Tommy Bahama

T is for Tommy Bahama

This week’s letter assignment is the letter T.

The Tommy Bahama® philosophy:  “Tommy Bahama can help you escape the troubles of the modern world in favor of a place that’s relaxed and worry free. . .where life is one long weekend.”

“There is a warm westerly breeze rustling the palms, the lulling roar of crashing waves – it’s a celebration of island living, courtesy of Tony Margolis, Bob Emfield and Lucio Dalla Gasperina. In 1992, our fictional Tommy Bahama character became the inspiration behind the experience of traveling to exotic locales where the food is good, the beaches are hot and the mood is relaxed.


Tommy Bahama and his tropical adventures command the finer things in life: casual, comfortable sportswear, swimwear, footwear and accessories for men and women.  As the purveyor of island lifestyles, Tommy Bahama, has created a world where life moves at a more relaxed pace, where the enjoyment of the good life is the norm, rather than the exception.”

I’ve always loved their home furnishings, ideal for a vacation or coastal home~

“Bring the island lifestyle experience home, literally, with Tommy Bahama. Authentic island materials, color, texture, luxurious fabrics and an unerring eye toward the smallest of details, these are the elements that define the collection.

The collections encompass home furnishings, outdoor furniture, artisan quality rugs, bedding, bath, fine island linens and a new collection of ceramics along with glassware to enjoy Tommy Bahama’s new premium light and dark sipping rum. Capturing the essence of island living, Tommy Bahama Home provides a restful retreat from the stress of day-to-day life.”


 In addition to home decor, they sell towels~

And to get yourself in the “one long weekend” mindset, you must mix yourself a cocktail. . .


“Taste paradise, one sip at a time with Tommy Bahama Rums crafted in Barbados. White Sand Rum is a clear, light-bodied rum with a smooth entry and clean finish with hints of tangy, tropical fruit. Golden Sun is a full-bodied, amber rum, with a fruity nose and a taste nuanced with hints of coffee, roasted nuts, and sweet pralines. Perfect for savoring the tropics – wherever you may be.”


 In addition to Rum and Home Decor, they sell apparel. Here is my husband’s well-worn t-shirt. If the man in your life needs help to “escape the troubles of the modern world” (with father’s day around the corner)  look here.

 Inspired by the islands with a passport to paradise, I set a table to escape my own modern-day troubles :-)

Hula leaf placemats & shells. . .

Flatware resembling nautical rope~

Napkins featuring Cape Relax, Tropic of Couch Potato & Catch A Lot Island. . .

Amber palm tree etched glasses. . .

 And last but not least, my Peachy Keen Martini, recipe here.

Nothing to tempt your palate on this table, unless you consider the light brown sugar masquerading as beach sand :-)

There are several recipes to prime your taste buds for tropical dining:  SANTIAGO SEABASS, BLACKENED CABO FISH TACOS, SAN JUAN SHRIMP & SCALLOPS~

as well as KEY LIME PIE, PINA COLADA CAKE  & WHA’ JAMAICAN CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CAKE. To feast your eyes on these and more drink recipes, click here.

If you’re inspired to do your own tropical dining, Tommy Bahama has glassware & tableware here.

Hula Leaf Placemats~ Pottery Barn, several years ago
Flatware~ World Market, recently
Tommy Bahama Napkins~ SteinMart, recently & Napkin Rings~ Bed Bath & Beyond~ a while ago
Martini Glasses~ Pottery Barn, several years ago & Etched Palm Tree Glasses~ SteinMart, several years ago
Shell Bowls & Square Plate~ Kohl’s, recently
Palm Tree Ice Bucket~ Barada~ several years ago
Green Dinner plates~ Home Goods, a while ago




Here’s wishing you a warm westerly breeze rustling the palms and the lulling roar of crashing waves :-)

Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:

 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun

 Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

  40 comments for “Tommy Bahama

  1. June 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Fabulous post! Love Tommy Bahama and have been enjoying products for years–especially at my beach house, of course!

  2. June 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    My goodness, what eye candy that was….I love Tommy Bahama…wonderful table scape too.

  3. June 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Your tablescape is just stupendous! I especially love the placemats and the little sand on the plates. I do need a loooooong weekend surrounded eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a table like that. Love the flatware too. Joni

  4. June 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Your table looks great! Love the shell decor, the placemats, the food, the colors – really pretty and summery!

  5. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    The table setting and the Tommy Bahama take you away to a tropical paradise.

  6. June 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Fantastic! I love it all! So much attention to detail. The place mats are great!

  7. June 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome table. Love it!

    Be sure to come and join my new meme “Summer Sundays”. It’s all about what summer means to YOU. Perhaps something Tommy Bahama?

