By the Sea on a tray blog tour

It’s time for another “on a tray tour”! This one has a coastal theme. I am sharing my by the sea on a tray vignette today on our kitchen table. A tray is always a great vessel and foundation to create a seasonal vignette and we are offering a variety of ideas and inspiration on the blog tour.

First, I would like to thank Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for organizing this blog tour. Not only will you be able to enjoy the tray I am sharing here, but also the tray masterpieces created by seven other blogging friends. If you are coming over from the My Home for All Seasons blog, welcome. I am sure you thoroughly enjoyed Denise’s tray creation.

by the sea home decor on a tray blog tour

You can see all the blogger participants at the end of this post. There is a ton of creativity in this group. This is my third time joining this super fun on a tray blog tour group. You can see my previous trays here {Valentine’s Day on tray blog tour} and here {Easter on a tray blog tour}.

the details of the by the sea on a tray

⚜️Tray- I used a barnyard tin tray for this project. The base of the tray is wood and the edges are corrugated galvanized tin. It has a great casual feel, which I thought was appropriate for a laid back coastal theme.

⚜️Location- The tray compliments our kitchen table nicely, and it makes the perfect centerpiece. The woods harmonize and you can see how we refinished the kitchen table to bring this fabulous wood to the forefront here {kitchen table and chairs set refresh}.

⚜️Decor- The tray is decorated with sea life and Ball jars. The blue of the Ball jars evokes ocean feels. The sea life includes a sea fan, sea shells and marine coral.

composition of the by the sea on a tray

There are three vintage Ball jars in the tray vignette. The large one is full of dried blooms from the Dusty Miller in our front yard. You can read about how Miss Masterpiece put this bouquet together and more details about the front yard here {front yard remodel updates}.

The middle sized Ball jar is full of seashells, which I hope gives you all the coastal vibes. Larger sea shells surround the jar to continue the theme.

The last and smallest Ball jar is full of sea shell picks. I found these picks recently while visiting the coast with Mr. Masterpiece last month celebrating our 25th anniversary. I picked these up with a project in mind, which I will share very soon.

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There are three different types of sea life on the tray. The large sea fan is a great backdrop behind the large Ball jar. The sea shells are grouped together balanced by the sea coral on the other side of the tray.

There are other sea life around the tray on the kitchen table to continue the theme. Star fish and conch shells add to the coastal theme. I love the summer vibes the vignette gives off in the kitchen.

more by the sea inspiration

Please continue the tour and visit our next stop at Celebrate & Decorate, where Chloe has created another By the Sea on a tray masterpiece. You are going to love it.

Don’t forget we also have seven other bloggers sharing their By the Sea on a tray creations. I promise you, you don’t want to miss out on all the decor goodness on this tour.

For more inspiration here are other coastal decor posts:

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“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

Jacques Cousteau

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. Denise/My Home of All Seasons says:

    Just beautiful Mary Jo. I absolutely love that tray not to mention everything in it. It looks just perfect on your table. The Dusty Miller adds such a pretty contrast to the shells! Great touring with you today. Your posts always bring such inspiration! Have a great summer!

    1. Thank you so such Denise. These tours are always so much fun and I loved your tray as well. That’s the best part- seeing everyone’s different and same take on the theme. Happy Summer! XO- MJ

  2. Debbie- Dabble says:

    Mary Jo,
    so sweet!! Love the tray you used!! Love that you used a Ball jar too!! Great idea!!! It has been fun touring with you again!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thank you so much Deb. It was fun touring with you as well and I loved your tray. Happy Summer. XO- MJ

  3. Jenna says:

    Seaside perfection MaryJo, the tray is perfect for coastal styling and using the different size blue ball jars was a great idea. Nice combo of textures and soft colors. I love the large starfish you placed near by, like they just washed up on the beach! I have some shell toothpicks too, I need to get them out! Ever since we started doing this tray tour, I don’t ever look at trays the same way 😂 See you next time!

    1. Thanks so much Jenna. You are very sweet. I love your tray as well and your setting is perfect. Yes, trays have taken on a brand new meaning. 🙂 Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  4. I love it! Happy belated anniversary wishes my friend. You have a wonderful collection of shells. Your tray evokes daydreaming on a beach somewhere. Thank you so much for joining the blog tour. xo

    1. Thank you so much Katherine. The blog tour was wonderful and I love all the by the sea goodness. Happy summer friend and thank you for stopping by. XO- MJ

  5. I loved your wonderful collection of sea shells, starfish and corals. They definitely create a seaside vibe for the centerpiece in your kitchen. It would be so enjoyable to sit at your table and enjoy the view all summer long! Glad you joined this fun series!

    1. Thanks so much Sandra. I would love to have you over for a visit at my table. Thanks for stopping by & always fun to tour with you. XO- MJ

  6. sea shells on the tray is very cool ! love the little shells on a stick

    1. Yes those are little skewers with sea shells. I’ll hopefully be sharing an appetizer recipe for the summer using them. Thanks for the visit. XO- MJ

  7. I need a tray to hold all the costal decor sitting on my kitchen sink but I didn’t know what I wanted until now! Thanks!

    1. Oh! I’m so glad to her that Catherine. XO- MJ

  8. theanswerischocolate4920 says:

    Just gorgeous and perfect for Summer. Featuring when my link party opens!

    1. Thanks so much Carol! I’ll see you over there. XO- MJ

  9. Cara says:

    Happy Anniversary! Those seashell picks are too cute. They grabbed my attention right away. You always have such unique ideas MaryJo! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much Cara!! XO- MJ

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