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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rainbows End Tablescape~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My longtime readers know how much I adore St. Patrick’s Day. In years past I have written several Irish themed posts which can be found in the March archives on the sidebar. A post I originally wrote in March 2008 on Thatched Roof Cottages continues to get several hits each week.  

For this years St. Patrick’s Day tablescape I wanted to create a setting which one might encounter if they came to the end of a rainbow. I settled on a color palette of greens, browns, creams and of course silver and gold. Then I went around the house collecting things that fit the bill. A bit unorthodox, but quite fun.

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I began with a pale green damask tablecloth with matching napkins. The green color is so faint that it almost appears in the pictures as cream.

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Next,  for a rustic, outdoor feeling I used my $1.00 willow chargers I found a few years ago at Anthropologie.

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I created a place card for each guest using an image I found at The Graphics Fairy.


The centerpiece is my favorite part. My “pot of gold”  is an antique Bavarian teapot filled with roses that actually have a slight green tinge.

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Here’s the back of the teapot and a close up of a few of the chocolate coins scattered in the mossy “meadow”.

Tip#1 ~ Work with the moss outside as it can get a bit messy.

Tip #2 ~ Candles are absent from this tablescape as they could be a potential fire hazard.

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This image makes me feel peaceful, happy and … lucky.

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On the sideboard/buffet I continued the green theme by using various décor items and a favorite piece of Irish linen.

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Here’s a close up of its yummy, hand worked goodness.

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The centerpiece features an antique frame with a traditional Irish blessing,

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Under the glass cloche is a antique toothpick holder that belonged to my great ~ great grandparents. It’s a leprechaun's top hat, I just know it.

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To the right of the centerpiece is a mish mash of green favorites. Like the “cloche”? It’s a sconce votive holder turned upside down.

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This is what lies under the wavy glass. Nested eggs on an egg cup.

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Don’t you love my wee gold bird? He has peridot green eyes. A treasured gift from a special friend now in heaven.

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He is a vintage artificial sweetener holder. The magnetized tongs are miniscule. LOVE!!!!

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To the left is Irish potato bread and a plate of bakery sugar cookies. (Truthfully I wish I could eat it all myself. :)

We’re also having corned beef, cabbage, carrots and yes, more potatoes. No famine here.

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Need a St. Paddy’s Day Playlist? Here are my favorites.

Need an Irish themed movie? My top 10 list is HERE.

The kidlets and I are off to play miniature golf today ~ yes on a “green”. (Snicker) Thank you for your understanding that my bloggy time is limited this week due to spring break.

What are your St. Paddy’s Day  plans?


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Mom in High Heels said...

We love St. Pat's Day here. Your table looks lovely! I might just have to make a special tablescape for our dinner tonight. We don't do corned beef (I don't eat beef), so we're doing cabbage and turkey kielbasa. Yummy!
Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Pat said...

Beautiful table Laura. I love the centerpiece vignette. The sweetner holder is wonderful.

Gotta love The Quiet Man!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


I love your tablescape and all the vignettes all over...they're just amazing!!! Each one, I 've enjoyed looking al you did...and wish you a wonderful and blessed St. Patty's Day.
Hope you come over too, love to have you to celebrate.


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Laura! WOW! Your table scape is so dreamy...I bet that's what we'll find at the end of the rainbow!!! I love it! Your sideboard is too, too cute! I love the bingo cards that spell out "lucky." I hope you enjoy your day with your kids playing miniature golf!

April said...

hooray for the thatched-roof cottage post!
my, your tablescape is just DREAMY. green is my favorite color, and your varying shades, textures, and shapes is just a feast for my little green eyes this morning!
happy spring break!

The Pennington Point said...

The whole thing makes me swoon! And that handmade linen on the sideboard....delicious! Everything looks beautiful. You are the queen of the details. Lisa~

Red Gate Farm said...

How fun! Happy St. Patrick's Day!


ps... I've been meaning to tell you how much I love the picture of your little green cottage on your header!

Jen said...

What a fun St. Paddy's Day table! I love all of your little touches such as place cards and coins. Your rainbow inspiration is such a lovely thought.

Have a wonderful day!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Very pretty Laura....have a fun St. Patty's Day!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Wonderful Laura...I especially like the centerpiece & the chick saccharine tog holder. Cute! Thanks again!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, This is such a pretty St. Paddy's Day table! I am in love with the toothpick holder..adorable! I am off to cook my corned beef and cabbage too.

Teresa said...

I may need days to make an accurate comment to your Tablescape... so many enchanting and adorable details.
Justo stop by to wish you

"May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,and may all the wishes you wish come true!"

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Absolutely gorgeous setting!! And The Quiet Man is one of my all time FAVE movies ever! I love it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Saleslady371 said...

The photos of your table are lovely and I'm so inspired here! I would love to meet you, Laura, and wish I didn't have to work on the 26th so I could come to the luncheon. Thank you for inviting me, though!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a beautiful tablescape!! I also love your vignette on the buffet that you created. Very pretty!!


