Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t have to pretend, I’ve got Irish ancestors and strawberry blonde hair to prove it! Because of my hair color, I was always told that redheads should dress in Kelly green but never did until lime became fashionable (I was such a rebel!). So I decided to create a St. Patty’s Day table using the non-traditional chartreuse.
Monochromatic color schemes (everything one color only) can work in interior design and on the table if you incorporate different shades, hues and lots of texture. I wanted to set my table with what I already had around the house and didn’t have any trouble finding enough for a table for 4!
I pulled out an antique side table with drop leaves from my living room for an intimate dinner. The woven and embroidered placemats cover most of the top when overlapped. No need to worry about spills or hot food.
If you don’t have a set of white dinner plates, start looking for some. I bought these on sale from Pottery Barn a few years ago and have two other sets from Goodwill. You can never have too many white dishes.
The clear salad plates with a cut vine design came from an antique store. The label said Heisey, but I haven’t been able to verify that claim. If you know one way or the other, please leave me a comment below. They are very pretty and delicate and sold as a set of 8.
No need to purchase special dinnerware for a once a year meal. Create your own by placing a little design under a clear plate. I cut out shamrocks from some left over green craft foam I had. I drew mine free hand, but you can look for clip art to copy.
Napkins are tied with a matching green plastic wire.
My sister gave me some battery-light candles. No dripping wax or fear of fire (she knows about my passion for lime green). I scattered some polished glass stones and craft ribbon on the table.
I love this little drawing of an antique village. Could it be Ireland?.
Beer is the beverage of choice to go with corned beef and cabbage and will look great in the cut glass pilsners. Add a postcard to each placesetting and the conversation will be off to a great start.
Toast to good health and friendship.
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And my God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.