Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I think this time of year, everyone finds a little bit of Irish in them. Things suddenly turn green, food, drinks, clothes, decorations and tablescapes!

For the past week I've been on the hunt for Leprechauns. I have seen several but not had any luck in catching any...until now! I caught one in my "lucky" Leprechaun catcher.

So, I thought I would celebrate with a St. Patrick's Day luncheon!

My Leprechaun is named Mr. O'Malley. He tried to bribe me to let him go with big shamrocks full of smaller chocolate shamrocks.

When they didn't work he showed me how he could make an endless supply of chocolate shamrocks and also provide me with several pots of gold.

I told him I would think about it and decide if I would set him free after my luncheon tomorrow or not.

Until then, I'll show you my green tablescape.

I wanted my table to be greens and white only. I even bought green flatware! I found this great set of four at Ross for only $9.99.

I thought that was a good price but I still didn't want to buy them to only use once. So I thought about it and saw me using these several times. Now that we have Sunny CA weather again, they would be perfect to use outside for a Garden theme, a floral theme or a BBQ with several bright colors being used. Even Christmas time. Sold, I brought them home and I'm glad I did.

I used a white tablecloth that I put green place mats on so I thought white napkins would be perfect.

I had searched for St. Patrick's Day napkin rings but wasn't able to find any that I loved enough to buy.

But, I had these little shamrock ornaments from a few years ago. Then I noticed that the place mats had been tied up with the green ribbon. I ironed the ribbon and cut into four pieces and it was perfect to add the shamrock to. Napkin rings cost nothing this year! YEAH!
Here is the whole table. I decided to use the large shamrocks with chocolates as little favors for everyone to take home. I'm also going to share the pots of gold with my guest too.

I didn't have a chance to do the place cards yet and since we are not eating until tomorrow I don't have any food out.

Come back tomorrow and that will be done.
So what do you think? Should I let Mr. O'Malley go or keep him to fulfill my every wish and make me rich?

I'm linking today's post up to Cuisine Kathleen's blog. She is having an Irish Party or "Sharin' of the Green Party". If you have not yet been there please click on her name to be taken to her blog. There is a lot of Irish fun going on over there!

Don't forget to wear green tomorrow. If you don't you could be in for a lot of pinches!

My giveaway is still going on so please leave me a message so you will get your entry!


Donna said...

Very cute table. Love the polka dot plates, and lace chargers.


Kathleen said...

Hooray for Joanne! I remembered you were having a luncheon so I knew you would come through. I know it is still early there!
I love the table, and YES on the flatware..you can use it with a lot of colors. Great table..and OH NO about Lucky Lep in the cage! I know you have a kind Irish heart..you will set him free!
Thanks so much for joining in!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

NO! Don't let your leprechaun go! I love your cage for him and the story you created! Such a fun read! And your tablescape is gorgeous! I really like how you combined all the different shades of green. The flatware is perfect and I'm sure you will get lots of use out of it in the summer.


Marigene said...

Joanne, your table is beautiful...I love that flatware. Hang on to our little leprechaun...don't let him get away!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Nice table! The polka dot plates are cute! I think you should keep the little man at least through tomorrow.
;-) After that you can let him go for another year.

Foley said...

I just love your table - so crisp and festive looking! I agree the flatware can be used for so many things besides St Pat's..it would be great during the spring and summer!!
Love the leprechaun 'cage'.. be careful with your wished!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Beautiful tablescape!! I love your little leprechaun. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Love & blessings from NC!

Elaine said...

Fun tablescape! By all means let the little guy go. He's such a cutie!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Unknown said...

Such a lovely table. I love those polkadot plates :)

Blessings & Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Miss Janice said...

Cute, cute, cute! Love the dishes, the green flatware, and the napkins & rings! I also love the darling centerpiece:)


So very pretty! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Blessings!

Janean said...

how beautiful, lass!

happy st patty's day!!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a festive tablescape!! I love it. I would definitely keep your leprechaun!! Or. Ill take him!

Happy St. Paddy's Day!


Unknown said...

Thanks for joining in my irish St Patrick's Day carnival.

Great tablescape :)