I’ve set the kitchen table with my Ireland Pursuit dishes for St. Patrick’s Day entertaining. Learn how to make the centerpiece in the DIY post, Quick and Easy Lucky Leprechaun.People look at 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. What most don’t realize, is that I have a very ‘sauerkraut-sounding’ maiden last 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.’ A mix of German, French and some Irish. 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? And, I now have several serious leads, from distant ‘cousins’, on where in Ireland my ancestors came from! 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!
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Irish Linens on the Table
For the Ireland Pursuit tablescape I used my go-to, white tablecloth seen most recently in, Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue. The Irish linen runner was purchased from a local shop (The Celtic Cross).
Emerald green and white checkered napkins were a resale shop find (Savvy Fox). Although I only wanted eight, the package included 24! So, I have no excuse for not having a St. Patrick’s Day party one of these days! I’ve tucked the napkins into the tall pilsner glasses that belonged to my inlaws. They add some height on the table, mirroring Lucky in the centerpiece.
Rectangle placemats don’t work well on a round glass table. Instead, I’ve used quilted, shamrock-shaped placemats (Kohls).
Do you see the little bits of greenery and shamrock ornaments dangling from above? Like the dining room in Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape, I’ve decorated the kitchen chandelier with a garland of faux greenery and shamrock ornaments.
Pursuing the Green
Hunt scenes and game are featured in the Ireland Pursuit by Kelcraft for Noritake dishes.
Animals decorate the pieces, including horses, pheasants, ducks, raccoons and rabbits. I love the forest green bands around the plate and bowl rims.
Ireland Pursuit dishes were made in Ireland between 1988-1998. Today, they can now be found on eBay, Etsy and Replacements.
In the Hunt
I’ve deconstructed the dish layers, so you can see the pattern on each piece.
A hunt scene is depicted on the dinner plate, and includes a period building in the background. Dogs and hunters on horseback race across the field.
Around the deep green rim are five medallions showing various game; including a pheasant, raccoon, duck and fox.
Three medallions decorate the luncheon plate rim. In the center, a hunting group is traversing a field.
The dessert bowl (in the upper left) depicts a house with a thatched roof — like the ones we saw in the English Cotswolds last year.
On top of the plate stack is a cereal bowl depicting another Irish country home. I’m glad the dishes are microwave safe, because the cereal bowls are used to make a lot of instant oatmeal for breakfast.
For a different look, using the same dish pattern, see Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses.
Leprechaun Party Hats
Sitting inside each bowl, is a mini leprechaun party hat (Michaels) — fun guest favors
Elastic bands help them easily perch on top of the head.
For the holiday meal, I’ll be making Irish Beef and Stout Casserole with Herby Dumplings. Hubby loves the stew’s thick brown sauce, carrots and mashed potatoes.
Are you ready to party? What will you be serving for St. Patrick’s Day?
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