Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--A Spring-y Saint Patrick's Day

Hello, all and welcome!  Thank you so much for visiting me!  It's that time of year again....time to get out your green, dance a jig, and engage in some harmless mischief, for Saint Patrick's Day is just a few days away! 

On this special day, I send the kiddos off to school in their green garb, and usually put on something festive myself.  Do you have traditions this time of year?

I do try to bring fun and tradition to the table.  The tables I set last year were very bold and rich in color, so this year, I want to set a table with a much lighter hand.  It has been an unrelenting winter for most of the country, and we have had our share of torrential rain here in Southern California.  It is gloomy and damp, which makes me long for Spring.  Setting a table infused with light, springy colors is a great way to banish those lingering winter blues and bring in a feeling of Spring.

In honor of this wonderful season and Cuisine Kathleen's Annual Saint Patrick's Day blog hop, today I am sharing a sweet and simple tablescape reminiscent of the Springtime.  I hope you enjoy the post!

I began this setting with a wonderful damask tablecloth in a lovely soft celadon.

Closeup of the detail.

Rustic chargers

with intricate detail

were set with simple white plates.

Forest green napkins folded length-wise,

were followed by pretty celadon saucers.

So sweet.  I don't mind the little flaws.  They add charm and character.  :)

At each setting, I placed beige napkins adorned with sheer ribbon in light green.

For a bit of fun, I curled the ribbons with scissors.

To bring more green and a natural element to the setting, I trimmed some beautiful ferns.

 I loved the soft leaves of this fern, which made a nice alternative to clover.

At each setting, the sprig of fern joins a little topiary tree and stemware outfitted in green.

If you would like to view the tutorial to make these trees, you may visit the post on my blog The Crafting Table here.

Silver flatware

Adorned with more sweet green ribbon

joins the cheerful setting.

To build a multi-dimensional centerpiece, I began with floral arranging foam 

held together with wooden skewers.

I love combining real flowers and faux in my arrangements, and I began this one by building a foundation of faux leaves.

I trimmed,

and added the foliage from the center outward.

Fresh poms and freesia from the local grocer

were added along with faux snapdragons and large poms with lots of green leaves salvaged from the spring bouquet I purchased earlier this month.  Closeups of the detail.

The freesia smell wonderful!  Can you differentiate the real from the faux?

At either side of the centerpiece, silver candleholders and white tapers

complete the tablescape.

Love the detail of these sweet candleholders!

Completed tablescape.

A few shots of the place setting.

You may also want to use the centerpiece alone as a festive vignette.  If you spray the flowers with a water bottle, it should keep for a good few days to a week.

From my collection:

Damask Tablecloth, Lauren Ralph Lauren/HomeGoods
Chargers, Pottery Barn
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Celadon plates, thrifted
Beige napkins, HomeGoods
Forest green napkins, HomeGoods
Stemware, Luminarc France Emerald Green, local thrift
Flatware, Wallace Antique Baroque Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Candleholders, Godinger, local antique shoppe

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  1. Your St. Paddy's Day table looks so lovely! The centerpiece is gorgeous and it works so well with your tablecloth, dishes, and the adorned napkins.

  2. What a gorgeous St. Patrick's Day table! Your tablescape is so classic yet fresh with the flowers and topiary trees. Have fun celebrating on the 17th!

  3. Beautiful table. Your centerpiece is lovely..Your post makes me want to set a table for more than two. :-)
    Love, Mona

  4. I am dancing a jig over this elegant table! Your centerpiece is beautiful and I love how you share the steps involved. I am a huge lover of topiaries and the little touch of fern add so much. Gorgeous cloth and china. You are sure to make guests happy at this table!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    1. Thank you so, so much! Happy early Saint Patrick's Day!

