Anchors Aweigh and Nautical Fun on the Pontoon!


I’m weighing anchor with a little boating and nautical fun!


A nautical insulated picnic tote, plates, and glasses set sail to me for a belated birthday gift a month ago. I broke them out for their maiden voyage last week when we had a slight reprieve in the weather and the mercury moved down from sweltering to hot. :)


Towels provide a tablecloth and absorbent seating while a pillow keeps us anchored for a little picnicking on the pontoon!


Rope cocktail plates purchased a couple of years ago from Pottery Barn are first mate to Tommy Bahama melamine anchor plates.



Wheelhouse Chardonnay is chilling for our picnic. . .


And I packed an orzo salad that’s ideal for summer. You can make this salad in advance and chill it or serve it warm after assembling. Best of all, it can be thrown together in 9 minutes, the time it takes for the orzo to cook!


Cook your orzo according to box directions and drain. While orzo is cooking, chop or shred some chicken, (I use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for a short cut), add some chopped sundried tomatoes and chopped baby spinach. Add pine nuts, sliced black olives, capers, and shredded or grated Parmesan cheese. Mix your ingredients together and together with a Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette or Italian dressing. I like Newman’s Own Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing.


 For a little boating-inspired food fun and we’re setting sail with Deviled Egg Boats!


This is a cousin to a BLT Deviled Eggs, with basil instead of lettuce for Bacon, Basil & Tomato Deviled Eggs!

Makes 12 deviled egg halves

6 hard-boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (+ more for garnish)
2 tablespoons chopped tomato (+ more for garnish)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (+ more for garnish)
Salt & pepper to taste



Peel hard-boiled eggs and halve lengthwise, removing yolk. Set whites aside. Place yolks in a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard salt & pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in bacon, tomato, and basil, mixing well. Fill egg white halves with yolk mixture. Top with additional bacon, basil and tomato if desired to serve.

You can find a printable recipe, here.


You can hoist sails with scrapbook paper squares, folded into triangles. Seal the triangles together with double-sided tape or a glue stick. Bamboo knot picks make a handy mast (you can find knot picks at World Market).


For more food that might float your boat, help yourself to. . .


Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad


Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad

Cobb Salad Boats with Basil Leaf Sails

Cobb Salad Boats with Basil Leaf Sails

watermelon fruit boat border

Watermelon Fruit Boat

Caprese Stacks with Basil Leaf Sails

Caprese Stacks with Basil Leaf Sails

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

Red Velvet Cupcake Sailboats

Hope you’re staying cool as you sail through summer!


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  45 comments for “Anchors Aweigh and Nautical Fun on the Pontoon!

  1. July 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Looks like you had a fun day Mary! Lovin’ your little deviled egg boats:@)

  2. July 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

    What a lovely and delish way to spend a cruise! As always, total eye candy that delights…you are so clever.
    Your husband is the wonderful benefactor of your creative spirit but I’m not sure mine wouldn’t tease me if I served him an egg with a flag! lol Great job!!

  3. Helen
    July 22, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Always look forward to enjoying your creativity!
    Now where did you find those toothpicks for making those little sails?

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    July 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Wonderful!! I bet it was a fun day on the boat!! Don’t you just love Red, White & Blue? Those colors are so versatile. Gotta try your orzo salad. Thanks for sharing😍😎😍😎⚓️⛵️⚓️⛵️

  5. Martine
    July 22, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Today, I try to write you in English, I dare….in French, we have an expression : Je me jette à l’eau ! I hope you will be indulgent !
    I like your nautical picnic ambience.
    Yours towels make a very pretty tablecloth and make more confortable yours seats.
    Your menu is very appetizing and the small boats very original;
    OUF !!! I stop because I am exhausted….no, I am joking !

    • July 24, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Martine, Your English WAY better than my French! :)

  6. Kristie
    July 22, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Mary, love all the boats and great recipes. Can’t wait to try some of these. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. July 22, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Happy belated birthday wishes, Mary! It looks like such a fun pontoon picnic that you’ve prepared. I’m loving those darling deviled egg boats, and the orzo salad sounds like the perfect accompaniment. You sure know how to enjoy boating in style!

  8. July 22, 2015 at 8:11 am

    All so DARLING but I am hungry already at 5am and it shall be a scary start to my day!

  9. July 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

    What a boat load of fun and fabulous Mary! I am crazy over your nautical towels, pillow and dishware! What a delicious picnic, your deviled egg boats are a great pairing with the orzo salad~ all your boat creations look very yummy, who can resist anything topped with a colorful sail! Your post is so refreshing during this heat wave, a picnic on the water sounds like a perfect way to beat the heat~

  10. July 22, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Oh, my goodness…all of this just looks magical! How can you have so many gorgeous table settings? Ahhhhhhh…I love it!


  11. Melissa
    July 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Ohhhh my wordddddd..I just love it!!!!

  12. Carolyn
    July 22, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Love it all, Mary! I think you’re the queen of tabletop decor!

  13. July 22, 2015 at 10:10 am

    A little boat time sounds perfect, Mary. Your details make it all the more so. Love the PB rope edged plates. Your picnic brings back memories of all the picnics I packed through the years during our sailing days. Makes me long for our Hyacinths once again. It’s been far too many years since those bygone carefree days!

