Thursday, February 27, 2020

Daffodils and Irish Spring Colors

As I was looking through my photos, I opened the folder of those I had taken in Ireland in the spring of 2018. That was one of our most enjoyable vacations!


I was once again mesmerized by the beauty of the countryside.



The photos were all the inspiration I needed to set a table to celebrate Spring -- and St. Patrick's Day.


For a color palette, I chose the colors of the sea, for Ireland after all is an island! To the east is the Irish Sea, to the west is the North Atlantic Ocean.


The glass plates and bowls are a watery aqua, with napkins in a matching shade. You may remember the dinner plates from other tablescapes here and here.


The verge of the salad plates are a soft shade of yellow, a pale echo of the daffodils in the center vase.


We found greens of every tone throughout our stay, especially in the meadows filled with grazing sheep.


So sheep found their way to the table! The table throw is a finely woven scarf I bought in Dublin. The teal color works perfectly with the china.


The candlesticks and vase are Irish crystal.


More sheep and cattle on the hillside.


Crystal water and whisky glasses sparkle in the sunlight, and will surely do so when the candles are lit.


I loved the spring flowers in the gardens of Blarney Castle near Cork.


The same oranges and golden yellows are in the daffodils from my garden.


My daffodils have been blooming since early February. Four varieties are currently flowering, despite the unexpected snow and the seemingly incessant rain. Crocuses and the first of the hyacinths have joined them.


Silver tones play well off the aqua dinnerware. They've also got interesting texture, from the napkin rings, to the columnar flatware and the pretty edging on the silverplate trays I'm using for chargers.


More candles are on the buffet, along with Irish whiskey (and sheep!). One set of candlesticks is silverplate, the other is vintage glass.


Green stems and leaves play off the teal cloth.


And both colors are on this shop in Kinsale!




We'll see if I still have daffodils blooming by St. Patrick's Day!

Table resources
Dinner plates | Pier 1
Salad plates | Wedgwood 'April Beaded'
Bowls | vintage Fire King
Crystal candlesticks, vase | Waterford
Glasses | Godinger 'Dublin'
Green candle holders, trays/chargers | vintage

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24 comments:

  1. Beautiful - love the soft teal colors and the sheep. Thanks for sharing your photos from Ireland - what a lovely image to recreate with your table.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene! Vacations can be endlessly inspiring in many ways. This was my third post based on Ireland.

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  2. Such beauty...Wonderful colors...I would love to join you at this gorgeous table!Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Maristella! I'd love to have you join us!

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  3. So cute! May I ask where the small sheep came from?

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! I'm glad you stopped by. All the sheep are salt and pepper shakers found on eBay. The ones on the table are Lenox; the ones on the buffet are Rosenthal-Netter. Larger photos of these can be found on a previous post -- https://cometodinnerat8.blogspot.com/2019/03/celtic-patterns-for-table.html.

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  4. such a beautiful Spring tablescape, love that woven scarf with the adorable sheep. The gorgeous yellow Daffodils look so pretty with the greens and teal!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! The scarf and the flowers were an unbeatable inspiration.

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  5. Beautiful tablescape and Irish landscapes! I'm visiting from Celebrate Your Story.

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    1. Thanks, Allyson, I'm so glad you enjoyed this!

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  6. I've never been to Ireland and your photos are very beautiful along with your tablescapes. I love all the cute sheep.
    Thanks for visiting my blog on blue willow dishes. Thelma.

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    1. Thanks, Thelma! One of these days I'll really go through my photos and post them on the blog. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  7. Sandra,
    I love your table setting for spring and your photos of Ireland and so beautiful.Congratulations, you are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/03/thursday-favorite-things.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you, Bev, I'm flattered to be chosen this week!

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  8. Sandra, how I long to visit Ireland, especially the area from which my father's people came (County Tyrone, Ulster Province). Your table and commentary from your trip go hand in hand with the beauty I imagine of the country and coast. It's just so beautiful. And what a gorgeous scarf you brought back from Dublin. Another fine display of your artful talent at the table!

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    1. Rita, thank you for your lovely comments! Ireland is wonderful to visit, and I can't wait to go back there. Both my husband and I have roots in Ireland, but he has been more successful than I tracing those roots back. Thanks again!

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  9. Beautiful pictures and beautiful tablescape!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, glad you enjoyed this. Have a great weekend!

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  10. Your inspiration photos are gorgeous as is your table, and those tiny sheep are adorable! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia! I had so many photos to choose from, but these seemed to capture the color and spirit of the scarf.

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  11. Really enjoyed your tablescape and the pictures of Ireland--and the sheep!!!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy, I'm so glad you came to visit! Aren't the sheep the cutest!

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  12. So pretty Sandra. I have always wanted to go to Ireland, because I am Irish and Scottish. The countryside is gorgeous. Your table is lovely, love the colors! I am happy to feature your post at Love Your Creativity.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I'm honored to be featured! Ireland has long been a destination wish of mine since both sides of my family hail from Ireland.

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