Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Table

I have never set a table for St. Patrick's Day before, but I have admired many in Blogland and decided to give it a try this year.  When I started, I knew only that I wanted to use the vintage forest green "Burple" glasses that originally belonged to my husband's grandparents. I always use them at Christmas, and this year I also put them to work on my Mardi Gras table. 
I especially love the swirly feet of these glasses. 
Then I remembered the Battenburg lace placemats and cutwork napkins my daughter bought for me while on her honeymoon in Ireland.
To show off the design, I layered them with green placemats and napkins.  (Please pretend I ironed that napkin below.)  I don't have any green plates, but I do have my grandmother's wedding china, which features a green band, so I pulled out the dinner and salad plates. The pattern is Admiral, by Heinrich H&C.  I have a large set of it and could serve dinner and coffee to 24 people, if I were so inclined.  This table, though, is set for only four.
For a centerpiece, I remembered an idea I had seen on Pinterest for using gravy boats to hold flowers.  Grandma's Admiral has two gravy boats (Southerners like lots of gravy), so I pulled those out.  I found green and white mums and green hypericum berries at HEB, and they practically arranged themselves. 
The table needed a little more green, so I checked my usual storage places and found this small vase that belonged to my in-laws.  We'll pretend it's a pot o' gold.
Here's a look at the whole table.  You can see the late afternoon sun streaming in. 
Nary a shamrock or leprechaun to be found, but maybe this green and white table works for St. Patrick's Day.  To see lots more festive green and white, be sure to visit Cuisine Kathleen's 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl!  I'll also be linking to Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday. Thank you for visiting!

44 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful table setting and so inspiring for St. Patrick's Day. This post gives new meaning to Go Green! -- Jan

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  2. What a beautiful green table, just perfect for St. Patty's! I love your green glass ware too, it has a lovely shape to them. The two small tureens with flowers, flanking the candle sticks and green bowl are simply gorgeous! I love your table. Have a great St. Patty's Day!
    FABBY

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  3. Such lovely linens too, my friend.
    FABBY

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  4. Tricia, this is beyond gorgeous! Makes me want to go buy some green glass for our table. I feel like diving right into this stunning setting, savoring each detail.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friend. Stellar post!

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  5. What a pretty table, Tricia. I'm a big fan of your Burple but especially like the layered effect you made, as well as the gravy boat floral display. You consistently turn out lovely, inviting tables.

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  6. Absolutely love it! The layered linens and the green and white flowers in the bowls are just perfect and suggest the holiday. It's wonderful!

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  7. Tricia, your green glass has charmed it's way into my own St. Patrick's Day post. '-) I think this is just gorgeous. I'm going to have to add some green glass in the near future. ~ Sarah

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  8. I must have a lot of Southern in me, because I could DRINK gravy! :-) I wish someone would create a decorative and stylish gravy VAT for my table! :-) Congratulations on your first St. Patrick's Day table, Tricia! You nailed it, girl! No need for green dishes. You pulled it together very nicely! The lace is a nice touch since lace is such a huge part of the Irish needlework tradition!

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  9. How beautiful, Tricia! My favorites are the green stemware. They look very delicate. Your plates are perfect for this event...Christine

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  10. Oh, yes, this table definitely works, Tricia! Personally, I prefer the simpler side of St. Patrick, and your Battenburg linens are a nice touch. I've always wanted some green goblets... You are very fortunate to have these vintage beauties! I'm so glad they're still being well-loved (and well-used).

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  11. How lovely to be using all the wonderful treasures from your families! The china is so pretty and especially the two gravy boats used in the centerpiece. The sweet green and gold glass vase is a perfect addition. The battenburg linens are elegant with the lovely green as a background. Have a fun St. Pat's Day!

    Pam

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  12. Beautiful table, Tricia! I LOVE those green "burples"! They are gorgeous! I love that vase for the "pot of gold" as well! Very nice all around! Happy St. Paddy's Day! =D

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  13. Your table is perfect for ST Pat's!! I too have those green swirl Burple (I call mine Boopie) glasses and I love them. Pretty china and I like how it really works with the green!

    hugs, Linda

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  14. I love Battenburg lace!! and direct from Ireland too!! That makes your table really Irish not just pretend like mine!!! Very Pretty!

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  15. Tricia, what a beautiful table. Aren't you lucky to have that beautiful battenburg lace from Ireland! I'll have to remember the idea of using the gravy boat to hold flowers.

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  16. Lovin' your pretty green glasses! Have to chuckle because Sarah had your tablescape in the background of one of her pics today-fun:@)

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  17. No shamrocks or Leprechauns needed. Your table is gorgeous with it's elegant Emerald Isle style. Love your choice of linens and using the gravy boats for vases. So pretty.

