Nautical Table on the Porch

Happy Wednesday! We’re weighing anchor and setting sail into the last weeks of summer!

Red, white and blue stripes provide a foundation and nautical-inspired tablecloth to keep our table afloat. . .

Decorative wood buoys provide a centerpiece for the table and add a little coastal charm.

We’re navigating the summer waters aboard a sailboat with a red and white striped sail. . .

And by the steadfast beacon from lighthouses to get us safely to shore.

Blue and white straw mats frame carved wood chargers to serve up our plates.

And we’re setting sail with nautical flatware with a with a rope border and sailboat design.

Nautical Table Details:

Plates / Thomson Pottery ‘By the Sea’

Tablecloth and Runner / World Market, several years ago

White Carved Charges / Pier 1

Placemats, Sailboat / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Towle Everyday Nautical

Blue Goblets / Dollar Tree

Napkins / Kohl’s, World Market

Napkin Rings, Wood Buoys / Pottery Barn, several years ago, used here

The winner of a my National Lighthouse Day Giveaway and

Thomson Pottery ‘By the Sea’ 16-piece dinnerware set is


I’ll be in touch with you by email and get your dishes to you.

Thanks to all who entered.

Wishing you smooth sailing during these last weeks of summer!


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  32 comments for “Nautical Table on the Porch

  1. August 21, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Mary, I want to sail into the last weeks of summer with you, preferably with your pups on your pontoon! Love all the nautical! Congrats to your winner!

  2. Maureen D. Eha
    August 21, 2019 at 6:55 am

    I have to admit, I was really hoping to win those dishes! But I’m happy for Franki and trust she will enjoy them. I’m a fan of anything to do with the ocean and the beach, so I love this tablescape and the one you did previously with the “By the Sea” dinnerware.

    • Franki
      August 21, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Maureen…I could send you a photo…we will toast to your health!! fmp

  3. August 21, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Love the red, white and blue Mary! Stay cool while sailing into the last days of summer. 💙⛵

  4. franki
    August 21, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Ahoy!! Besides your creative nautical vignette here I “sea”…I’ll be able to do so as well!! Thank you so much for all you do and “I CAN’T WAIT TO GET THOSE DISHES!!” Fair Winds!! franki

  5. Ann Woleben
    August 21, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Ahoy Mary! Hanging onto summer for a bit longer – just hoping for a little less humidity~

  6. August 21, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Your table floats my boat Mary! Thanks for sharing! 🛥️

  7. Ellen
    August 21, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Anchors away and CONGRATULATIONS FRANKI!! Love the striped sail boat and the lighthouse plates are beautiful!!! ⚓️🚤

    • Franki
      August 21, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Thanx, Ellen…yahoo! fmp

  8. Amy
    August 21, 2019 at 8:24 am

    A perfect table for sailing into Labor Day weekend and summer’s last hurrah! Congratulations to Franki! ⚓️⛵️🇺🇸

  9. August 21, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Mary, what a perfectly lovely nautical table with rich details. It makes me feel cooler to see sailboats and lighthouses on the deep blue sea. Congrats to Franki! Wishing you cool sailing today!

    • Franki
      August 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Amy, thanx!! Excited! fmp

    • Cyndi Raines
      August 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

      My, oh my, this is an awesome table with all the nautical items and the red, white and blue. The white wooden chargers look like white caps of waves floating by. Love the wooden buoys as centerpieces along with the sailboat. This is the perfect table to enjoy the last days of summer. Love the lighthouses! Well done Mary and congratulations to Franki! Sail on Summer Breeze! ⛵

  10. August 21, 2019 at 9:14 am

    So cute Mary, LOVE the sailboat, and all the red white and blue! A perfect summer send off! I know a lot of Southerners that would appreciate a little wind in their “sails” right now 😅 I’m heading to the coast in a few days hoping to catch a breeze! Enjoy those fantastic dishes Franki!

