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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Food and Fun

St. Patrick’s Day is sneaking up on me. I sat down last night to get inspired.

Emerald Green Tablescape

Longtime readers of my blog know I love out of the box and inexpensive ideas. Repurposing sweaters as “vase warmers” yep, it’s a winner.

Indeed the entire scene is perfect for those who may not quite have a St. Paddy’s “spring” in their step.

The paring of teal and kelly green is lovely.

wintery teal and green tablescape

This idea made me happy and I just might steal it.

Ribbon Tablescape

Here’s a close up of the place setting.

green ribbon tablescape :: via divine party concepts

Apples yes! But could this possibly be done with Brussels sprouts too?

a pretty green tablescape

Green and gold glitter. I think so. 

Green and gold tablescape

Round up the glass jars.

I love the simple elegance of Irish linen napkins tied up with twine and a single stem of clover.

Irish Napkin Decor

I had to include this next image from Be Book Bound because the spud and sour cream place setting made me laugh out loud.

St. Patrick’s Day décor doesn’t have to be about leprechauns and rainbows. Green flora and fauna~ such as a vase of “bells of Ireland” and piling up old books in several shades of kelly, chartreuse and forest green also do the trick.

Bells of Ireland Display

Or perhaps just a few wee green glass vases.

Green Glass Display

A bit of velvet ribbon and two pearl headed pins can quickly transform a dollar store candle into something spectacular.

Green-Ribbon Wrapped Candle

For a real party atmosphere you can hang up green tissue paper poms. Martha has a good tutorial.

#LillyHoliday Lime Green Garland

Have the kids create any sort of paper banner or garland.

Decorating for st patricks day - going to steal this for next years party

You can find the heart and clover how to HERE.

lucky clover

Every year I make the same dinner ~ Irish soda bread, corned beef served with cabbage, potatoes and carrots. It would be mutiny if I ever tried to change it.

Corned Beef & Cabbage-  My fav is to coat the corned beef with the seasoning packet, brown sugar, mustard, a few more seasonings and simmer in the crockpot - filled with beer of course - for a few hours! Add veggies the last 45 mins or so :)

But I always try something new for dessert. I found these adorable and oh so easy leprechaun hats at Hostess With The Mostess.

DIY Tutorial: Leprechaun Hat Smores

Rolo’s never looked  so cute! The free printable is HERE.

Free RAINBOW St. Patricks Day Printables

If you need a clever craft to keep the kiddo’s busy while you’re in the kitchen this is my favorite.

Would be a good way to decorate a kitchen. With vegetable stamping .

For a last bit of fun I’ve created a St. Patrick’s Day playlist HERE. It’s my way of saying “Thank you and Happy St. Patrick’s Day” to all my dear readers.

Enjoy the jigs and reels,



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love all this amazing decor ... and that potato still has me smiling!!! :)

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martinealison said...

Une publication qui fait largement honneur à Saint-Patrick...
Gros bisous

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

I'm not even a tiny bit Irish , but all these ideas are great and I adore the different shades of green.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love it all! That tater has me thinking though...Love that idea! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

April Dunlap said...

That potato would be TOTALLY appropriate around here. We joke that if anyone doubted Irish roots in our family despite the red-headed kids(and tempers?), they could definitely CONFIRM the descent from all the POTATOES we eat.
These are some beautiful inspiration photos!

Carol said...

There certainly are some inspiring photos here, but the assorted glass jars and bottles filled with flowers has me hooked!

TRay said...

Well, of all the gorgeous things in this post....I like the last the best!!!

Don't forget Tooter O'Ray will be doing the "wearing o' the green" (as he does everyday)

--Your Royal PEAculiar

The Boston Lady said...

I love the green pepper/clover stamp idea. Green is one of my favorite colors so every picture was a treat! Ann

P.S. i hope you got my email!

Karen Albert said...

So many fun and beautiful ideas Laura!
I have left a message for my friends in the latest post; I hope you will visit.


Art by Karena

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

That potato really is such a cute idea. I love corned beef and cabbage, I would create mutiny if we didn't have it too. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What great St Paddy's day ideas. Beautiful greens, Laura!!!

Sue said...

So many cute ideas that I can use. I only had a handful of St Patty Day stuff and your post gives me lots more. I love the paper hearts/clover.

Tammy's in Love said...

Enough to make me wish I was Irish! Love the Shamrock window ornament!

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

Wonderful picturesLaura! I love my Direct TV during the holidays because they have a Holidays music channel and it's Celtic music right now so I can turn it on and listen all commercials!

openid said...

Laura McGunn,
Thank you for sharing all these creative ideas for a festive St Patrick's Day. Your tables are lovely but my clan would insist on the traditional Irish meal of ham and cabbage and a "centerpiece" consisting of Paddy's Whiskey, Guinness Draught and Beamish Stout! :)
Your Friend,
Deborah McCarthy

Jen said...

Ahhh! I love all of the inspiration!! I haven't even began to think about St. Paddy's day and now I am suddenly excited about the prospects. Thanks for the inspiration! I look forward to seeing your own St Paddy's table

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Laura, I loved my Art History classes in college, and I can only imagine how wonderful your paper was! Congrats on the A.

Thanks for this St. Paddy's Day inspiration. I have barely begun to "think green," but you've helped push me in that direction. There are so many great ideas here, but it's the simple green velvet ribbon and pearl pins wrapped around a "plain Jane" white candle that have stolen my heart this morning. :-)

Vel Criste said...

Totally inspirational Laura, most especially those gorgeous table set-ups! love it, thanks for the inspiration!

8)(8 said...

Love the images! I especially like the green apple arrangement, the linen with the clover, and sweaters used for vase covers especially if it is cold.

khess136 said...

Laura, I am sooo very far behind on Google Reader and am just beginning to catch up. I agree with you wholeheartedly....Easter is much too early this year. One of the reasons I've been on a merry-go-round, trying to present 2 Trunk Shows so I can cover both March holidays! I love the inspiration you've given for St. Pat's and we seem to share a love for embellishing paper mache Easter eggs!
I especially love seeing the Book of Kells ~ spent a lot of time in an illustration class working on Illuminations.
I hope to be a better follower now that my life has slowed down, and I hope you've forged through with shining colors in all your classes!

Maple Lane said...

Love all of the green! (my fav color) Wishing you a nice weekend.

Auntie Em said...

Love all the pretty green inspiration in this post! The row of green goblets is beautiful and the paper hearts and clover are so sweet.
Thank you for sharing all the StPattys fun and inspiration.