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A St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting on the Porch

Welcome to the 185th Tablescape Thursday!

Spring officially arrives on March 20th, but it’s already here in Georgia.  The temps have been in the upper 70’s; they even went above 80° today.

It was so beautiful out the day I captured these pics.  I’m looking forward to seeing green leaves filling out the trees real soon.  I don’t think it will be long now.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

The sheers were dancing in the spring breezes.

Windy day on the Porch with curtains blowing in the breeze

 

Since St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, it’s time to celebrate with a St. Patrick’s Day themed tablescape.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

I was so excited to find shamrocks for the table this year.  In years past, I could never find them for my St. Paddy’s Day table.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

I love how the light shifted and lit up the shamrocks and the stemware in this shot.  Shamrock plants have delicate, little white flowers.  I hope you’ll be able to spot them in the photos…they are so pretty.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

I placed our Irish Fairy (leprechaun) happily carrying his bindle filled with gold, upon a small pedestal to give him a bit of extra height.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

According to legend, leprechauns are supposed to be aloof and unfriendly, living alone, passing their time making shoes.  I don’t think our leprechaun looks unfriendly, do you?

Leprechauns always have a hidden pot of gold somewhere.  Pssst:  The end of a rainbow is a great place to look! ;)  Treasure hunters are said to listen for the sound of this Irish Fairy’s shoemaker hammer so they can track him down and steal his treasure.
St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

If the leprechaun is caught, legend says he can be threatened to tell where his treasure is hidden.   No wonder they are aloof and unfriendly.  I would be too if I had pesky treasure hunters chasing me down!  Now, if the captors get careless and take their eyes off  him for even a second, the Leprechaun will vanish, as will any hopes of finding the treasure.   I can’t help but think of all those “Lucky Charms” commercials I saw growing up.   Remember those?  Wonder if that cereal still exist?

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

I found these cute froggy glasses at a local antique/thrift store last year.  This seemed like the perfect setting for them.  The lily pads and the white flowers around the glasses reminded me of our shamrock centerpiece.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with froggy glasses

 

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

Love the look of organza sheers layered over our napkins…especially in the sunlight.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

The Shamrock is the common name for several different varieties of three-leafed clovers native to Ireland.

Shamrocks in a St. Patrick's Day Table Setting

 

History has it that the shamrock was chosen as Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend of St. Patrick.  (He plucked a shamrock from around his feet and used it to explain the doctrine of the Trinity.)

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

From the earliest times, the Irish have considered shamrocks to be good-luck symbols.  Of course, that belief/superstition has now spread far and wide.

Shamrocks in a St. Patrick's Day Table Setting

 

I had some fun playing with my macro lens.  Unfortunately, the lens was so heavy, my tripod wouldn’t support it very well.  It kept drooping down on me.  I think I need a stronger tripod.  I did capture one pic of the sunshine lighting up one of the little 3-leafed clovers.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

Hope you’re having breezy, springtime days!  If you’re not, come sit here on the swing and stay a while.  I love having you here!

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with shamrock centerpiece

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Tablescapes:
Looking for additional inspiration for your St. Patrick’s Day table? You’ll find additional St. Patrick’s Day tablescapes here:  St. Patrick’s Day Tablescapes.

Resources:
Chargers: Horchow, 4 years ago
Dinner Plate: Clarendon, Big Lots, 3 years ago
Shamrock Salad Plates:  HomeGoods, several years ago
Leprechaun: Marshall’s, 2-3 years ago
Green Iced Beverage: Pier 1, 2-3 years ago
Froggy Glasses: Antique Mall, last summer
Green Bamboo Flatware:  Tuesday Morning, a few weeks ago
Napkins:  Found antiquing
Organza Napkin Sheaths: The Magnolia Room, 2 years ago

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Comments

  1. Andrea at Opulent Cottage says:

    Your shamrock plants are wonderful! I will have to run out and look for some, I remember seeing them years ago for sale at Kroger. Thank you for hosting us Susan, and have a great weekend :)

  2. Dee Stephens says:

    Love it all! Especially the fresh shamrocks! :)

  3. lulumusing says:

    How you always have just the right thing to work with is amazing! I just spotted your birdhouse, and it would fit nicely into my collection. One of these days I should do a table with them.

