Waves softly rolling in. Seagulls gliding to their roosts, their mates calling them home. Images of the sea and its bounty. The beautiful life that we cannot see, the reefs, the wonderful colors of nature, the salty smell that brings ions into our souls.
My dream dinner is a Soiree by the Sea…accents of weathered driftwood…white linen tablecloths; candles and lights strung overhead amongst the palms. Right on the beach, dinner served at sunset. Could that sound any better? Not on your life, and I have a plan on how to do just that!
If you have access to a private beach, anything goes, and this one beats them all for ambiance. If not, some public beaches allow private parties with a permit.
The ocean is your atmosphere! But to add the human element of fine dining and languishing by the sea, you should conspire for elegant toasts to those you love and admire; create delicious delights from the sea and serve cocktails that would make a mermaid want to join you from her sea-bar. Create a dreamlike atmosphere that will not soon be forgotten!
I love natural here…from colors to food; everything should be as organic as possible.
With a color palette inspired by your setting, tone on tone whites abound. The weathered grays and tans of driftwood and color of seashells will compliment your setting.
To make a nice contrast, bring in antique chairs, yes, right on the beach! Whatever old wood table you can find will do. If that is not an option, folding chairs and tables with white slipcovers, easily found online, are a breeze. The key is, the more casual the furnishings, the more elegant the table setting, should be.
Another idea is to actually put large pillows down right on the beach and create a Japanese style table close to the sand. This can be done with even boards on cinder blocks then cover elegantly with table linens.
Centerpieces should come from the sea. Driftwood, large vases filled with shells, white candles at every seat and all around the setting. Old palm fronds can be laid around the center of the table. Fisherman’s nets can be your table runner. Anything goes! Go to local antique shops in a beach town, and you will have a ball searching for objects to use for your party!
Because this soiree takes place by the sea, wind is always very possible, heavier objects are better, so bring out all your white linens, plates, and heavier crystal. Not only more beautiful, but more practical here!
Citronella torches are also wonderful ambiance additions.
At each place setting, use a shell with a hole, using thin natural string; tie a place card to the shell. Use fishing weights or crab pot buoys to weigh down table covers.
BLOGS TO LOOK AT FOR INSPIRATION
Preparing and transporting the food might worry you, but don’t! If you create a menu that is easy and transportable, it will all be done ahead of time and actually once you are at the beach, all you will have to do is decorate. It would be nice to have some sort of folding table besides the dining table to arrange your food.
There are containers that can be purchased that will keep food warm you can also find these at party supply stores.
Flowers are always a great addition to a beach setting as well.
THE SIGNATURE DRINK
- 1.5 oz SMIRNOFF® Citrus Flavored Vodka
- 3 oz. club soda
Add all ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon or a lime peel.
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