Sweetladyelaine said...

I found your tablescape peaceful. I love all the details! Thank you for sharing...
Blessings to You,

Donnie said...

Very pretty. Happy St Patrick's Day.

Little Leslie said...

You home is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Just gorgeous!!!

Liz said...

Soooooooper Darling table!!! I love The Quiet Man! I actually did a whole post on it.. I loved the cottages! :)


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy St. Pat's Day to you, too! My daughter is on Spring break this week also.

Your tablescape is just so special, Laura. The food sounds yummy, too!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

That wee bird is precious - just like you!

Redhead Sadie said...

You constantly amaze me with what you do with that table, girl! Love it!
Hey, I left you a message on your home phone today... :-)

Chris said...

A wonderful St Paddy's celebration. I have the same 'Enchantment' flatware.

cityfarmer said...

you didn't miss a single detail!

everything is beautiful

Creative Breathing said...

Laura, What a beautiful tablescape for your dinner, and what wonderful ideas I would love to use for Easter. I have always wondered how to have the center of the table decorated and still be able to see. My Dessert Rose teapot now has the perfect spot to be! Enjoy the holidays! Elizabeth

French said...

Love it all, Laura, esp those willow chargers; hope you had a lovely feast! I'm trying to chase the jetlag cobwebs away and doing only a moderate job of that...something about those extra few hours past Paris, perhaps? emailing you tonight...

Self Sagacity said...

The table is very pretty. Just enough decorations. :-)
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Linda Q said...

Fabulous table Laura and all your little touches and special keepsakes are what make it so!

Pat said...

Dear Laura,

I'm glad you liked the quote. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Your St. Pat's blog entry is great!

Kind regards,

Daniella said...

Laura!! Thank you for visiting me today!!
First, this post is AMAZING!! Your home and tablescape are divine!
Second, I went to all 3 of your blogs, and couldn't find the altered matchbook swap@@!!?? I am moving into my studio, so I can stop working out of 4 boxes, and I know I have a large matchbook, among others, and IF I can ever find it, I would be interested! but i think i wont make it.
Do you have other swaps and artsy things?
I would love to see the party favors too!! cantfindthemugh.
YOU are awesome!! Love all 3 of your blogs! HPS

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Laura! Thank you so much for visiting our blog today...I'm following you now too and will be back often. Have a lovely weekend :O)

Tammy said...

Hi Laura!

First I want to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a sweet comment. I am very interested in the matchbook swap but can't find any information on it. Can you email me and give me the info? You have an amazing blog and you are a very talented lady. I loved your beautiful tablescape! I feel so honored that you looked at my blog since you are a professional and my ultimate passion is decorating and I am such an amateur. I guess all we can do is try or best and use what we have been given, right? I will be back to visit soon!
Blessings to you!
Love Tammy

Rhonda said...

WOW!!!! Simply gorgeous!!! I want to come your house to celebrate St Patty's Day!
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a message!
I am your newest follower! I look forward to getting to know you!!!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table!

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh what a pretty table! Your centerpiece is really the pot 'o gold at the end of the rainbow! :)
You've changed your blog header too - love it!
Be a sweetie and hope you're having a nice weekend,

Jacqueline said...

Wow, what classy St. Patrick's Day decorations you shared! Everything is so elegant. I have never seen someone do such a gorgeous St. Patrick's Day Table and the buffet is fabulous too. I agree, that little toothpick holder is definitely someone's lost hat. Thanks, it was inspiring.

Melissa said...

Thank you for stopping by. HPS!

nprimopiano said...

I love the gold bird!

Wanda Metcalf said...

I love this room! The pitcher of flowers are perfect and the coins dropped all around are adorable. The lucky BINGO cards are just the cutest. I love, love the old keys!! The must open all the doors to the cottage in the banner on your profile. ~ wink wink~

You are right I love the favor box! I think it would a fun one to try for my daughter in laws baby shower. Thanks for stopping in and leaving me a sweet comment. I will return to see what else you have around here - what fun!

Jori said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I LOVE your blog, so happy and cheery(in fact I am your latest follower).

PS-LOVE The Quiet Man!!

Shirl said...

Hi, thank you for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Love your post, your table setting is beauitufl!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Annesphamily said...

I absolutely love "The Quiet Man". It is a true favorite. I love the post. anne

Karie's Chic Creations said...

I just love your blog! The tablescape is beautiful. There are so many things that I like, but I must say that beautiful Irish linen on the buffet is gorgeous. You always do just a beautiful job. I have also been reading the post about the royal wedding dresses. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing that. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. I do hope you will come back again. Hugs, Karie

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Laura, Everyone thinks to post about green for St. Patrick's Day but posting about the rainbow and what's at the end of it is a stroke of genius. LOVE this post!

Me! said...

I have just had the best time enjoying your post! Thank you for . . . well, for EVERYTHING! It was the best fun! :)

The Vintage Rose said...

What absolutely adorable decorating for St Patrick's Day... just perfect..such a treasure to read!