Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Serving up the corned beef and cabbage!






















I'm hoping that this will work (fingers crossed). This is my first attempt at Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. Please visit her to see lots of georgous tablesettings.

We always have a traditional meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage for our St. Patrick's Day celebration -- it sort of serves "double duty" as our daughter, Katy's Birthday dinner as well. Now there's a true Irish lass for you!
Today, I'm using plates that I bought at Goodwill. The white plates I bought about a year or so ago. For @$20, I got 10 dinner plates (1 recently cracked), 7 soup bowls (I just got an 8th from e-bay) and 8 coffee mugs. This past Saturday, when I went "treasure hunting", I found the green salad/dessert plates for $5.25 for eight. Then cloth napkins I have had awhile. The placemats were another bargin treasure this Saturday from Target - 2 sets of 4 for $2.49 a set. The silverwear I ordered from a restaurant supply store on-line. I've had those about 3 years. You may also notice 2 napkins per setting. I almost always have to "explain" this to first time dinner guests. The cloth one is for your lap -- paper for your mouth. (It saves me a from lot of lipstick stains!)

My centerpiece is a picture frame with green plaid paper inside, holding a candle, a pail of ivy, a bunny who's been hopping through the shamrocks (see his green stained feet?) and I think a leprechan must have dropped his bag of gold!

Thanks for stopping by!

See ya!














40 comments:

  1. Great tablescape! And I grew up in a house where we had corned beef and cabbage every St Paddy's day!! Welcome to TT!!...Debbie

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  2. So many of y'all are so good a finding all of these thrifty treasures. I just need to get with it. Thanks for sharing and Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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  3. I love your tablescape and also love corned beef and cabbage...sounds yummy! Thanks for your sweet comments about my Lilly tablescape!

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  4. So lovely and festive! Love all the greens and the accessories!...Christine

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  5. Well, happy birthday to your daughter. Your table looks ready for a March birthday. So lovely!

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  6. Welcome to your first Tablescape Thursday! Oh, I think you've done a marvelous job with your table! Everything looks wonderful. Love your dishes too!
    I'll pass on the corned beef but go ahead and pass me a bowl of cabbage!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

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  7. I really enjoyed your table setting. I've bought my corned beef to make on Tuesday along with some cabbage and potatoes!!
    happy tt to you.

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  8. Lovely tablescape! I haven't had corned beef in ages. I must try to find some for myself! Deb

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  9. I'll be right over, it sounds wonderful. Love your table and especially that little bunny. Great pictures!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  10. Your tablescape is lovely. How cute is the little bunny. Wonderful!

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  11. Hi Martha, we hava a lot in common. I just posted my first tablescape today too. I'm new to blogging. My first post was on Jan 22. I discovered blogging through RMS. You centerpiece is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

    I had to chuckle to myself when I saw the title of your blog. I knew I wanted to say [Something] Inspiration, but couldn't come up with anything that rolled of the tongue easy. There are many Southern this or Southern that, but Mid-Atlantic Inspirations just didn't do it. I must say Mid-Atlantic Martha works. I think it's the MM. I opened your profile to see where you were from. I'm from Mechanicsburg, PA. Formerly, State College, PA, hence the Nittany. Since we seem to be kindred spirits, may I add you as a favorite?

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  12. What a pretty table! I particularly love the bunny as part of your centerpiece, and serving the traditoinal corned beef and cabbage. It all looks so festive, and you've paid such attention to the details. Great job!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. I love the whole table especially the bunny! The 2 napkin rule is a great idea! I have been known to switch paper for cloth at the last minute! :D Jewel

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  14. A lovely St. Pat's table. Love the bunny -- it's a great addition.

    another Martha

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  15. Hi,

    We have corned beef and cabbage every St. Paddy's Day too, and we celebrate my birthday, which is on the 16th. My Irish grandmother's was on the 17th, I would have been named Patricia Anne, had I waited a day to be born.

    Your table is refreshing and a great display for the Irish.

    'D'

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  16. That's adorable! I love what you did. Oh, and congrats on that 4th granddaughter coming this summer. Aren't they just great?! Linda

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  17. Yummy menu! Nice table and great little bunny.
    Thanks for stopping by to see my bird table.
    Candy

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  18. Wonderful setting for St. Pattys and a birthday. Welcome to TT this is my second week and loving it. If you are missing the bunny he might have just hopped to my house:)

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  19. I have not had corned beef and cabbage since I was a child--may have to try it again. Smart idea about the 2 napkins!

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  20. You did a GREAT job! This si MY first post at TT also so please stop over to see my table too! I love the plates and what BARGAINS!!!! I am going to Target today so will check out the placemats! Hugs, Pinky PS, have ALWAYS wanted to do 2 napkins...I hate lipstick stains too!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. How pretty! Thanks for visiting me this morning!

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  22. Looks Great Mom! Can't wait to eat at such a pretty table!

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  23. You have nothing to worry about, that table is just beautiful!
    Great share today, thanks! Happy TT!

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  24. OOO, I like your dual napkin idea! Mine often get grease stains on them. Plus, there are so many pretty paper napkins, I'm always drawn to them. Your table is beautiful!

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  25. Lovely setting...very festive! I can smell the corned beef and cabbage...mmmmm!
    Have a fabulous day!

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  26. Very pretty St. Pat's table -- I like it all.

    Scribbler

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  27. So lovely, Martha! I like your flatware!

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  28. So many wonderful St. Patrick's Day tables on TT! Yours is beautiful! Happy birthday to your daughter (I also have a daughter Katie). :)

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  29. Love the bunny, especially his green feet from hopping through the shamrocks--so cute!

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  30. Lovely lovely! The bunny is soo cute!
    My birthday is on 18th, so I celebrate on St. Patrick's Day too with a traditional meal!
    Monica.

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  31. What a delightful tablescape for St Pats Day! I love it! And I lOVE that bunny!

    Leigh,
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  32. this Irish girl is smiling! - The Mrs.

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  33. MAM~ I like your placemats because they look versatile. I spotted a few coins--did a lil leprechaun visit your house a little early? Hee hee. And you are right--your bunny and my bunny must be cousins. :) They wouldn't have too far to visit each other because I'm down in Chesapeake. Happy St. Pats Day to you!
    Linda

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  34. Beautiful table! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  35. Great St Paddy's day table. I have the same white plates. I got my set on clearance from JC Penney's. I loved them in the store, but my family hates eating off of them as they are so flat. They never use them at all. Boo hoo. Your table looks great & I love the bunny with the green feet!! Happy birthday to your daughter & enjoy your dinner. I hate corn beef & cabbage. Too bad as my hubby loves it.

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  36. Love your St. Patrick's table and the recipe for the corn beef and cabbage sounds yummy.

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  37. Your dishes and bunny are lovely.

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  38. Very yummy! I love all these dishes that I'm seeing! Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday!

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  39. Hi Martha...I still haven't made it around to all the tablescapes...working full time really cuts into blog time! :-) Love your St. Paddy's tablescape...this is wonderful! Love you centerpiece and the way you have your napkins displayed! So glad you joined in on TT! I bet this was a hit with your family! Susan

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