It’s July and time for an alfresco coastal table, set on the covered porch for a meal of king crab legs. The Don’t Be Crabby, sea life tablescape, features some of my favorite crustaceans and friends.

Today, I’m joining a group of talented and creative bloggers for a blog hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate.

Bee sure you visit the links at the end of this post to see the other alfresco tablescapes they have created throughout the entire week.

In last months’ Red, White & Blue themed blog hop, I shared Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape Celebrates July 4th. The sea life table has the same color scheme, which allows me to easily transition from patriotic to coastal tableware, accents and porch decor.

This alfresco tablescape features mostly crabs and lobsters — with an octopus and a few seahorses joining the party.

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Finally, the Perfect Tablecloth


I’ve had the crab and lobster dishes for awhile, but the Kate Spade lobster print tablecloth is new this year.

Previously, I set the coastal table on round navy placemats. I decided that layering the placemats on top of the lobster tablecloth, however, would overly crowd each of the four place settings.


Often with these crab and lobster dishes, I use big navy and white check napkins. But for the coastal table, I decided to use cute cocktail size napkins (Anthropologie). I paired them with seahorse napkin rings.


The napkins are a little too small for the rings, but I really wanted to incorporate the seahorses into the coastal table. I also didn’t want to cover the anchor on the salad plate. Here’s a much better look at one of the four napkin designs.


In hindsight, I probably should have gone without the seahorse napkin rings. What do you think?

Coastal Table Deconstructed

All of the porcelain dishes are Kohl’s Sonoma brand. The pattern is appropriately called, Nantucket — the site of a great vacation several years ago. If you haven’t been, be sure Nantucket is on your bucket list.


Unfortunately, the pattern is no longer available. I was lucky to have also purchased a number of fun serving and accent pieces to go with six place settings.

This is one of the lobster butter dishes. They also have warmer stands, but I forgot to put them out on the table!


I wish Kohl’s would carry some of their cute seasonal patterns for several years. Most seem to be one and done.

The dinner plates are primarily red, with a lobster and crab at top or bottom. I usually alternate which crustacean is at the top of the plate by simply rotating them around.


There are also four different appetizer plates. In the pictures above and below, you can see the two lobster designs.


On top of each red dinner plate is an anchor motif salad plate. All the nautical plates and coffee mugs (Tuesday Morning) were made in Portugal.


The anchor plates pull the blue in the dinner plate rim, and coordinate with the stemware (Goodwill).

Red, White & Blue Tableware Goes Coastal

I used the same dark blue glasses and red flatware (Hobby Lobby) in both recent July 4th tables.


Patriots Table With Betsy Ross & Paul Revere and Give Me Liberty Blue are other great summer settings.


I also have matching anchor mugs, which are great for drinking morning coffee on the porch during the summer months.


And, no, I don’t serve coffee with seafood meals on the porch on summer nights — you’ve got me there! It’s more apt to be ice tea, beer or a coastal cocktail with king crab legs. I confess, I just wanted to show the matching mugs.

Here’s the navy mug, with an up close look at the lobster tablecloth print.


Tools of the Trade

Set on the two crab appetizer plates are a claw cracker and fork — to access the delicious meat in king crab legs.


I only have two crackers, so we share. Red-handled shears and crackers (Amazon) are ordered and on their way.


Crabby Centerpiece

The large crab bowl is my favorite Nantucket pattern serving piece. Here it is with a fish motif salad set (Home Goods).


I elevated the crab bowl by setting it on top of an octopus beverage stand (Pottery Barn). Isn’t he awesome?


The octopus stand is sitting on a round seagrass placemat, and surrounded by seashells we’ve collected over the years.


I love being able to mix and match my dishes, serving pieces, decor and linens to create a coastal table.


In Not So Crabby Coastal Buffet Table, I’ll show you more coastal tableware and coordinating Nantucket serving pieces.


The buffet is set on an antique wallpaper table along the wall of the covered porch.

Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop

Time to check out all the other creative interpretations of an alfresco tablescape.


Home is Where the Boat IsEveryday LivingA Casa di BiancaLiving With Thanksgiving


Corner of Plaid & Paisley Me and My CaptainPMQ for Two At Home With Jemma


Red Cottage ChroniclesLife and LindaBluesky at Home • The Painted Apron


PanoplyBelle Bleu InteriorsOur Crafty Mom • Celebrate & Decorate


Debbee’s Buzz • Simple Nature Décor • From My Carolina Home • My French Twist



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