It’s super easy to set a St. Patrick’s Day table using my everyday, Ireland Pursuit dishes.
With a wide band of green decorating the rim, the Noritake pattern is perfect for the holiday. Medallions around the border depict foxes, pheasants and rabbits. Hunt scenes and thatched cottages also decorate the dishes and serving pieces.
I’ve been setting the table with the Ireland Pursuit pattern for breakfast, lunch and dinner for something like twenty years! To transform the setting into a St. Patrick’s Day table, required a change in linens and pulling out seasonal decor to create a festive centerpiece.
Because we are going to be out of town for the actual holiday and won’t be entertaining guests, I decided to mostly use what I already had to set the table. But, due to a lack of specialty dishes and accessories for a St. Patrick’s Day table in the stores, I did craft shamrock-decorated napkin rings and painted pilsner glasses for the holiday. Easy peasy.
Styling a St. Patrick’s Day Table
I kept this tablescape fairly simple. Since I already had an Irish tablerunner and shamrock-shaped placemats, I decided not to use a tablecloth.
Linens & Things
For this year’s St. Patrick’s Day table, I flipped the runner over with the reverse white and green shamrock side up. At the end of this post, you’ll find a link on Amazon to what I believe is the same runner. I found mine at a local Irish specialty shop.
Here’s last year’s Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table for comparison. You’ll notice a number of differences in the two tablescapes, including; tablecloth, placemats, napkins, plate stack, glasses, favors and centerpiece.
To match the dark hunter green rim of the plates, I used my second set of felt, shamrock-shaped placemats (Kohl’s). In order to see more of the Irish tablerunner, I only positioned green placemats under the other two settings.
Last year, I incorporated the same dark green placemats into, Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day set in the dining room.
To match the dark placements, I also used the solid green napkins that were folded into four-leaf clovers. Last year, I simply inserted green and white buffalo check napkins into tall, vintage glasses.
Lacking seasonal napkin rings for this St. Patrick’s Day table, I made four from supplies in my craft stash.
All I did, was take sparkly green foam shamrocks (Michaels) and cut two slits in each. Next, I took a length of seasonal grosgrain ribbon, slipped it through the slits and tied in a bow. Voila!
Another year, I created a 3 Leaf Clover Napkin Fold Tutorial. No napkin ring or ribbon required to hold it’s shape either. It’s nice to have options to mix up the look of the St. Patrick’s Day table from year to year.
You’re Gonna Need a Fork!
Looking at last year’s kitchen table, I just realized I neglected to include flatware —oops! I would have used my everyday Oneida Satinique silverware. After all, guests couldn’t have eaten Irish stew with their fingers LOL!
Since I already had twig flatware handy from A Tweet Tablescape to Welcome Spring, I decided it worked well with the Ireland Pursuit dishes.
Although not leprechaun gold, the copper twig flatware also goes well with the red-haired Irish figure in the centerpiece.
Use What You Have
The Irish lad is a Lizzie High figure my younger sister gave me years ago. Isn’t he adorable?
For years and years, he was really the only piece of St. Patrick’s Day decor I had.
So much of what is in the stores is just kinda-of tacky looking. But certainly okay for party decorations.
A search online found the 1998 figure, Sean Fitzpatrick, currently available for $56. It says he’s holding a bouquet of clover for his mum. How sweet it that?
I see they also have my three other Lizzie High figures in stock. See them decorating my home in Thanksgiving Figures, Pilgrims and Indians Decorate Home, and Not-So-Scary Halloween Decor Home Tour.
Do you have any Lizzie High dolls?
Although I’ve incorporated seasonal Byer’s Choice characters into centerpieces, this is the first time I used one of the Lizzies.
Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day table showcased a Quick and Easy Lucky Leprechaun Centerpiece.
But, Lucky doesn’t live here anymore. On an impulse to open up some storage space, I posted the holiday arrangement in my Etsy shop. To my delight and dismay he sold in just a few days and now resides in Kentucky.
So, I flanked laddie Sean with two gold pots of faux clover (Michaels) for a simple display on the St. Patrick’s Day table. A trio of shamrocks adds a wee bit of height to each.
Kindle leprechauns hangout on either end of the centerpiece, with a few gold coins scattered down the tablerunner.
Because where else but by a pot of gold would you expect to find mischievous leprechauns?
I’ve had the leprechauns for years; after finding them on a post-holiday clearance at a local shop. Do you have any Kindles?
When One Plate is Enough
For this St. Patrick’s Day table, I only set out the Ireland Pursuit dinner plates, cups and saucers. Cereal bowls and luncheon plates are at three place settings on the kitchen island; where we most often sit for breakfast and lunch.
Without a dish stack, you can see the full hunt scene and decorative border depicted on the dinner plate.
Bobbie (another dish addict) received eight place settings and serving pieces for Valentine’s Day from her husband as a gift — lucky girl! That’s more than I have!
And, Pattie found cups and saucers on eBay to add to her dish stash.
Hand-Painted Shamrock Glasses
Have you ever tried to find St. Patrick’s Day tableware in local stores like Kohl’s, Home Goods or Marshalls? I’ve been looking every year for a long time, and mostly have come up empty. Linens like tablecloths, napkins and placemats; yes. Dishes, napkin rings and stemware; not so much.
Many years ago, I found a single, shamrock-shaped plate I loved at TJ Maxx. I went all over PIttsburgh to other outlets searching for more. Nadda.
I’ve placed the shamrock dish on the Ireland Pursuit dinner plate to see how it looks.
Aww, if only I had three more! In reality, I use the single shamrock plate as a spoon rest on the kitchen island, by the cooktop.
I’ve also been equally unsuccessful in finding dark, forest green stemware for either an everyday or St. Patrick’s Day table — to go with the Ireland Pursuit dishes. But what I really want is vintage glasses; a much harder challenge.
So, for the St. Patrick’s Day table, I hand-painted my own shamrock glasses. Nothing fancy. How do you think they turned out?
I ran out to Dollar Tree for four glasses.
Dark green and metallic gold speciality paint (Michaels) I already had from crafting peacock feather goblets.
Did you notice this St. Patrick’s Day sign (Pier 1) hanging in the background of the kitchen? It makes me smile!
Will you be celebrating and wearing green for the holiday?
May the road rise to meet you!
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