A Casual, Rustic St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape….yes, my friends…after many, many years of setting a St. Patricks Day tablescape…there isn’t really much more one can do with one’a available decor.
Of course, one could go out and buy new items, which some stylists do, but I chose to use what is already in my “stash” as we into tablescaping often call our decor.
I have to share one bit of info about my stash (that seems to have a life of it’s own as it grows and grows).
When I was ill, It was determined that I could have died several times over.
I am not trying to be morbid about this…but I say that to say this.
I learned much later…well after my illness that NO ONE wanted my treasured tablescaping decor!
(By that I mean…. that after I pass away and go to live with my Father in Heaven and it is time to go through my things.)
Not my daughter, not my daughters-in-law, not my grand daughters or sons, etc!!
You see, apparently none of my family has the same desires (as I do) of setting special tables for every s-i-n-g-l-e holiday or special event.
Are they not from my loins? ;0
Oh, they like the occasional pretty table…but with their own minimal “stuff” and not mine.
Okay, seriously now….that is ok…however, this little bit of information has made me rethink my normal impulses of buying that flatware service for 8 that has the cute cupie doll on the handles to add to my other 50 sets (or more) of flatware.
Or those adorable stemmed glasses/goblets in that unusual shade of lime green.
And the tiny (but cute) deck of cards perched on a napkin ring holder, which of course would encircle one of the many, many, many sets of linen napkins.
And don’t forget those sweet salad plates featuring 1920’s bathing suit models posing prettily in the center of the plates.
AND that over-stuffed cabinet full of tablecloths and place mats.
Not to mention the Fed Ex driver who delivers the many boxes to my doorstep.
I mean he counts on me….
He looks forward to delivering boxes.
It is his job security.
But alas, I have finally come to realize that my large hobby of collecting dishes is mine and mine alone.
I even asked my only daughter if there wasn’t at least one thing she might like to have and she said…”oh, maybe one of your cookbooks”!!!!
Are you kidding me?
I have a whole library of cookbooks that take up all four shelves of two large kitchen cabinets!
So you see my reluctance to add even more table decor to my already bulging dish pantry and storage areas.
Sorry, just give me a moment to collect myself.
So this table setting is very casual, rustic so to speak.
Everything pulled from my existing stash.
For this tablescape,……
I started with a burlap tablecloth.
The placemats are made of twigs…very rustic.
The plate stack is “wood grained melamine” consisting of dinner plate, salad plate, salad bowl and a drinking glass.
The green plaid napkin sits under the plate stack.
In addition to the wood-grained drinking glass, I have used a cone-shaped beer glass.
I started to use the tall pilsners, but felt they were off balance with the other glasses.
So they went back in the “glasses” cabinet and the shorter ones remained.
After all, St. Patrick’s day would not be a day without it’s share of Guinness.
For the centerpiece, I used a pair of green suspenders and Irish Tam O’ Shanter, surrounded by shamrock garland and two Irish figurines with umbrellas.
A green plaid napkin sits under the bowl rather than the familiar left side of the plate stack.
The flatware is “twig” flatware. I have the silver and the bronze and as you can see, I chose the bronze for this table.
Part of the centerpiece is the two little Irish (lass and lassie) figurines holding green umbrellas.
They are surrounded by the garland of shamrocks.
The menu is all too familiar with many St. Patrick’s Day Dinners.
My menu is as follows:
St. Patrick’s Day Menu
Irish Soda Bread
Irish Potato Soup
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Pistachio Pineapple Salad
May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Do you have plans to decorate your table for St. Patrick’s Day?
Are you planing a special dinner?
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