Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table

Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table

I’ve set the kitchen table with my Ireland Pursuit dishes for St. Patrick’s Day entertaining. Learn how to make the centerpiece in Quick and Easy Lucky Leprechaun.

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People see me with my freckles, light complexion and green eyes and say, “boy, do you look Irish!” Add to that my married name, and they are convinced all my ancestors came over during the potatoes famine. But, I actually have a very ‘sauerkraut-sounding’ maiden name, LOL! I do have two great-grandmothers with Irish names. But, both were born here in Pittsburgh.

The truth is, I’m mostly a ‘mutt.’ All my ancestors were here well before Ellis Island too. Growing up, I never had a sense of any ethnicity. That might have been what partially spurred my interest in genealogy. After my first son was born, I realized I wasn’t able to fill in many names in the family tree. That started my quest, which eventually led to me tracing family lines back at least five to six generations.

I’ve used Family Tree Maker software for a long time, and also Ancestry.com. As a treat to myself for Christmas, I took Ancestry’s DNA test. I have to tell ya, it was pretty darn accurate. That’s why it surprised me to find I am more Irish than anything else! What? So, when we visit Ireland, it won’t be just my husband’s roots we’ll be seeking.

Kiss me, I really am an Irish lassie — that must make my sons practically leprechauns! (more…)

Quick and Easy Lucky Leprechaun Centerpiece

Quick and Easy Lucky Leprechaun Centerpiece

Several years ago, I came across an adorable garden stake (Tuesday Morning), perfect for creating this Lucky Leprechaun centerpiece for a St. Patrick’s Day table.

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I had to have him, but at first I wasn’t sure how I was going to use Lucky. The weather usually isn’t warm or dry enough here in Pittsburgh to plant anything in my outdoor urns. Since I couldn’t really incorporate Lucky into a wreath either, I decided to make a centerpiece.

At first, I considered inserting him in a small, black cauldron and filling it with gold coins. But, that would mean sending hubby into the attic to root through Halloween decorations in freezing temperatures. Then I remembered seeing other St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangements using a leprechaun’s hat. That’s when I had my eureka moment and headed off to the craft store for supplies.

Here’s my Lucky Leprechaun centerpiece holding court on the Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table. Let me show you how quick and easy the DIY project was to make.

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Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day

Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day

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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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