Make over your coastal table and entertain like a pro with our simple ideas.
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.
Buy it: World Market Clear Glass Cylinder Vases $15 each (11.75"); worldmarket.com, Nodical Nautical Flag Banner, $29; landofnod.com
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
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.
Buy it: Nemo Fish Vase, $129 (medium); rumrunnerhome.com, Glass Cylinders, $10 for a set of two (5" by 2"); jamaligarden.com, World Market Multicolored Mini River Rock Vase Fillers, $3 (28 ounces); worldmarket.com
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
Also available in pink and green, these cute placecards get a coastal touch with a white whale motif.
Buy it: Muffy Writes A Note Babe Whale Tented Placecard, $16 for 10; muffywritesanote.com
Transport your guests to exotic locales with these vintage-y passport table numbers.
Buy it: Tropical Table Numbers, $10 for 10; etsy.com/shop/kiwitinicreations
You'll come in first at the regatta with these cute sailboat place card holders. You can also substitute place cards for photos
for a different look.
Buy it: Silver Sailboat Place Card Holders, $9 for a set of four; beau-coup.com
These adorable seashell holders come with perfectly sized beach-themed place cards.
Buy it: Natural Selections Collection Shell Design Place Card Holders, $.80 each; weddingfavors.com