Seaside Tablescape & Giveaway



Welcome to our “Seaside Tablescape on the beach”!

Okay, you know I don’t live on the beach, and as far as I can tell I am definitely not on vacation at the beach.  Who says we can’t pretend?

We do live on a lake here in South East, Michigan.  It’s called Pung’s Lake.  It’s not very big, it’s more like a large pond, but it sure is pretty…

Seaside Tablescape by Redhead Can Decorate

We can’t swim in there because it’s too mucky, but we have plenty of wild life that take full advantage of it.  Everything from beautiful swans that swim by daily, geese, ducks, heron, and huge turtles.  The geese can get rather loud, but the swans are breath taking.  They seem to like when I bring my tripod out.

Sometimes, the turtles come up to the house.  Our youngest made one her pet one Summer.  We eventually decided Rosie should be free, so we let her go.

Turtle South East Michigan

So, back to the Seaside Tablescape…

I’ve been kind of in a Beachy (yes, that says beachy) mood lately with the warmer air approaching, so when I was invited to participate in an outdoor blog hop where we share our outdoor spaces…I jumped right on it.

Some of you may already know that I pretend we live on a beach often.  Our living room is crowned our “Winter Beach Lodge“.

Beach Living Room

It’s clearly not a beach…but it surely is our little oasis that helps us relax.

Big Hostas in Michigan

What makes it really special is that we just updated our fire pit using a DIY Fire Pit Kit

Easiest DIY Fire Pit You Will Ever Fine

When I began to think about what I would share for the blog hop I knew I wanted something that was easy for you to create yourself, no matter where you live.  I wanted to create a “seascape” directly on the table…card table to be exact.

That way, it’s easy to move around and most people have one, or could even borrow one.

How to transform a card table into a beautiful seaside tablescape for 2!

I had fun walking around the house with my “Seaside Tablescape radar” and grabbed anything that I could find that would fit into that category.

I wanted it to look fresh, romantic, rustic, BEACHY.  Also EASY…not too fancy.
Seaside Table by Redhead Can Decorate

Seaside Tablscape by Redhead Can Decorate

I was lucky enough to remember that I had stored burlap from another project to use to cover up the card table (DIY instant table cloth).  It was cut just like fabric is when you buy it, so I layered it and poked some holes in it to tie the sides together with twine.  Very very simple.

Seaside Tablescape Tutorial

I also brought our dining room chairs out to add some depth to the setting.  They really helped “ground” the look.

For the actual table setting, I used real wood from our wood pile (drift wood would be great too) and stacked them up like a mini bonfire.  I didn’t have any sand for the candles, so I filled the jars with blue road salt and a tea light.  The color is pretty and also safe to use.

The plates are from the dollar store a couple years ago, and the napkins I tied with twine.

The shells I collect, and the cute little vintage salt & pepper shakers are from the thrift store.

The pillows (I bought off Ebay 2 years ago) were the final touch which added color and comfort.

See the swan peaking around the bench?



Transform a card table into a romantic table for 2!

As the sun began to set, it got prettier and prettier.

“Light the grill, Babe!”

Summer Table by Redhead Can Decorate

How to transform a card table into a rustic elegant seaside table for 2!  Even if you don't have a seaside!

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Good luck!



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36 Responses

  1. debbiedoos says:

    Awesome! I love your tablescape. I didn’t know you couldn’t swim in your lake. At least you get to enjoy the wildlife.

  2. Deborah in Atlanta says:

    Love Love Love your table idea and your blog. I, too, live by a small lake and have never actually swimmed in it. More of a clean pool person I guess. I also read your blog about preserving basil and am going to try that immediately. I am going to add your blog to my daily DIY ideas reading list.

  3. yes, light that grill and pour more wine! what a great backdrop and table that you have set. I am thinking this summer when i can’t find a babysitter my hubby and i will go out to dinner in a corner of the backyard, and i will do something like this while the kids are jumping on the trampoline in the other. 🙂

  4. Raina DelRio says:

    I love to decorate my front and back porch.

  5. Mitzi Bates says:

    Love the beach theme. We recently bought a house on the water, so I’m looking for inspiration for decorating the new house!

  6. Your yard is breathtaking ~ I love the views ~ and your tablescape is so romantic and unique.

    I’m so happy to be partying with you ~ I almost feel like I’m right there enjoying your beautiful yard.

    hugs, mb

  7. Lindsay says:

    Wow, you really do have a beautiful “beach.” I don’t think I would get anything done if I lived there because I would be sitting by that fire pit all the time!

  8. Cheryl B says:

    My patio is such fun to decorate. With a colorful rug, lots of chairs for visitors, and lush plants, it’s my favorite place to spend the summer.

  9. Julie W says:

    Our house has an actual front porch – a rarity in a new home in California. I love decorating the front door and bringing in colorful planters for the summer months.

  10. kristin says:

    everything is just gorgeous, would love to have that space behind our house!

  11. MaryB says:

    I love decorating the deck. We have a large one and love to entertain there

  12. Katie H says:

    Well I dont have a house right now, but if I did, I would love to have a covered patio to decorate!

  13. Pat Kinon says:

    We love to decorate our deck with flowers and white lights, so magical at night!

  14. Malia says:

    WOW you pulled off an amazing transformation! So beachy keen!

  15. What a fun idea! LOVE the burlap and seaside elements. I would love to be one of the two at this pretty table!

  16. Chelle says:

    The entire setting looks so seaside, great work!

  17. Vanessa says:

    You truly do have a park-like setting Julie and that beach tablescape is gorgeous!!

  18. Teri Trent says:

    Love the beachy pieces. Very inspiring!

  19. Heather says:

    What a gorgeous yard Jules! Love the table for two idea!! I’m a beach baby too – love your seaside decor and accents! I’d love to sit at your table over a glass of wine and some nibbles and admire it all in person! Thanks for joining in the blog hop fun – pinning!! 🙂 Heather

  20. Samantha says:

    The tablescape is beautiful. I love the romantic beach elements. We haven’t had a day to enjoy our back patio yet because of the torrential rain but when we do, I hope it feels as relaxing as yours looks.

  21. Shelley says:

    If u cant be AT the Beach, Bring the Beach HOME!!

  22. Christina says:

    Way to transform a card table! That looks spectacular!

  23. Julie what a gorgeous area you live in! Love your firepit area and your beach tablescape I adore… can’t go wrong with burlap and shells!

  24. Your coastal table looks so pretty! How nice to have a home right on the pond! My favorite place to decorate is my deck. Have a great holiday weekend!

  25. Phyllis says:

    I love to decorate our front porch.

  26. Bettsi says:

    What a marvelous space! I LOVE that tablecloth idea- definitely filing that away for the future.

  27. Ora says:

    Amazing pictures of the lake

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