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Coastal Table Setting Ideas for Casual Summer Entertaining

Welcome friends!  So, how are you dealing with this crazy summer heat?  Here in the northeast, the temps have been up in the 90’s for days.  Hopefully, it’s not as bad where you live!  To keep our minds off the scorching temperatures, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for a Coastal Vibes Summer Blog Hop!  For my stop on the blog hop, I’m sharing my coastal table setting ideas!  

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Coastal Vibes Summer Blog Hop:

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Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from The Ponds FarmhouseI’m sure you loved Rachel’s great list of simple coastal ideas for any home!  

Also, I want to thank our host, Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home.   Amber always dazzles us with her knack for styling vintage pieces so I’m sure you’re going to love her coastal decorating ideas!

*When you’re finished here, remember to visit the links at the end of this post for more coastal vibes!

blue napkin with sea shell napkin ring - coastal table setting ideas

Now, let’s get started with my coastal table setting ideas!

Recently, I decorated my kitchen table because that’s where we dine most often.  Well, unless, we’re eating outdoors…but not in this heat! 

coastal table setting ideas with blue and white hydrangeas

Sometimes it’s just more comfortable to have dinner inside…with the air conditioner on.  When entertaining, I usually set up appetizers on the island and then we head over to the table for our dinner.  

Coastal Blue and White Decor:

Classic coastal colors…

When we think of coastal decorating, blue is usually the first color that comes to mind.  So, I started with blue and decided to go with the colors of sand and sea for my coastal table.

blue and white hydrangeas in glass vase - coastal centerpiece

Since the hydrangeas in my backyard aren’t fully bloomed, I bought these gorgeous blue and white hydrangeas at the grocery store…Wegman’s to be exact.  Do you have a Wegman’s near you?  It’s such a great store!

After arranging my coastal centerpiece with the live hydrangeas, I decided I wanted even more.  Luckily, I had a bunch of white artificial hydrangeas in my stash so I added them to the table.

dining table decorated with blue and white accessories - coastal table setting ideas

Anyway, the blue hydrangeas happened to go perfectly with the blue plaid napkins I bought at Homegoods last year.  For even more hydrangea ideas, read my 7 easy ways to decorate with hydrangeas.

To bring in the color of sand, I used my burlap runner with my tan and white striped placemats.  Stripes always remind me of a beach cabana so they worked with my coastal theme.  

Coastal Table Setting Ideas – Shells and Candles:

Subtle nods to the beach…

On a coastal style table, it’s easy to go overboard with the beachy accessories so I kept them light.  Just a few shells and starfish here and there mixed in with white flickering candles.

Overhead view of blue and white coastal table setting

Coastal Table Setting Ideas – Simple DIY:

Get creative with your napkin rings…

To make my super-easy napkin rings, I simply cut up toilet paper rolls and wrapped them with wired burlap.  Then I found some samples of blue grasscloth peel and stick wallpaper.  So, I cut it into pieces, wrapped it around the burlap and then hot glued a shell on top.  For even more napkin ring ideas, here are 3 easy ideas!

place settings with blue napkins and coastal decor

Speaking of easy DIY projects, if you can’t find inexpensive cane wrapped vases like mine above, learn how to make your own cane wrapped vase!

Coastal Table Setting Ideas – Galvanized Accessories:

Mix up your textures…

When debating on charger plates, I went back and forth between my seagrass ones and these galvanized metal chargers.  After trying both, I decided to go with the galvanized.  Sometimes it takes a little trial and error.  To me, it felt like the seagrass chargers blended in too much with the burlap and the other tans on the table.  

top view of blue and white place settings

Since I already had a few galvanized accessories on the table, I liked the way they worked together.  Plus the galvanized chargers had the casual vibe of a beach side picnic or clambake…

blue and white coastal table setting ideas

Coastal Table Setting Ideas – White Dishes:

White dishes are always classic…

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with simple white dishes for summer…or any time of the year for that matter.  Crisp white plates are classic and allow the rest of the coastal accessories to take center stage.

place setting with blue napkin and white plate

Shopping Sources for a Coastal Table Setting:

coastal table setting on wood table with white chairs

Thank you for stopping by to see my coastal table setting ideas! 

Hopefully, I’ve given you some entertaining ideas for summer!

Once again, thank you to Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting!  To take the full tour, you can start with her beautiful blog where she’s sharing vintage coastal cottage ideas!

If you’re following in order, Shiplap and Shells  is next in the line up.  I know you are going to love Kim’s coastal cottage tablescape.  Everything she decorates is beautiful!

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  1. Shelley, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the dreamy white and blue colors and the coastal vibes. It’s simple, but elegant and perfect for summer. I’m going to feature your tablescape in my week in rewind post tomorrow. Happy Friday!

