Quiet St. Patrick’s Day?
If you are coming from the Corner of Plaid and Paisley, welcome.
I repeat, Quiet St. Patrick’s Day?
Pretty much all is quiet these days since Covid has taken over many aspects of our lives.
We’ve become wearers of masks and carry hand sanitizers like our cell phones.
AND to say ‘Quiet St.Patrick’s Day 2021’ is almost laughable as it is usually (In non pandemic times) anything but quiet, however, the Captain and I don’t get very rambunctious as we stay home to a home cooked meal of traditional Irish fare.
Yes, I make corned beef and cabbage, see menu below.
And once in a while, I get really daring and make a dessert with a little, (and I do mean “little”) Irish Liqueur…. like delectable Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake or a Bread Pudding with a “Jameson” sauce!
This year is a very special St.Patrick’s Day for the Captain and Me.
As this little sign says…we are not lucky, we are Blessed.
God has truly blessed us and there is no luck of the Irish involved.
God is very purposeful.
In the book of Job, last chapter, Job says to God; “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42: 2
The Captain and I are Blessed to be able to celebrate these special times such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and the many other special occasions.
First the Menu for a Quiet St. Patrick’s Day 2021:
Irish Soup, could be Irish Creamed Potato Soup OR Creamed Colcannon Soup
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots and Brussel Sprouts with bacon and onions.
Irish soda bread with Irish butter (I like Kerrygold brand butter)
Dessert TBD (Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake or a Bread Pudding with a “Jameson” sauce)
Now that we know the menu, let’s look at the table setting.
My 2021 table setting starts with the three leaf shamrock placemat.
Notice I did not say 4 leaf clover.
Check out this site to know the difference.
I used white dinner plates as they allow the corned beef and cabbage to pop on the plate.
The salad plate and the soup bowl are the majolica in Cabbage Green by Bordallo Pinheiro and I have had them for years.
I don’t have a complete set.
I do however have serving pieces and the like, so I can combine them with other plates, etc and it works quite nicely.
I used the “crooked stick” flatware (that is not their name) because I thought they resembled an Irish shillelagh walking stick or cane.
For the Irish soup,…. both suggested soups are a creamed soup (use your immersion blender), although I am leaning towards the Colcannon Soup made with bacon, potatoes, leeks and heavy cream, I will be using these small, white Oriental soup spoons.
The napkins are actually a palm frond napkin, which is definitely not Irish, but I liked how they picked up the various shades of green on the table. LOL
The sheep or baby lambs that are scattered about the table seemed perfect for the setting along with what appears to be a chubby leprechaun.
However, it is in fact a Santa dressed in green and wearing a shamrock!
I found him several years ago on Etsy and because of my Irish heritage, I just had to purchase him.
The green and white striped candlesticks hold green candles that have little fairy lights wrapping around the girth of the candles.
They are so pretty at night.
Green tapers are in my silver 3 tier candelabra.
Green water glasses sit in the middle of the Shamrock placemat.
The pewter based drink (ale) holder has a white insert for your drink of choice.
The little sheep seem to be munching on the cookie tray.
I ordered the cookies from a local Italian Bakery.
The decorated shortbread cookies are set on a cabbage plate.
Years ago I purchases an Irish Baleek Shamrock Tea Set with teapot, creamer, sugar and cups and saucers and a few other pieces.
I adore them.
You can see them in my St. Patrick’s 2018 post here.
Perhaps you might find an idea or two from this table setting that you would like to incorporate into your own Quiet St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Or you may go to my home page and click on St. Patrick’s Day themes (or type it in the search bar) and see my previous years’ table settings.
As you can see from my table today, you can use whatever you have to complete your table setting…it doesn’t have to be all St. Patrick’s Day themed.
I used Italian cookies, white Oriental soup spoons, palm frond napkins, a Christmas Santa and I tossed in a Tam O’ Shanter cap…. which isn’t Irish at all, but Scottish.
“A tam o‘ shanter (in the British military often abbreviated to ToS), or ‘tammie’ is a name given to the traditional Scottish bonnet worn by men. The name derives from Tam o‘ Shanter, the eponymous hero of the 1790 Robert Burns poem.”
Blessed…I have been Blessed with so many friends and particularly blogger friends who have been there for me during my illness.
Below are just a few blogger friends starting with Maureen at Red Cottage Chronicles.
Thank you sweet friends and here is to a Beautiful and Quiet St. Patrick’s Day for all.