    – The Tablescaper

  8. Kathy
    June 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    This just makes me say aahhh. What a beautiful post, I just love all of the tropical furnishings. Great choice for T.

  9. June 2, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    wow this is fabulous…love the table and the rum bottle ;-)

    could just stop by for a drink lol


  10. June 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    What a fabulous fun & festive summer tablescape! Two thumbs up!

  11. June 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    The table looks fabulous and I love some tropical drinks. Never tried Tommy Bahama though.

  12. June 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    it never fails, click on your blog and my cheeks hurt from smiling! i was wowed with the sofa, then the water shots, but the table, well my face hurt by then! you are sooooooo freaking creative, i adore coming here! i love love love your camera skills, matched with your talent, a deadly happiness combo! thanks for seeing so much beauty around you and wrapping it all up perfect and pretty for us~

  13. June 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Fabulous! Even the table looks like fishing net! I think I need to get over to Kohl’s and World Market! Love the flatware. I am off to check out some of those great-sounding recipe. Great post!

  14. June 2, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Margarita’s your talking my language lol. I love your tablescape. That furniture looks so relaxing. Great T post.

  15. June 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Do you remember Calgon- take me away? That is what I kept thinking as I went through your post – Take me away to Tommy Bahamma Land! Your beverages are just what I need now – and I would love to lounge in the beach chair while I sip and listen to the water.

    Your table is gorgeous (as always). I love the little bowls. Every detail is amazing and your colors are so restful. Wonderful inspiration.

  16. June 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Gorgeous table…love those martini glasses!

  17. Sweet Baby James
    June 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I’m all at sea –Where no-one can bother me
    Forgot my roots, If only for a day
    Just me and my thoughts sailing far away
    Like a warm drink it seeps into my soul
    Please just leave me right here on my own
    Later on you could spend some time with me
    If you want to…
    All at sea

    — but I think I will take the Captain with me instead of Tommy ; )

  18. June 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Oh Ijust love it – so fresh and light!!!

  19. Jo
    June 3, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Oh i just love your tablescape … especially the placemats … too cute!

  20. June 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Tommy is MY man LOL! Your table scape is out of this world! Thanks for sharing. I think you will get a A DOUBLE PLUS!


  21. June 3, 2010 at 4:51 am

    lovely party, I’ll be right over!

  22. June 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Hello, my lake neighbor (or at least I wish I lived on LN),
    I love all things Tommy Bahama – the furntiure, home furnishings, clothes! Now, if there was just a money tree out back, my house would be FULL of it!!! His decor would be perfect in our home!!
    Awesome T post!!


    ps – Have you’ll been getting crazy storms up on the lake? I was so upset that Memorial Day was a washout. Our whole street was going to hang together at the pool and do a big cookout…oh well, maybe this weekend!

  23. June 3, 2010 at 8:51 am

    My chandy is from TB lighting! But that tablescape beats all! All the details are fantastic and your pictures are great! Beautiful job!

  24. PJ
    June 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

    This is truly fabulous! I feel like heading for the islands!!

  25. June 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Dang, I really need to get out more! I thought Tommy Bahama only made shirts!

    Cool stuff! How fun that you shared all this with us. I am totally ready for a vacation now.

    Thanks for this terrific stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday’s Letter “T”!


  26. June 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    love the tablescape with all the starfish and that blue tiki glass with the alcohol – fantastic post :D

  27. June 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Terrific post! Lovely tablescape. I’m dreaming of sand and sea now ….

  28. June 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I LOVE Tommy Bahama!! I LOVE your table!!! It is awesome! The hula placemats are fantastic. You did a great job photographing this too, it is so wonderful. It looks like a magazine shoot. What a wonderful table I am so glad I came by.
    I am having a $50 CSN gift certificate at my blog. They have Tommy Bahama!! I wish I could get some of their furniture. Come by and enter to win!

  29. June 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    lovely images.
    cute t post.

  30. June 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Don’t they have great stuff? Especially love your tablescape! Great post:)

  31. June 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    What a great table. You have all the elements, that perfectly go together. Have a wonderful week! Sandi

  32. June 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    So many beautiful things…. I would love it, I would feel like I was at the beach all the time.

  33. June 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Great tropical post. Wish I was there.

  34. June 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    What a feast for the eyes. Thanks for the beach fun.

  35. June 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    love your tablescape.. it’s incredible. So many lovely things.

  36. June 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I love the “Bahama” look…lovely photographs for a wonderful post

  37. June 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Oh dear, I just got back from the coast and this post made me want to turn right around and go back!
    hmmmm…maybe I will!

  38. Maria1319
    June 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I really like your table. So many delightful details! Very inviting!

  39. June 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Your table was magnificant! I was ready to sit down and relax with a Martini. I enjoyed your entire post.

  40. June 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Beachy, yet classy!

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