It’s Anchors Aweigh for Labor Day with a little nautical table for two on the dock and boating fun this holiday weekend.
Labor Day marks the end of summer and a last hurrah for weekend boaters until Memorial Day next year. We look forward to quieter and less crowded weekends. . . just us and the ducks :)
I was the lucky & happy winner of an L.L.Bean Boat and Tote Bag from Linda, who blogs at More Fun Less Laundry, and coincidentally, my life philosophy. ;)
You can see Linda picnicking with one of her Bean bags, here. Introduced as Bean’s Ice Carrier in 1944, the Boat and Tote was billed as a bag made of builders’ canvas for hauling ice “from car to ice chest.” Today you can spot it doing heavy lifting everywhere from grocery stores to gardens, from beaches to bedroom closets.
Linda offered to have my Bean bag monogrammed so I had it monogrammed with its function in mind.
Boat and Tote Bags are tested to hold up to 500 pounds, so it’s up to the challenge of hauling dishes and paraphernalia from the house to the boat for some table, boating or picnic fun. Thank you again Linda!
I set sail with nautical flatware, glasses and melamine anchor plates for a table for two on the dock.
It’s been smooth sailing this weekend with beautiful weather after tropical storm Hermine passed through on Friday. We were hoping for some much-needed rain after our hot and dry summer, but she went east of us and we barely got wet.
A nautical insulated picnic tote set sail with me from HomeGoods last year.
Rope cocktail plates, purchased a couple of years ago from Pottery Barn, are first mate to Tommy Bahama melamine anchor plates, also found at HomeGoods.
Anchor glasses with a rope detail are fun for serving a favorite 9-minute orzo salad.
And an anchor galvanized tray was a new purchase this summer.
My enamel boat dishes came from Pottery Barn several years ago and are fun for serving Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad, a recipe from Southern Living’s collection of Quick & Delicious Summer Salads. Basil Leaf Sails, optional ;)
And Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad. It’s served with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette~ a delicious addition, which adds a little heat in contrast to the salty cheese and sweet and juicy melon.
And I’ve used the enamel boat dishes to decorate our O Fishing Tree on the dock for Christmas.
We’re enjoying some cooler temperatures and lower humidity this weekend, with highs in the 80s instead of 90s and sunny skies.
This has been our 5th hottest summer on record so we’re happy for a reprieve in the weather to enjoy a little boating this weekend.
Cooler temperatures float Chloe & Gracie’s boat too. ;)
Anchors Aweigh Details:
Enamel Boat Dishes, Rope Cocktail Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Nautical towels, Anchor glasses / HomeGoods, several years ago
Tommy Bahama Melamine Anchor Plates, Nautical Picnic Tote, Anchor Tray / HomeGoods
Anchor Tablecloth / Tommy Hilfiger, HomeGoods
Rope Napkin Rings, several years ago / Bed, Bath & Beyond
Placemats / Ballard Designs
Towle Living Everyday Nautical Flatware / Amazon, used here
Anchor Napkins and Wine Bag / Design Imports
What are your Labor Day plans?
Wishing You Smooth Sailing and a Safe & Happy Labor Day!