Tablescapes, Sunny Summer Seaside Picnic

jars of flowers


We’re dining alfresco today and joining Chloe for the Celebrate and Decorate blog hop!


alfresco tablescape blog hop summer 2016 (1)


Please come right in, I’m so glad you’re here!


beach signs


We live on the coast this time of the year…


off duty table 12


And most of the time you’ll find us up here


netting crabs 11


Under the arbor, where the kitchen is near


dining with the fish


The sky is blue


pumpkins at the beach


and you can’t beat the view


fall beach table 1


But today we’re downstairs by the pool and the pier


simple jar centerpiece


We’re just getting set for an outdoor fête!


seaside picnic 1


Welcome to the “Backyard Bar”


picnic at the backyard bar 2

The sand’s close by and the water’s not far


picnic at the backyard bar 3

For dining alfresco it’s a great spot


sunny summer seaside picnic


There’s always a breeze that keeps it from being too hot


summer picnic1


There are flowers in jars and lots of red white and blue


sunny seaside picnic collage


It’s really a picnic, featuring a Basket Redo


picnic table


Sunny yellows, stripes and bright polka dots


summer picnic


A strawberry pitcher and twine tied in knots


picnic place setting 2


Shell studded burlap ribbons  keep the napkins in place


summer picnic place setting


Flowers and colors fill every space


summer picnic place setting 2


Please join me under the porch,  and out of the sun


seaside picnic


The pool is close by for dipping and fun


picnic on the pool deck


Thank you for coming, and before you run-


sunny summer seaside picnic


Please visit my friends below and see what they have done!



Starfish Cottage | Knock it Off Kim | Life and Linda | Southern Hospitality | Everyday Living

My Kentucky Living | DesignThusiasm | Simple Nature Decor
Living With Thanksgiving


Red Cottage Chronicles  | The Little Yellow Corner Store | Ramblings of a Southern Girl
CoziNest  | Love of Home

Panoply | Flourish & Knot | The Painted Apron | Dining Delight  |Celebrate & Decorate

B. Lovely Events | Lolly Jane | A Toile Tale | Bluesky Kitchen | Rattlebridge Farm


Thank you so much for your visit!


Juicy Details

melamine plates/Pottery Barn

place mats, table runner/Walmart, Pioneer Woman collection

two tone bottle vase, strawberry pitcher/Home Goods

painted picnic basket/ tutorial here


dressed up picnic basket

bottlecap fish/ tutorial here

bottlecap fish

Napkin rings/fashioned out of  jar wraps  for party favors


party favors


They were made with wide burlap ribbon, wrapped with twine and a glued on shell


shell & burlap napkin rings

Tablescape photos from the beginning of post:

Off Duty

Netting Crabs

Trattoria Sardina

Beach Pumpkin Table


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life    Inspire Me Monday

Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Poofing the Pillows, Creatively Crafty




























69 Responses to “Tablescapes, Sunny Summer Seaside Picnic”
  1. Mary says:

    So cheery for summer Jenna with your mix of checks, stripes and polka dots! I love your mix of flatware for your seaside picnic and Ball jars are my favorite summer drinking glass and perfect for bouquets too. You’re so fortunate to have a place at the coast and THE SHADE for dining alfresco in the summer…it’s sweltering here! Thanks for the rhyming fun 🙂

    • I know your summer has been brutal Mary, I feel so lucky to get away from city heat whenever I can. We have been getting tons of rain all over Alabama, maybe some will head your way…

  2. Jenna, I knew I would love your Tablescape and you didn’t disappoint! Dining near the pool is a good idea! Aqua and red is a great color combo and I love your use of pattern. The flowers are perfect along with the strawberry pitcher and your picnic basket. I would love to sit at your table and enjoy all of your wonderful food! You captured the essence of beach life!

  3. Jenna, how clever you are! I see your picnic basket project now in its glory, and your table is cheery and inviting. Your surroundings are amazing, whether it’s on the balcony or down at the picnic table.

  4. Jenna, You have a fabulous spot there with the ocean and the pool! I love this table with all the bright colors and I see that bottle cap fish hanging in the background! HH was so clever to suggest you paint it! The picnic basket looks so good with its beach colors too! Linda

  5. Jenna, You are too much fun! I love your rhyming! God just filled you with talent! Painting, cooking, designing, and full of energy are words that come to mind.
    All of your vistas at your beach house are such happy places. I hate I didn’t get to come when the southern bloggers visited.
    Your alfresco blog hop post is delightful today. So many cute details. I didn’t miss the checked jar top as a coaster. Too cute. Love all the cheerful colors and patterns and pretty flowers. Great ambience for dining alfresco at the beach!

  6. You had me at seaside picnic Jenna! Very inviting and colorful. I also love reds and aqua together. Well done.

  7. Jodi says:

    so gorgeous and FUN!

  8. Emily says:

    I love your seaside picnic with all the colors of the sea. What a perfect place to enjoy being outside out of the sun with the pool nearby. I know the area where you live and it is so gorgeous! Lucky for you we have long summers here, more time for you to enjoy being at the beach. Our fall beach trip is planned and I can’t wait!!!!

  9. Marsha says:

    Awesome! I love the mix and match of colors and patterns for your picnic. I felt like I was in the countryside and at the same time at the beach. What a great way to combine the two. It is so interesting putting together aqua and red. I am a red and white check girl and would love to see it in all tablescapes. There is something so down right “at home” about your picnic. The strawberry pitcher is so charming. It adds even more whimsy. Your tablescape makes me want to put on my bathing suit, grab a beach towel and sangria and head to the beach.

