Hello friends, welcome to the latest “on a tray” blog tour. With summer vibes and some imagination each blogger was asked to decorate a tray with the theme “By the Sea”. There’s plenty of inspiration for you to create a tray for your home. Please take our tour through blog land and find amazing summer home decor all on a tray that is sure to inspire you. If you are arriving from Dinner at Eight, welcome!
Remember it doesn’t matter where you live, or how big your home is. You don’t even have to buy anything, use what you have. Most of us can find a place in our home for a tray filled with memories of time spent by the sea. Or daydreams and imaginings of being by the sea. Let us inspire you to make a “By the Sea” tray for your home.
I started my tray by gathering seashells from my “beach box”. The big conch shell and clam shell were both discovered at low tide while I was living in Puerto Rico.
The glass float is a gift from my mother. She found it when she was in Australia visiting her brother.
The star fish are from a local store and I purchased them ages ago. The seagull is also from a local shop, sadly it is closed now.
The blue netting is actually a market bag I use each year when purchasing corn from a local farm. And the sea glass is what I often use for vase fillers.
I know I have what may be considered an odd mix of colors, purples and blues. But I really wanted to use my Turkish towel, and it’s lavender. So I added some pale purple wildflowers among the shells.
The rest of my seashell filled tray came from my home decor. I didn’t buy anything (smile).
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Katherine, your tray is gorgeous! I love how the lavender goes so perfectly – it’s the perfect accent color for your tray. I love all of the memories in your tray too. xo
Thank you my friend, it was nice to share my tray with happy memories ( smile) xo
Chloe Crabtree says
Katherine, I learned so much about you reading this post! I had no idea you once lived in Puerto Rico! How wonderful to have treasures from the time you spent there! Thank you, as always for hosting this lovely hop! Such a great idea for summertime! I have collected shells on the beaches here in Florida, but not nearly so beautiful as that big clam shell! I love bringing out the coastal elements for summertime, and this was such a great occasion to share them! Thanks again dear friend and have a great summer!
Thank you and thank you for joining in the fun my friend. Yes, I have been very fortunate to have lived in many countries. I wish I had all of the seashells from my time living in Turkey. I had buckets full! I found some wonderful shells in Florida on Saint Augustine island, but I gave them to a group of children who were searching for shells too. It is my dream to live in a little cottage by the water, so in the meantime it’s always fun to daydream. Wishing you a happy healthy summer xo
Sandra @ Dinner at Eight says
Katherine, I love how your tray items spilled over each side. It really showcases the bounty of the sea and spotlights so many different types of shells. And I love your use of lavenders — I’ve seen many seaside sunsets that incorporate lots of purple shades Your seagull is the perfect focal point!
In addition, I wanted to thank you for spearheading another imaginative tray blog tour. They have been so much fun to view and participate in!
You are so kind and forgiving too. I don’t know why I keep putting come to dinner at eight as your blog title. I love the color lavender, I’ve always said purple is my favorite color. But it’s really drifted like the tides ( pun intended) to mean the pale purple, lavender that I really like the most. I’m happy you participate in the tours, I think it’s a nice balance between a tablescape and a centerpiece or vignette. Your tray was lovely. Big Hugs!
This is a lovely mix of colors. And the seashell from Puerto Rico. is a treasure you can pull out each summer. Thank you for putting this fun hop together, Katherine!
You are so sweet, the pleasure is mine. Thank you for always joining in the fun. I love your trays! Hugs!!
hi Katherine! This is such a fun tour, thank you so much for hosting us! I love your seaside creation and the seagull is adorable, so perfect for the theme surrounded by seashells and the fishing float! I love the added flowers, a lovely pop of color that works so well with the shells and netting~ I think I hear waves breaking 🙂
Hi Jenna, thank you so much you are so kind. I’m happy to have you on the tour with us and look forward to more in the future. Hugs!
Denise/My Home of All Seasons says
Your tray is just lovely Katherine! I would so love to find a conch shell on one of my beach strolls some day! I’m crazy about your seagull too. They make me so happy and I don’t even care if they steal my french fries as they often do on the wharf in San Francisco! Thanks so much for putting together the tour and for the inspiration your blog always brings me. Happy summer to you!
Thank you Denise for participating and for your thoughtful comment. Seagulls are the state bird in Utah and they are everywhere! Yes they are french fry thieves, LOL .You can always find them hovering and wandering around the parking lots of fast food restaurants. They know someone will drop some fries or other yummies and they are quick to scoop them up. Happy summer to you too my friend. Hugs
MaryJo Materazo says
Katherine I love your tray. So great to hear some of your pieces were from when you lived in Puerto Rico; most of my pieces are from we lived in the Bahamas. I was only 5ish but I inherited my parent’s collection. I love them all. Anyway, thank you again for inspiring all of us and bringing us together. It’s a great blog tour. Happy first day of summer my sweet friend. XO- MaryJo
I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but I know you must have some amazing shells in your collection. How nice to have happy memories attached to your inherited collection too. Thank you for joining in the fun. I look forward to our next tour xo
Debbie- Dabble says
Love your By The Sea Decor tray!!! I love that you styled it with things that have meaning and provoke cherished memories!! So charming!! Thanks so much for hosting this Tray Tour and also for being so gracious to invite me to join in on the fun!! I truly appreciate it!!!
Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
Deb it is always a joy to have you join in the fun. Thank you so much for participating. Your tray is so fun! I think I forgot to mention the anchor that lights up, it adds a bit of whimsy to accent your tray decor 🙂 . Wishing you a happy healthy summer. Hugs!
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Your tray is lovely Katherine – it does make me feel like I’m at the beach! 🙂 I love the little float from your mom too. Thanks for hosting this fun hop – I’m excited to see them all! Hope you have a great week!
Thank you so much, I hope you’ll be able to join us for the next one. We have lots of wonderful inspiration to share. Enjoy the tour, hugs!!