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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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!