and even food was once a battle for me.
every inch of every item that is even remotely near the beach.
Less time fighting with the sand that comes into the house means more time for beach fun, like building sandcastles that the tide carries away to a magical sand castle village in the sea.
It also means more time to set the table!
I’m trying not to think about autumn here.
Will is headed to school in Scotland and Charlotte is moving to Boston.
So the summer is going to be stretched out as long as possible!
That means we need some beach towels.
This one makes a great first layer for my August Fun table.
This sand castle / birdhouse is the perfect centerpiece. Here it is, sitting on the beach, with a Cape Cod scallop shell for the drawbridge.
Topping the beach towel are these cute linens and my favorite chargers, and some oyster shells from the Brewster beach.
I must admit that they have been rinsed of their sand. My increased tolerance for the grit is a work in progress.
A pewter fish waits for a cold course
~~ maybe shrimp or crab cocktail ~~
and he is topped by a blue bamboo(!) bowl. This will definitely hold chowder. A Cape Cod staple. New England style — no tomatoes allowed!
I always plan ahead for my serving dishes. Have you ever started a meal and then realized you forgot to serve something?
My Vietri starfish dish will hold grilled tuna. Crusty outside and rare inside.
This fish is waiting for a pasta and veggie salad.
This ball of sand and shells will move to make room for lemon wedges.
I think I’ll serve Cape Codders in bubbly glasses.
Cranberry juice (of course — it’s Cape Cod!) with limes and vodka. Delicious!!!
To finish off my table I’ll add some seashells in a sand pail,
sea urchin salt and peppers,
a hot plate for a basket of warm, crusty bread,
some of my knock-out roses to masquerade as beach roses,
(the real thing)
and hydrangea from my yard that has changed color from blue to glorious fall colors a full six weeks early this year.
Why??? I’m not ready for summer to end.
A seat for me ~~
~~ and one for you.
Please let’s have those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
roll on just a little longer!
I’m joining Cuisine Kathleen for
Let’s Dish — Summer Fun