St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece

Welcome to the 234th Tablescape Thursday!

Wow, the days seem to just fly by, hard to believe it’s Thursday already.  But Thursday it is and I have a fun table setting inspired by the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting


I know it’s a bit early but I thought I’d share it with you now to get those ideas flowing for your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.


This table setting includes a 4-leaf clover napkin fold that’s not for the faint-of-heart.  Okay, I’m sort of joking, but just sort of.  This was by far the most challenging napkin fold I’ve attempted for a Tablescape Thursday.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with 4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold

You know how with most napkin folds, the first one can be a bit tricky and then it gets easier as you get the hang of it?  Well, not with this one!  HA!   The whole time I was folding, I was imagining the tutorial I would create to share how it’s done.  It’s easy to create, right up until the last part.

I think part of what made it such a pain to fold was because my napkins were not very square.  Also, when I pressed the napkins as I was making the fold, I think I may have put some creases in places that ended up making it harder to fold.  In any case, I’ll figure out the best way to make it and I’ll share the fold for a future tutorial very soon, maybe for Met Monday.  I will not be defeated by the likes of a mere napkin!  Hear that napkin?!    Update:  You’ll find the directions for this napkin fold here:  4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold  It turned out to be not nearly so difficult once I broke it down for the tutorial.   πŸ™‚

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with 4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold


I placed a bit of Leprechaun loot in the center for a finishing touch.  You could use almost anything there and it would be cute.  A piece of chocolate would be perfect.  I saw some type of round candy or chocolate wrapped in green for the holiday in Marshalls just last week.  Wishing I had bought some for the center.  Oh, well, just keep that idea in mind if you make this fold.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with 4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold

You may remember these plates from previous St. Patrick’s Day table settings.  I’ll link to those previous tablescapes at the end of this post in case you would like to check ’em out.

4-Leaf Clover Plates for St. Patrick's Day


The centerpiece for this table setting is a Shamrock Cookie Tree.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting


The silver tree is one I use each Christmas to display a collection of Swarovski snowflake and star ornaments.  You may remember seeing it in this past winter table setting here:  Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Winter Table Setting with Noritake Colburn China


I’ve been itching to create a cookie tree centerpiece for some time now, so I had a lot of fun putting this one together.  Remove the wine glasses and this would be a fun table setting for both children and the grown-ups.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece


For hanging ribbon, I took apart a hair scrunchy I’ve use as a napkin ring in a previous St. Patrick’s Day table settings.  The individual ribbons were the perfect length to use for tying the cookies onto the tree.  Each piece of sheer ribbon has a little shamrock on the end.

Ornament Ties Made from Hair Scrunchy


I’ll post the recipe for making the cookies soon.  They are super easy to make.  I made a double batch of cookies in case I had a few casualties and sure enough, a couple of cookies broke when I was poking the hanging ribbon through the hole with an ice pick.  I did make the hole in the cookie prior to baking but icing found its way into the hole during the icing process.  I guess I’ll just have to tough it out and eat the broken ones.  What a terrible shame! πŸ˜‰

Making Cookie Tree

My cookies aren’t as pretty as fancy bakery cookies, but you know what?  I think they taste better.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece


It may have something to do with all the butter in the recipe.  Yum!

Shamrock Sugar Cookies for St. Patrick's Day


Before decorating the tree with cookies, I wound shamrock garland around the arms of the tree.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece


The garland was left over from a previous year and was purchased at the dollar store.

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece


Do you have any plans for St. Patrick’s Day this year?  It’s a huge celebration time for the folks in Savannah, Georgia.  There’s a big parade and I’ve been told they dye the river green.  I’ve never been but it’s supposed to be quite the party!

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting


Pssst:  I’ve posted the recipes for the Shamrock Sugar Cookies and for the icing here:  Shamrock Sugar Cookies and Icing Recipes

You’ll find the directions for creating the 4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold here:  4-Leaf Clover Napkin Fold

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

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting


Looking forward to all the tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Morning, love the St Patrick’s table. You seem to have a mixture of three and four leaf clovers. The three leaf are to represent the Holy Trinity, the four leaf ones are the “lucky ” ones!! I wonder how easy it would be to make a three leaf napkin?? I wonder what you would have to eat on St Patrick’s day, corned beef and cabbage?

