The dining room is already wearing the green — in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day— with an elegant metallic gold and emerald shamrock tablescape. 

I frequently set the dining room table and decorate the kitchen area to reflect the seasons and holidays for several weeks at a time. That includes two chandeliers, an island bar, countertop and open shelves.

This past weekend, I took down Valentines Day and began to pull out decorations and tableware for St. Patrick’s Day. But, since today is Presidents Day, the kitchen is still set with dishes, pewter and figures featured in Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue.

The shamrock tablescape is the first of several St. Patrick’s Day themed settings I plan to share with you. See how quickly and easily you can create an elegant dinner table. Mix china and crystal with inexpensive shamrock-shaped ornaments,and napkins folded into a four-leaf clover shape.

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Leprechaun Gold

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve set the mahogany dining room table for six. Once again, I used a length of metallic netting as a runner down the center of the table. It’s the same gold fabric used in New Years Eve Tablescape: Diamonds & Top Hat and Celestial Tablescape Rings in New Year. An inexpensive, no sewing necessary runner.

Because I also used the netting for Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day, I just left the runner in place for the shamrock tablescape. An easy switch!

Here’s a daytime view of the table setting from another angle, without the candles and chandelier lit.


Spilled the length of the table is a bag of gold, clover-embossed coins. It’s as if a leprechaun had a hole in his pocket or purse!

Shamrock Swap

Shamrock placements instantly and simply transform the dining room setting into a St. Patrick’s Day table.

I placed three clover-shaped placemats on top of the gold runner. The center placemat will evidently be topped by a crystal cake stand and Irish-themed dessert. With St. Patrick’s Day several weeks away, cake will have to wait.


The table is set for six, but I only have four shamrock-shaped placemats. So, I placed one shamrock on either end, under the host and hostess place settings. Felt placements were from Kohl’s several years ago.

Making the switch from Valentines to St. Patrick’s Day was easy, because I reused multiple elements for both tablescapes; gold chargers, Lenox Eclipse plates, and Waterford Kenmore crystal. No investment (or subsequent storage) of special Irish or holiday themed dishes, glasses, or flatware was necessary.


I also used round, metallic gold candle holders on both holiday tables. For the shamrock tablescape, white candles were replaced with sparkly green ones.


For more golden glow, I did insert green and metallic gold tapers into pairs of Waterford crystal and brass candlestick holders.

Clever Clover Accents

The color scheme for the St. Patrick’s Day table is deep, Emerald Isle green with metallic gold.


Much of the St. Patrick’s Day colors come from the table linens — clover green placemats and napkins set on a golden runner.


Most of the shamrock embellishments came from Michaels, including little gold pots of silk clover.


Sparkly shamrock floral picks were inserted into each pot to create a little height.

Shamrocks Dangle Overhead

Shamrock-shaped ornaments hang from the chandelier overhead.


Decorating the chandelier for the shamrock tablescape was fast and easy! All I did was swap the heart ornaments from Valentine’s Day for the emerald green clovers.


They hang from the brass chandelier by gold Christmas ornament hooks.


I also placed one clover-shaped ornament in each Waterford wine glass as a guest favor.

Irish Origami

Napkins folded into a shape reminiscent of a clover, incorporate more emerald green into the shamrock tablescape. In the center of each napkin is a leprechaun’s lucky gold coin.


Of the six folded napkins, the one pictured above turned out the best. They are supposed to resemble a four-leaf shamrock. What do you think? Maybe better from a distance? You might need to use your imagination a wee bit.


The napkins aren’t hard to fold using an iron. It’s the last step to puff-up the edges that takes some finesse.

Or in my case, not so much finesse? I was never that good at origami either, LOL!


Update: Since my first napkin folding foray, I really expanded my repertoire! See them all in Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions.


I even adapted the shamrock into a Lucky 3 Leaf Clover Napkin Fold Tutorial. Better right?

Shamrock Tablescape Sparkles

With Easter so close to St. Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to get a jump start on the holiday to enjoy it for a wee bit.


For two more festively settings, see Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses and Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table.

Will you set an Irish-themed table for March 17th?


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