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  18. I think your table is beautiful!! I love the lace and the green goblets are so gorgeous!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  19. I am not Irish, but all the green has me giddy! Beautiful table, Tricia. The burple glass is a gorgeous shade of green. Thanks for sharing...and making me smile!

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  20. Tricia, You have the MOST beautiful things!! The vase, the dishes, the green glasses and the LINENS!! What a great honeymoon destination! Your table is elegant and pretty, and I would love to join you at it. Linda

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  21. Tricia, a gorgeous table with not one Leprechaun in sight!! Those are truly magnificent glasses. Love the gravy boat idea! Look out, I'm going shopping!! I also love the idea about layering the smaller placemats. I have some and I am sure I will use them more frequently!! Wishing you a very Happy St. Patrick's and may all the Irish blessings come your way! xo marlis

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  22. My Granny had those same green glasses, and I have them now. I think your Grandmother's china is exquisite. I read that Heinrich was taken over by V & B when I was looking for some other pieces of a tea set I have. I have never seen your pattern, but it is to be cherished.

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  23. Beautiful, Tricia. I love the green and white, and the flowers are perfect. Thanks so much for setting this table and linking up to the blog crawl!

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  24. beautiful placemats . . . great green glasses . . . all of it is gorgeous.

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  25. Tricia - this table setting is just lovely! What a wonderful idea to use the gravy boats to hold the flowers - and you are right, we southerners love our gravy! Your placemats are fabulous and all of the green glassware is the perfect color to honor the Emerald Isle! Happy St. Pat's!!

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  26. Very pretty! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  27. Very pretty. Love your Battenburg and the green glasses, especially the swirly bottoms. Thanks for sharing. Visting from BNOP.

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  28. Very pretty table! Love the shot with the sunlight streaming in! Happy St. Pat's Day!!!

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  29. Tricia, your table is beautiful. I love the burple glasses. And the Battenburg lace. Thanks for stopping by. xo

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  30. I just love those green glasses with the swirled bottoms and your idea to use the gray boats for flowers was wonderful. Thanks so much for a great table!

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  31. You've set such a lovely table, Tricia. I love that you proved that you don't need green dishes in order to make a fantastic St. Patrick's Day table. Those green glasses are wonderful!

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  32. Beautiful table, Tricia. I love your green Burple glasses. I have my Mom's. Your Irish placemats and napkins are stunning. The Irish really know linens. I think you table is so elegant. Simplicity is Elegance and you nailed it.xo Ginger

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  33. I love that small green vase--beautiful! I think this is one of your best tablescapes; I read your blog every Thursday.

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  34. I love the white lace placemats over the green. Great for this occasion but a good idea all round because it does make the lace stand out. Your green vintage glasses are perfect. I remember my aunt had the same crystal. You could not have chosen the flowers better and they look great in the gravy boat. Great tablescape.

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  35. Gorgeous table! really smart and put together so nicely...I especially love your glasses..I have used the same ones on my green table and they belonged to my husband's grandmother...I love blogland and making these connections with others..loved your table.
    Love, Mona

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  36. So pretty! I especially like that you could use so many family heirlooms, and the Irish linens are perfect!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Katherine

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  37. Oh how I love this table setting!!! Fresh and pretty!!! The two floral pieces are wonderful in the gravy boats.......the linens are exquisite.........but, the china...am crazy over this simple, elegant and old fashioned pattern!!!

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  38. Tricia - Beautiful table setting.

    Judy

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  39. Think I might begin collecting gravy boats..mixing diff patterns in same color, with flowers, easter eggs, whatever....down the middle. Hmmmm.... Thank you for sharing it's a lovely table. Less IS more :)

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  40. I'm not a wee bit Irish but am loving all the green on your beautiful table. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  41. I can almost see Maureen O'Hara & John Wayne dining at this table in the Quiet American, one of my favorite childhood movies. Your tablescape is beautiful! I love the idea with the gravy boats, and I love that you used the pair of them with the lovely green vase in the center. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  42. Bright and beautiful table setting....everything looks great for the green day..Happy Pat's Day to you...:):)

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  43. How PRETTY!! Your vintage items are just perfect for this holiday! Love the stemware & the china. I'm thinking that little green & gold vase might be Murano glass from Italy. It sure looks like it! I have a similar red one with the intricate gold patterns. You are very lucky to have so many wonderful treasures.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Rett

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  44. Tricia, this tablescape works for St. Patrick's Day or any other day. Simply beautiful. How wonderful that you have all of these family treasure and you use them beautifully. laurie

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