Now, when you think of St. Patrick's day decor, it might be hard to get past the paper cut-outs of shamrocks and dancing leprechauns gracing the window of every bar you walk by.... but you don't have to have your dining table look like this:
Here are some ideas to class up St. Patrick's Day a bit...
A big bouquet of bells of ireland as the centerpiece:
Napkins wrapped in twine and finished with an artificial or real shamrock (from an oxalis plant):
Small pots of oxalis plants (real shamrocks!). I almost bought some of these at my grocery store last week but they didn't look so great and I was afraid they wouldn't make it until St. Patrick's Day. I'll have to see if they've gotten in a fresh shipment.
Fun for kids - paper shamrock straw toppers. Get the how-to here:
If you are really ambitious, you could stencil on a cool celtic border to a tablecloth, or make a table runner from brown craft paper and stencil on top of it.
Or you could make some easy shamrock stamps using a heart stamp (smart!), and stamp until your heart's content...napkins, tablecloths, coasters, etc.
We're having my sister and brother-in-law over for our second-annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, so I'm sure there will be a tablescape involved if I get my act together. Here is a picture from last year. You can read the full post from last year here.