Setting Sail and Summer Fun


I’m weighing anchor and

setting sail with nautical red & blue stripes

and enamel boat dishes!


Summer usually means boating for us,

but record rainfall has kept our boat

docked with little lake time. . .

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Our crew is ready for

all paws on deck

if the weather cooperates!


A galvanized metal tiered stand is holding appetizer boats, netting, and glass fishing floats for a centerpiece.


And a fleet of sailboat napkins were launched with the help of this tutorialSmall bottles of Pellegrino will quench our crew’s thirst and just happen to be the right size to fit under the napkins and prevent our boats from capsizing :)


A reversible quilt with red and white ticking is covering the deck of the table~ the aft side of the quilt used for Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue.


I hoisted scrapbook paper sails for lemon wedges and then cleared the deck to set sail with a watermelon boat. . .


A dowel and scrapbook paper/card stock make a quick sail to transform a watermelon into a vessel for serving a medley of fruit.





 Shells from fresh water Asian clams left on our dock as parting gifts by resident muskrats are sprinkled alongside glass floats. We’re keeping our fingers crossed the muskrats keep clams on their menu instead of our boat hydraulics!



Caprese Stacks are topped

with basil leaf sails~


And a little balsamic glaze

 keeps our stacks afloat~



Setting Sail Table Details:

Dishes/Food Network Cafe Red & Blue Dinnerware, Kohl’s

Goblets/ Dollar Tree

Chargers/ Target

Flatware & Napkins/ World Market

Appetizer Boats (last year) & Galvanized Tiered Stand/ Pottery Barn


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Hope you’re enjoying a

last bit of summer fun  :)

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  56 comments for “Setting Sail and Summer Fun

  1. Sandi Lee
    August 21, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Everything is wonderful especially your tiered piece with all the clam shells.

  2. August 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Nice entertaining ideas!

  3. August 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Too fun Mary! I love the napkins and always enjoy red, white and blue! Hope the weather cooperates and you get some deck time-enjoy:@)

  4. August 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    As always, your styling is beautiful. I love these ideas! Wish I could find those boat plates. . .

  5. Peggy Thal
    August 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Such a cute table. Love the napkin boats!! I too say “Rain, rain go away!”

  6. paula
    August 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

    What a sail full of fun !! As always looks wonderful and I Love the watermelon boat !!


  7. Cheryl
    August 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Love all of it! Great photography. Beautiful post, Mary. :)

  8. Franki
    August 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Anchors Away! Perfect ideas for our grandkiddo’s 8th birthday next Friday!! THANKS! franki p.s. The Hobie Cat is ready to fly! :)

  9. August 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Love the lemon boats and Caprese Stacks w/basil sails!! Bombs Away!!!

  10. Ellen
    August 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    You never cease to amaze with your creativity, styling, and beautiful photography!! It’s all just lovely!

  11. August 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I started smiling as soon as I opened your post Mary, the sailboat napkins are just over the top brilliant! Every detail of course is so clever, you always think of everything! Those rascally muskrats of yours certainly are busy, I do hope the clams are aplenty! I love your individual boat servers, she says with envy :) Everything is just delightful and may the sun shine on you today!!

  12. August 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Your creativity ASTOUNDS me!!!!!! I am in awe of your brain:):) The watermelon is crazy genius! LOVE the napkin boats too. I love it all. Going to try to get some pool time in today since it is supposed to RAIN tomorrow. What a wet summer this has been!

  13. August 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Great table with fabulous napkins! What a clever fold. I haven’t checked the video yet, but I’m guessing this stems from origami. Love the Caprese salad with basil sails.

  14. August 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Love, love, love it!….I just composed a tutorial post on my flower napkin fold and I have that sailboat in my book to try…Definitely doing that now as it is wonderful on your table that sails into complete and utter bliss!!…FB’ing and pinning!!! Have a wonderful day Mary!

  15. August 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Your tablescapes are truly delightful! Your amazing, never-ending collection of props, , your gift of creative composition, a perfect bit of whimsy, all showcased by your breathtaking photography, make me linger here…..returning often for inspiration or just a spell of aesthetic therapy.

  16. August 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Your lakeside creativity never ends! Love those clever napkin boats. The “anchors” beneath are a great idea. I’ll remember this tip. Perhaps the fall season will bring some lovely boating days for you and the crew. We’ve had to make our summer fun here at home, so I’m taking the opportunity to dream about leisure days in the south of France. That way we don’t have to leave Sadie behind. ;-)

  17. Suzi/Pam
    August 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    i smiled as soon as i looked at the first picture!

