Thursday, August 11, 2011

Invite a Crab to Dinner

 We're having crab cakes for dinner tonight and what better way to serve them than on these crabby luncheon plates? As you were made aware in this post I am a bit of a nut for anything related to the sea. This evening I decided to give my new plates a spin, spread out a favorite piece of fabric on the table, bunching it to look like the waves of the ocean, and decorate with a variety of sea theme pretties collected over the years that make me happy, and will no doubt add to the enjoyment of our meal. 
A photo of a recent trip to Florida to visit friends will be a nice reminder of good times, long, sandy walks on the beach, and lots of fresh seafood!
Aren't these fun?  I scored these at an end-of-the-season sale at Williams-Sonoma.  They are actually dessert plates, but are large enough to work for a luncheon or light dinner.  (It would take one whopping piece of dessert to fill these up -- not that I'm complaining.)
I've taken quite a fancy lately to these cute little vintage tuna bakers produced years ago by Chicken of the Sea.
Fiesta flatware in turquoise echoes the color of the tuna baker.
Lobster salt and pepper shakers from Stonewall Kitchens bring out the color in the plates.
A floppy beach hat in the background, edged with turquoise beads makes for a whimsical addition.
A bit of beach sand and some river washed stones adorn the saucer.
Tablecloth - Fabric from Hancock fabricsPlates - Williams-Sonoma
Cups and Saucers - Amazon
Lobster Salt & Pepper Shakers - Stonewall Kitchens
Glassware - La Rochere
Tuna Baker - eBay
Flatware - Fiestaware

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a quiet life said...

love your setting~

So Domesticated said...

Great tablescape!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Pattie!!!
Oh I love this tablescape! Those tuna bakers are the perfect touch. It's times like this that Long Island crosses my mind. Ah to escape to the seaside, it just maybe better than sipping and chatting under the gazebo.

Thank you so much for sharing...

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I LOVE your "crabby" table, LOL! LOve those plates!!!! I. too, ove the beach, shells etc. Come on over, I have several beachy tables posted!!!! XO, Pinky

Completely Coastal said...

I'm a complete nut for anything related to the sea!! Have yet to pull of an awesome tablescape like this!!!

Rettabug said...

We retired to FL for 10 yrs. Pat & boy-O-boy, does this table bring back the memories! Wonderful collection of things from the sea.
The little Lobster salt and pepper shakers are adorable & I can't believe I don't have one single starfish at my house. Phooey!

I've never seen one of those 'tuna bakers'. Must go learn more about them.

Thanks for jogging my memories.

Alycia Nichols said...

You're not kidding it would take a big ol'honkin' piece of dessert to fill that plate! Wow! LOVE them, though!!! Those are fantastic!!! I need to scoot my hips on over to Willimas Sonoma to see if there are any left that I can buy with my gift certificate!!!

Mary said...

I love your new crab plates! What fun combined with your turquoise and other seaside pieces. Your tuna baker is too darn cute!