Thursday, March 7, 2019

Celtic Patterns for the Table

I was very excited planning this table! It is the first St. Patrick's Day table I've set since we traveled through Ireland last May. So I've included a few shots from our trip to set the stage.

Ireland is incredibly green, in shades from yellow-green through dark spruce. Miss J is admiring the view from Newgrange - even in the rain, the greens are vibrant!

I bought this beautiful scarf at Trinity College in Dublin. The emerald cloth is woven with repeating Celtic patterns in a yellow green. Since it is very wide, I thought it would work perfectly as a table runner.

Place settings begin with deep verdant green dinner plates in two organic patterns - dragonflies and leaves. Salad plates rimmed in gold hold vintage fruit bowls in a color often called 'apple green'. I haven't yet tracked down the manufacturer or pattern name.

I wanted the table design to recapture these views!

Daffodils were gathered from the garden for a simple centerpiece. You can see more of them in the garden here. The vase I chose replicates the look of encircling leaves.

Enjoying the 'meadow' are several sheep! Aren't they the cutest? They were an eBay find -- whimsical salt and pepper shakers. One of the joys of the train rides we took across Ireland were the many fields and meadows we passed, most of which were home to sheep, as well as some goats and cattle. And of course we brought home sweaters, scarves and hats knit with Irish wool!

This was one of the highlights as far as Miss J was concerned!

Gold flatware brackets the dishes and grosgrain ribbons tie the napkins.

For St. Patrick's Day I've added pots of gold on either side of the centerpiece. The cauldrons were purchased in the fall and have been used in quite different tables here and here. I love it when you get unexpected versatility!

We've had high winds and very cold temperatures for the last few days. The daffodils were a bit battered in the garden so I didn't mind in the least bringing a few inside. I left plenty for the neighbors to enjoy!

To complete the place settings I've used my dad's vintage beer mugs and the green wine glasses (as yet unidentified) that I picked up at an antique mall.

I have five varieties of daffodils/jonquils planted in the garden. Four types are in the vase; the fifth, petite Narcissus 'Thalia', haven't yet bloomed.

A small section of the gardens at Blarney Castle, located near Cork.

The cloth reverses to a yellow green ground with emerald designs. Both sides are beautiful, with a bit of shimmer.

I couldn't resist adding this jolly fellow and his golden coins to the buffet behind the table!

On Saturday, G and I went to the sale at the Waterford outlet store which will be closing soon. (I will sorely miss it!) We found these beautifully cut crystal candlesticks at 70% off. Since I had planned an Irish table it was meant to be!

Table resources
Dinner plates | Bordallo Pinheiro
Salad plates | Royal Doulton 'Alice'
Vase | Waterford Marquis
Cauldrons | Crate & Barrel
Sheep salt/pepper shakers | Lenox
Glass bowls, flatware | manufacturers, patterns unknown

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  1. I love your scarf as table runner and the sheep! And Waterford crystal for 70% off - win! This all combines to make a lovely table. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    1. Thanks so much, Joy! I was smitten with the sheep at first sight - I think it's their sweet expressions, or maybe their curly wool LOL. Glad you stopped by!

  2. Stunning table and gorgeous pictures!One of the most beautiful I have ever seen in blogland!Gorgeous scarf!Happy St. Patrick's Day.

    1. Thank you so much, Maristella! That's such a lovely compliment! As soon as I saw the scarf I just had to have it - beautiful as a scarf, maybe more so as a table runner.

  3. I love the Celtic theme on your table.

    1. Thank you! Even if I didn't have Irish heritage, I would love the intricacy of Celtic designs.

  4. Sandra,
    I love your Celtic theme dinner tablescape. So pretty. Congrats you are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things.
    Hope you stop by and check it out.
    Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thanks so much, Bev! I'm so glad you enjoyed and featured my post!

  5. This is the perfect table for St. Patrick's Day--love the yellow daffodils with the greens! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! I'm very glad you enjoyed and pinned my table!

  6. Sandra, your table is Irish perfection with that gorgeous scarf you purchased and all the photos from the trip! It was a pleasure and privilege to be featured alongside you on Kari's blog this week. Thank you, too, for your visit to my Spring Blooms and your kind words.

    1. Thanks, Rita! Hoping to put a post together about our trip to Ireland. I've always enjoyed your tablescapes and would love to visit your booth.

  7. Sandra, I wanted to thank you for linking up with celebrate your story and I also wanted to tell you that I featured your post on my blog Me and My Captain. I adore the Celtic green and yes, I am part Irish and not just for a day. LOL
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

    1. Thanks for featuring my post -- I was so excited to see that! I'm glad that I recently discovered your blog. It must be the luck of the Irish!

  8. This is gorgeous. You have such cute collectables for St. Patrick's Day.

    1. Thanks so much, Katie! I've been collecting Irish themes for years.

  9. Oh Sandra what a lovely table!! You've done a masterful job of recreating the colors of the Irish meadows - I almost feel like I've taken a trip there! Your flowers are beautiful too - I love this time of year when the first ones bloom! ❤️ Thanks for the great mini-vacation! :)

    1. Barbara, thank you for your lovely comments. This was such a fun table to put together. Ireland is so beautiful and photos just don't do it justice.


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