I was recently digging through my good ol’ fashioned magazine clipping pile that I use for pulling inspiration for content, and I came across an old Country Living summer entertaining spread that featured the most darling vintage nautical flags. I love the colors and graphic design of the flags, and of course their nod to seaside life. They sparked an idea in me to pull together a tablescape design with a few simple DIY tricks that make for a lively, yet inexpensive maritime-inspired display.┬áTo start, I used a few primary colored acrylic paints and gave simple bamboo cutlery a little facelift; painting graphic stripes that I borrowed from the flag design (bonus: they’re compostable!).Next I used some nautical flag stickers to make place cards for each setting — you can spell out names or monograms, or even a little inside joke with the alphabetic stickers. Then I brought in some simple nautical rope and a few collected seashells and beach rocks for the centerpiece. I love how organic and simple it looks next to the bold patterns of the flag icons. Yellow melamine plates, blue graphic napkins, and a few striped bud vases finished off the look. It feels so very summery to me, which is a reason to celebrate in itself! Scroll down for the table resources.

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