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 but still have 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 telling me everything I needed for it and set off to get everything on my list. Cooking the lobster is always a little daunting at first but it is worth it. I feel like since Father’s Day is a holiday, it’s 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 summer wash over you.
As you readers know I like to combine textures as much as possible. The wood table reminded me of a ships decking, the glasses of deep blue waters. I always say, don’t be afraid to mix different patterns or shapes, the more the merrier!
Think about what your theme means to you, when I see lobsters I think of nautical and the seashore. These rope balls were reminiscent to me 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 like portholes and the bamboo on the silverware you could see as 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 sharing it with the ones you love!