    Hope you have the luck of the Irish, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

  2. That centerpiece is so cute! Very creative! Those napkins really caught my eye- I’m imagining how to create them. When I first found your blog I remember seeing a china set with little shamrocks on it- so pretty! I like these dishes. I don’t do much for St. Patricks day but a corned beef dinner always sounds good!

  3. Susan~ Your edible shamrock tree is an adorable & delicious centerpiece! Love your shamrock napkin fold too, I can tell it takes the luck of the Irish to fold it πŸ™‚

  4. So pretty Susan. I don’t usually do much for St. Patrick’s and you’ve gone all out! Sweet napkins with the “Get Lucky”, nice touch!
    Hope you are having a great week…

  5. This is just delightful! I love the napkins folded like shamrocks! So clever!
    What a fun table!

  6. Susan, this is SO pretty for St. Patrick’s Day! Those napkins DO look intimidating to fold! The cookie tree is darling, and I can just imagine how my grandchildren’s eyes would light up if I were to copy you. Thank you for hosting so faithfully!

    • Please do! I’ll post the recipe soon. It’s unbelievably easy and just has basic ingredients, which I love…no running off to the store to shop since it has the basics we all keep on hand. Thanks, Tricia! I love Tablescape Thursday soooo much. The tables that are linked are always so amazing! πŸ™‚ What number is yours?

  7. I just love your St. Patty’s table. Just gorgeous! Wherever did you find such a large ornament tree? This is my first time visiting your blog – I will definitely be back to keep “peeking in” on you!

    • Hi Sharon,
      I bought it at Ross-Simon many years ago. I’m not sure if they still carry it, but you may want to check online. If you don’t see it now, check closer to Christmas. Thanks so much! XO

  8. I love your Shamrock cookie tree ~ so sweet! Thanks for hosting Susan.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. Susan,
    What an adorable St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape!!!
    I would LOVE a tutorial on the Shamrock napkin fold! (Okay, confession time: I have “Mr.Ed” observe all your napkin folds…then he shows me how to make them! I’m mechanically, engineer challenged! Ha!!!)
    I have a metal tree for Christmas ornaments and it is reused for Easter, but what a splendid idea for St. Patrick’s Day, as well!!!
    Thanks for hosting TT each week where inspiration abounds!!!

    • Pat, I love that. Now that is a real man in my book! You have a gem! Oooh, I like the idea of using it for Easter! Awesome, idea! I had planned to make heart-shaped cookies for Valentines and use it for that, but didn’t get those done in time. We could use the trees for a lot of things, couldn’t we? Wonder if there’s a “flag” cookie cutter for the 4th of July. πŸ™‚

  10. I love this table!!! The cookie tree totally rocks. What a shame you had to eat those broken cookies.. LOL. The napkin fold, was so worth the trouble. I must google that today and figure it out.. I think it would be perfect for what I have planned. Thanks sooo much for all the inspiration and hosting this fun event. xo Marlis – who is now regretting getting rid of her tree!!!

  11. Hi Susan!!
    Very cute Shamrock cookie tree! They look yummy, I look forward to the recipe!! The napkins are super clever!!

    Just a thought, I think I would have put the hole in the cookie before I baked them.

    Have a super day!

  12. SWOON….that centerpiece tree is magnificent and soo much fun!!! The dishes and folding napkins are great Susan. Fab tablescape for St. Patty’s! Thanks for hosting, lovely lady.

  13. Your shamrock table absolutely ROCKS!! Really luv’d this…and now…I’m off to TRY those napkins…we use the “bunny Easter napkin design” all the time!! franki

  14. I love this pretty setting—awesome napkins, awesome centerpiece! St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday! Thanks for hosting the party. Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller
    Homemaking Linkup is going on now—join us!

  15. Susan, your cookie tree is a darling idea. It could be difficult for me to concentrate on the meal with those cookies tempting this cookie monster. I need to start thinking about a table for St. Paddy’s Day. That’s about all I do around here for that holiday. Thanks for hosting. I’m off to revisit your other tables and the ones that have linked up. I need some inspiration.

