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How to Create a Tablescape with a Coastal Cottage Vibe for Summer

Do you like dining al fresco? I’ll show you how I created a tablescape with a coastal cottage vibe for summer dining.

summer coastal tablescape

Nothing makes me happier than dining al fresco during the summer months.

I’ve never created a coastal-themed tablescape before which is surprising since I’ve lived here on the water for 10 years.

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I’m joining my blogging friends today for some summer coastal vibes. A big thank you goes to my friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting and coordinating this fabulous blog hop.

If you’ve just come over from Shelley at Calypso in the Country, welcome. Thank you for visiting, I really appreciate it. Didn’t you love her coastal table setting ideas?

summer coastal tablescape with a waterview

My Summer Tablescape with a Coastal Cottage Vibe

When it comes to dining outdoors, we’ve always eaten on the deck. It’s a beautiful spot.

summer coastal tablescape

CLICK HERE to see an enchanted summer evening tablescape.

But after moving things around the garden this year, and adding a vintage table and chairs to this stone patio space, it was clear that this was going to be a perfect place to dine.

summer coastal tablescape

Coastal Style Inspiration

My coastal-style table was actually inspired by the Puget Sound water view seen in the distance.

The view always looks different because of the tide going in and out all day. At the time I took these pictures, the tide was out and there wasn’t as much water filling the bay.

summer coastal tablescape


summer coastal tablescape overlooking the cottage garden

This coastal-style table will be for two today.

This is such a special spot in the garden. Not only is there a view of the water but this space is surrounded by the cottage garden flowers.


summer coastal tablescape


summer coastal tablescape

The Coastal Centerpiece

The table runner is actually a scarf I bought in Greece while on vacation last spring.

With such a small table space to work with, “simple” is undoubtedly best. The centerpiece included a variety of seashells, floating candles in Mason jars, and a nautical glass float.

ceramic fish napkin ring
glass float centerpiece

I bought the ceramic fish napkin rings several years ago at a local home decor store but can’t remember where. I wish I had bought for of them instead of just the two.

turquoise glass float

This nautical glass float was bought at a local home decor store and was a lot less expensive than if I had purchased a vintage float.

I really love the color.

seashells and candle for table centerpiece
printed napkins and fish napkin ring

All shapes and sizes of seashells were used as part of the centerpiece.

floating candles in glass jar filled with water and seashells

Floating candles were put in glass jars filled with water and seashells at the bottom.

summer coastal tablescape

Where to Get Items from This Table

Here’s a list of where I found most of the items for my coastal-style tablescape…

summer coastal tablescape

I hope you’ve enjoyed my coastal vibe summer tablescape.

Next up for more summer coastal inspiration is Laura from Decor to Adore. You’ll definitely want to hop over to her blog before you leave here to see her 24-perfect hours in Palm Beach.

Be sure to visit the rest of the lovely ladies on this blog hop for further coastal ideas. All links to their blogs are listed below. Just click on each picture.

Until next time,

Happy Summer Dining!

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  1. Obsessing over these beautiful pops of turquoise and your gorgeous view sweet friend! I love how you put this tablescape together. It feels so warm and inviting. From the shells, to the stipes to the fish napkin rings and the wicker charger these details are perfection. Big hgus and happy summer, CoCo

  2. Kim you have the perfect space for a coastal tablescape. I love that this is your first one! I bet you will do many more. Enjoy that gorgeous view and table for two!

    1. I will definitely do more of them now Kelly. It was so strange to use something other than flowers for a tablescape. But I finally figured out that it CAN be done!

  3. 10 years and no coastal table?! I get it but where you live you technically have the perfect coastal setting each time your dine outside – no centerpiece needed. 😉 Great idea to use the scarf as a table runner too. Enjoy it! And you must be so easy to please if nothing else makes you happier than dining al-fresco. 😉

    1. I am truly easy to please! It is a little strange to have never tried a coastal table. I always stay with a garden-inspired theme. But Amber finally got me thinking after organizing this hop.

  4. How absolutely perfect is this! I am so thrilled that this hop gave your the chance to create your first coastal themed tablescape! More please!!!!
    It’s all so pretty and the colors are amazing. The little floating candles with shells in the jars are wonderful and I will definitely be borrowing that idea!

    I just love every visit to your home and garden. Oh those views all around! Thank you for sharing with us and joining the hop.

    Happy summer!

    1. Just think Amber…YOU were the inspiration behind this table. I’m so happy to join you in these amazing blog hops you create. Keep them coming, my friend! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  5. Kim what a great table. The little candles with water and your scarf for Greece are priceless. Super cute!

  6. This is my kind of table for two, and what a gorgeous view of the bay even during low tide. I love the the scarf, the float and the shells. I never would have thought of shells in water with the floating candle. So smart! Pinning!

    1. The seashells in the water just came to me and I’m so glad they did! Come on over and we can have lunch here this summer Michelle!

  7. Your table is so pretty, Kim! I love how the colors go with your gorgeous scenery! What an amazing spot to dine!

  8. What a beautiful setting Kim! That view and your table are lovely! I love the way you did the shells across and the color scheme. The pillows in the chairs are such a pretty touch! Wish I could come join you!

    1. Thank you, Kristin. What’s stopping you from getting on a plane and having a meal with me this summer? And then we’ll jet-set back to your cabin on the lake and sit on the dock and go boating and a swim. Sounds pretty perfect.

  9. Such a perfect spot for an al fresco dinner for two. The ticking tablerunner with other fabrics really work so well with all the pretty shades of blue. Your home and property are so lovely, I’d be eating outdoors each meal if I could see your lovely view. Have a great weekend, Kim!

    1. Thank you, Debra. I haven’t been able to use the scarf as a table runner on our other two larger tables as I had hoped so it was great to be able to incorporate it here on the smaller one.

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