It’s been years since I’ve been to a beach but a beach state of mind is never far away. In my last post Ideas for Backdrops I mentioned that I would share another DIY cloth backdrop with you. If I seem to be stuck on this shade of blue it’s because that is one of the colors in Charisse’s wedding palette and it just so happens that I have lots of it on hand.
This backdrop has two layers. The first is a huge piece of white polyester fabric I scored from the thrift store. The tag said it was 1 ½ yards but it was more like three for the rock bottom price of $2.99. There was a small chunk missing from one side but that didn’t deter me. It is overlaid with sparkly mesh that I bought from Joann’s. Both are draped over my garment hanger.
While picking up prescriptions from Rite Aid I scanned their summer/garden section and immediately grabbed this blue and white polka dot indoor/outdoor tablecloth. Regularly priced at $4.00 and 50% office there was no way I was leaving without it. Originally I had planned to use it as the backdrop but felt that it would be more fun on the tabletop.
My stack starts with a wooden charger followed by a square white plate. It’s topped with a hobnail beige salad plate with a blue and white fish motif plate on top. Beachy all the way! A light wooden ring encircles the napkin and I used some very rustic (old) wooden cutlery. For the stemware I used dimpled goblets from Pier 1, a teal and green goblet and a plastic teal tumbler that also came from Rite Aid.
Many years ago we went to the Bahamas and brought back this conch shell that sits on the wooden crate that is the base of the centerpiece. Many years ago we also had a fish tank and it sits dry and devoid of fish in the computer room in the basement. Luckily I didn’t toss the driftwood or the seaweed type piece because they come in handy with this theme . Waste not want not folks! To complete the look I added wine bottles with thin branches, a set of ship wheel coasters, and a starfish.
Along side the centerpiece are two vases that hold faux hydrangeas. One of these years I’m going to muster up the nerve to grow my own. Also on each side of the crate are flip flop frames that begged to be on the table. How could I refuse?
Never underestimate the value of a spool of tulle to dress up just about everything. I used several lengths of it to dress up my white folding chairs. Each length was draped over the chair back and then knotted loosely. That was the extent of my chair dressing creativity that day.
Using solids, patterns and different textures bring tables to life and create ambience. Keep in mind that everything doesn’t have to match and it is ok to use paper, plastic and the real stuff in the same setting.
Wedding Update: My dress is in and it should be ready for pick up the end of June. Fingers crossed that it will be ready on time!
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