By: Peyton Lambton
Hosting dinner parties definitely tops my list of favorite activities! My husband has never understood why we need so many sets of dishes, and I always have to explain that I need to be prepared for every occasion. Because we live on the coast of New England, my go-to summer dinner theme is coastal. I live for this, and I have a blast setting a seaside-inspired table.
I can’t seem to get enough of the Tahoe Dining Table. It totally reminds me of driftwood you find along the beach. It is also a great canvas, since so many things go with the tones of the reclaimed wood.
First, I like to start with a set of white dishes. These are versatile and can be used for every occasion, so it’s great to have a set on hand. They also layer well with other colors, if you choose to invest in another set like I did.
I alternate between using placemats or table runners. It really depends on what dishes I’m serving for dinner and how messy I think my crowd will be. For a coastal dining table, you can either use a natural fiber placemat or bring in a nautical vibe with a blue or red stripe design. Both of these look great with white dishes.
Pairing colorful glassware with your setting will help brighten the table and add a pop of fun, and mixing and matching can make things all the more interesting. If you use natural fiber mats, try a sea glass tone for your drinking glasses. If you choose blue stripe mats or napkins, pair those with red drinking glasses to drive home that nautical style.
A floral arrangement paired with candles will really bring your centerpiece to life. Look for flowers around your yard and try to create an arrangement that showcases what you have in season. This will make it more personal to your space. We have hydrangeas and black-eyed Susans that look just lovely together.
To add a bit of romance, I like to sprinkle in tea candles around the flowers. Just make sure your flowers are low enough to accommodate across-the-table conversations. You don’t want anything getting in the way of your view.
Once you have your coastal dining table planned out, you can enjoy the meal and the memories you’re going to make!