  16. Lovely table Susan, and thanks for hosting.
    As your first commenter said, your napkins are 4 leaf clovers, and your cookies are shamrock. The shamrock is a very important symbol to the Irish as it represents the Trinity, a foundation of the Catholic faith. ♣
    Now I wonder if you could do a shamrock napkin with one part being the stem?
    Have a good weekend!

    • That’s how I was looking at the napkin, as a Shamrock with three parts and a stem. Clover works great, too though and I like that much better since 4-leaf clovers are good luck. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Kathleen!

  17. It’s just beautiful! Thank you for the early inspiration! I’ll get started on my St. Patrick’s Day theme tomorrow!

  18. Susan, I love the napkin fold!! U are a woman with talents!!
    I bought books, iron & fold, try & cry but still have not mastered the
    Fine art of fancy folding!!! Will you teach me??
    Also looked back at ur linked post & adore the tea on the porch
    setting…….I’m all Patty green over your daffodils!!! They are my favorite
    flower. I have 3 paintings of daffodils so I enjoy those year round,
    But sure wish I had them in my yard right now like you do!!!!

  19. That Shamrock tree was a fantastic idea. It turned out so well!

    – The Tablescaper

  20. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape for St. Patrick’s Day is Beautiful as always. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family, and thanks so much for having your linky party for us all.
    XXOO Diane

  21. First, thank you for letting me join your party. Love the cookie tree. I look forward to your recipe. I love the fold of those napkins, but I really love your spirit that you will not let β€œit” defeat you.

  22. LOVE your St. Patty’s tablescape! Ca you tell me where you found your silver ornament tree? Have been looking for one. Thank you!

    • Hi Belinda, Thanks so much! I found it online at Ross-Simon many years ago. They had them again a few years back. I’ve always bought mine around Christmastime so if you don’t see one online now, check when it gets closer to Christmas. Also, try googling “silverplate ornament tree” and maybe someone else will have one available on eBay. You tend to see them more around Christmas, though.

  23. Your table is so fresh and appealing. I love the look of the green and white as we look forward to Spring. (Well, okay, I’ve had just about enough of white with the snowy February we’ve had..) I will be watching for that napkin fold, I loooove it!

  24. Simple and elegant! It’s amazing how you made such a strong St. Patrick’s Day vibe without going overboard on your green! I love the napkin fold, it goes perfect with the occasion, and those cookies look delicious! With all those edible decorations, it wouldn’t be long before that table was bare with me around πŸ™‚
    Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing!
    Ben from

    • Ben,
      I saw your comment on Susan’s blog & looked
      at your site. WoW it has a ton of stuff, but today I am looking for spring napkins.
      What I saw are all solid colors & polyester…..great price, but…
      Did I miss some? I am looking for cotton or linen
      in spring color or small floral pattern. Would be great
      to hear from you if you have them. Thanks Ginger

  25. Looking forward to Easter: that napkin fold is perfect for cradling a foil-covered chocolate egg!

  26. Cute tablescape, Susan. Love the napkin fold….Christine

  27. The Shamrock table is so so pretty! Love every detail. Thank you so much for hosting.

  28. The napkins are beautiful.

  29. GΒ΄day Susan,
    St. Patrick’s Day is not really a big deal in Sweden. However, as a globetrotter, we always love to visit an Irish pub everywhere we travel to. So, for me, as a Catholic, this is a church day. But as a blogger, I will see to it to create a St. Patrick’s Day’s table (CC style).

    TY for the inspiration. I might buy some little blings to add the spirit of SPD.

    Happy TS ,

    Greetings from a slippery Stockholm,
    /CC girl

  30. Susan – I cannot believe that I almost forgot to link up today! I have been working on a future blue tablescape and time just got away from me. Your St. Pat’s table is so cute. I love that tree and the delicious looking cookies with which you decorated it. I have never been to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, either. I hear it is a wild party, indeed. I think Dublin, GA has one a little more family friendly. Maybe, I will check that one out first!

  31. Susan, this is such a pretty St. Patrick’s table. I love your shamrock tree, and the napkin fold was worth it, because it looks so pretty. Thank you for hosting. laurie

  32. Susan, you did a fabulous job on your cookie tree and table! My guess is you decided to hang the cookies after you baked them. You are brave attempting the holes after, but you know what they say? Broken cookies do not have calories! So enjoy them freely. Love this table and all the work you put into it is appreciated. Including those very sweet, darn troublesome napkins! I will visit the other tables tonight when it is not so busy around the house. Patty/BC

  33. Mary from Virginia says

    LOVE your St. Patrick’s Day table!! It is so cheerful. You are so clever, as always!