    1. Wow, thanks so much Jen! I hope you’re staying cool – it’s brutally hot here in NJ this week!

  2. Love your wonderful summery coastal tablescape, Shelley. All the watery blues and tans work so well together for a beautiful casual table. We’ve been in the mid 100’s for days with no rain in weeks, so 90’s sound pretty good right now. Take care and have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much Debra! Wow – mid 100’s…I think we all need some cool coastal breezes!

  3. I adore your table! The blues and whites are so pretty and those napkins are gorgeous! I love the way you did the napkin rings and the vases! All so lovely!!!

    1. Thanks Kristin! Those easy diy projects are pretty much the only ones I try! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Shelley, I think you have all the perfect ingredients for a lovely summer dinner party. Love the soft blues of the napkins with your hydrangeas, which are just gorgeous by the way! So many pretty textures too. Pinning!

  5. Shelley your table is so gorgeous! Blue hydrangeas are my favorite. So perfect for a coastal vibe and theme. Hope you’re having the best summer!

    1. Thanks Ann! I love the blues as well. I hope you’re staying cool up in New England…it’s still brutal here in NJ!

  6. Your coastal table is behind beautiful Shelley. You have given me so many great ideas. I’m loving your napkin rings, hydrangeas, and starfish.

    1. Thanks Kim! Hydrangeas are everyone here on the east coast so it seemed appropriate to use them. Hope you’re staying cool where you live!

  7. Shelley – this table is so beautifully done! Sometimes (I think…!) ‘coastal’ gets a bit overdone, but your table is perfect! Just the right touch of light and summery with a little ‘beach-y’! I am swooning over those napkins, and appreciate the link to the Amazon napkins. I did put them on my list. Stay cool – it’s hot out here in NE Indiana with thunderstorms added in just for fun.

    1. Thanks so much Kristine! Yes, Homegoods has some great napkins but the buffalo check ones on Amazon are a great substitute. The colors look about the same…and you can’t go wrong with buffalo checks! Stay cool out there…it’s still brutal here in NJ!

  8. I knew with your love of blue and white that you would have something amazing to share for this hop! I love your tablescape! I have so many similar items that I think I will try to create a similar tablescape on my farm table next year. I am always mad for plaid and I think it’s great year round so I love your blue plaid napkins and adorable DIY napkin rings. I made similar napkin rings (no shells) a few years ago for fall.

    I would never have known those white hydrangeas were fake.They match the fresh ones so well. And the blues match so perfectly too.

    Such a lovely table with simple coastal vibes!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop. Happy Summer!

    1. Thanks Amber…yes, I do love blue and white! The hydrangeas in the big center vase are all real. Only the ones in the smaller containers are fake but I’m glad they look real! Thanks again for hosting us all. There are so many beautiful ideas on this hop!

  9. Love this blue and white tablescape so much, Shelley! It feels like the perfect balance of coastal elegance and I wouldn’t have expected anything lless from you as your tablescapes are always gorgeous. Hope you and your family are having an amazing summer. Hugs, CoCo PS: I cannot believe some of the hydrangeas are faux. They look so real! I’ve been trying to squirrel enough of ours away to dry them for the fall season and it is not going well so I can’t wait to check out the ones you suggested.

    1. Thanks so much Coco – what a sweet comment! My hydrangeas in the yard are mostly greenish so I had to buy faux and grocery store ones for this table. Yeah, some of those artificial ones can really fool the eye. Glad you liked it all! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  10. Shelley! I always love seeing your beautiful kitchen and eating area. Your coastal combo of blues and whites and burlap is so pretty! Summer perfection!

  11. Your table is lovely, Shelley. I always admire your simple, but beautiful approach to decor. I do love coastal style, with a modern twist, and had a great time incorporating it into my Florida home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Hi Shelley, just wanted to let you know I’m sharing your gorgeous tablescape at All About Home Monday evening!!! it’s just so pretty and summery!

    1. Thanks so much Debra! I really appreciate it…and I enjoyed being a part of such a fun coastal hop!

  13. Love the choice of colors Shelley! You have definately created a coastal vibe with the blues and tans! I’m excited to tell you this post is being featured on Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week! Thanks for sharing your ideas and I hope to see you at the party this week!

  14. It’s beautiful!! I LOVE the blue and white in the lighter color tones. The burlap and the cane remind me so much of sand. You did a great job of styling your table and the hydrangeas are stunning.

    1. Thanks so much! Usually, I decorate with navy blue but I ended up loving the lighter blues on my table. And yes, the hydrangeas in the centerpiece were from the grocery store!

  15. Hi Shelley – Your tablescape is beautiful and we are so excited to feature it this Friday on The Fabulous Friday Link Party! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    1. Thanks so much for the feature, Lynn! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone shares this week!

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