  4. Your table is so pretty, Susan, it is so bright and cheerful. I love your leprechaun, he is so happy…Christine

  5. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Beautiful tablescape. It look so pretty as usual on your porch. I love the pic of the drapes blowing in the breeze. Thanks so much for hosting. Hugs, Marty

  6. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    What a beautiful St. Patrick's Day tablescape! May the luck of the Irish be with you.

  7. AshTreeCottage says:

    Love the Irish Fairy! Thanks for hosting.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  8. Princess Kate says:

    Can I borrow this table for my son's birthday on St. Patrick's Day. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Entertaining Women says:

    I really like this take on a St. Patrick's Day table….a charming gentleness that draws my eye to the table. I'm headed to Tuesday Morning to see if mine has the green bamboo handled flatware. Thanks for hosting us for Tablescape Thursday and for inviting us for a respite on your wonderful porch. I could picture myself grabbing a little nap there most afternoons…so delightful! Cherry Kay

  10. Southerncook says:

    As always your table is just beautiful and I love your Leprechaun. Just a word of caution, others may feel differently about this but I would warn about planting the shamrocks in your garden. I did that once years ago and they pop up everywhere in my garden especially in places that I don't want them. They are extremely difficult to get rid of. They look so appropriate on your table but I wouldn't even keep them in a pot outside, the seeds will fly everywhere. This may not be a problem to you but it surley is for me in my garden. They became a nuisance.

    I didn't post today because I failed to do a St. Paddy's table. DUH????? What was I thinking?

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  11. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says:

    Beautiful Susan! Love your porch!!

  12. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Very pretty table with fresh shamrocks with such pretty shamrock dishes too. Lots of Irish luck to you dear Susan. Have a happy weekend.
    FABBY

  13. sweet violets says:

    Very fresh and pretty!!! Love the curtains billowing in the breeze, I can almost smell that Spring freshness!!! hugs…cleo

  14. Princess Kate says:

    Can I borrow your table for my son's birthday on St. Patrick's Day. I love what you have done. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I love your table! We were 87 yesterday here in N. Florida. I think we skipped Spring and went right to Summer!

  16. Everything looks just lovely. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day!

  17. Rettabug says:

    Oh Susan, what a "HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY" table you've set! I ♥♥♥ your chubby little leprechaun & I'm am GREEN with envy over those Home Goods shamrock plates. I will find some, someday. *sigh*

    Spectacular sun drenched shots & that close up of the clover is just magnificent. I have DH's old tripod & it doesn't attach very securely to my new Nikon. Let's BOTH go buy ourselves new ones, k??

    ♣ ♣ ♣ Have a blast this Saturday! ♣ ♣ ♣
    Rett

  18. Nellie's Cozy place says:

    Hi Susan,
    Wonderful Table as always. That green and white just makes my heart sing, so springy and So
    St. Paddy's day. I am an Irish girl……..my dad took is Irishness very seriously. lol

    Loved the shamrocks with their dainty lil flowers, so pretty and fresh, and love the curtains
    blowing in the breeze too. Just days away from the official date of Spring, but feel like it has been spring here for awhile now in Florida.

    Thanks for hosting hon!

    Wanted to ask….did you change the time of your posting Tablescape Thursday from Wed. nite
    to Thursday morning sometime??? It has been awhile since I have participated so thought you might have changed something!!

    Well, may your Irish eyes keep smilin'
    and Sweet Irish blessing to you,
    Nellie

  19. Phyllis@Around the House says:

    I am always wishing I had some St. Patty decor…I don't have a thing….saw a creamer once …that was it…hard to do a setting with that…I love yours and those organdy napkins are my most favorite ever…Wish I could make those….great job on that table…

  20. Pattispress says:

    I'm excited to join Tablescape Thursdays. Thank you for a wonderful times I've had dreaming of your porch and all the special touches.

  21. A Cottage in the Clouds says:

    So Springtime fresh! Everywhere the eye looks, there's an interesting element, from whimsy to elegant and everything in between. Your photos even capture the feel of the soft breeze and the scent of a newly-mowed lawn.

