This weekend is Father’s Day of course, and it is very hot out here. Luckily it cools down just enough in the evening to enjoy the garden for a meal. I wanted to do something bright and summery to celebrate the occasion, but that still projected a masculine feel. Pomegranate’s Lobster Shack print was the first thing that came to mind and the theme took off from there.
My family and I spend a lot of time on the coast and we are big seafood fans. I thought it would be an adventure to have a New England style lobster and clam bake. I found this great article explaining everything I’d need to pull it off, then went shopping for everything on my list. Cooking the lobster is always a little daunting at first, but it sure is worth it. I feel like Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in a meal soaked in delectable melted butter. Like Julia Child says, you really can’t ever have too much butter!
The festive colors under the twinkle lights, the crickets chirping and the table full of laughter made for the perfect way to celebrate!
Choosing a color palette is always a great way to start a tablescape. With the Lobster Shack prints I knew I wanted to really push the red, white and blue theme. It’s impossible to look at this table and not feel the spirit of summer wash over you.
As you may already know, I like to combine textures as much as possible. The wood table reminded me of a ship’s decking, the glasses of deep blue waters. Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns or shapes — the more the merrier!
Remember to consider what your theme means to you; when I see lobsters, my mind automatically thinks “nautical” and of the seashore. These rope balls immediately brought thoughts of old world docks. The Lyford Shell Napkins reminded me of collecting shells along the beach on the Cape. The Baldwin Navy Napkin Rings looked just like portholes and the bamboo on the silverware could have been used in a castaway’s escape raft.
I knew these vases would be right for the cornflowers – -it could be a lantern on a dock or a message in a bottle. The caning on the sides made the simplicity of the flowers really pop. Melody at Refined Social Events once again gave me the perfect centerpieces, layering ranunculus with hydrangeas and peonies, all of which are still in season here. Ranunculus are great for a lower centerpiece, because you can build out rather than up with their long stems.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day with the ones they love!