seashell tablescape

Seashell tablescape

In honor of many beaches opening up across the country as SIP guidelines loosen, I’m setting a table with seashells and dreaming of the beach.

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I love decorating with seashells during the summertime and although I know it’s not “officially” summer yet the weather is telling me otherwise.

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The table is set in our back patio using a variety of seashells.  Scallop shells are used as accent plates with some smaller shells and ocean sponges used as little accents.  I inherited the scallop dishes from my mom and I am not sure where she acquired them but I love them. They have patina’d over time and I love the sheen they give off.

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Through the years, we have also accumulated quite a few smaller ones from grocery stores where they come stuffed with seafood. Mr. M always wants to toss them when we are done but I clean them and store them for this exact purpose. {wink}. They are great to use as votive holders, salt cellars, place cards…..

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I also have a collection of conch shells and other varieties which I scattered in the center of the table to anchor the ocean feel along with some pillar candles.  These candles are cement on the bottom and candle wax on the top.  They are really cool and I love them!  They remind me of pilings at a dock which just seem to go together with the seashells.  We carry these candles at my store Whim House, which you can read more about here.

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Resisting the temptation to use other ocean items like coral, starfish, sand dollars etc. was real, but I decided to keep the focus narrow & centered on shells.

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This table makes me hungry for a big seafood feast or lobster boil.  Yum.

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Of course Northern California always gets cold at night regardless of what time of year it is, so I always have blankets at the ready.

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A coastal property to decorate year round with sea life and nautical items would be magical.

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In the meantime, I will enjoy my seashell tablescape and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

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“Like seashells upon the beach we are beautiful and unique, each with a story to tell.”
Here are some other posts you might be interested in sharing some uses for seashells and sea life.

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