Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Island Picnic Tablescape

When Kathleen over at Cuisine Kathleen 
issued the June challenge of putting together
a beach themed tablescape I put on my thinking cap.

I wanted to do something different
but also play into my favorite memories from the beach.

The first thing that came to my mind
was how I would always head down to the beach
early with my friend.

And then, just before lunchtime
my parents would come down with a big lunch
for all of us - a picnic on the beach.

We would then spend the rest of the day together at the beach.
Even now when we go to the beach it still mainly involves food,
only this time I am the one bringing the food down to the beach.

So that's what this little island picnic tablescape is all about - 
a favorite childhood memory
and on keeping the tradition
of family picnics on the beach :)

I wanted to use the colors of the beach,
blue for the water,
yellow for the sun,
tan for the sand.

And you can't have a beach
without a few seashells.

Of course, to get to the island you need a boat.

And a lighthouse adds some character.

Have you ever sent a message in a bottle?
It's a fun thing to do!

So thanks for coming along and sharing with me

as I took a little trip down memory lane
to those fun moments of childhood.

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am joining...
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays


  1. Adorable! this would make the cutest little fairy garden too!

  2. Adorable! Love the whole theme. The picnic in the middle is adorable. Love your layering with the plates and gorgeous napkins! Happy to be a new follower!!!!!!

  3. Looks really pretty! And I love your memory. We used to always have lunch on the beach when we would go!

  4. Alana, this is just darling. I love how you combined, sun, sand and water in your dishes. And the picnic.. well that would just make me want to find those flip flops and a beach! Thanks so much for sharing your memories.. xo marlis

  5. That is very cute. Love the mini picnic within a picnic feeling table. Cute. Mary

  6. Hello Alana,
    Your tablescape is just wonderful! Some of my favourite memories are at the beach. My hubby grew up on the beach and every Summer my family went camping at the beach; therefore my love of it! Thank you for your visit and your nice comment. I hope you are enjoying this first day of Summer.


  7. How creative you are! You can go into event planning with this skill :)


  8. Great idea...awesome sail boat & I love the message in a bottle idea!

  9. What a fun and creative tablescape! So many wonderful details and colors. Love the wee little picnic in the cute! :-)

  10. Your table-scape is fabulous . . . what fun! Thank you for visiting my blog and I am so happy that you liked my aprons. You made my day. Connie :)

  11. Alana,
    Cute idea of your center piece.
    What interesting napkins, reminds me of sea shells. Great table.

  12. This is just as cute as cute can be! VERY imaginative! You really put a fun twist on the challenge! It's especially great because it draws on warm memories from your childhood. I have to tell you, though...I thought SNL's Mr. Bill was going to join the party! Oh, nooooooooooooo!!!! Remember how they used to do fun set-ups like this? I'm silly. I know. Terrific table! Have a good weekend!

  13. Your blog is just so great! I'm happy I found it and your post is just precious!

  14. What a fun table. Love the colors and how you added your beach memories!

  15. Your table is just as cute as can be! You brought back a lot of my memories of family vacations by the sea.

  16. Oh! That is so adorable! You did an amazing job.... love it! Happy First Day of Summer! Angie xo

  17. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!

  18. such a lovely arrangement.i love the colour combination which goes so well with the do great job.thx for liking my tea with nature scape.

  19. What fun! I love your picnicking girls as the centerpiece on your table!

  20. What a cute centerpiece, Alana!

  21. Love the girls! A boat, a lighthouse.... looks like everything is in place!

  22. How cute - love the 2 little girls waiting patiently on the beach for their lunch!!

  23. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!

  24. LOVE the picnic within a picnic! Your setting definitely reads sun, sand, and surf! Great boat and lighthouse, too!

  25. That is so cute! Thanks for sharing your memories with this adorable table! And a beach trip must include food! The salt air makes us hungry!

  26. How clever of you to come up with this adorable story of childhood memories at the beach! Love the little dolls, it's all great!


  27. Thank you Kathleen and Katherine!

  28. What a cute take on the beach theme. Those dolls look familiar (like my daughter's doll house family). Very creative!

    Robin Flies South

  29. How cute. Love that message in a bottle too!

    Susan and Bentley

  30. Robin - They probably are as I raided my daughter's toys that are in storage ;)

    Thank you Susan & Bentley :)

  31. I enjoyed your beach themed tablescape. What fun using all the toys!

  32. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  33. Sherry - I'm so glad I could join :)


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