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Blue and White Sea Island Dinner Party

I was so lucky to get to spend some time in Sea Island this summer with my family. Those of you that check in here regularly will have seen some shots of a tablescape I built while I was there in my last blog post but I have many more and I wanted to keep sharing! I was so lucky to work with Kelli Boyd Photography who did an incredible job of capturing the day!

You all know my love of blue and white!

You all know my love of blue and white!

Nothing is more classic than the color combination of blue and white. I knew when I was planning these tablescapes that I had to have at least one set up in these colors because they are perfect for a beachside location! I loved putting white flowers in the patterned vase (my friends at Vinegarden Market did an incredible job with the flowers!) because it was dynamic and eye catching without being too busy!

I experimented with two different settings for the table and I had such trouble making a decision! I love the sea motif of the set on the left but ever the lover of color that I am, the contrast of the blue and coral in the plates on the right were so lovely. The exercise also reminded me that there are so many different ways to set a table and to keep pushing myself to try new things!

A close up of the sea motif table set up!

A close up of the sea motif table set up!

A subtle detail that I loved about this setup was the way the light caught the tablecloth and gave it a pinkish glow (you can see easily in the photo above). That tint perfectly tied in with either of the place settings in a really nuanced and beautiful way!

I will be posting more shots of these tablescapes (and maybe some never-before-seen shots) on my Instagram over the next couple weeks- so if you aren't already following me there, make sure to click here to check it out!

Creative Table Decor: End of Summer Dinner Party

I just returned from spending a couple of months in Sea Island with family. Returning to my Southern roots is always a jolt of inspiration - I am reminded of pieces I forgot I owned, traditions I only see in the South or the pace of life which I often neglect in the busy day-to-day of New York City. 

I was lucky that I had the chance to work with Kelli Boyd Photography down in Sea Island and she did an incredible job capturing one of the favorite things about our house down there - the light!

The bright open spaces in our house make me so happy!

The bright open spaces in our house make me so happy!

When planning tablescapes in Sea Island, I always start off with these chairs. The colors are so beautiful and distinct that I don't want to try and force anything that wouldn't blend seamlessly.  Starting off with something in your space as inspiration is a great way to keep the entire room feeling coordinated and purposeful. 

I love the little details here of the pearlescent charger underneath the china.

I love the little details here of the pearlescent charger underneath the china.

Building off of the coral orange chairs, I built a place setting of layered coral china in sea inspired motifs. When you are so close to the ocean, it's nice to include references to that part of nature. I love how perfectly the scalloped trim on the napkins match the china. 

Salt and Pepper dishes are an often overlooked but beautiful detail.

Salt and Pepper dishes are an often overlooked but beautiful detail.

Since the rest of the table had stuck to such a minimal color scheme, we used the flowers to add some variety. The coral and blue in the arrangement coordinated with the place setting and the chairs but I liked how the light pink and green really punched up the arrangement. I love color so much so these arrangements by Vinegarden Market were perfect!

Meat and Cheese plates are an easy set up for pre-dinner cocktails!

Meat and Cheese plates are an easy set up for pre-dinner cocktails!

In addition to the big beautiful arrangement for the table, putting a couple of small arrangements on the coffee table near where you might be having cocktails brings great continuity. It was convenient how beautifully our meat and cheese platter color coordinated!

I had so much fun putting this table together. And even better - I put a handful of other setups together at the same time which you all will see in a future blog post! If you can't wait until my next post, I might be posting some sneak peeks on my Instagram so make sure to follow along there!