Even if you can’t afford that dreamy ocean-front home with the fabulous beach-side patio for entertaining (sigh…) , that doesn’t mean you can’t at least bring the beach to you! The trend in ocean/beach themed housewares this season is a breath of fresh air as we head into the warmer months, not to mention a great theme to work with for parties! (Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?!) Here are a few cool products & ideas for creating your own personal seaside ambiance…

beach & ocean theme party Pictured above: Sea Urchin Bud Vases – LOVE THESE! ($24.95/set of 3); Vanilla Starfish & Seahorse Soap Set – great for guest bathrooms or as party favors ($14.95/set of 3); Embroidered Coral Beach Guest Towels ($13.95/set of 2)

beach & ocean theme party Pictured above: Level Glass Hurricanes . I absolutely adore these candleholder/vases, because in addition to looking seriously cool and being equally affordable, they’re incredibly versatile! The beach-themed setting above would also look great with decorative sand in place of the vase gems – and the possibilities for incorporating these into any tablescape – using everything from florals to shells to candies – are endless! ($8.95 /small, $9.95 /medium, and $11.95/large)

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lisa SAYS:

The candleholders are great!! I could see them filled with colored rocks or sand for a super contemporary look!

March 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

Anonymous SAYS:

Love all of this!

March 11, 2008 at 10:48 am


These hurricanes are fabulous! Hurricanes are the most versatile accessory you can own. Right now I have mine filled with assorted artificial bird eggs with forsythia(branchy, yellow flowers) spiking out of the top of it. A touch of spring in a minute!

March 11, 2008 at 11:14 am

beachgrl SAYS:

Love the bud vases!

March 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Kristy Lanteigne SAYS:

I love all the fun things you find. How did you get your job?

March 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Heather at Outstanding Occasions SAYS:

I love the sea urchin bud vases. These could be so great for a beach side wedding:) As always, fabulous:)

March 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm

hiphostess SAYS:

hi Kristy –
Your comment made me smile :) I founded HWTM and do all the writing & design myself, so I guess you could say I “created” my job – that’s how I got it ;)

March 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Melissa Lewis-Off The Wall SAYS:

Well, u r definitely good at your job. I always love hurricanes with candles!

March 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Melissa DiStefano SAYS:

So chic and fun! I love them!

March 12, 2008 at 7:04 am

Sharp Lily SAYS:

Um, these are fabulous! I especially love the sea urchin vases. A perfect hostess gift for my lucky friends who have a home on Nantucket. Thanks!

March 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Fanfan SAYS:

What a creative and interesting job. You are always surrended by beautiful items.
And thank you to share,

March 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

AprilDawn SAYS:

Well aren’t you just fantastic!
With my beach wedding just a month and a bit away, I was looking for a few more beachy items. THESE are all perfect!

Thanks so much!


March 16, 2008 at 9:37 am

Ashley L. SAYS:

thank you for these fun beachy ideas! i’m really big into coral right now but mixing that in with some of your ideas is a beach party luncheon waiting to happen! :)

March 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm


those towels and bud vases are perfect…not too theme-y not too cute. just right. thanks for sharing!

March 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Connie SAYS:

at weddingthings.com, they have the clear sea urchin vases, as well as in white too.

April 25, 2008 at 10:38 pm
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