Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday that I feel is under-valued by most. My hubby and I went shopping for some Irish decor over the weekend and were amazed over the lack of it. Most stores (and we went to plenty) had few decorations … if any. We both looked at each other and exclaimed, what happened to “St. Patrick’s Day?” It is a holiday that is suppose to bring happiness, good luck and good health. Why, I wonder, would people not want to celebrate such positive thinking?
“When Irish eyes are smiling, ‘Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter, You can hear the angels sing.” – Author Unknown
I will be the first to admit that we are a wee bit partial to the day, as we were married on St. Patrick’s Day. I realize it is not a legal holiday here in the United States; however, it has proven to be quite lucky for Hector and I in the endeavor of love and happiness. Hence, I love decorating my tables for St. Patrick’s Day!
What is it about the dawn of early light that can magically transform ordinary dishes and turn them into something exceptional? Dishes come alive as the sun dances all around them! The dabbled sunlight peeking through the windows is a sign of good things to come, for St. Patrick’s Day is also about the promise of Spring. The beauty of the morn still amazes me, and our table setting is starting to blossom right in front of my eyes.
I brought out the green American Whitehall sherbets, coupled with white Buffalo China and a set of dishes I inherited from my parents – “Petite Flora” Ironstone. The chargers were picked up at a local Goodwill and they paired wonderfully with the rest of the mismatched dishes. Mixing more contemporary pieces with vintage ones has proven to be addictive for me, and it is now the only way I set a table.
Coins of green and gold were placed in various glass and crystal containers, which reflected the hues with abundance! They were also scattered haphazardly about; however, I used them sparingly. I also scattered green and gold glittered cloverleafs throughout to carry on with the Irish theme.
“For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.” – Author Unknown
Everything was starting to blend together nicely; however, all the dishes were from different styles, patterns and age. With crystal and glass mixed in, I was starting to feel the luck of the Irish upon me. The white lace tablecloth helped balance the theme, and gave the entire setting a classic and springtime look.
I really had fun with the various “Pots of Gold”. I decided not to use a real pot, as it would have been too heavy-looking for this delicate spring look. Instead, I put bags of gold-foiled chocolate candy underneath glass domes and upon cake servers. I really like how it turned out! The crystal and glass pieces were used to help soften the look, creating a lovely green landscape. I wanted the feel of lush green meadows, without going overboard with a solid block of green.
“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold, and at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold!” – Author Unknown
Each “dome of gold” was sitting on a white paper doily, which was resting on a cake server. I find it difficult not to use doilies when setting a table. I consider them an important element, and when wedged between two different colors of glass – the look is quite exquisite. The table looks dressed, finished, and polished.
A yellow/green rough-textured runner was placed down the middle of the table; I did this mainly to keep the tablescape from appearing too fussy and delicate. I mainly worked with three colors – green, gold, and white – with varying shades of each. I used two different shades of green for the napkins, alternating between place settings. Green Fostoria glasses, in the Argus pattern, were used for both the orange juice and water beverages.
These little green salt and pepper shakers were found at a local thrift shop for mere pennies. The color of the glass was just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! They are not delicate in nature and prove to be a good addition to the table. They blend seamlessly with all the other pieces … and prove, without a doubt, that even flea-market finds can work beautifully with more expensive vintage pieces. The key to success is to have all the pieces blend well in regards to their color and hue.
“May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May you allways have sun shine on your window pane.
May your rainbows be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.” – Author Unknown