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Beach Blanket Bingo

First let me say that the title of this post may be a bit misleading. There is no blanket or bingo involved. During the never ending winter that we just had whenever we would get a slight rise in temperature my snarky response would be “Beach Blanket Bingo!”. Well the temps for the last couple of days have been pretty warm, warm enough to hang out at the beach on a blanket.

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That being said, I don’t see a trip to the beach in my future and I’m not spreading sand and blanket over the floors. The best I can do right now is to create a bit of a beach ambience in the dining room.

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You know by now that I love thrifting and finding bargains at my favorite haunts. Imagine my surprise and delight when I went into Rite-Aid to pick up prescriptions and found this dinnerware and cutlery 50% office. For the bargain basement price of $12.00 plus tax I came home with four plates, four bowls and a 12pc set of flatware, oh and my high blood pressure medication.

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The stack starts with the faux wood chargers from Pier 1, love the color! I placed a beach themed cocktail napkin on the plates to take the theme a bit farther. The fork is tucked inside a plain ivory napkin and a wood look napkin ring also from Pier 1 holds it all together. To complete the setting I added a light blue tumbler and goblet.

Family Dollar had some nice garden themed items this season and I took advantage of their low prices by buying the large clear vase with handle and the two smaller ones. The large was $5.00 and the smaller ones were $3.00 each. I tucked two cream colored silk bouquets inside the large one and used it as part of the centerpiece. Rounding out the centerpiece is the large conch shell from a trip years back to the Bahamas, driftwood and a pebble based fern arrangement from an old aquarium. Waste not want not!

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I filled the smaller vases with sand and added a tea light. In between them is a starfish. On my last trip to Hobby Lobby I found this rope topped vase. The rope was literally hanging on the side. For two bucks and a little hot glue work at home I brought it back to life.

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I extended the beach idea to my table in the foyer. The Mr. had this sailboat when I met him and I’ve never bothered to ask where he bought it from. I also added sand and shells to my large hurricanes along with pillars. The large mother of pearl dish with the shells was a gift from my neighbor a couple years back. To show my appreciation I keep plying her with baked goods. I really appreciate her taking all the sweets off my hands. Thanks Pat!!

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I’m spreading my beach blanket at the following parties this week. Please come and join me!

These are the linky parties I participate in. Drop by and show them a little love!

Wow Us Wednesday’s

Tablescape Thursday’s

Everyday Home

Inspire Me Tuesday

It’s Overflowing

Katherine’s Corner

DIY by Design

Rustic and Refined

22 thoughts on “Beach Blanket Bingo

  1. Ramona

    We’re staying home this summer… so no beach vacations for us either. I need to spruce up my house with some beachy stuff so I feel like it’s summer out there (other than the heat).

  2. Alycia Nichols

    Now I KNOW you know that I am loving the fact that you extended the theme on into the foyer!!! That’s my M.O., too, and I think it just gives guest a little hint of what’s to come…something they enjoy, especially if the dining room doors are closed until time to be seated for dinner.

    Once again you have scored some wonderful bargains to grace your table!

    1. Sandra Post author

      I’ve been so inspired by all the details you add to your tables. Extending the theme to other areas is a fantastic idea. It really comes in handy when I have 1001 things I want to add to the table. I’m finding that there is a fine line between just enough and gaudy. Thank you madam teacher!!!

  3. Lory Bernstein

    I’m so enjoying the be achy themed tables this summer and this one does not disappoint. I love that you extended the theme past the table. It feels so fresh and relaxed and makes you want to go out and dig your toes into the sand… 🙂

    1. Sandra Post author

      I bought a 50lb bag of sand from Menards a couple years back and it’s come in very hand. Maybe I’ll spread a bit on the deck to really get that beach feeling. My family would really think I’ve flipped! Thanks so much for visiting over here!

  4. Linda

    Hi Sandra, what a lovely table setting. You have added so many interesting and fun elements. We are staying home this summer, enjoying our gardens and pool. How’s the wedding going? I know you told me it was a peacock theme. i wasn’t sure of when….Happy summer.

    1. Sandra Post author

      So nice of you to remember the wedding Linda! Luckily we still have many months to plan and didn’t buy anything. The bride to be has changed her mind on the color palette. Now we’re working with aqua and coral. As long as she’s happy, I’m happy!

  5. Candy S

    Very pretty table. I love your Rite-Aid bargain. Flatware, bowls, and plates… Wow!! That pattern would go beautifully with my Dansk Caribe plates. I have not yet learned how to practice restraint when I do a tablescape, but I am working on it.

    1. Sandra Post author

      Using restraint when tablescaping is a challenge for me as well. When I get going with a theme or color palette I want to pull out everything I own that ties in. There’s a fine line between just right and gaudy and I have to learn not to cross it. Rite-Aid was the last place I would have expected to find dishes but I won’t overlook them again. Thanks for stopping by!


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