Make over your coastal table and entertain like a pro with our simple ideas.
Writer: Marisa Spyker , Stylists: Amber Furst and Linda Hirst
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Nautical and Nice
You know those leftover florist's vases you've been collecting in your cabinet? Instantly spiff them up with festive nautical flags. Secure them around the middle with hot glue, which easily peels off without sticky residue if you want a new look.
Glass vases in matching hues and varying shapes make an artful display when bunched together on your table. Because these containers are short and squat, long, stiff grasses and flower varieties, such as mini calla lilies, add drama.
Buy it: Two's Company Aquamarine Blues Vintage Decorative Bottles, $147 for a set of seven (from 3" by 5½" to 5" by 11"); laylagrayce.com
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A glass vase in a fun shape (we're partial to sea creatures!) accented with simple votives can be dressed up or down as needed. Fill with sea glass and candlelight at night, or river rocks and glass fishing balls for a more casual daytime meal.
Choosing LED candles is a surefire way to minimize mess—but how to achieve a wax-free table without revealing your faux glow? Our secret: Place LED candles in glass-footed hurricanes and wrap thick ribbon (we layered striped grosgrain atop burlap) around the top to mask the "flame."
Buy it: Glass Pillar Holders, $17 (10") and $12 (6"); michaels.com for store locations, The Robert Stanley Collection Burlap Ribbon, $10 (30'), and The Ribbon Boutique Yellow/White Ribbon, $4 (1½" by 4 yards); hobbylobby.com for store locations
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Also available in pink and green, these cute placecards get a coastal touch with a white whale motif.