This ocean-inspired teamwork tablescape accompanies our Family Dinner Book Club selection for this month. January is all about Teamwork, and our lead book is Swimmy by Leo Lionni. Check out the Teamwork Stew menu, a full reading list, and family activities.
Our table runner is a long piece of craft paper that we finger-painted various shades of blue. Actually we whole hand and arm painted! The kids had paint clear up to their elbows by the time we were finished! It was a really fun family art project.
I used a few of the vegetable pieces from the stew ingredients and cut them into stamps to decorate our ocean scene. I cut little fish shapes into carrots, a heart and star into potatoes, and we used the celery pieces as is. I love the floral shape of the celery bunch! I used this tutorial for the potato and carrot stamps. For the celery, simply cut the bottom off a bunch of celery and it naturally has that beautiful floral pattern. Cut an individual celery stalk into smaller pieces. You can use the ends as little crescent shapes, and the ribbed outside to make a textured design.
Katie has a small seashell collection, so we scattered those over our table to add to the theme. We have only bowls on our table since our meal is a hearty stew. No need for plates! As always, candles are just so pretty and add some magic to any ambience. I thought the spiral napkin fold was perfect for this table. It looks so swirly and neat!
Keep on scrolling to check out all the details of this teamwork tablescape. Theres a photo tutorial down at the bottom for the spiral napkin fold, too.