  14. July 22, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I ADORE a theme. Really. That’s why I am utterly smitten with all of the things in this post! I love how even your food fits the boating/nautical theme. You do a wonderful job of putting things together.
    Michelle from

  15. Marilyn Morphis
    July 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for your continued creativity. I look forward to all of your posts with such anticipation. ~m

  16. Susan
    July 22, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Love the nautical theme! Also I’m going to try your Orzo salad, sounds perfect for a beach day with my gal pals!

  17. Carolyn Price
    July 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    You are so clever, Mary!! Always an exceptionally beautiful and delicious feast … for the eyes and the stomach!! Thank you for always including the recipes. I will definitely make the orzo salad this summer!
    Thanks again!

  18. Carolyn Price
    July 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    PS: Mary, I have a confession. I am not a deviled egg fan. I haven’t even tried one since my youth but yours look so good, I am going to be making those soon, too!!

  19. Linda
    July 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Too cute and so many yummy recipe ideas. I’m excited!!

  20. Kathi
    July 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    What an awesome post. I love the nautical theme and the scrumptious looking food! Your pontoon outing must have been so relaxing…I would love to have been a stow-away! I’m in awe of your talent and endless energy! I so look forward to each and every post…..thank you.

  21. July 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Wow! I want to take a twilight cruise with you and the girls on the Crest! Lovely picnic. Everything tastes better on the lake, doesn’t it!

    BTW You won my Mad Tea Party giveaway (a copy of Everything Alice). Please email me your address!


  22. July 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    How fun!
    Always love your nautical themes… heck, always love ALL of your themes!
    May you continue to sail in joy, Mary!

  23. July 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Fabulous!! Love the plates and the sails. I need to make a run to World Mkt for some of those bamboo knots….among other things.

  24. bobbi duncan
    July 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Mary, the boat decor is perfect and the food delish looking…I got hungry just looking at it all. You always come up with such creative ideas…I’ve learned a lot of unique and inspiring things from your blog, so thank you so very much. Also, I hope you had a terrific birthday!

  25. July 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Love, love, love your nautical touches. And oh my gosh, the food looked delish!


  26. franki
    July 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Ahoy!! Salute!! franki

  27. July 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Love all these recipes and nautical ideas. Looks like a great picnic on the water :-) Bwg ~~~

  28. rattlebridge farm
    July 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    What fun! From the deviled egg boats to your nautical china, you’ve created a memorable cruise. Love all of your ideas. Happy belated birthday! xxoo

  29. July 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    JUST BEAUTIFUL, Mary……Love all your post. I wished I lived near you. You are one talented lady!!!!!!!!!

  30. Cindy
    July 23, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Seriously! I cook and bake aLOT ! I just want to know when you have the time to put all that together! Really! I would love to watch you in action! I’m tired just thinking about it! It’s fabulous! Great job!

  31. Donna C
    July 23, 2015 at 2:17 am

    You continue to amaze and inspire me! I love this!

  32. CV
    July 23, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I love it all!! I want to come along. :)

  33. July 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I just love those little sail boats – you have managed to change everything into the cutest little boats!! I love them all.

  34. Kat B.
    July 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Am I the only one dying to know where you got that fabulous picnic tote? I’ve Googled myself silly and found not one darn thing! Care to share? Pretty please.

    Thanks for any info. Your blog is soooooo very special!

    • July 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Hi, it was a birthday gift but she told me it came from HomeGoods :)


      • Kat B.
        July 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        Thank you so much for the reply! You can’t beat HomeGoods. And your friend who gave you such a cute gift is a keeper, too. Ha!

        Thanks again.

  35. July 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Absolutely fantastic post with so many ideas! Love the beach towels as tablecloths. The plates/dishes are wonderful and so perfectly themed. Basil leaf sails – another fun idea. All of your salads look scrumptious and the boat bowls are lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  36. July 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Mary! I adore EVERY pontoon post and picture myself on there with you. ALL the food looks delicious; I made the orzo salad last summer and we loved it. I have to make that shrimp soon!! What a great gift the tote is! Perfect. I have been a little crazy, my Joe is having hip replacement on Mon., the 27th so there have been alot of pre surgery appts to get to. We both can’t wait til the surgery so he will get RELIEF! He is in terrible pain right now. Have a beautiful weekend. We have had HOT and HUMID but now it is glorious here: low 80’s and NO humidity. Wish it would stay like this. XO, Pinky

  37. July 24, 2015 at 6:41 am

    This looks so inviting on the boat. The tote is cute and I love the Tommy Bahama plates. Those deviled eggs look yummy- the bacon crumbles are a great addition. :-)

  38. July 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Mary all of your food styling is fantastic! Thanks for sharing with Home Sweet Home!

  39. Gail
    March 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the dishes. Did you buy them online? I would love to know where, if you did!

    • March 2, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Hi Gail, They came from HomeGoods last spring :)

  40. June 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    These are really great ideas for decorating and eating during a fun-filled holiday out on the water. Even if you are renting a party boat that can host a lot people, doing something like this is not unreasonable. In fact, most boat rentals include fun features like biminis, platform decks, stereo equipment, and safety gear, but not food. And, adding in the holiday decor just makes your party a little more festive. Thanks again for sharing, I am sure your readers are sure to be inspired!

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