Beach Tablescape

Elissa’s Mixtape: Funky Seaside Table Inspired by Springsteen

Greetings! My name is Elissa and I work at Pomegranate Inc. as the Website Administrator. What’s that exactly, you might ask? Well, without getting too technical about it, all of the content that you see when you shop on our website — product descriptions, collection assortments, banner copy, special promotions — that’s me! I also help write the email blasts that may arrive in your inbox weekly. In fact, if you’ve reached out to us via email, chat or telephone in the last year with any questions, you may have talked or typed with me and didn’t even realize it.

And now that the official introductions are out of the way, I want to warmly welcome you to my special corner of the Pom Journal. We’re hoping that our more personal segments like this one will offer you a fun peek behind the curtain of Pomegranate. Plus, it gives us the chance to get to know you a little bit better as well. Outside my time spent at Pomegranate, I’m an avid traveler and music enthusiast. My best trips have always been the ones where I have the opportunity to combine my two passions into a singular experience — and one of my favorite things about working for Pom is that our exciting selection of prints allows me to capture the spirit of my travels even when I’m back at home.

Which may lead to your next question… why a mixtape? Or in the parlance of the 21st century… a playlist? Well to quote John Cusack’s character Rob in High Fidelity: “The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many dos and don’ts. First of all, you’re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.” And secondly, no party or social gathering is complete without great background music!

Spring(steen) in the City

My most recent trip took me to New York City with my favorite concert companion, my dad. First, we visited The Dakota and the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park to honor John Lennon. Next, we explored the Guggenheim to take in Frank Lloyd Wright’s astonishing architectural achievement. However, the primary reason we traveled to The Big Apple was to attend Bruce Springsteen’s highly celebrated one-man show at the Walter Kerr Theatre: Springsteen on Broadway.

Bruce Springsteen Concert

As a live music experience, I can honestly think of none better. The Walter Kerr only holds 975 people — to see a musician (a legend, really) of Springsteen’s status in such an intimate setting was a true gift. There were moments when he addressed the audience, his voice barely above a whisper, without a microphone. The venue was so tiny that we could all hear — and were enrapt by — every single word.

He told touching stories of his childhood growing up with his parents and siblings in Freehold, New Jersey, and regaled us with memories from the earliest days he spent jamming around the beach-side town of Asbury Park with The E Street Band. In between these extremely personal anecdotes, he performed the songs that were given birth by these defining moments in his life. From the time he spent Growin’ Up near the Jersey Shore to the rubber-on-pavement, spirit-to-the-wind anthems of Thunder Road and Born to Run, it was a special selection of the songs that mean the most to him as an artist — and the most to us as his fans.

Funky Seaside Table Setting

After returning home, I wanted to recapture the seaside spirit of Springsteen’s youth for my friends and family members who couldn’t experience his phenomenal show first hand. Asbury Park, a Jersey Shore town that was terribly battered by hurricane Sandy, has fortunately seen a revival since the storm. And to me, nothing embodies the “pier lights” and “carnival life” of Asbury Park more than our Exuma Mint Coral Reef print. Originally inspired by the pristine beaches of the Bahamas, its orange and minty hues provide an unconventional — but truly delightful –coastal display.

Beach Tablescape

I prefer to mix prints and tend to shy away from anything too “matchy,” so I paired the Exuma pieces with Pomegranate’s Pink & Green Zig Zag Napkins and Placemats. To me, this fun design perfectly embodies the dizzying sights and sounds of the boardwalk at dusk. I added the Kelly Green Raffia Napkin Rings to complete the look, which layer on great texture as well as color.

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The festive table linens, mixed with this special playlist I put together for the occasion, set the mood for a perfect gathering.

Springsteen-Inspired Playlist

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
Blondie – Tide is High
Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
Sound and Vision – David Bowie
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Never Say Goodbye – Bon Jovi
Summer Cauldron – XTC
Buzzcut Season – Lorde
I Can’t Stay – The Killers
Thunder Road (Live at Hammersmith Odeon ’75) – Bruce Springsteen
Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles
Seaside Rendezvous – Queen
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole
Kite – U2
Run to the Water – Live
Cowgirl in the Sand – Neil Young
Amongst the Waves – Pearl Jam
Nightswimming – REM
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

From the bar, I served my favorite refreshing whiskey cocktail — the Brian O’Connor. Learn the secrets of this easy to make (and easier to drink) Irish-inspired libation in the next installment of my Mixtape. In May, my travels will take me to Nashville to see a band you may have heard of called U2.

In the meantime, be sure to leave me your favorite music-inspired memories in the comments below!

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