Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Erin Go Braugh....

A favorite movie of mine is "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. My favorite part of the movie is when Maureen won't go to her new husband's house without her dowry. She wants her dishes, linens and furniture, the things a young bride needs to begin a new home. I especially love it when John Wayne drags her across the countryside, kicking and screaming with the entire town watching and cheering him on. I like to think that I maybe some of the things I've gathered over the years could be considered  a "dowry". Making a home for family and friends that is comfortable and welcoming has always been a goal. Being a part of "Tablescape Thursday" has helped me to find new ways to do just that. Now, if I could cook as well as you all do, I'd be set!

Today I'm setting the table for a traditional Irish dinner. I've layered a festive 4 Leaf Clover cloth over my white tablecloth from last week. (Why mess with what works, right?) I started watching all of your tablescapes about this time last year and learned from Candy at "The Little Round Table" that green, orange and white are the colors in the Irish flag.

I'm using my Tangerine Fiesta as sort of a charger/ dinner plate, with a Shamrock salad plate under the bowl. These bowls are Better Homes and Gardens "Summer Garden". They are fairly deep and would hold a hearty Irish stew.
I liked the look of the green Mexican glassware. Everyday stainless  and a white napkin finish the place setting.
Next to each place is a shamrock dish that I found at our local drugstore, of all places. I've put a little "gold" from the leprechaun's pot for each person.
Our cute leprechaun guards the gold. I always thought they were mean and greedy, but this one's ready to share his bounty with all who dine at this table. His pot is a terra cotta planter, painted green and white. A piece of styrofoam helps to fill the pot and make it look fuller. The pot is sitting on a clear cake stand with extra gold spilling out and around.
Susan-thanks again for a lovely party. I so enjoy coming and looking at everybody's lovelies. Thank you to all of you who leave comments and have chosen to follow me. I'm flattered beyond belief !  Now, let's get back to the party, click the button on the side to see what everyone else is up to! I won't see you for a week or so, I'm cruising to Mexico for a week and hope to find some special treasures to share!


  1. Love this adorable table and the yellow one below too. Those white lacy plates are so pretty!

  2. Cute table, lovin' your green goblets and I'm always happy when someone shares that kind of gold with me too:@)

  3. Love your green table! great topper for this time of year. your green goblets are perfect.

  4. Such a darling St. Patrick's table! Hope you have a wonderful cruise.

  5. This table is adorable!! All your St. Patrick's decoration are great and I LOVE the green glasses! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  6. Love all the green and orange...very festive.

  7. I always make a point to watch "The Quiet American" whenever it plays on the old movie channel. One of my favorites. I also loved the scene where she busied herself cleaning and preparing their little happy to have her things around her. Remember the Dutch door? Introducing the orange to your green St. Patricks Day table was very effective. All of your elements worked beautifully together. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay