There’s nothing like summer Maine lobster, am I right? Join me in the dining room of our Coastal Maine home today for a laid-back lobster feast.
Before we get started though, I’m thrilled to be joining 12 very talented bloggers today in sharing our coastal-themed summer decor ideas, hosted by my friend Amber over at Follow The Yellow Brick Home.
If you are joining me from Michelle over at Thistle Key Lane welcome! Aren’t her studio updates just fabulous? Michelle and I have been on many of these blog hops together over the years and she’s definitely an inspiration.
Days of Old
Growing up in Maine, lobster and steamed clams were always on the menu. My first job as a teenager was waitressing for Fosters Clambakes, and as I got older I would travel to their away lobster bakes like the ones they hosted at the Boston Tea Party ship. And my grandfather owned a lobster pound and clam hut too. Lobster wasn’t only what was for dinner, it was a way of life.
You may read more in the post, Coastal Maine Heritage – Embracing My Roots here.
Let’s Set the Table
As I reflect on this picture, I will start to set my table with the same lobster crackers and picks that my mother set her table with and share my table with you here today.
Lobster is messy, there’s really no way to get around this. So protecting the table is key. I layered today’s lobster-themed table with 2 recently thrifted tablecloths while out “Thrifting with the Gals“. You may also enjoy This Summer’s Thrift Store Decor Finds.
I tend to go with red, white, and blue colors for my lobster-themed tablescapes. The colors are so cheerful and summery. And of course, match the color of the meal.
A bouquet of blue hydrangeas found at Trader Joe’s accents this lobster-themed table splendidly.
Along with a long piece of driftwood found at our local beach, topped with collected beach stones.
And the stones can be used for cracking the lobster shells too, as well as holding a stack of paper napkins.
I love collecting local beach driftwood, where I display it in an old wooden barrel in this Small Cottage Guest Bedroom, Vintage and Delightful.
You may also enjoy the post Beachcombing, Blue Mussels, and an Antique Bowl.
Lobster-Themed Table Details
Earlier this week we took a fun day trip over to Kennebunk, ME where we did a little thrifting, shopping, and lunch. That is where I found these befitting lobster napkins for the table.
Round lobster placemats I found years back at Stonewall Kitchen doubled with old Christmas Tree Shop’s lobster plates and of course, my mother’s now vintage lobster crackers and picks.
And always my little helper, Ella peaking out from under the table as I set it.
Paper plates are also a good idea for a lobster-themed table. As you can throw them right out when your messy lobster dinner is over. Just be sure they are the durable kind!
And another great idea I’ve also seen is to layer your table with newspapers. How authentic is that?
And of course thrifted blue glassware.
And I just adore these gifted Beaumont Pottery lobster butter bowls.
The story goes, that I saw these lobster butter bowls posted on a second-hand shop’s Facebook page but when I arrived to buy them, they were already sold. One of my dear followers here later saw the same 8 lobster butter bowls in an antique shop and picked them up for me. We met up at Stonewall Kitchen where she gave them to me. It was so thoughtful and I’m so grateful. I just love them on all of my lobster-themed tables.
Lobster Pot and Platter
And don’t forget to add a lobster pot and platter to your lobster-themed table too. The pot will be there to collect all the empty lobster shells and a large platter is perfect for corn on the cob and other items you’d like to add to your lobster fare.
And don’t forget the Table Ready Fakery Bakery…
An authentic Maine lobster meal traditionally consists of:
- 1 1/2 pound lobster
- Steam Clams
- Corn on the Cob
- Baked Potato
- Clam Chowder
- Dinner Rolls
- Optional, Salad
You may also enjoy some of these previous lobster-themed table posts too:
And check out my friend Molly in Maine’s post on THE BEST LITTLE LOBSTER SHACK IN MAINE.
I’m so glad you dropped by today and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you were totally inspired!
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SHOP All THINGS LOBSTER
Next up on today’s coastal decor tour is my friend Cindy from County Road 407. Who is sharing how to decorate with a coastal home decor style without using shells. Cindy is so cute and you are going to love her natural vintage home decor style!
You won’t want to miss the other talented bloggers joining me on today’s coastal decor tour here:
- Authentic Maine Lobster Themed Table Setting
- How to Fashionably Bring Your Dining Room Outside This Summer
- 10 Dreamy Scandinavian Summer Cottages
- Just 4 Blue Dishes on the 4th of July
- Red Geranium Time-Honored Window Flower Boxes
- Coastal Grandmother Summer Decor “In My Mother’s Home”
- 7 Old Galvanized Bucket Planter Ideas
- 9 Summer Porches You’ll Fall in Love With
- Backyard Conversation Set and Fire Pit Patio Reveal
- Simple Vintage Americana Porch Table Ideas