The Wearing of the Green

I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with

The Wearing of the Green~

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 Ireland is a land that boasts 40 shades of green, so I’m dressing the table with a multi-hued cloth~

 outfitted with shamrocks and adorned with pots of gold~

 Instead of corned beef,

I’m dishing up flowers

to serve with my cabbage~

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 Alstroemeria is springing

from a pot of Salad Savoy~

 Mini vases of shamrocks

are trimmed with ribbon~

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  And place settings don vintage-inspired

greetings to welcome St. Patrick’s Day~

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I’m not Irish, but I was charmed by

these sweet sentiments for St. Patrick’s Day,

found from Vintage Holiday Crafts ~

For Irish Hearts~

“Let the Clarion notes resound, On Dear Ireland’s distant shore, And re-echo through our hearts, For St. Patrick evermore.”

 

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My white dishes are a blank canvas and chosen once again to celebrate the holidays~

Previously used for July 4th and then again for Halloween~ they will no doubt usher in Easter in the company of eggs & bunnies~

 

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 Heads of Savoy cabbage are hollowed out and filled with wet floral foam~ serving as a vase for cheery Daisies, green Carnations, and Spider Mums for bouquets at the table~

All three varieties are affordable, available at the grocery store, and have a long life span~ a winning floral trifecta!

 For long-lasting floral attire at the table~ mist the cabbage vases daily with water.

If the outer leaves start to wilt, just peel away the outer layer :)

 I’m happy to celebrate any holiday with a potato~ especially  St. Patrick’s Day~

 So I’m serving a Pot of Gold Potato Soup~ converted from a recipe for Irish Potato Soup~ with the addition of Yukon Gold Potatoes, Kerrygold Irish Butter & Kerrygold Cheddar Cheese~

You or any gold-seeking leprechauns can find a taste here~

 

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Wearing of the Green Table Details:

Dishes/ Oneida Westerly Basket

White Chargers & Goblets/ HomeGoods

Tablecloth/ T J Maxx

Green Placemats/ Pottery Barn

Napkins/ Pier 1 & World Market

Napkin Rings/ Bed, Bath & Beyond

Cake Pedestal/ Bordallo Pinheiro/ HomeGoods

Flatware/ Horchow Gold

Chocolate Coins/ World Market

“For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way~ Good Health, Good Luck, and Happiness for today and every day.”

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Cuisine Kathleen St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl~

Table Top Tuesday~

The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday~

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  49 comments for “The Wearing of the Green

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 13, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Lovin’ your fun St. Pat’s table Mary! The centerpiece is just beautiful! I can’t wait for corned beef and cabbage this weekend:@)

  2. March 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

    How pretty your table looks, Mary! You did a wonderful job & I love all your darling vintage cards. I’m going to borrow that idea for my table on Sat.
    I love the use of the cabbage & kale for centerpieces…I did think of lettuce at one point but forgot.
    You always do such a wonderful job. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Happy Early St. Patrick’s Day!
    Rett

  3. March 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Mary..when I see your post pop up on my email..I am so anxious to open it to see what amazing thing you have done to your table…Each one is as spectacular as the last…and this one is so incredibly “over the rainbow” a true “pot of gold”…Happy St, Patrick’s Day!

  4. March 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Very festive and pretty. Love the cabbage “vase”! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  5. March 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi Mary, I need to make contact with you! Please email me….thanks! I have a proposition!
    Pam at Blue Crab Bay

  6. March 13, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Mary,
    Only you would turn the lowly cabbage into a floral container! I love the mix of all the shades of green in your tablescape. We had some corned beef and cabbage a few weeks ago. I couldn’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day!

  7. March 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Wonderful job! I love your floral arrangement and all your shades of green!
    The cards and green stemware are such nice additions! I did a tablescape but I didn’t exactly do a St. Patrick’s Day one! Love the texture of your white dishes and your pot o’ gold is adorable!

  8. Peggy Crawford
    March 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

    You do such a lovely job on your blog. I always look forward to your postings. Thank you for sharing your creative and beautiful work.

  9. March 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Love the cabbage as a container for flowers. I’m having corned beef and cabbage Saturday evening and may well copy your idea or better yet, could you just send me yours? On the way to World Market to find chocolates. BTW, did you see the cute tulip cupcake papers there?

  10. March 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I love the cabbage flora! Fantastic table and beautiful photos!

  11. Pondside
    March 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Mary, this makes me want to quickly send out invitations to a St Patrick’s Day dinner party. I always find your settings beautiful, but this one is really inspiring me!

  12. March 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I just did another St. Patty[‘s table and it doesn’t hold a candle to yours! Thus is so inspired and well done. I love the cabbage vases and the flowers too. The pots of gold are so sweet too. MANY Irish blessings are sent your way. XO, Pinky

  13. March 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Beautiful greens! I like how the cabbage is a perfect vase for the flowers. I love the color green so this makes me want to sit right down for a meal!

  14. March 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    This is inspiring,this is fun, this is one stunning table setting, Mary! Love your endless source of creativity! I collect vintage cards and yours are so charming …wait, did you print them ?!
    Amazing Job !

