Sunday, June 27, 2021

Anchors Aweigh, Set Sail for Summer Days

Anchors Aweigh!
I've set sail for summer days
with a simple table for two.

It has been decades since we owned our sailboat
and spent our days sailing on Lake Travis,
yet a nautical theme still speaks to me.

A nautical theme filled with red, white, and blue
is a perfect launch into summer and a nod to 
the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

The only new purchase for my table was a set
of enamel spoons by One Hundred 80 Degrees.
I couldn't resist the set of four, each done in a 
different "stars and stripes" theme design.

When I spied the ruby dahlias, I immediately knew they would 
be the festive touch needed to fill our Nantucket baskets.

How I wish I could grow my own, but I've learned
central Texas is not ideal for these beauties.

The crisp white linens from Crown Linen Designs 
bring to mind our crisp white sails taut against the wind.

I used the Royal large white napkin with
the pop of red to anchor each place setting.

The plate stack is a mix of textures.
I started with our Wedgwood Nantucket Basket 
with its basket weave border, layered it with a MacKenzie-Childs' 
Royal Check enamel plate rimmed in brass, and topped off
the stack with an inexpensive melamine salad plate with an anchor.
For an added touch of whimsy, I tossed on some sea shells 
that have been dipped in sterling silver. 

A basket filled with nautical cookies adds a bit more whimsy.
Williams Sonoma sells these sweet treats. 

The Crown Linen Design anchor cocktail  
napkin adds the final detail that says,
"Anchors Aweigh, Hoist the Sails"

Drop me a note and let me know where 
the summer winds will take you.
Safe sailing, my friends!

You'll find the same little anchor plates 
used in a 4th of July table here.
A friend in Dallas sent me the cute anchor salad plates that she found at Walgreens.  I reciprocated with the blue plaid dinner plates that I found at a local grocery here.  All are melamine and perfect for summer alfresco dining.  I added in a touch of MacKenzie-Childs with Courtly Check chargers.  Flatware is from Pottery Barn, long ago.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Delightful Sarah! Combining red white and blue with nautical elements is perfect for summer and the 4th of July! The anchor salad plates are so cute and of course the MKC Royal Check is perfect! I will be sailing to the beach house on Friday for the month of July, can't wait!

  2. love the coastal table and the festive dahliaz

  3. Love all of your red white and blue and nautical touches.

  4. OMGOSH! I absolutely LOVE this table setting, Sarah. For three years we spent summers on a live aboard cruiser and would just drive in to work. I came home to anchors and nautical touches. It was one of my happiest times in life. xo Diana

  5. Good Morning Sarah, Your table with its nautical details floats my boat! I love your beautiful embroidered linens paired with your anchors and royal checks. Your Nantucket baskets make such a handsome grouping filled with dahlias. ♥

  6. It's the smallest of details combined which draws me in, Sarah. I love the teaspoons and shells dipped in silver! That said, the entire setting is beautiful, a great homage to your past love of sailing.

  7. You always set the most beautiful tables. You’re definitely the queen of table setting!

  8. Sarah, you always set a beautiful table with an artistic eye and lovely details. The Nantucket baskets filled with the Ruby red dahlias are quite a statement. The cute anchor plates are perfect with the Royal Check… I do love the spoons and shells dipped in silver.

  9. Dearest Sarah,
    A lovely table setting in patriotic colors!
    Perfect for the upcoming 4th of July.

  10. Sarah, I love the nautical theme you used here with all these beautiful summer dahlias in your Natucket baskets, linens and dishes. You know how I love patriotic colors! Love the new addition to your collections of the enamel spoons, those are so cool. Have a wonderful week celebrating the Fourth of July......

  11. So cute! I love the anchor linens, and you even have coordinating cookies. Darling, Sarah!

  12. Oh, Sarah - I love your Patriotic tablescape! I grew up on an island so boating was a huge part of my childhood - so seeing your perfect anchor plates makes my heart sing!

    I ADORE your new spoons, too - you made up the perfect July 4th table for two! Love it!

  13. Such a pretty table with red, white and blue. A great nod to the 4th. Love the Nantucket baskets filled with dahlias. The flatware is darling. Such cute anchor plates and coordinated linens. Even the cookies match. A lovely table to celebrate the two of you together.

  14. Oh Sarah, you are really rocking the red, white and blue! This is so festive and such fun -- the flowers are gorgeous and I really love the nautical theme. Those cookies and flatware are downright adorable!

  15. Sarah, you remind me of my roots, and I do miss the beach in times like these. Your beautiful contents make me want to add to my very sparce beach collection..Happy Summer Days..xxoJudy

  16. You always set the prettiest tables, Sarah. The baskets really add such beauty and interest for your centerpiece, and the dahlias are such a lovely, rich color. I like how you snd your friend reciprocated with pretty plates to each other. You always find the best sweet treats to end the meal!


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