Debbees Buzz ☘ Vintage Dishes & Lucky Clover Fold Napkins
Home is Where the Boat Is ☘ Loads of Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Table
Panoply ☘ An Unpretentious St. Patrick’s Day
My Hubbard Home ☘ Putting on the Green & Yellow
Life and Linda ☘ Keeper of the Traveling Shamrock Cloth
Corner of Plaid and Paisley ☘ Reprise of Ewe & McGreggor St. Patrick’s Day Table
Me and My Captain ☘ Not Lucky, Just Very Blessed
Red Cottage Chronicles ☘ Channeling My Inner Irish
Celebrate and Decorate ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Tablescape
Calypso in the Country ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Table Decor
Design Morsels ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Table
The Painted Apron ☘ Celebrating the Green Table
Hyacinth for the Soul ☘ Lucky in Life ~ Celebrating Green Table
Zucchini Sisters ☘ Green & Orange St. Patrick’s Day Table
What a beautiful table Kari! I love the Irish Santa! Too cute! I am glad you shared your menu with us, it sounds divine! I have been on the hunt for some cabbage leaf plates! Love your place settings! The little fuzzy lamb is a lovely touch and a nod to Ireland! So happy to be joining you on the blog hop!
Kari, it’s a blessing to have you back with us blogging and creating lovely tablescapes! I really enjoyed this one…especially how you incorporated the “Irish Santa” and the green Scottish tam o’ shanter cap into the mix. You really got creative using what you had on hand, and it worked so well! I’m crushing on your majolica cabbage plates and soup bowls. I’d love to get my hands on some like them! They’re right at home on a St. Patrick’s Day table. Sadly, I had a shamrock teapot like yours, but it was broken when we moved. You are lucky to have the full tea set! Your dinner menu looks so good! I love creamy soups, and both of your dessert choices sound so decadent. Your table setting and special meal is perfect for the quiet St. Patrick’s Day celebration you have planned with the Captain.
Kari, We’re all blessed to have you back and hopping with us! Love your use of the twig flatware as a nod to an Irish shillelagh walking stick and I’m a big fan of BP cabbage leaf dinnerware. The Belleek tea set is so beautiful and I love your cute sheep! Your menu sounds delicious, bring on the Jameson sauce! 🙂 It’s always a pleasure to hop with you and join you at the table. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! ♥♣
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
What a great table Kari! I love it all, especially your Santa/Leprechaun, the cabbage salt and peppers, and your fuzzy lambs! You’re so creative! I’m so inspired by your dedication and perseverance. Thanks for sharing it all with us!
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Aak – I meant your cabbage PLATES, not the S&Ps! 🙂
Your table is lovely, but I’m more inspired by the rest of your story. Enjoy your quiet St. Patrick’s day, we will be doing the same. More dog photos Please! He looks like a toy.
Ann Krucek says
We are all blessed to have you back and sharing in your table creation and recipes!! Your sign has such a special significance. I am crushing on both your Santa/Leprechaun and your Baleek tea set. I am not at all Irish, but celebrate the day because it is my birthday!! I hope you have a nice St. Patrick’s Day!🍀
What a beautiful table! I love all your green pieces and dishes – and of course, the “just very blessed” sign! So true! We all need to be more grateful. Take care and great to hop with you!
Thanks Shelley… we must also be a grateful and much kinder world. Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day….and thank you for your kind comments.
Everything is amazing! Adorable post!
Thank you Maristella….I appreciate you stopping by.
Oh what a great table you’ve set! I like those shamrock placemats and the use of those small white spoons for the soup dishes. Speaking of soup that recipe sounds delicious!
It is a delicious soup Liz and thanks for your comments! St Paddy’s Day is such fun to decorate for. Have a great and safe day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Everyday Living says
Kari, I love your St. Patrick’s Day table with the cabbage ware, the Irish Santa, and the adorable sheep. Your menu sounds delightful! Blessed to be a blessing and that you are!
You are so kind and I appreciate you so much my sister in Christ. I love the significance of the sheep. John 1:29
Thank you for stopping by.
Kari, the theme of your table couldn’t be more perfect. It’s also a reminder that even during these challenging times, we need to be grateful for our many blessings. The sheep on the table are soooo cute! And, I’m crushing on your Belleek tea set! We were supposed to visit Ireland last June and was going to visit the Belleek factory. Thinking now it might not be until 2022, but leaving room in my suitcase for dishes lol! One blessing I’m feeling is having you back sharing your wonderful table stylings with us again. Thank you for being a part of it!
Thank you Debbee…it is good to be back. I have a dear friend in Dublin and she keeps inviting us to come see her and her hubby and we shall surprise her one of these days. She has come to the states several times and on one visit brought me a claddagh that I treasure. I am proud of my heritage and would love to go to the Emerald Isle but so far I have only lived in the Emerald City (Seattle). sigh
Thanks for stopping by.
Kari, I’ve never tasted Jamsome sauce, but am almost certain the Irish in me could be persuaded to eat some 😉
I like the way you incorporated shamrock, Kelly green and the blue green throughout the table.
I found a purple cabbage place setting last year, but would really like the green ones. They would go with so many different themes and color combos.
But, what caught my eye the most was your sign, not lucky just blessed. God’s blessing and promises last forever!