    • Franki
      August 21, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Amy, thanx!! Excited! fmp

    • Franki
      August 21, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Jenna, those dishes will be put to fun use…think on our pontoon, “Bertha!” Thanx! fmp

  11. August 21, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations to Franki!! I’m sure she will be thrilled to receive those nautical dishes. Your table is perfect for sailing away to somewhere fun. I love your nautical flatware, too, Mary! ❤️💙❤️

    • Franki
      August 21, 2019 at 9:34 am

      KITTY, SO PLEASED!! Thanx! fmp

  12. Clara
    August 21, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Mary, A wonderful Wednesday tablescape! Love the sailboats & buoys. The place settings are all so colorful and beautiful. Congrats to Franki! Enjoy these last summer days. We’re still under heat advisories but got an unexpected storm last night with lots of rain so no hose lugging today! Yay! Have a great week! Clara ❤️⛵

  13. Donna Milazzo
    August 21, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Your tablescapes are always the prettiest! I would really (I mean REALLY) love to see a post on how you would recommend collecting dishes in a way that gives seasonal variety, but with basics that go with most everything. I would also LOVE any tips you have on how to organize and store everything. Due to a kitchen water damage disaster, I am currently having to pack up many dishes, and have found that I have them so scattered that is difficult to remember what I have and what I had planned to use various plates for, what they go with, etc. Just a thought, since you are one of the reasons I have so many!

  14. Rita C.
    August 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Great giveaway, and what a handsome table. I really like those textiles.

  15. August 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Lovin’ this Mary! One of the things I love about your blog is that you don’t jump so far ahead into the next season. We all know fall is around the corner but it’s still summer for a while yet, especially in the South.

  16. Virginia
    August 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Franki, I am thrilled for you but Green with envy, would have loved that set. Enjoy using them.

  17. Virginia
    August 21, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Mary, you have certainly made Franki happy and although green with envy she is to be congratulated. Your last nautical setting was so inspiring I bought nautical fabric to make a tablecloth for the table on the dock. Our two oldest grandsons ages 15 and 13 arrived yesterday. I met my daughter in Rocky Mount our midpoint, had lunch and brought them back here. We have a full week planned hoping for good sailing weather. I also wanted to thank you for the woodlands post. You solved a problem for me. My Dad had carved a woodpecker and I painted it many years ago. My cleaning lady dropped it and broke it’s tail, my husband is working on it but the cloche is empty so until he finishes I know exactly how to fill it. Thank you again for another inspiring idea.

  18. August 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Lovin’ that tablecloth Mary! Just need to get through tomorrow and the temps will actually be in the 70’s over the weekend! Very much looking forward to that and maybe some grilling out:@) Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer.

  19. Betsy
    August 21, 2019 at 10:26 pm


    The chargers that peek out and look like the white caps of waves are perfect. Such a lovely end to summer! I really enjoy the flexibility of the items you are able to use for different themes.

    There is a study out indicating that the first 6 minutes of our day sets the tone for our entire day. I always start my day looking for new posts from you because you always have such beautiful photos and ideas!


    • August 22, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Betsy! I so appreciate your visits ♥

  20. Françoise Deschamps
    August 22, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Cette jolie table donne vraiment envie d’embarquer !
    Bonne journée.

  21. August 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Mary, this table truly makes me want to set sail. Nautical themes always delight my senses, and your table even more so! I really like the use of parallel runners down the table. Great idea! I also like all the wood details for the centerpiece. Textures delight!!! Congratulations to Franki! What a fun setting to win. You are the most generous friend to all. I have certainly been on the receiving end of your generosity, so I speak from experience.

  22. Bonnie Morgan
    August 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Very cute table. Congrats to Franki. So many delightful details.

  23. August 25, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Mary, your sailing tablescape is lovely. A wonderful way to end summer. The dishes are so pretty Congrats to Franki, whom I am sure is thrilled. The sailboat is so fun.

  24. August 27, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    So cute, you are making me miss the beach! Been gardening So much I never see the coast these days, you have me yearning!

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