Sunday, March 3, 2013

St Patrick's Day Tablescape

 I  like to combine expensive and inexpensive items that add panache to the table.  My goal is to show that you can find things around the house that can be applied for special occasion.  
For this St Patrick's Day event,   I want to emphasize the story of  the greenness of Ireland and the abundant leaf shamrocks.  You'll see the magic numbers of 3's (3 candleholders, coins, silverware) and 4's (plates, wineglasses, moss) for extra good luck charm. 
I start out with a color scheme and then I try to tell a story.  So, I start with  an inventory of  what I have around the house.  My husband thinks I'm a pack rat because I keep almost everything I've used ( just in case...).   I come from a large family ( and still growing), and there's always something to celebrate. The expenses mount up if you have to purchase all the decorations from scratch. I would rather spend on food and gifts.   So, I've learned to recycle.

 If I don't have enough to meet the color scheme I create them or  try to go to discount stores, or  fabric stores to find as enhancements to complete the storyline.   My goal is to create something simple, affordable and yet elegant.

 I like to create  harmony of colors.  So to balance the greenness, I'm infusing gold (to represent a golden opportunity to see a leprechaun, who supposedly could lead you to a pot of gold) and white (to represent the purity of St. Patrick who converted Ireland into Christianity). 

The centerpiece brings the feel of an inside garden. I like to create the feel of stepping into a forest full of clovers, lichens and mosses. The tablecloth is a pastel green (denotes a ground cover).  The green stems of the wine glass (purchased a few years ago)  are like little trees surrounding the forest grounds.

The plates were a wedding present (see Valentine's Day Table Setting Day 5).  

The 3 clear vases and  vinyl boxwood were used for a bridal shower last Spring  and the silk moss (inside the vases)  were from an April Baby Shower.  The 2 short candles were purchased from the dollar store during the holidays. 

 Here's the fun part, the sparkly shamrock glued on the candle is from a garland from the dollar store.

The green platter is a birthday present (to symbolize a body of green water).  Here, I want to establish how the shamrocks  grow with a bit of water (like everything else, we all grow given a little bit of love). 
   Inside the vase, I put moss on the bottom and dropped some shamrock as if they are growing around the moss.

The gold shamrock was a gift to my husband's late grandparents on their 50th anniversary.  It is framed on top of our front door as a lucky charm.  We hope that whoever enters and leaves our home stays in love for that many years.

The see-thru  golden lantern is a Christmas ornament.  I added my shamrock pin on top as an effect.  The lantern is to indicate a little light  will lead one to finding gold amidst the forest. On, a philosophical note, it's like "given a little guidance in life gives one a brighter outlook in life".  

Gold (plastic coins)  found  amongst the moss 

 To add a little color to the place setting, I've added a green napkin intertwined with the white napkin.  The napkin holders are homemade and used for other occasions (this is one of my versatile napkins) .  For this St. Patrick's Day event, I used green leaves and added 3 green beads in the middle and glued a glittery shamrock.

I like to capture the idea of luck and wishes. We have these commemorative $1 gold coins used as part of a  dinner conversation/game.   As my family sits down, they are to pick up one coin at a time and make a wish throughout dinner time.  

To add a twist to the place setting, I placed the silverware inside the napkins.

Buffett Table

I like extending the color scheme to the food area.    I also like using heights to nicely display the food.  In this case,  monochromatic colors do very well.   I found different shades of green I had forgotten I had:  vase, a pot and ice cream soda glass . 

See also St. Patrick's Day Dinner Ideas

For more holiday tablescape see tab on top - Tablescapes  
See also: Valentine's Day Tablescape Day 1 to Day 5

Shopper's Corner:
TJ Maxx - center green bowl
TJ Maxx - 3 clear vases

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