Tablescaping for a Rainy-Day Getaway

As part of the site redesign, I'm welcoming two (possibly three) new regular contributors. Tuesday we heard from Katherine, today we hear from Elizabeth who will be sharing tablescaping and entertaining inspiration! Let's give her a warm welcome! Overcast skies certainly put a damper on summertime fun. A little imagination helps. Ah, yes- my hair is soaked because I just got caught in a torrential downpour stepped out of the pool! I'm going to need an umbrella in this drink!

Dreadful weather might keep you inside (or in galoshes), but it needn't get you down. Why not host an escape?

Combining sleek dishes and reflective surfaces with textural shells and tropical pattern creates a tablescape reminiscent of a coastal resort. Soothing, luxurious, and miles away from the everyday.

Sand-colored linen napkins, beachy souvenirs, and miniature message-in-a-bottle place settings suggest an island in the sun. A runner featuring a screen printed kelp graphic keeps the table modern and casual.

Mirrored finishes are not just glamorous, they maximize light (especially important in a dark dining room or when skies are gray). Topped with flickering candles, simple circular mirrors (available at most craft stores) add sparkle to your table while protecting it from drips and spills.

Order some exotic take-out, turn up the thermostat, and pretend you're on vacation...


Elizabeth Lockhart is an events & interiors stylist living in Berkeley, California with a mad scientist (her fiancé) and two bad cats (Matilda & Phineas). She delights in flea markets, curiosities, old-fashioned design, and blogging about all of the above at Shock the Bourgeois.