Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wearin' of the "Greens"

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!  It's time to get out the dutch oven and make what my Mom would call, "New England Boiled Supper", which translated meant we were having corned beef and cabbage for dinner.  I do not have a hint of Irish in me (Portuguese, English and German), but I still enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day by wearing something green that day, doing a little decorating and making corned beef for dinner.  Ever since I started blogging, I've enjoyed participating in Cuisine Kathleen's St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl, so I went hunting in my dish closet to see what I have that could satisfy the requirements for a St. Patrick's Day table without using what I did last year.  I found things, but the problem was that the greens that I had were all in a different shade of the color.  But, I figured, "green is green" and hopefully I won't offend any leprechauns with my mismatched components.  Here's how the table turned out:

Here's How It Was Created:

I started with a square placemat that I found at Bed, Bath and Beyond in their clearance section.  It was 99 cents and they had them in some really pretty colors! This is my favorite shade of green for St. Patrick's Day:

The first layer of my dish stack is my new white charger that I ordered from Mikasa.  It, too, was in their clearance section.  I couldn't resist these chargers. They are labeled BLOCK, Zen . They were reduced from $15.00 to $4.99!  I knew I wouldn't have the chance to purchase a charger for that price again, so I got enough to use for family dinners on the holidays.  I'm looking forward to using them with my Butterfly Meadow dishes for Easter dinner.

Next came my square dinner plates from the Shinoda Design Center.

The top layer of my dish stack is a melamine salad plate from the clearance section at Pier One. It is not labeled with any pattern name. These plates look so much like china and I love the pattern. The green is more like chartreuse, not exactly shamrock green, but "green is green".

I completed the place setting with white Lenox napkins from Bed, Bath and Beyond, new napkin rings at $.99 a piece from the same place (gotta love those clearance shelves!), a faux carnation from Dollar Tree, gold-plated flatware on loan from my cousin, green goblets from Pier One and a plastic leprechaun hat also from Dollar Tree.

My centerpiece started with a shamrock wreath from Hobby Lobby surrounding my Farval pitcher from TJ Maxx which is filled with faux flowers from Dollar Tree.  I added green sprays, green wire garland and two accent pieces:  I raided my hubby's frog collection and found one who I'm pretending could be singing, "When Irish Eyes are Smilin'". I then added a salt and pepper set that is labeled, "Two Peas in a Pod" ( a Christmas gift from my stepdaughter): is this not the cutest thing? I know the color is not shamrock green again, but I couldn't resist sharing this darling set. I love the sweet looks on their faces! Some shamrock scatter and the table is done.

And so that's my table for St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you agree that "green is green".  I'll be joining Christine at for her Table It! Link Party,                                                 Kathleen at for her annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl and                     Susan at for Tablescape Thursday.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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