Feel like having a nice dinner basking in the glow of candlelight and almost feeling cool breezes. Well, you don't have to go all the way to the islands to set the mood. At least not in my book. My son was leaving last week to go to Hawaii and I decided kinda last minute (what else is new) to go all out and set a tropical island style table scape. So off to my cupboard I went. I remembered that I had given a Bridal Shower for one of my special gals Nikki a couple of years ago and she had wanted a beach or tropical theme and thank goodness I had saved most all the decorations. So out they came. I had purchased a few key pieces at Home Goods like mugs and planters to use for the centerpiece. I had a beautiful aqua table cloth ( I just love that color) and some other pieces to add layers and texture. If you have read any of my blog decorating post before you'll know that I love layers. Try it sometime it is so cool! I have gold chargers from my fancy Christmas table scape last year. Isn't it interesting how they can look casual enough for a tropical theme?? (Come on join me in thinking outside the box!) And take a look at the white paper napkin tied with a shell and jute. How easy is that? Doesn't it make you want to go collect more shells?? I used to love to do that as a kid. Here is the focal point of the centerpiece, a fun bright, tropical planter container filled to the brim with shells of all kinds and all sizes. I even found a little piece of brown netting to peek out over the edges. Then I sprinkled small and tiny shells all over the table. Then instead of using the mugs for cocoa or something like that. I filled them with tiny shells and a big fat chunky orange candle. Light them and you'll get instant romance or drama. So next time you want to add a little tropical flair to your table. Get out the mugs, planters, gold chargers and shells and you can create a lovely, calm island paradise that your family/friends will love. And don't think that decorating the table is just for girls, cuz guys really love and appreciate it too. My young adult son said "Mom, you are awesome! You always take it to the next level". Aaawwh! That's so sweet! My challenge.... take it to the next level in your home for someone that you love. Party on!!