Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lunching with Leprechauns

As you know, because I have droned on and on about it for what seems like forever, I am always behind when it comes to preparing for holidays. I don't know why this is, because I am generally not a procrastinator, and tend to be fairly well organized; I guess I'm just in denial that another holiday looms ahead. Who knows, but whatever the case, I did manage to do a special table for St. Patrick's Day. I call it “Lunching with Leprechauns” because I liked the alliteration, but, truth be told, it was dinner.
This table was put together in about 30 minutes. My son, and two adorable grandchildren, were coming for dinner and I decided to make their favorite meal and set a pretty table.
I am always charmed by the fact that my offspring, and grand offspring, appreciate what I do, and don’t hesitate to comment. In fact, they're beginning to expect it, so the pressure is on when it comes to inviting family over for even the most casual of meals.
I bought the leprechaun at Pier 1 early in the season figuring that I would use it in a table setting, and then promptly forgot about it. When it fell out of the pantry and hit me on the head, it served as a reminder that I hadn't set a table yet.
The basket is one that my son had given me, and normally corrals seasonal greenery and a candle in the coffee table vignette. The tissue paper I had found in the closet in my office while in search of something else, the little shamrock plant is an annual tradition for me, and I absolutely love them.
I decided to do something other than just green, as you can see, and I ended up quite liking the combination of the two bold colors.
The placemats (both round and rectangular) are from Pier 1, the cabbage plates are Portugal Majolica, and the dinner plates are the Blanc Amelie pattern from Maison Versailles.
The napkin rings are from Pottery Barn, the napkins are a combination of a dinner napkin that I bought at Pier 1, and an adorable St. Patrick's Day cocktail napkin set that was made for me by my aunt.
The stemware is from Pier 1, and a favorite of mine, particularly during the spring and summer months.
The little St. Patrick's Day treat buckets I picked up at Michael's a number of years ago, and the green popcorn, like the shamrock plant, is an annual tradition.
The little black cauldrons were purchased months ago with the idea that I would use them on Halloween, but they ended up serving well as a little pot of gold. I initially thought I would put foil-covered chocolate coins in the pots, but I really don't like that waxy chocolate, so I decided to use Rollos instead. I love the look, but, be forewarned if you would like to do the same, you will have to buy the big bag of Rollo candies because each one of these little cauldrons held 15 of them!
To finish off the little popcorn buckets I decided to cover a Hershey bar with a reproduction of a St. Patrick's Day vintage postcard. Boys would get a boy postcard, and we girls would get one with a girl on it.
I didn't get this idea until about an hour before they were about to arrive, so quickly printed these out, trimmed them into rectangles, and wrapped them around the Hershey bar before plunging them into the buckets. Considering it didn't take long, I really like the look.
The flatware is what I have been using all winter long because I absolutely love it. I realize that it is kind of wintry, but that doesn't matter to me I like it anyway, and it is really cold here today, so it's still fitting. It came from Cabela’s.
I hope you enjoy St. Patrick's Day no matter what you do; tomorrow I'm making a traditional St. Patrick's Day lunch and taking it to my dad.

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Sarah said...

What a fun, colorful table! Happy St. Pat's Day!

Marigene said...

My favorite color combo...I ♥♥♥ this table, Pattie! That is the cutest leprachaun. Glad it fell from the shelf to remind you to do a SPD table.
Have a great weekend.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh what a great tablescape - everything is perfect. I know your family loved it.


Linda said...

Beautiful and fun! I love those colors together. I hope you will share what you served? I did not know that Cabela's carried flatware.

Mary said...

So festive and colorful! I love the addition and contrast of the blue and your popcorn treat pails!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh this was so fun and very creative! I think the tablescape colors are so pretty even without the little Irish! I hope you'll link this one too at this weeks party! This weeks link is live now. Here's the new linky
Enjoy your week. Happy Spring.

The Charm of Home said...

Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Sandra Lee said...

This colorful table looks like it would be so much fun to sit at! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.