Set the scene for some summer entertaining with these red, white and blue nautical finds from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. The nautical theme is very trendy this summer. Everyone wants to feel like they are setting sail on an adventure and why not?! I'd love to be on a boat enjoying a freshly caught seafood dinner with family and friends. Sadly, I live in the desert and have no plans of sailing anywhere anywhere soon. But, I can bring a little bit of the nautical feel to my summertime tabled decor and enjoy a seafood dinner in the comfort of my dining room.

Related: Festive fourth of July treats

Image placeholder title

Both T.J. Maxx and Marshalls were stocked with some pretty unique nautical finds. The red, white and blue color scheme also flows nicely and can be tied into a 4th of July party too.

Image placeholder title

One of my favorite pieces was the galvanized metal ice bucket. I love the red and white handles and the "drinks ahoy" lettering that is embossed across the front. Fill it up with ice and a couple bottles of your favorite summer drinks. We displayed different kinds of sodas and beer in ours but you could also use it to chill down some white wine or champagne depending on the type of dinner you are hosting.

This navy and white anchor tablecloth was the perfect start to setting the table. I set each place setting with a red placemat, simple white plates and a red starfish plate on top for salads or appetizers. We used a similar white star bowl to hold some lemon slices for squeezing on top of your seafood meal.

Image placeholder title
Image placeholder title

This large red lantern was probably my most useful find. It has a battery operated candle with an optional timer setting! I plan on using this lantern for many more occasions/parties to come. I'm already thinking of ways I can incorporate it into my Christmas decor!

Recommended Articles

cool new electric scooter

Get Out and Play with a Smarter Set of Wheels

Our family has been through many wheels over the years. Since we are mostly an urban family, our kids found scootering the best way to get to school. My kids got bigger, so I’ve been researching options for them. Now it's time for an upgrade to our wheels and we've got some more

The Best Diaper Pails and Accessories

The Best Diaper Pails and Accessories

I do believe diapering is the one activity we do the most of when our kiddos are young. For more months than I care to remember, I changed diaper after diaper after diaper. An all inclusive list of the best diaper pails and diaper accessories would have been so very helpful. more

Breast Cancer Awareness Tips to Empower Yourself

Breast Cancer Awareness Tips to Empower Yourself

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are all about sharing tips to keep our busy moms healthy and at the top of their game. I think it's safe to say, we are all aware of Breast Cancer, but when it comes to breast-cancer prevention, we are sharing tips to help you feel more

The giant red starfish also tied in the stars from the red plates and added to the nautical/seashore feel.

Image placeholder title

I found a large "welcome" boat oar that was originally a wall decor item but I like it propped up on the table.

For a bit more casual feel we set our silverware and cute anchor napkins up on a wicker basket trimmed with blue.

Image placeholder title

Once your table is set, sit back and enjoy some refreshing lemon shandy or drink of your choosing in these elegant etched glasses with an anchor design.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my red, white and blue finds and that this gives you some inspiration for how you can set your own table with a nautical theme this summer!

Source List

  • Anchor tablecloth - T.J. Maxx $16.99
  • Welcome Oar - Marshalls $12.99
  • Drinks Ahoy Container - T.J. Maxx $12.99
  • Red Placemats (set of 4)- T.J. Maxx $4.99
  • White Plates (set of 4) - T.J. Maxx $9.99
  • Red Starfish Plate - T.J. Maxx $3.99
  • White Star Bowl - T.J. Maxx $3.99
  • Anchor Tea Towels (set of 2) - T.J.Maxx $4.99
  • Red Lantern - T.J. Maxx $16.99
  • Anchor Glasses - Marshalls $9.99
  • Red Glass Bobble - Marshalls $12.99
  • Basket - T.J. Maxx $12.99
  • Anchor Napkins - T.J. Maxx $2.99
  • Red Starfish - T.J. Maxx $16.99


  1. DIY 4th of July flower bouquet
  2. Kid craft DIY fireworks shirt
  3. Twizzlers firework popsicles


Use Pinterest to save your favorite ideas for summer fun. Be sure to follow our 4th-of-July board for more inspiration.

Related Articles