What better way to celebrate the season than with a BBQ and Seafood party? We took this party outdoors, keeping the focus on the feast: a simple table setting with a few DIY elements created a inviting and relaxing ambiance for the guests. The nautical design was inspired by the Vernazza plates from Anthropologie, which led to covering the table with a cotton fabric in cool blue and aqua shades.  Fig.2 Design dip-dyed monogram cards to make placecards in aqua and cobalt which were stuck onto navy striped place mats before a starfish was added to finish. Using clear glass dinner plates allowing the patterns and colours to be visible, making the most of these DIY elements. Continuing the DIY theme, napkins were quickly transformed by stamping basic white linen napkins with an anchor stamp and fabric paint. For the centerpiece, we wrapped jute rope around tin paint buckets and place fragrant herbs like lemon thyme and basil inside them. This brought an invigorating, summertime fragrance to the table. Cobalt tumblers made from recycled materials added a punch of solid colour, whilst paper boats, coral and sailing knots added playful seaside decor elements to the table. Happy grilling! – Manvi

// Photography & styling by Manvi-Drona-Hidalgo | Stationery by Fig. 2 Design Studio | Market Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I love the rustic beach look. My kitchen is being extended so Iv moved our dining table outside and if anything it makes me go even more overboard on the decor. Candles and vases look gorgeous on the table, even if its just for a bbq, you can never have enough ambient candlelight and pretty things 🙂

  2. The setting smells of sea! Love the idea, it is a great fit for a summer gathering 'round the table!

  3. I love this theme. This is perfect for an outdoor midsummer party – it reeks of adventure, fun, and fresh seafood! The plates with the blue fish in the centre is just cracking.

  4. So pretty-glad to have discovered your blog! I am all about the beach and enjoying all of the treats of summer on the coast. Nice to meet you.


  5. WOW, super cool idea for party at the beaches or at cruise. The fish looks so cute. Thanks for sharing this pretty interesting idea. 🙂

  6. I adore them! Can you tell me where's the seven pic from? I don't see the number with the link. Thanks!

  7. I love this! And are those anchors stamped on the napkins? I love how faint they are. Those Anthropologie dishes and the invitations with the fabric bunting are wonderful. This is great inspiration – thanks for sharing!

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.