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Summer's Last Hurrah Tablescape and Cocktail

I have to admit, as much as I love fall, I'm having trouble letting go of summer.  I know- summer isn't officially over for another three weeks or so, but really, after Labor Day, it is for all intents and purposes, done. So tonight I decided to put together a beachy tablescape on the deck for dinner.

I've had these shell plates for years.  They were at T.J. Maxx (still are on occasion) and the backs read "Blue Skye".  I just love the detail on the salad plate. 

For the centerpiece I placed shells we have gathered over the years on a platter that looks like the plates, but is labeled Target.  I found a glass cylinder candle holder and tied some recycled raffia on it.  I then hot glued one of our shells to it.  I then added a candle and a string of pearls (when is it ever not time to add pearls?). 

What is a summertime dinner without a special cocktail? I found this recipe not too long ago and thought that now is the perfect time to give it a try.  Unfortunately, by cocktail time the skies had clouded over and we had a nice thunderstorm. I hated to have to move everything inside, but we desperately need the rain. 

I served the drinks on the multi-purpose  "Pier Tray" I talk about here.  This is really a pretty drink. For some reason the color is not as bright on the screen as in the photo, but the bottom is a bright cherry red (in fact, I think it should have a cherry garnish).  I found the original recipe at Fast Drink Recipes, but decided to adapt it to our tastes after sampling it. 

Bikini Martini

3 oz. coconut rum (the original recipe calls for 4 oz)
3 oz vodka
4 oz pineapple juice
2 Dashes grenadine 
Cherries (optional)

Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  When I make it again I am going to put ice in the shaker as well.  Shake firmly and thoroughly until the drink is frothy. Pour into glasses (with or without straining the ice) and drop a dash of grenadine into each drink. Garnish with a cherry. Makes two large cocktails.  Enjoy!

I thought I would leave you with one last picture of my tablescape that shows my supervisor and companion, Seamus. 

I will be linking up to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch . Stop by and see some gorgeous tablescapes! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 



  1. This is lovely! Here in Georgia, we'll be holding on to summer as well. I won't do fall until the pumpkins are in the markets.

    1. Thank you! I lived in Georgia briefly and loved the mild fall and winter!

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  2. Beautiful table! Love your dishes. The setting wonderful and elegant!

  3. You are so right Labor Day is the end of summer! The shell table is lovely with all your shell plates. The centerpiece candle and holder gives height and light to your tablescape. A great way to celebrate with your Superviser.
    Please, pop ver and visit my Lemon Zest post this week!
    Have a lovely weekend!


  4. Thank you Pam! I will stop over soon.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend as well!

  5. Those shell plates are beautiful and this is a lovely table! That drink sounds divine.

  6. Thank you! The drink was pretty good!


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