Tablescapes, Washed Ashore

A perfect day starts with a walk on the beach

shells and sea glass

seaside dinner

beach centerpiece






sea breeze table

shells and sea glass

shell filled basket




candlelight centerpiece


seashore table


washed ashore table

and ends with dinner by candlelight~

lights on the beach

It is easy to create this Washed Ashore centerpiece…use a shallow basket, bowl or tray as a base and fill it full of anything that might have washed ashore.  I used a ceramic boat planter, a metal boat wine bottle holder and a large decorative shell bowl.  There is a starfish dish in the boat, some old bottles scattered about, shells of all shapes and sizes.  Driftwood, some netting and sea glass fill in the gaps.  I chose to use only white and aqua to keep the tone serene.  As night fell I added small battery operated flicker candles tucked here and there~

I am so lucky to have a house by the sea, but you can create the seashore wherever you are~


shells/ We don’t have many big shells wash ashore on our gulf coast beaches, that’s why we have such pretty white sand, the shells have been bleached and dried and crushed over their travels to arrive here~  Craft stores are the most economical places to buy shells and seaglass, check Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Christmas Tree Shop or load up on your next trip to the beach at the souvenir shops or collect them yourself~

battery operated flicker candles/ Hobby Lobby

blue mason jars, large round basket/Target

glass dot bowls/Home Goods

Seashell forks click here

Burlap and shell napkin rings were made from some leftover party favors,  Burlap Candles in a jar

click here for more info

party favors


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

The Happy Housie

Katherine’s Corner

Glitter Glue and Paint

Between Naps on the Porch

Crafts a la Mode

Anything Blue Friday

Uncommon Designs

It’s Overflowing

The Scoop

Coastal Charm

A Stroll Thru Life

Savvy Southern Style

Centerpiece Wednesday



38 Responses to “Tablescapes, Washed Ashore”
  1. Love the colors of this table, Jenna! Wonderful centerpiece too!

  2. Rosie says:

    I love this idea!! Unique and creative, and it sparks the imagination to wonder what might wash up on the shore! So very pretty….(and the votive lights amid the centerpiece are perfect!). Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. hollybertone says:

    Hi Jenna – I love this table and especially the centerpiece! It’s almost 100 degrees in DC today, wishing we were closer to the beach to enjoy the heat. Hugs, Holly

  4. The last touch of adding the battery lites is a really nice touch.

  5. This is such a fun setting! Love the aquas and blues. So beachy and the shells and other beach imagery are just perfect. They look terrific on the distressed white table, as well… 🙂

  6. lulu says:

    I grew up on the west coast of Florida, and your shells remind me of all the treasures we kids found. Work g the tea lights in among the shells creates such magic.

  7. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Lovin’ the pics with the lights-fun:@)

  8. Beautiful! The lights add in a bit of romance…perfect!

  9. Suzan says:

    Love the colors on your table and what a pretty centerpiece – beautifully done !

  10. Mary says:

    Oh I want to pick through all your treasures that ‘washed ashore’ in your basket centerpiece! A perfect table for your coastal home Jenna and so fun & easy to create too! Love it lit at night with your flicker candles 🙂

  11. I love this one! It feels like a magical mermaid treasure trove 🙂

  12. Patti says:

    Love your washed ashore tablescape, so very creative! The silverware is so cute and that centerpiece is just fabulous!

  13. You ARE lucky and blessed to have a house by the sea!!! I would SO love that! I’m a Midwesterner at heart, but I tell you…a house by the sea to escape to several times a year would be a Godsend!!!

    Great centerpiece idea, Jenna! I can just imagine those scattered across a tables set up near on on the beach for an evening party!

  14. Candy S says:

    The evening pictures of the centerpiece lit with the battery votive candles is gorgeous. Beautiful job Jenna. The sea shells, the sea glass, and the aqua plates paint a beautiful picture of a seaside table. I love it. I am hoping to do a coastal table in the next few weeks and if I can find my battery votive candles, I do believe I may adapt your centerpiece idea to the one I hope to do. Have a wonderful day ….. Candy

    • Thanks Candy~I had a lot of fun with this one, we will be using it all summer~ I hope you find the candles I have already used them in several different ways, they are handy outside because they don’t blow out!

  15. Beautiful centerpiece. I love all things coastal.

  16. Patti says:

    This is so pretty. Makes me long for the beach. Vacation in 12 days!! I love the sea glass look of the blue mason jars and the pretty bowls. Great job! Found you on Rustic&Refind linky

  17. pestep81 says:

    Love the sea glass look with the mason jars and the pretty blue bowls. Makes me long for the beach. Vacation in just 12 days! Nice post. Found you on rustic&refined linky

  18. Christine says:

    soooooooo pretty!!! what a gorgeous centerpiece

  19. Helen says:

    Love the centerpiece and the shades of blue you featured. I’ve not been a fan of blue for a long time and suddenly I’m embracing it again! Thanks!

  20. Wow, that centerpiece is amazing, especially in the evening. Love everything about your seascape design!


  21. Nellie says:

    Beautiful table, loved how it looks with the lil candles in it. Cute mason jar favors too..
    Very summery and beachy………….perfect for summer. Amazing the look that shells in
    a basket or bowl create…………….just so pretty.,
    Blessings, Nellie

  22. oh wow, so cool! Love your tablescape!

  23. Linda says:

    Luv everything about your table…especially the glass bowls with the dots…do you know where they came from?? Linda:)

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