Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - St. Patrick's Day

Isn't Susan the most wonderful hostess inviting us to play along for Tablescape Thursday week after week? This week I'm getting my Irish St. Patrick's Day table ready a bit early. Our daughter asks for a corned beef and cabbage dinner each year for her birthday on March 14th. So we celebrate just a wee bit early.

Welcome to my whimsical St. Patrick's table -- perfect for a dear daughter's birthday dinner!

I've set a place for you -- come and join our celebration!

A bit of Irish fun for the centerpiece. I started with my largest round white (edged) platter and covered it with some dried moss from the craft store. Then I gathered some St. Patrick's "artifacts".

I wonder what this cute little leprechaun is day-dreaming about?

It must be all his gold coins that he has hidden inside this mushroom.....Hey! I thought it was a "pot of gold" not a "mushroom of gold"! Clever little fella - isn't he?

We start out with a little Church in our Irish village centerpiece -- (actually this is a Scottish Church.....shhhhh....don't tell!)

Next we have a little David Winter cottage -- Actually this is probably an English cottage......Oh well.....close enough!

Another David Winter cottage.....but this one DOES look Irish....don't you think so?

Glasses for our Irish beverages -- green iced tea (sweet --from "southern" Ireland) and Irish coffee with dessert.

I put my mugs in my vintage coasters with spoon rests.

Let's look at a place setting layer by layer. First we have some Irish linen napkins layered over dark olive green damask napkins. "Tied" up with a white bow napkin ring.

Next we have luncheon sized plates with a little Irish looking cottage. I found these at Marshall's right around Christmas and immediately thought "Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!"

Our charger plate is a green glass plate I found at the end of Summer at Cracker Barrel. They're heavy and were 75% off! Gotta love a sale!

I found these big old cabbage leaves ($3.99)at a local craft store. A fun touch of whimsey for a corned beef and cabbage dinner. They'll also be used in some Spring/Easter decorating. Target flatware from the clearance bin last summer.

All anchored by some vintage Irish linen placemats.

A close-up look at the little cottage on each plate that look very similar to.....

....my David Winter "Rose Cottage". Don't you agree?

An overview of my St. Patrick's tablescape. I think I will probably replace the little mushroom with a little pot of "Iron Cross" Oxalis. (They look like shamrocks)

A little different overview of the tablescape - showcasing the dishes.

A different view of this weeks table.

Cabbage by candlelight.

I wonder what mischief this little guy will get into in the dark? I hope you have a wonderful and lucky St. Patrick's celebration. Hope you find a pot of gold (be sure to check those mushrooms!) I hope you'll visit all the tablescapes this week over at "Between Naps on the Porch" -- I know you'll be delighted!

See ya!


  1. Such a lovely tablescape and I just love the cabbage leaf. What a cute touch. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  2. Gorgeous. I love your centerpiece and your little houses and church are stunning. They are really so pretty and perfect. I think they look Irish to me. The pot of gold is such a wonderful touch. Your linens are lovely and the plates are so like your little house. Such a lovely tablescape. Hugs, Marty

  3. This is such much fun! Those cabbage leaves, how perfect! And the little cottages for a centerpiece and the white linen napkins! There is great creativity in this table, I love it! Cindy

  4. As always, Beautiful.
    I enjoyed the "surprise" of the gold coins in the mushrooms! I look forward to seeing your Blog photos and all your "finds"! Happy Birthday to your daughter! (my dd's birthday is the 12th)

  5. How fun is this table girl...those cabbage leaves are just darling and the moss for the centerpiece and girl those coaters with the spoon rest I have never seen before thats a new one for this ole gal...Just wonderful what you did here...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. Martha, I love everything on this table! The little David Winter houses are perfect for a S.P. Day scape. Your layers of plates are so pretty, and yes, I think those plates are perfect Irish cottage plates! Love those cabbage leaf mats! Happy Birthday to your daughter. ondrful b'day! laurie

  7. Martha, I luv the cabbage leaves!!!
    This is great and clever.
    Like your tablescape and think it would be delightful to dine here.
    You have done a terrific job decorating and creating a mood.
    Have a happy week!
    your friend,

  8. Ohhhhhhh Martha your table is beautiful!
    I'd love to come for dinner! :-)

    Hugz, Dolly

  9. What a pretty and also a fun table setting.
    You did a great job. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  10. Your tablescape is charming with the cabbage leaves and the pretty cottages, beautiful! And Happy Early Birthday to your daughter!

    Kat :)

  11. This is absolutely incredible and creative too. I love everything about it from the cottages, moss and placemats to to darling cottage plates.

  12. What a great table! I love those big cabbage leaves and those Irish cottage plates are wonderful! I used those same green glasses in my tablescape this week. I have forgotten the name and the maker - do you know?

    Wonderful table!!!

