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DIY Centerpieces for a Beach Bridal Shower

Celebrate the beautiful beach backdrop at your party with these DIY beach inspired centerpieces.

Setting the atmosphere for a beach party always starts with the decorations. With sand and sea as inspiration - and a palate of neutrals contrasting with sea blues and greens - beach decor is effortlessly breezy and beautiful. And for your Beach Bridal Shower, you can easily create beautiful centerpieces using sand, shells, and a few pieces you’re likely to have around the house.

If you don't have a few spare inexpensive candlesticks in your closet, make a visit to your local dollar store, or better yet, your local thrift shop. (I found the candlesticks in these pictures at a local craft store in the clearance bin, and the bubble bowls were found at the dollar store.) You'll just want to choose candlesticks with a height above the normal line of vision or below the line of vision, so that you don't obstruct the view across the table.

  • Two candlesticks
  • Two 6-inch bubble bowls
  • Hurricane lamp
  • Beach glass
  • Sand
  • Assorted shells
  • Glass or hot glue

Step 1: To start fabricating your beautiful beach table centerpieces, glue the bowls to the tops of each candlestick. Use a heavy-duty adhesive, like a glass glue, for permanence, or use hot glue for a temporary stick. The candlesticks in this picture will have a life after this party, so I used a bit of hot glue so I can take off the bowls and use them again for something else.

Step 2: From there, you’ll begin layer in your beach elements. A small bag of beach glass was used for color. The beach glass goes into the bowls on the candlesticks. Each bowl of beach glass was topped with a small mollusk shell.

Step 3: The hurricane glass anchors the center of the table, and needs large shells or starfish to make a good visual impact. Clean sand was poured into the vase until about the halfway point, then tipped to the side to make the sand lay diagonally in the vase. Small shells were carefully placed in a pleasing arrangement on top of the sand. A few pieces of beach glass for color would look great here, too. Topping off the sand and seashells was a large starfish, carefully placed so it was highly visible out of the top of the sand.

Step 4: Once the vases and bowls are full, it is only a matter of placing them on the table. Put the large hurricane lamp in the center and flank it with the candlesticks!

Check out our Decorating for a Beach Bridal Shower post for other simple ideas!

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