  5. Such an elegant table and beautiful floral arrangement!

  6. Beautiful table, makes me want to dance too! I love the step by step building of the master piece. Fabulous Daaaarling! Janice hotpl8zandtablescapes

    1. Made me smile! Thank you, Janice, daaaarling! ;-)

  7. I enjoyed seeing you create this pretty table, and your idea to mix real and fake flowers is great! That would certainly keep the guest guessing as they tried to figure out--real or not? Happy St. Patty's Day! Linda

    1. It also keeps costs down! Thank you so much, Linda!

  8. Beautifully done! Love the centerpiece floral arrangement! The little topiaries look so cute. The emerald green stems look so pretty with the sun gleaming in on them! Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    1. Thank you, Liz! I caught a lucky sunny day....we are right back to grey and cloudy!

  9. Great table! Love the chargers

    Thanks for the visit.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  10. Your table is so lovely and elegant. The celadon tablecloth was the perfect base for putting on the green. The napkin with the celadon salad plate complements the charger and the dinner plate beautifully. Wonderful job on the topiary trees too, I pinned them so I can find the instructions to make them later. Wishing you a happy Saint Patrick's day a bit early..... Candy

    1. You are so sweet, thank you so much, Candy!! Have a great Saint Pat's!

  11. Your St. Patrick's Day tablescape is very elegant and beautiful! I like your centerpiece--it looks very professionally arranged and the greenery you chose is a perfect blend of greens.

  12. Love, love, love your tablescape. Celadon is my favorite shade and you have coordinated everything so well. Your silver candlesticks and exquisite floral centerpiece are outstanding. Thank you for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  13. Lovely table, so bright and cheery. Love your little trees. The centerpiece is outstanding! Happy St. Pat's.

  14. Beautiful table! Love your silverware and how you crossed them. Centerpiece is stunning. I am so nice to see each step of the way and how you built this table.

  15. I love your blog! It was so much fun to watch this table come together, step-by-step. The centerpiece is marvelous. Thanks!

  16. What a beautiful table. That cloth is gorgeous, and your plate stack so pretty. Great idea to mix faux flowers with real ones. Your little topiaries are so cute. I'm off to read your tut on making them.

  17. Beautiful!! I so appreciate the tutorial on making the centerpiece. It is wonderful and even I can make this (I have trouble with centerpieces!). I love your elegant tablecloth. It really sets the mood for the rest so your table!

  18. Your table is so pretty!! You did a great job with the centerpiece; that's something I'm not so good with yet. ;) I've used Freesias before and their fragrance is wonderful, isn't it? Your damask tablecloth is lovely, and so are your place settings. A really nice St. Pat's Day and spring table!

    Thanks so much for your visit to my pub table, and I hope you have a great St. Paddy's Day!



    1. LOVE freesia. Thank you so much for visiting and your kind words, Denise! Happy Saint Pat's!

  19. Beautiful that tablecloth. The topiary centerpiece is wonderful!

  20. I really like how this has the "green" of a St. Patrick's Day tablescape without all the typical pieces one associates with the day - Well done! Those boxwood topiaries are terrific and how nice to have one at each place setting. Great tutorial on mixing faux with real flowers for your centerpiece - looks wonderful! I've pinned a couple pics!

  21. What a beautiful tablescape and a gorgeous centerpiece!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  22. What a lovely table! I like how you got into the spirit of the holiday.

  23. What a lovely table! You've carried out the theme beautifully without overdoing it, as so many people do. I call it "Totally Tasteful"!

  24. Very festive SPD table...I just love those Luminarc goblets. Beautiful centerpiece.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  25. Oh how pretty! I love all your greens, and your centerpiece is lovely! Yes, it is a fun day, and a little mischief is good too. You know how sneaky those leprechauns are!!! Thanks so much for joining the Irish Blog Crawl, I can't believe it is the 7th year. I think I am all out of Irish things to show! :)

    1. I can't thank you enough Kathleen, wonderful blog and fabulous party! ❤❤

  26. Just what I was looking for. Thanks for the tutorial. My guests will be amazed.