  13. How fun the cabbage leaf is. I like the centerpiece, too, and the napkins are beautiful...

  14. Very pretty! Those cabbage leaves are fabulous! Love the white lace napkins and the cottage plates!


  15. So charming! I love all the green. The ceramic mushroom looks similar to a mug set I got when I got married. I know they are popular again. Everything comes back around, doesn't it.

  16. Showing the table a piece at a time was so helpful. I couldn't figure out the green underneath the plates until you showed us those fabulous cabbage leaves! A must have, along with those emerald green dishes! Your little Irish village in the center of the table was such a creative touch. Thank you for sharing this week!

  17. I've enjoyed every moment spent and every picture on this post. Everything is literally picture perfect. The giant cabbage leaf place-mats are so adorable. I want some! I'll have to check Michaels and Hobby Lobby here...those are the two craft stores I can think of right away. Your glasses are really pretty too. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I'm sure she'll be thrilled with your (her) table. Thanks for sharing your pretty setting. p/s your blog background is really pretty too!

  18. Hey, Martha! What a cute, cute table!

    Love those adorable dishes. They do look like Irish cottages, and I love the leprechaun. And yes, they are tricky that way. ;-)

    Those cabbage leaves are a GREAT idea. Cute as can be. Great job on all of it!


    Sheila :-)

  19. Oh, and Happy St. Paddy's and Tablescape Thursday! And Happy Birthday to your dear daughter!

    Erin Go Braugh...


    Sheila :-)

  20. Oh so cute. Love all the elements, you made me feel right at home. Your layering was so gorgeous and I loved your cabbage leaves. I almost bought some of those...now I wish I had. Thanks for inspiring.

  21. I really, really like this!! Those little cottages and the cottage plates are perfect together! I had seen those plates too, so nice to see a tablescape done with them! Love it!

    Oh! That cabbage!! It's adorable, great idea, can't wait to see other ways you use it!


  22. I love your layers with your dishes! My favorite being the cabbage leaf-perfect! Your little thatched cottage plates are divine. The centerpiece is also just lovely. So nice! Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  23. First of all, "Happy Birthday" to your darling daughter! What a fun time of year to be born...Springtime AND St. Patrick's!

    I cracked up at your sweet tea comment. "southern Ireland". :)
    Your plates are too, too cute with those cottages. I WANT THEM! I Love those cabbage leaf mats, too.
    Everything is just perfect to celebrate this special day.

  24. The cabbage leaf was such a great surprise addition. Very clever!

  25. This is the most adorable table, and every single element is so perfect! There is nothing else to say.


  26. Nicely done, Martha! If you hadn't tipped us off, I'd have sworn every single item you included was Irish through and through! I liked the way you used the green napking beneath the lace and cutwork. It showed off the pattern beautifully.

    Hope your daughter has a very happy birthday!

    Bye for now ...

  27. I love your St. Patrick's Day tablescape for your daughter's birthday celebration. The centerpiece is darling and those plates are perfect! Love the linens and the green goblets...think I have some just like those! All too cute:) Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  28. I LOVE your St. Patrick's Day table!! My sister and I collected david Winter cottages back in the '80's and you've reminded me that I need to use them in a future tablescape. How lovely your place settings are and I love the little cottage plates! thank you for sharing such a pretty table with us.

  29. Oh, you had some perfect things for this tablescape. I love the white napkins, the centerpiece turned out great and the plates are perfect with the cabbage leaves!

  30. I love how you made your centerpiece into a little fairy village. The house in the centerpiece does match the one on the plate. I used the little chocolate coins in my tablescape too.

  31. Hi Martha! I love your table and the centerpiece is just the most precious thing! Your dishes, those little cottages! Happy Birthday to your daughter and hope you all have a marvelous time!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  32. Beautiful table Martha! I love the centerpiece!

  33. Hi Martha! Oh, I so appreciate your prayers and just can't wait!
    Have a great weekend and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  34. I adore your creative whimsical tablescape, love they you used all kinds of things on things on the table, I love what you used for the place mat and I really like the little houses that make a scene, good job on the whole table...Phyllis

  35. Where do I began?! Everything is so beautiful and whimsical...I especially love the linen, pot of gold, cabbage leave...everything!!!

  36. What an adorable tablescape, so unique and original. I love everything about it...Christine

  37. What a beautiful tablescape.
    You have inspired me to bring out all of my green.
    have a great Saturday,


  38. Adorable!!! I kept looking and thinking I will comment on this and then I would see something else and think I will comment on that until I just figured I should tell you I love it all.

  39. As usual, I love everything, Martha, and especially the beautiful Irish linen placemats and Irish napkins! I am so happy you commented on my blog, so I was able to find YOURS because it is truly magical and special with all of your gorgeous ideas!
    Best regards,