  22. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    Looks like Spring is blooming on the porch! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  23. Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage says:

    The green and white is so crisp and beautiful. And I love those frothy napkins!

  24. Victoria Mische says:

    Hi! I love your St.Patrick's Tablescape and as always, I find it so stylish and glamorous. I love the sunshine, the way you styles the shamrocks and every thing on your table. Thank you so much for always keeping your site updated as I always learned new things from you.

  25. Debbie Booth says:

    HI Susan, I agree it is so crisp and lovely. I just love your porch and those billowing curtains. They are wonderful! Your porch
    looks great. I have always 'swooned' over your porch, and the hutch and how you have everything placed.
    Beautiful place for spring to bloom!
    Lovely post.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

  26. Maria Elena says:

    Susa, the porch looks beautiful and your table is just stunning!
    I love everything but the napkins layered with the organza just stole my heart! :)
    Gorgeous!

  27. Susan – I love your shamrocks. I never see any around here – wish I did. Your table is lovely and what a fabulous centerpiece who watches over everything! Thank you for hosting. My blog should especially interest you this time – hint: a certain city!

  28. Your green and white tablescape looks lovely on that white porch! Thank you for hosting!
    Sherry

  29. Chaos Cottage says:

    There is so much about this I like I don't know where to begin. I especially like the Santa looking Irish shoemaker and oh the frog glasses. I just adore frogs!

  30. Confessions of a Plate Addict says:

    How festive, Susan! I found shamrocks, too…at Kroger! They seem to always have more seasonal stuff than many places! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  31. Sand and Shells says:

    What a lovely post… very fresh colors!! Love the dancing sheers… and what a wonderful porch!!!!!

    Have a sunny weekend!
    Jutta

  32. Linda Young says:

    What a delightful porch you have! The St.Patty and shamrocks tablescape looks so whimsical and elegant at the same time! Those green glasses with the white dishes and gorgeous napkins are such a lovely sight!
    Beautiful! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
    Linda

  33. Chubby Chieque says:

    A very gorgeous settings as always.

    ENjoy your week-end ahead.

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /CC

  34. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says:

    Susan, when I grow up I want a porch just like yours with sheers that flow in the Spring breeze and beckons you to come out and play with dishes. :) Your tablescape is divine – both fun and beautiful all at the same time. I especially love those waspy napkins. LOVE! Thanks for hosting, as always. Its been a while since I created and shared a tablescape. I even got the silverware placement wrong. :-O :-)
    BTW, are you going to Haven in June? Would so love to finally meet you in person.

    Hugs, Barb

  35. Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    I just LOVE your porch!!! Anything you do out there is so inviting and enchanting. Thanks for inviting us in for some Irish goodness :-)

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  36. miss flibbertigibbet says:

    Love that! It looks SO inviting! Thanks for being a dedicated hostess!
    Lorraine

  37. SOMMERWHITE says:

    Hi !
    Just found your blog via Pinterest.
    Love it, your blog is so inspiring and beautiful, looking forward to go thru all your posts!
    I did my first tablescape the other day, a coastal theme, have a look if interested :)
    http://sommerwhites.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/coastal-tablescape.html

    xg

  38. Your leprechaun definitely does not look unfriendly! He is the happiest little leprchaun I have ever seen from his nose right down to his toes! What a beautiful and charming St. Patrick's Day tablescape you have prepared for all to enjoy! I am new to blogging, and hope to be able to share my tablescapes one day. Blessings from Indiana.

    Carol @
    http://cjorr-carol.blogspot.com/

  39. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Andrea, thanks! I bought mine at a local nursery, Pike Nursery…but several folks have left comments saying Kroger usually haves them. I need to remember that for next year. Hope you can find some.

  40. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Dee!

  41. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    I just keep mixing and matching. lol A birdhouse table would be wonderful!

  42. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Christine!

  43. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Marty!

  44. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Jane, wishing the same for you! ♣

  45. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    You sure can! Ya gotta come get it though. :)

  46. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Cherry Kay…I've seen it in two locations around here…hope your TM has it.

  47. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Oh, meant to say…when I bought it, I wasn't sure how I'd use it. I've already used it twice and I've only had it a month or two…so it definitely comes in handy.