  10. maureenreynolds says:

    Jenna I think I would sit down and wouldn’t leave!! What a gorgeous view. I love the casual feel of dining at a picnic table. Those flower centerpieces really pop, and I just love the gingham place mats paired with the striped runner. Dining near the water is such a treat! You are a lucky lady 🙂

  11. cozinest says:

    I love it all! The strawberry pitcher is darling, the colorful drinking straws, the napkin rings. As usual, you’ve thought of everything! And in this heat, you were brilliant to set up your picnic beside the pool! Do you have floating trays so we could eat in the pool? hahaha.

  12. Rosie M. says:

    Wow, Jenna, who would not feel happy and carefree in such a setting?! Love all your colors, patterns, and happy flowers dancing across the tabletop! It’s so much fun to see your updated picnic basket highlighted perfectly. Your rhymes always put a smile on my face. Thanks for starting out my day this way. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  13. Very sweet tablescape Jenna. The picnic basket is darling. Even your straws match and brighten the table. Cute napkin rings and the party favors are special. Loving that strawberry pitches as well. So much fun blog hopping with you.

  14. Ellen Shook says:

    I don’t think I have seen the Backyard Bar area before, but that would definitely be my favorite spot because it is protected from the sun. Your table is really cute with all the bright color, and I love the color scheme you have chosen. Very inviting!

  15. Lori says:

    I so enjoyed your rhyme that matched your pics! And your talent extends to the table as well – love the colour and pattern combinations with the stripes, dots and checks! While I always enjoy seeing your tables set on the deck it was really fun to see one “down under” by your pool – looks so inviting! Your flowers in the mason jars as a centerpiece are terrific – repetition down the length of a table is so appealing to me. Fantastic napkin rings and your picnic basket is wonderful. This blog hop has been so fun with all the different outdoor settings and my “hop” here has been so inspiring!

    • Thank you Lori! I am always inspired by your beautiful tables too-It has been fun, I mentioned to Chloe that she ought to organize a holiday one and she said she was already on it! So looks like more fun for us! >

  16. Love the beachy feel, looks like where my daughter lives,Nothing like dining near the water for an an amazing breeze! I love the the jars.

  17. rattlebridge farm says:

    Will you adopt me? I am swooning over your seaside setting, The dishes, linens, flowers, and your beautiful touches have created an unforgettable tablescape. The bottlecap fish is adorable and inventive, and I love your napkin rings. You have captured the essence of the Gulf Coast.

  18. lulu says:

    You must enjoy your place at the shore as much as I enjoy being in Maine! I always enjoy seeing your tables as they reflect the feel of the beach and sea. You can’t beat that.

    • I love following you back and forth from Maine to Houston! Even though both my homes are in Alabama, our “city” home in Birmingham is very formal, surrounded by lush green trees, and the beach house is totally casual with views of water and sand. The contrast is so refreshing. I hope you are having a lobster filled summer 🙂

  19. Lynn says:

    You truly have a special home Jenna! Enjoy the summer:@)

    • thanks Lynn, it’s going too fast 🙁 I loved watching the convention in Philly, and learning details about it I never knew before, it sounds like a fabulous place to live!

  20. I love that basket. Heck, I love that you have a place to dine in the shade practically right on the sand! You must have the best time there. We were thinking the same with the seashells, weren’t we! Your mixed patterns are so fun…your whole tablescape says summer fun to me! Thank you so much for being a part of the blog hop!

    • Thank you so much for organizing it Chloe, it’s been such fun! And your table had me swooning and wanting to copy every detail! Please make me some napkin rings 🙂

  21. I love your turquoise…and down at the beach location! I love sand in my toes! sheila

  22. Kitty says:

    Awww I love all your outdoor tablescape said, Jenna, and especially the one down below. It’s so cheery, and fun with th bright colors, polka dots and crafty additions that you’ve created. Of course, I always appreciate your cute rhymes with each and every photo!!!

  23. Rhonda says:

    I’ve never seen this spot at your seaside oasis.. love it! And the tablescape so pretty and fun! The picnic basket is adorable! Great job! 🙂 ~Rhonda

    • My dream is to fix this area up to a more decorated space and outdoor kitchen, but in this climate and potential for storms and hurricanes, we have to keep things pretty weatherproof and secured-but it is a great spot for a bite!

  24. Such a playful and cheery setting! Love your florals and the colors of the whole tablescape… 🙂

  25. Angela says:

    I really love your tablescape. The colors are just perfect.

  26. Chef Carol says:

    What a gorgeous setting! How lucky you are to have the water and sand, pool and breeze right outside your door! You’ve created a lovely Tablescape. Being by the water always makes me hungry and your table is a great place for dining.

  27. Susan Duane says:

    The setting is really great!! It’s beautiful!

  28. lollyjane says:

    Blue and aqua is my favorite color combo! Those mason jars are a win!! Love it!

  29. Michelle says:

    Just Beautiful!!

  30. Nikki Gwin says:

    Love your poetry! And especially for beach home. When I saw your Florabama sign, I had to read your about and find out where you live. 🙂 I am in Hueytown, just outside of Birmingham. I am happy to find your blog and hope to become bloggy friends.
    🙂 gwingal

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