How to Decorate a Nautical Dinner Table Setting

Cover the table with a nautical-inspired tablecloth. Choose a crisp white and navy blue striped or a red tablecloth. Or accent a plain white cotton tablecloth by laying fish netting over it.

Step 1

Decorate with nautical-themed place settings. Choose plates featuring lobsters, crabs, anchors, lighthouses or ship wheel designs for a casually elegant look. Set white-handled silverware on neatly folded navy blue or red cloth napkins. Place lighthouse-shaped salt and pepper shakers on the table.

Step 2

Create one-of-a-kind place mats by laminating vintage ocean maps. Buy the maps in an antique shop and cover them with clear contact paper.

Step 3

Arrange a ship replica in the middle of the dinner table as a simple and eye-catching centerpiece. Place a mini round life preserver in the center of the table and arrange white, navy blue and red pillar candles inside as another option. Wrap sisal rope around a tall, round vase and use it to hold red and white flowers.

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