  48. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Carolyn, thanks for the warning…I didn't know that! Yikes! I'll keep mine on the porch.

  49. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Martina!

  50. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Same to you, Fabby! ♣

  51. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Elizabeth, that's amazing! I love the hot weather…so glad it coming early this year.

  52. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Rett, you are so right. I've hardly used that one…but didn't know it wouldn't work well with the heavier lenses. Do a lot of research before you buy one…there are sooo many to choose from.

  53. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Hi Nellie,
    Yup, I changed it a couple of months ago to the actual day of TT. Sorry if that through you off this week. Irish Blessings to you, my friend! ♣ ♣ ♣

  54. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    It is hard to find! There's bunches of Beleek on eBay but it's expensive!

  55. I am so enamored with that happy-go-lucky leprechaun! He certainly doesn't look aloof, but rather as if he's inviting us to dinner right along with you. *grin* Saw those plates at Home Goods but purchased the sprigs of shamrocks instead. Maybe I should have gotten all 4 designs I saw! Thanks for hosting this fun party. I love seeing what everyone else has done. Slainte!

  56. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Loving this time of year! Thanks for such a lovely comment! ♣

  57. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Happy St. Paddy's Day to you, Matha! ♣

  58. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Patti! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  59. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks so much, Victoria!

  60. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Diane, check Kroger…folks are saying they carry them each year. Hope you find some!

  61. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks! :)

  62. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    I'll be checking Kroger next year. Pike Nursery had them, too…that's where I found them this year.

  63. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Jutta!

  64. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks! Hope you linked up your table!

  65. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Carol!

  66. I remember your cue leprechaun from last year – love him! I always have a hard time with St. Pat decor because there just isn't much out there. Your leprechaun is definitely a keeper. I also spied that green bamboo flatware – Tuesday Morning here I come!!! I really enjoyed seeing a peek of your bottle tree in the pictures – so cheery!! Jane

  67. Kerry Rossow says:

    I love your leprechaun! Thank you so much for hosting such a lovely par-taaay!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  68. Your porch in the spring is just beautiful with the sheers blowing. I love that. I also love the table. The first thing I noticed was the look of the organza napkins. They just "made" the whole table. Of course, your Leprechaun did his part too.

  69. Hi Susan! Oh, I love your table and your little leprechaun is so cute. Those napkins are so fluffy and cloudlike! Thank you always for hosting. I don't get to party with you as much as I would like since my hubby retired. :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  70. Designs By Pinky says:

    HI Susan, once again, thanks for hosting. I love your table and thanks for teeling us about the tale of the shamrock. I have the same shamrock plates and used them this week!!!! Happy St. Patrick's to you!!! XO, Pinky

  71. They still sell Lucky Charms in the grocery stores! Beautiful tablescape as always! :)

  72. Susan, I was away from the house yesterday and totally forgot to come link up. Sorry to be late.
    Your table is as fresh as springtime. Love the light dancing across the simplicity of green and white. The leprechaun is a cheerful one. What a fun addition to this table. Thanks for hosting and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

  73. I love it! I didn't think you'd do a TT at all. Glad you did. Love the sheers!

  74. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says:

    Your tablescapes are always so much fun, Susan! Green and white just happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. And I loved the way the spring breezes made the curtains dance. ;)

    Thanks for hosting!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  75. Kathleen says:

    Beautiful table,Susan, l love all the shades of green.
    Shamrocks are plentiful here in March, the supermarkets all have them!

  76. once in a blue moon says:

    your table setting is so pretty, the breeze blowing is what mesmerizes me right of the bat, cool spring day bristling by… love your leprechaun too, and the frog made me smile. very pretty sight on this wet cold rainy ca day~

  77. Too cute! The frogs are unexpected but a wonderful surprise! I love the curtains blowing in the breeze. So soothing and tempting!

  78. Anonymous says:

    Luv Luv Luv the St. Patricks Tablescape and porch. Can't wait to see the next porch scape.
    Would love to know where to find the Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine. Patric67@comcast.net

  79. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    I found the one for the porch in a local antique/thrift store 4 years ago, but I've also seen them online here: http://bit.ly/FPqRT7. They appear to be about the same price, too. I paid $35 for the one on the porch.

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