This is the time of year when most are thinking of getting away from it all to a tropical island somewhere.
A paradise where one can lay on a white sandy beach.
Maybe tickle their toes in the ocean waves as they walk along the coastline of some far away tropical island.
Or perhaps they picture themselves in a hammock strung between two palm trees…with a cold tropical drink sporting a pretty little umbrella in their hand.
And so that is why I decided to make a tropical tablescape.
You see, I live in Paradise in the form of a SW coastal town, right on the gulf of Mexico.
I am fortunate to enjoy it year ’round, but if you are dreaming of a tropical get-a-way, and it isn’t in the budget or the plans just yet, you can still get that tropical feeling and look.
This is how I set it up on my dining room table.
I have to confess that this tablescape is one I put together in May of last year and I found most of the dishes and tablecloth at Target.
Add in the cute little drink markers that I put on the side of the soup bowls…..(they are really meant for marking drinking glasses), Got them at Target too!
The set comes with pineapples, flamingos, and crabs and they are in pretty tropical colors.
You could use any flatware.
I used my own green stem ware, to hold that tropical drink or my favorite Lime or lemonade.
And I don’t know if you noticed the cute little flip flops that the stemmed glass fits in….I found them a few years ago at a local shop.
They are so cool.
Fresh fruit is positioned in a little boat that “Only Daughter” got for me.
Instead of using napkin rings, I positioned the yellow napkins in the drinking glasses.
I sat the small bowls on top of the bread and butter pineapple plates.
I do have to make a confession here….most locals do NOT like flamingos.
Oh. don’t get me wrong…they love the real live flamingos that are in our zoos and if you are fortunate to see them in and around our marshes, etc.
Most of the locals just don’t like the plastic flamingos stuck on a wire in their gardens.
If one has those pink plastic flamingos in their yard…those people are most likely our snow birds or vacationers staying for a few weeks. LOL
They can buy these spindly flamingos at any big box store for about $1.99. And they do buy them, which is great for the economy.
I also used a candle centerpiece that reminded me of a little green house (Tropical, yes) and I added a few camellias and other tropical flowers, along with little drink umbrellas.
On each end of the table, I placed fresh fruit.
Lemons, limes, oranges, mangoes, avocados, kiwi, bananas and of course a pineapple.
I love fresh fruit and I believe it makes a definite statement for a tropical tablescape.
You will note there is also the prettiest blue orchid on the end of the table that I purchased about a month ago….orchids last forever, it seems.
I thought you might like to see the tablescape in the evening with the candles lit.
By the time I remembered to take a picture, it was already pretty dark outside.
So my dear readers, if you want to take a quick trip to paradise…set up a tropical tablescape, make some lemonade or your favorite tropical drink.
If you don’t want to purchase a tropical tablecloth…you can use greenery from your garden, a few pretty flowers and fresh fruit and set your table with colorful plates.
Or you can go to Target and for a few bucks…you are in paradise in your own dining room.
Have a Great and Blessed Day.