Just before school started a couple of weeks ago (and after the big move of kids into an apartment), we escaped for a week at the beach – Panama City Beach.
What a blessing it was!
After all the family vacations we’ve taken over the years (mostly ski trips), HH finally admitted he’d always wanted to go to the beach.
No schlepping ski gear up snowy hills, no layers upon layers of clothing…just sunglasses, flip-flops, swim trunks, and quite possibly a towel. 😉
There were six of us in all, HH and I with four fun college kids. Fun Son (FS), Spunky Daughter (SD), Sweet One (FS’s girlfriend), and Northern Nephew, who I think is becoming very enchanted with the south.
As you would expect, our beach time was laid-back and easy-going, lounging on the beach by day and seafood noshing at night. Monopoly and Mexican Train (dominoes) provided competitive fun for late nights and a couple of rainy afternoons.
I mentioned in my Birthday Fun Give-Away post that August is birthday month for our family. Early this week, I set this table for Fun Son’s birthday dinner. Our whole beach gang gathered around the table filled with memories.
While vacationing, I was smitten with the starfish-lined transoms of homes as we drove in and out of our rental complex.
I prefer pool-side sunning over sand, so I have no beach decor in our home. I purchased a few items to create this tablescape but mostly used things I already have – my usual way.
You may remember the crochet rose napkin rings from the Piggly Wiggly China Debut tablescape. To me, they resemble sand dollars. Does that work for you, too?
I brought Ziploc bags of sand and shells from the beach. There were beach decor visions dancing in my head!
Remember these little Dollar Tree Numbered Pails? A reader suggested they be used for crustation peelings while enjoying seafood meals. What a great idea!
Seafood wasn’t on our menu, but it brought back memories of meals with plenty of peelings on our trip.
I had fun wrapping canning jars with roping for the center collection and decorating these vintage milk bottles. Aren’t they beachy?
One day, HH and I were mesmerized by Mr. Crabs meticulously working at his hole in front of our tent. He was quite friendly, and I now have a new infatuation with these creatures. Isn’t he cute?
While eating out that night, we enjoyed snow crab – another fine memory. Sorry, Mr. Crabbs (wink).
What could be better than a birthday celebration commemorating our week of fun?
We enjoyed a Beach Escape Memory Meal, which I’ll share with you soon. Here’s a little hint: Mr. Crabs made an appearance, and he was adorable!
What’s your favorite thing about the beach? Are you a sand-lover or are you a pool-side lounger?