I was able to snap some pictures of our Tropical/Beach theme tablescape before our world wind 41st-anniversary celebration began. We partied for four days! Our son Casey from Atlanta was the first to arrive Thursday, June 22. His three sons and our oldest daughter arrived the next day and that’s when the party officially started. Casey’s son Casey Jr graduated last month and of course, he had to have a graduation cake. His graduation was extra special because he is autistic. I thought my heart would melt when I heard him read the card we gave to him.
The first day that all of the kids are home is always Taco Day and I can’t begin to tell you how many we fixed. While downing tacos and catching up on each other’s news we had to get in a little pre- set up for the next day’s festivities. Every able body had to do something. Luckily, I had the table all set in the dining room before everyone arrived. We didn’t eat in there because there were so many of us, but it set the Tropical/Beach theme tone for the weekend.
The Makings of a Tropcial/Beach Theme Tablescape
I purchased this ivory tablecloth from Smarty Had a Party several months back. My intention was to get a full-length cloth. Obviously, my attention wandered when ordering it because it was way too long. It would work with both leaves in but that’s not how we roll on a daily basis.
My remedy was to jujje it up a little. I gathered each long end in the middle and tied it with burlap ribbon. Problem solved. Once that was taken care of I added a burlap runner and topped it with a fish net.
For the centerpiece, I used a light wood box with a peach color base. It came from the $5 and Below Store. I filled it with several peach and ivory bouquets, plus single ivory blooms, then added a fish and seashell rope to finish it.
On each side, there’s a trio of teal mercury glass votives and rocks I swiped from the aquarium that should have been thrown away a long time ago. I set a small seashell on the rim of each dinner plate for a bit more flair.
I have no idea how these faux pearl look napkin rings came into my possession but I’m happy that they found their way to me along with the ivory napkins.
The stack begins with a faux wooden charger from Pier 1. The aqua dinner plate was a thrift store purchase and the aqua plates on top with the fish motif came from Rite Aid (I think). Once again, I used my rustic wooden Fingerhut flatware. Both goblets are thrifted and were .50 cents each.
The best picture I could garner from the next day’s dinner was this cake my daughter ordered from our preferred bakery. The Mr. & Mrs. ornament came from Amazon and the burlap flowers from Hobby Lobby.
Other than tacos, it is an absolute must that we have Chocolate Truffle Cake when everyone is home. Most of the time there aren’t any fancy decorations and trying to get a decent picture of a slice is like trying to capture a unicorn. The dinner menu was fully complete with ribs, chicken and a plethora of sides.
Sunday was the last formal day of celebration. This was the day we invited family and friends to come by. Once again, the Mr. was on the grill churning out hot dogs and burgers for our hungry guests. There was so much food left from the previous day that we added that to the menu also. In addition, our oldest daughter made Sweet Potato Pies and Peach Cobbler. I tried my hand at a Strawberry Ice Box Cake. I was less than thrilled but everyone else seemed to like it. We ended the day in the backyard with the little ones enjoying sparklers and running around while the adults sipped on Fish House Punch and reminisced with the boxes of old pictures I sat out.
On Monday, our son went back to Atlanta. Our oldest daughter made Vietnamese Chicken Soup and the youngest organized a bowling trip for the kids. We still had company trickling in and out and by Tuesday rolled around we were all in.
It was a glorious weekend and we are so blessed. Now we rest up for the holiday season when we’ll do it all again. I appreciate you taking the time to read our story. I’ll be back to baking again real soon.
I love sharing the story of how we met. Please check out 41st Anniversary Celebration-In the Beginning for the details.
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