Bohemian Beach Dinner

bohemian beach dinner Last October, I threw a Bohemian beach dinner to kick off a seaside bachelorette weekend. The vibe was easy, the colors were bright and the setting was spectacular. Check out the post for more details on how it came together, along with some tips for hosting your own barefoot soiree. Bohemian Beach Dinner

When planning the style for our dinner, I knew I wanted the tabletop to feel collected and awash in blues, so Laura Hankins’ Beach Bohemian decor was the perfect starting point. She effortlessly mixes colors and patterns in her set for a decidedly eclectic feel. To further the theme, I found pieces for the table with boho-style surfaces and textures: Metal scroll-work, weathered glassware and even hints of gold tracery on Moroccan tea glasses. To keep the palette fresh, I also pulled in pieces with watery washes and brilliant blues to stand out on the sand.

The patterned pillows and cobalt table linens were created by Tamara of I Do Linens. I approached her with Laura’s Beach Bohemian table runner and she pulled together fabrics in ultramarine and fresh aqua to complement the decor set.

Our dinner was set in the sand, just before sunset on this beautiful stretch of Folly Beach.

Stacey Day for minted, bohemian beach invite Stacey Day’s Watercolor Dots invitation was also a huge source of inspiration for the colors and textures on the table. The organic shapes evoke a feeling of smooth beach pebbles and the layered elements suggest a translucency like that of frosted sea glass. For an invite’s wording, I love to incorporate the sights and sounds the guests can expect. Our dinner invite contained the line “with our feet in the sand” to get guests excited about the day.

Bohemian Beach Dinner

When planning for this seaside dinner spot, There were a couple of environmental factors to keep in mind. This stretch of beach can be completely underwater at high tide, so I checked the tide tables in advance. We quickly set up the table once the beach was bare and the tide was out. (The table is made from several milk crates and a piece of plywood!)

Watercolor Notebook I also knew the wind would be a factor and could potentially whip around the paper goods, so instead of placecards, I used custom journals. The weight of the notebook keeps the wind at bay, and each guest gets their own personalized gift. For the menus and linens, I used seashells to anchor them in place.

Bohemian beach tabletop The same offshore breezes that would buffet a carefully arranged placecard would also extinguish a candle flame. To keep things easy (and well lit after dark), I used battery operated pillars. Moroccan tea glasses and weathered lanterns also help give basic votives a little more style.

Bohemian Beach Dinner Table I incorporated a range of blue-hued paper pieces to pop off the table and draw your eye to each place setting. One of my favorite table details is this Life in Words journal by Sweet Street Gals. Fresh ocean-inspired aquas and brushy watercolors make this journal the perfect keepsake (they’re certain to remind party goers of our magical dinner long after it’s over.)

bohemian beach dinner duvall events charleston The food was amazing! I worked with Duvall Events to create a menu to celebrate the bride’s favorite foods and incorporate local flavors. We strategized about the location and, not only did they create the perfect menu, but they grilled and served it right on the beach! The chef even told us our Mahi Mahi had been “swimming out there only a couple of hours ago” as he pointed at the ocean!

Bohemian Beach dinner To create a layered look, I used a Beach Bohemian runner as a foundation for the table. The subtle pattern is soft enough to keep the table from looking overly cluttered, but special enough to add interest (I love how it almost looks hand embroidered.)

Duvall bohemian beach dinner, vintage tray Keeping with the eclectic vibe, arugula salad and grilled Focaccia was served on a vintage Italian Tole tray.

Bohemian Beach Dinner A single strand of globe lights draped above the table.

Bohemian Beach Dinenr A loosely draped scarf adds some pattern variation and breaks up lighter tints in the tablescape.

Bohemian Beach Dinner The dinner was as enjoyable as it was beautiful. The guest of honor had no idea we’d be picnicking on the beach until she showed up, and we celebrated with toasts and smiles all around.

Bohemian Beach Dinner Sarah Lenger’s Aquarelle Menu is weighted with a found seashell.

Duvall Desserts, Bohemian Beach Dinner Duvall assembled these artful desserts for a sweet end to our dinner. It’s hard to believe these were created right on the beach!

Bohemian Beach Dinner I tried out several options to support the light strand over our table. They had to be the right height, easily movable and something I could set up quickly after the tide was out. I found my solution with a market umbrella and umbrella base. I simply used the lower half of the umbrella posts and secured the light strands to the pole with wire. (The bases were weighty enough to keep the lights from sliding or sagging)

Bohemian Beach Dinner

beach dinner We planned the dinner to take place at sunset.

Snapshot Mix Bachelorette Collage Gift As a special gift, we surprised the bride with a photo collage. Each of the ladies included a photo of themselves (with her) and we compiled it into an art print. She can keep it to remember all of the people who love her and came to be a part of the weekend’s festivities.

Bohemian Beach dinner

Photography Morgan Blake of Three Pennies

Bohemian Beach Decor Minted

Watercolor Dots Invitation Minted

Watercolor Journal Minted

Aquarelle Menu Minted

Collage Art Print Minted

Catering Duvall Events (Thank you Steve, Joe and Rachel!)

Custom Linens I Do Linens

Moroccan Tea Glasses Ebay

Hobnail Votives Accent Decor

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  1. De Daltorio

    Seriously Kelli- THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!! My girl friend is getting married and I am hosting all the ladies at my house and this will be in the works! you are amazing!!!

    • kelli

      De: you have the perfect setting for it! The beach as your own front yard ; )

  2. Kristy

    This is sooo gorgeous Kelli!

    • Thank you Kristy!