Dinner on the beach is wonderful even on a cloudy day. I decided to do something different this time and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Sometimes (or lately it seems like all of the time) the weather doesn’t cooperate and my plans for dinner on the beach need some modifications. With clouds, fog, and lower temperatures, it was time to regroup and try something different. It ended up being a wonderful earlier dinner on the beach.
With lots of blankets. And wine to keep warm.
A Romantic Dinner on the Beach
It was almost ninety degrees at home this weekend so we headed to the beach for cooler temperatures and lots of fun in the sun. There was only one problem.
There was no sun and it was 64 degrees. Since we only live about ninety minutes from Ventura, I have to admit this was not the weather I had expected.
But the cooler weather was nice and I decided to defy the odds and set up dinner on the beach anyway.
In the clouds.
And in the cold. Hmmm.
Cloudy might be a nice way of saying absolutely no sun and lots of fog.
This is the point where I am struggling and need to come clean that I edited the photos to look a lot brighter than they really were. Let me show you what I mean.
I thought you might want to really see what the day looked like.
But here’s the thing. Who said it has to be sunny and warm and a beautiful sunset to have dinner on the beach?
Ok, maybe everyone.
I mean it does make sense.
But if you have an early dinner, while it is still sixty-four degrees (and not 57 like it is now) then you won’t freeze to death. (That is an exaggeration, I promise.)
How to Create a Dinner on the Beach
To start, it made sense to use a low table. It seemed like sitting on cushions in the sand, with a warm blanket might be the perfect solution to our less than perfect weather. So we carried our coffee table down two flights of stairs, out the front door, and onto the beach.
In hindsight, a plastic folded table stored in the garage probably would have been a lot easier.
We don’t really own some special floor (or beach) cushions so I borrowed these from the patio furniture we have on our deck. These are actually back cushions as they seemed a much better size and they worked perfectly.
I left the solar lights out in the sun, I mean clouds, to charge. I also put the glass jars in the dishwasher just so they would look sparkly and clean. It turns out that wasn’t really necessary.
We made a centerpiece out of Trader Joe’s flowers which were roses, alstroemeria, wheat stocks, and eucalyptus. I used the glass and wicker/rattan vase, square wine glasses, off-white chargers, grey plates, and my favorite ruffled napkins on the table.
Other than the five trips back and forth to the beach, the setup was very simple.
Aren’t these flowers gorgeous? I even turned the solar lanterns on but you can’t really see much because it was still light outside when we sat down for dinner.
What did we have for dinner? Italian food delivered from the local delicious Italian restaurant Meridians. And as soon as we were done eating what did we do? We went back inside.
We really enjoyed watching the surfers, the dog walkers, and the seagulls.
Although it wasn’t what we had expected, it ended up being a lovely evening.
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