Welcome to a pot of gold worth of St. Patrick’s Day table setting and centerpiece inspiration — all in one place!
It’s the first time I’ve ever hosted a blog hop, and I’m so lucky to have 13 talented table stylists share their holiday settings here. Follow the rainbow to each, with links at the end of this post.
Come March, my everyday Ireland Pursuit pattern dishes are showcased in a St. Patrick’s Day tablescape, along with a trio of place settings on the adjacent island. Also wearing a wee bit of green are the overhead chandelier, and several vignettes on the kitchen counter and open shelves.
To do something a little different this year, I layered my husband’s great grandmother’s vintage Havilland and woodcut chargers into the dish stack. And, I topped it off with a new clover napkin fold.
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The tablescape pictured above is a wee bit different than the one I planned and initially set. Table setting v2.0 has kelly green, shamrock-shape placements on the glass kitchen table.
Originally, the St. Patrick’s Day table setting was layered on top of an emerald green tablecloth.
Just as I was about to take pictures, my 10-week old puppy woke from a nap in his crate. After a trip outside to potty and a little playtime, I decided to let him roam free in the kitchen.
But, while trying to finish snapping photos, part of the tabletop moved. Whiskey had jumped high into the air, and caught a sharp baby tooth in the cloth fabric! Luckily, I was quickly able to free him. Although my nerves were a little frayed, neither puppy, dishes or glasses suffered any damage.
As it only hung only six-inches over the glass table edge, I had thought the tablecloth would be fine. After all, Whiskey is a wee Scottie dog (see Preparing for a Puppy). Even when fully grown, his legs will only be four-inches long! Guess I better sign the Scottish leprechaun up for agility classes lol!
So, I had to deconstruct the entire St. Patrick’s Day table setting to remove the emerald cloth. Then, I quickly reset it with placemats, and snapped a few more pictures to take advantage of a few remaining rays of sunlight.
Hope you won’t be too confused as some pictures will show the tablescape with the cloth, and others the shamrock placemats. You’ll have to tell me which version you like best.
Transition from Red to Green
I really liked how the kitchen chandelier looked decorated with black and white ribbon and faux greenery from Valentine’s Day. Check it out at, Romance & Red Roses Reign on Sweetheart Table.
So, I simply swapped the red heart ornaments for green shamrocks. Easy peasy!
The black in the ribbon goes great with the decor accents and elements in my Kitchen Design & Layout; including the painted chairs seen below.
And since I’m ever the Queen of Theme, I also incorporated the matching checkerboard runner into the St. Patrick’s Day table setting.
The black coordinates with the leprechauns and candle in the centerpiece too. I like to think it gives a little Mackenzie-Childs styling to the Irish table setting.
Both the homemade tablerunner and checkerboard ribbons were part of my Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party decorations.
Mixing Rustic, Vintage & Green
Whether on top of the tablecloth or placemats, a rustic woodcut charger anchors the plate stack.
Twig flatware flanks each place setting.
Layered on top of the woodcuts are alternating green rim Ireland Pursuit pattern plates, and scalloped edge, antique Haviland dishes.
Also vintage, are the etched crystal pilsner glasses that were passed down from Mr. Buzz’s family. I always pull them out when serving an icy cold, dark Irish stout.
For those who aren’t familiar with Ireland Pursuit, the pattern features Irish countryside, hunt and game scenes and motifs.
You can see a charming, thatched roof cottage depicted on the side dish above. To the right is the dinner plate, with a peek of the matching coffee and saucer.
It’s my everyday pattern, but especially perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day table setting.
I’ve never used the vintage Haviland in St. Patrick’s Day table setting before. But, I wanted to use the shallow depth soup bowls to serve classic Irish stew.
Lucky Clover Shape Napkins
Topping off the dish stack is a napkin folded in the shape of a clover.
Learn how to do it yourself by following my fully-illustrated, six-step Lucky 3 Leaf Clover Napkin Fold Tutorial.
It’s an easy adaptation of the classic, four-petal shamrock napkin seen above. I alternated both folds on the St. Patrick’s Day table setting.
Which do you prefer, clover or shamrock? I’m partial to the three petals with the stem.
Either way, the nice thing about either fold is they are a cheap and easy way to create a St. Patrick’s Day table setting. That’s especially true if you don’t have Irish theme or green tableware.
For an Irish theme centerpiece, I brought together a number of small St. Patrick’s Day decor elements.
Underlying the centerpiece is woodcut with a white, tree stump cake stand on top. Both tie-in to the rustic, “into the woods” look of the St, Patrick’s Day table setting. On either side, are two little gold pots filled with sparkly faux clover.
A black ceramic candle holder sits on top of the cake stand, with gold coins scattered around the centerpiece.
Two small leprechaun figures are also tucked into the tabletop vignette.
Both are part of my small collection of Byers Choice Kindle figures. All the others are Christmas elves. I like tucking them into little holiday vignettes.
I think I actually prefer St. Patrick’s Day table setting v2.0, with the shamrock shape mats in place of the emerald tablecloth. How about you?
For a more formal look, check out Elegant, Easy Shamrock Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day.
I’m so lucky to have these 13 fellow bloggers join me for the holiday party hop! I hope you’ll visit, comment and pin all of them.
Next up, Mary of Home is Where the Boat Is, shares her adorable shamrock-filled centerpiece and table. See how she also incorporated black and white into her St. Patrick’s Day table setting.
Debbees Buzz ☘ Vintage Dishes & Lucky Clover Fold Napkins
Home is Where the Boat Is ☘ Loads of Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Table
Panoply ☘ An Unpretentious St. Patrick’s Day Table
My Hubbard Home ☘ Putting on the Green & Yellow
Life and Linda ☘ Keeper of the Traveling Shamrock Cloth
Corner of Plaid and Paisley ☘ Reprise of Ewe & McGreggor St. Patrick’s Day Table
Me and My Captain ☘ Not Lucky, Just Very Blessed
Red Cottage Chronicles ☘ Channeling My Inner Irish
Celebrate and Decorate ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Tablescape
Calypso in the Country ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Table Decor
Design Morsels ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Table
The Painted Apron ☘ Celebrating the Green Table
Hyacinth for the Soul ☘ Lucky in Life ~ Celebrating Green Table
Zucchini Sisters ☘ Green & Orange St. Patrick’s Day Table
Irish Eyes Are Smiling
2022 Update: Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day theme hop was so much fun, I’m hosting another! Check out all the holiday different ideas for celebrating, including table settings, vignettes, crafts, favors and foods in When Irish Eyes are Smiling.
Don’t miss my Easy, Hearty Irish Stew for St. Patrick’s Day!
Emerald or forest green is my favorite color. Maybe because I have green eyes?
I even chose a similar shade — British Racing Green — for my 12-year old Mini Cooper Clubman. It’s the station wagon version of the sports car lol!
I love it’s vintage look and clever third side door for ease of getting in and out of the back. Here it is bringing home the family Christmas tree.
Will you or your St. Patrick’s Day table setting be wearing green this year?
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