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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.)
Sarah Lenger’s Aquarelle Menu is weighted with a found seashell.
Duvall assembled these artful desserts for a sweet end to our dinner. It’s hard to believe these were created right on the beach!
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)
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.
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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