remembers when all pictures were black and white? Me!  I am that old. ha ha. 

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Sheila, You set a beautiful table. I love that big jar. So clever holding the candle with the sand. I love it. I will tell my daughter about this...she adores seaside décor. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. Lovely job Sheila! I like the jar idea with the lid- makes good sense! The sand and sea shells make for a great look for your beaching tablescape! The new napkins and napkin rings are such a nice addition. Cheers to outdooor dining!

  3. Very beautiful!! Hope your family member is OK! The jar candle/centerpiece is a beautiful idea! Have a great weekend!

  4. I LOVE the candlescape. I could truly use something like this because it certainly would help to quell my feeling of being land locked, lol. Living in NYC there is water everywhere, not so much in Ohio. I think the napkins and the pineapple rings really amp up the welcoming factor. TFS and have a beautiful weekend.

  5. I forgot, yes I remember black and white photos only.

  6. This definitely has a Hilton Head vibe! I haven't been there for ages. And thanks for the practical tips!

  7. You definitely have the gift of decorating a beautiful table. This would be so pretty on my back porch. I love it!

  8. Sheila this is so pretty and that is such a great idea to use the jar to protect the candle. I am definitely stealing this idea!

  9. Hello Sheila,

    Your tablescape is lovely! The yellow napkins and the candle inside the large jar are sooo pretty! Love the beach theme! My aunt and her second husband live down on Hilton Head and I was able to attend their wedding back in 1989. What a lovely place! I'm glad you are able to get there most years for vacation. :)

    Thank you for sharing your table,
    Barb :)

  10. A gorgeous tablesetting. Shells do say summer.

  11. Right up my alley for a tablescape! I love anything with coastal vibe. You did a gorgeous job in decorating the table.

  12. I feel like I've had a few minutes at the beach today. Thanks for taking me there. I always enjoy your table settings. I've been a regular reader of your blog since I discovered you last year. Great work!

  13. I love your beach table setting and it's just perfect for the summer entertaining.
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  14. Sheila,
    Lovely sea-inspired table setting! Your black and white photos are captivating...such clarity and crispness. I also remember when all photos were black and white... most of my childhood photos are black and white. :)


  15. Your beach theme is perfect for this time of year. Your jar idea is great and can be transitional for different seasons. Hope you enjoy the beach later without the heat!

  16. Just beautiful. I have jars and jars of beach treasures at my house also but I never thought to make a candle jar as you have done. I will be putting one out on the porch as soon as I get a chance to pick up a jar.

  17. Sheila, I love this tablescape, especially the centerpiece! hanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's shindig. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2017/07/make-pretty-monday-week-222.html Hope you have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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