  18. August 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    so cute, so many fun touches, right down to the muskrat love! now that is something i never see! cute trick for no capsizing, but all paws on deck wins the cutest trick of them all~

  19. August 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Fun!!! It was very tempting to go ahead and get the appetizer boats through the eBay connection but had to exert all kinds of restraints!!! over $100 with shipping for 5 of them is a bit too rich for me…

  20. August 21, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The napkin fold is brilliant as is the entire table, Mary!

  21. August 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    too many cute boats!!! Especially love the basil leaf sails!

  22. August 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I totally understand about the monsoon weather this summer! I cannot remember another summer quite like this one. The napkin boats are adorable and, as always, your staging and photographs are wonderful!

  23. August 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Love your red, white and blue boating theme! So cute!!

  24. August 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Just delightful, Mary! Love those napkins, and the fold is fabulous! Definitely a summer fun table! Now don’t start sneaking Fall in, we have plenty of time for that! :)
    Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish!

  25. August 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Your created sailboats are so cute! I love the whole table, so creative!…Christine

  26. August 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Love, love, love all of your boats! So creative.

    – The Tablesscaper

  27. Nancy B.
    August 22, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Adorable crew :) Love your table, so fun and festive, perfect patriotic red, white and blue, always appropriate! I just love seeing the pups! Hope you get the boat out soon .. I am vicariously boating with you!

  28. Bev
    August 22, 2013 at 6:10 am

    This is so lovely! The 3 tiered tray is great, and I love all of your elements…

  29. August 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Mary, each table you set just astounds me with your attention to details! Love all your sailing references in your post as well as the adorable napkins. I guess my favorite thing is the caprese appetizers with the basil sails! Hope you get to take the boat out this weekend!

  30. August 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I love the table, all the sailboat elements are just so sweet, I love the sail on the lemon it is so cute and the pattern on the napkins is the perfect addition to the great quilted tabletop…I will be right over for some caprese appetizers, love those, ok I will stay for the entire meal, you are so persuasive….Phyllis

  31. August 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Talk about creativity – this is amazing!!!
    And that view is really out of this world!
    Beautiful :)

  32. August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Such a great table. I especially like that galvanized tiered stand…so versatile. You did a beautiful job of making a summer table..
    Love, Mona

  33. August 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    The quilt is such a great idea! And how cute are those puppies:)

  34. August 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I made the mistake of showing this to my husband, and guess what I’ll be making this weekend? Caprese Stacks!!!! Seriously, this is sooooooo cute!!! I love the napkins. You have skills, my dear!

    I haven’t been blogging much with a friend on her deathbed and school starting back for both girls this week. I can barely keep my head above water! I wanted to come over here for the cheer factor. Your posts always make me smile!


  35. August 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Okay, why don’t you just tip me over with a feather?
    Mary, you NEVER cease to amaze us with your creativity… I can not even choose a favorite shot in this gorgeous album of pics. I’m in love with them all! Your talent just astounds! Thank you for sharing all with us.
    EYE CANDY!! xoxo

  36. Barbara
    August 23, 2013 at 8:41 am

    You come up with so many great ideas. Bet your mind never stops.
    Your whole table setting is delightful!!! Love those sail boat napkins.

  37. August 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

    what fun party decor! love those basil sails :)

  38. August 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

    It is always such a delight to come see what you’ve come up with next, Mary! Where & HOW do you think of all these cute ideas?? Not to mention the creative prose to accompany these gorgeous photos. You must lay awake at night, dreaming of creating tablescapes.
    May you soon have “all paws on deck” & be able to enjoy your beautiful lake with those darling poochies. Give ’em each a pat on the head from me, please?

  39. August 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Your lake backdrop is always wonderful to see – no matter what you put on your table ;) A wonderful marine-inspired tablescape! I had to smile at the clams :)

  40. August 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Your dogs are adorable and I love your place settings!! So creative!

  41. August 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Mary, you took the wind out of my sails with this post. And of course, I had to drop what I was doing to make a sailboat from the video. It worked!! My first napkin wasn’t stiff enough, so I grabbed a stack of the stiff ones ;o) You made me chuckle about the clams.

  42. August 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    This is just wonderful. I love the little sails for the lemon and the watermelon boats. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  43. August 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Who would not want to come to this party. Very creative.

  44. FABBY
    August 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Oh my, what a charming, pretty and cheery table, my friend! I love your DIYed sails using the food! Lol about the clams..hehe.. Thanks for sharing.

  45. August 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Your table settings are always so clever. Love how you used the watermelon, lemon and other food to make boats.

  46. August 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The nicest summer seaside tablescape I’ve ever seen!

  47. August 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    So many gorgeous details. I’m taken with those little lemon boats! I miss living near the water now.

  48. E. Hely
    August 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Beautiful and lots of FUN! Sail away! Q: where ever did you find the boat dish? It’s very creative for bite size appetizers! Thank you!

    • August 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks so much! All my table posts have a source list at the bottom, just scroll down for table info :)

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