    You know I want that napkin fold tutorial. You do such a great job explaining them.

    Those cookies look great, and I am sure there is a flag cookie cutter out there somewhere.

  34. Dorinda Selke says

    Hi Susan – Top of the evenin’ to you ! I absolutely adore your Irish tablescape – so clever with the beautiful shamrock napkins and your cookies look so good I wish I had taste a vision on my computer screen ! I can’t wait to get your tut on the napkins because I am having my annual corned beef dinner party and I would love to learn to accomplish this napkin fold for the party !! Thanks again for yet another wonderful tablescape !! Hugs, Dorinda

  35. Did you mention where you found those adorable shamrock salad/dessert plates or did I miss it?
    Love this tablescape! so colorful and that napkin fold is adorable. I think the ornament tree with the shamrock cookies looks better then with the crystal ornaments. They are hard to see where the shamrocks really are colorful. If you even want to sell those shamrock plates, I’ve got my hand up high!
    Thanks for showing us this..It is adorabable and definately a converssation piece!

    • Thanks, Betty! I’m pretty sure I found the plates at HomeGoods. It’s been several years but I think that’s where those came from. You are too cute! Check on eBay…you never know what you will find on there!

  36. I think this is amazing! Love the cookie tree. The napkins are gorgeous. Beautiful table!!!!!!!

  37. I commend you for your bravery and stick-to-it-tiveness in folding those napkins. I get so easily frustrated with that sort of thing that I just throw in the towel…or I guess the napkin in this case! πŸ™‚ The cookie tree is a great idea! I’m not sure I’d be able to resist before everyone got a chance to see it, and it would look like a winter tree in no time! πŸ™‚ I spoke on the phone today with a follower who told me how much she appreciated me turning her on to Tablescape Thursdays. She is a regular reader on Thursdays and said she greatly identifies with your style! So there! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

    • lol Love that winter tree analogy! πŸ™‚ Yep, it will look like that soon here, too. I need to freeze them so I’m not wearing them on hips next week. πŸ˜‰ Awww, thanks Alycia…appreciate you telling her about TT! Another kindred soul! πŸ™‚

  38. Oh, Susan,
    I love that cookie tree! (And those cookies! :-)) Aren’t shamrocks cute?
    We don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here, but every New Years’ Day I get four-leaf-clovers plants (as a lucky symbol) with a cute small chimney sweep or a small piglet sitting in it (both as a lucky symbol, too) from friends or from hubby and I always “kill” them! (the plants, NOT the friends or hubby… lol)
    Shame on me! Maybe that’s why I never win the lottery!
    ~Hugs to you~

  39. Hi Susan,
    I love your cookie tree. What a great idea. I have a metal tree like yours.and you have me thinking I had better get it out and get baking. Yours is so sweet. The broken cookies are the best they can be eaten right away. How many did you break?
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  40. Love the table. We have St Patrick Day celebration because that is THE Gotcha day for our first adopted daughter! Handy it falls on a the day of green because it was a new beginning of a fresh life for our family! It makes the decorating even more fun!

  41. All that’s missing is the green beer! So sorry you had to eat all those broken cookies – way to take one for the team! That is one festive table – Erin go Bragh!

  42. Love, love your table especially the cookie tree. Wonderful!

  43. This is lovely! I love your St. Patrick’s table set, it is so beautiful xxx

  44. Love your cookie tree! Where did you get the silver display tree? I can see using it all year with different themes πŸ™‚

  45. Thanks for responding. I hope I can find something similar.

  46. Susan, your centerpiece is so lovely! I have an ornament display tree very much like this one. I decorate sugar cookies on the side and have to admit I have never thought of hanging mine on my ornament tree! I can’t wait to make some and put them on my tree for my husband’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday dinner. Thanks so much for giving me a fresh idea of how to use things that are right under my nose! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

  47. table was beautiful thanks for always sharing

  48. Kathleen says

    This one caught my eye because of the napkins! Love how you did a tutorial!

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