Thank you! God has truly blessed me. If you remember the story of the single footprints in the sand…God was definitely carrying me this past year and a half during my bout with pancreatic cancer.
I don’t believe I have seen the purple cabbage plates, i can’t wait to see them in a future tablescape.
The Jameson sauce is a lot like a rum sauce and I would be glad to give you the recipe if you would like:
Jameson Sauce for Bread Pudding
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/8 cup Jameson Irish whiskey (Optional: less or more to taste)*
While the bread pudding is baking in the oven, make the sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan on low heat. Add the sugar and egg and whisk to blend well. Bring to a very slow simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. (I like to use the back of a metal spoon by coating it with the sauce to test for thickness, but be careful to not let the sauce boil) Remove from heat and whisk in the alcohol. You want the sauce to be soft and creamy.
*You may substitute rum, bourbon or your drink of choice in the sauce…Or you may omit the alcohol altogether.
Thanks for stopping by
Kari,like you, we keep it a quiet at home celebration. All your green details are perfect and the menu sounds delicious! I love using my cabbage ware for spring tables, and admire your stick flatware. Do you recall the name? I’d like to add a set here.
Happy St. Pat’s to you and the Captain.
hi Sarah…I believe the name is Twig Flatware and here is something similar at West Elm. https://www.westelm.com/products/twig-flatware-5-pc-set-d152/
I have the silver and the copper pieces but bought them so long ago I don’t recall where. (Chemo Brain :))
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great and safe day.
What a lovely Irish place setting, even if it’s not all Irish. lol We all should feel blessed this year, but I know you and The Captain especially after all you have been through. Thank you for an inspiring blog.
Hugs and love,
God has been so good to us…and I pray for you and Ron and hope to see you soon. Thanks for stopping by.
the Painted Apron says
So lovely Kari, and I feel blessed to know you my brave friend! We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because it is my granddaughter’s birthday, and she is such a blessing. I love your Santa leprechaun, adorable! I love your beautiful Irish tea set and the sweet sheep. Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish is with you!
I remember you telling us of your granddaughter’s birthday…how special she must feel with her very own celebration! Will you be celebrating at the shore? Be safe dear friend.
the Painted Apron says
Thank you Kari, no we will celebrate in Bham, she’s having her party at an art studio where she and a couple of friends will do art projects, be still my heart! We’ll be going to the coast for Spring break later in March. Do you have any RV trips planned?
Yes, we are going to Kansas this summer, hopefully the pandemic will be in a “herd immunity” by then. We have gone out on several 2 or 3 day excursions which I enjoyed immensely. It was a wonderful change of scenery even tho we pretty much stayed to ourselves. The Captain laughed at me and said “it doesn’t take much to make you happy these days” and he is right. I kept telling him over and over how great it was. LOL
Art projects? How thrilling she is taking after her grandmother.
the Painted Apron says
Oh Kansas, how fun! My parents grew up in Atchison and I have a niece that lives in Kansas City. I know what you mean about happy, the littlest things make me happy these days too 🙂
Jenna, We lived in North Kansas City near the airport for over 10 years …and we have a son in Leavenworth (but no bars on his windows LOL) and two of our children live in Salina, Kansas along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren too. Small world.:)
Linda Primmer says
Lovely table Kari. Feeling blessed is so true. We are blessed to have you. Your table is delightful. Your little Irish guy is so cute with it’s green jacket. The cabbage dishware is so perfect and I believe most of us have them. Love the twig flatware and your nod to the crooked walking sticks. The soup sounds delicious, I make one similar with broccoli. I have admired the Irish Baleek Shamrock Tea Set for years. Always a pleasure to join you Kari. Happy march.
Thank you Linda for your kind comments. What fun it was to decorate this table. Have a great day and stay safe.
Chloe Crabtree says
That soup sounds delicious! You have set such a lovely table with all kinds of adorable accents styled for St. Patrick’s Day! I love the cabbage plates and bowls, they are on my wish list! I have four cabbage plates from Pier 1 that do in a pinch. The little Irish fellow looking over the table is a grand touch!
Oh Chloe, the colcannon soup is a favorite of ours! Having an Irish ancestry has always made me proud and to be able to decorate and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, makes it even better.
Rita C. says
Kari, right from the start with the tam o shanter and the blessed vs lucky, I knew your post would be meaningful. Your journey has been such an inspiration, and with each night of prayer, your name just rolls off my list of those for whom I pray for continued blessings. I knew right away the significance of the shamrock and the Trinity and St Patrick, and the honorary wearing of the green. All of the sweet nods to your Irish heritage (I especially like the reference to walking sticks with the flatware) are appropriately appointed on the table, making for a delightful setting for some wonderful recipes! Slainte, from one Irish lass to another!
Sandra Brown says
Love your blog! Would love to see you active on Facebook!
Thank you Sandra.