Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Classy St. Patrick's Day Table

The days of the rowdy St. Patrick's Day pub crawl might be over for you (they are long over for me!), but that doesn't mean you still can't have fun on St. Pat's Day!  Why not invite over some friends for some corned beef and cabbage, Guinness (or my favorite black and tans), and of course, a fun St. Patrick's Day tablescape. ;)

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.


  1. My apologies for the messy fonts / layout of this post. I have no idea what happened, but couldn't seem to get it to look like 'normal' no matter what I tried!

  2. I loved your tablescape last yesr; can't wait to see how this year's turns out. Makes me wish we were having a St. P's day dinner!


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