  15. March 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    so pretty mary, i love your use of cabbage, extra fun touch. you look as fresh as the first flush of a green spring, it’s a wet stormy day here, i am sure i will find a pot of gold now when the storm passes, you have the luck of the irish on your side today~

  16. March 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Sigh, sigh, sigh, another beautiful table. I will examine each photos so I can enjoy again! I saw cabbages in the grocery store and was thinking of using them for candle holders but I thought they might light up. I never thought of vases but I love the idea! Renewable too when they start to wilt! Linda

  17. Marilyn
    March 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Everything looks so fresh and Irish! I particularly like the addition of daisies to your vignettes. They look perfect against the greenery.

    I envy the lucky people who attend dinner parties at your house! What a treat it must be for your guests.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  18. Ellen Beeton
    March 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I’m speechless! One of the most beautiful tablescapes I’ve ever seen. You are so creative. Cabbage as a vase!!! Simply put – WOW!!! I love all of your ideas. Just breathtaking. I’m doing my second tablescape this week too. Can’t possibly compare but I’m having fun.

  19. March 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me and to anyone who sees your tablescapes. So gorgeous just so gorgeous. LOve the cabbage vases and flowers, and those antique cards, oh Mary You are just amazing. Whoever sits at your table….well they will feel so honored. Your fresh flower arrangements are always over the top fabulous. So glad you have a blog so the rest of us here out in blogosphere can enjoy your incredible talent and creativity.

    Hugs to you!

    Nann

  20. March 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Such a fresh breath of Spring! The table dressed and outfitted in all shades of green is just breathtakingly beautiful…Another hit!….but they all are!

  21. March 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    How pretty! I love the idea of using Savoy cabbage as a vase for those lovely flowers. I love white and green together!

  22. March 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Mary, this table sparkles. The cabbage leaf containers are a wonderful touch. I’ve done the same for containers to serve food, but not flowers. I love this idea. I’ll definitely be a copycat on this! Also going to remember your little pots of gold. Much more fun than just tossing some about as I did. All the fresh greens make my heart skip a beat as I think about the joy of spring. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ~ Sarah

  23. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    March 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, a great idea to use Savoy cabbage as a vase for flowers!

  24. March 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Mary, I love your 40 shades of green and the wonderful floral arrangement with the Savoy cabbage bowl. Your mix of vintage greeting cards with the contemporary look of the table is really lovely. Thanks for telling how to keep the cabbage fresh. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  25. March 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Mary, couldn’t find an e-mail address on your profile so came back here. I really DO miss my job. It was wonderful that my job was to BE CREATIVE! And to have a warehouse of supplies to choose from. I still do work on my own, and I decorate people’s homes at Christmas, which I realloy like too. Thanks so much for your visits. XO, Pinky

  26. March 14, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Charming! I LOVE the plaid~ Nice post…Happy SPD!

  27. March 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I’m going to try your cabbage centerpiece. So clever.

  28. March 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That is so beautiful, Mary. The plaid cloth draws my eye immediately. Every thing looks so fresh and Springy! I have used cabbage to serve chicken salad, but not flowers, I love it!
    And you are too funny punching clovers out of spinach! I thought I was bad! :)
    Thanks so much for linking these fun posts to the blog crawl!

  29. March 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Very pretty my Friend. I love the vintage greeting cards, napkin rings and centerpieces. They are just beautiful! Have a happy St. Paddy’s Day!
    Blessings My Friend,

  30. March 15, 2012 at 11:05 am

    This is one billion percent gorgeous, Mary! SO creative! I love the centerpiece!!! I have been wanting to do something similar, but my reluctance to carve out the center of the cabbage has held me back. I’m lazy like that! ;-) You’re so right about the carnations, spider mums and daisies…they’ll last and look great for a good long time! This is a really beautiful example of St. Patrick’s Day decor done in a sophisticated way!

  31. March 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I love love love your centerpiece idea!! Wow everything looks so beautiful! I really love all the texture on your white plates they look so nice stacked and the addition of the gold coins and the old fashioned card…love it! Clovers out of spinach…brillant!! The soup sounds delish…I must try it and the clover bread bowl is too cute! Thank you for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday and sharing all your ideas with us.
    Karin

  32. March 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Beautiful table, Mary! I always look forward to seeing what unique centerpiece you will come up with. Love the tablecloth!

  33. March 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I love your tablescape. Love how you used cabbage. I just love that with little bunnies soon to peak out from behind them. YOu once again did such an amazing job. Love the little coins and old vintage images. Just a perfect setting.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

  34. March 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Oh goodness Mary, I just love, love this table!! So many elements, and it’s all so perfect and cheerful. I love the plaid tablecloth and green-handled flatware. The vintage Irish graphics are charming. :)

    But what you’ve done with your flower arrangements is amazing. I would never have thought of using real cabbages as containers. You have a real talent for floral arrangements and I think that’s one of the things that makes your tables so special. And I love the little glass vases with clovers and ribbons — they’re so sweet! Two thumbs up, Mary, and thanks so much for sharing this with all of us.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my Ireland post, and Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you, hubby, and those fluffy girls. ;)

    All the best,

    Denise

  35. March 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Mary…I commented previously, but just want to say thank you for joining the Egg-xellent Spring Party Tablescape..I so appreciate you linking your beautiful post…You know I so love each and every one of your tables and posts..

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  36. March 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Mary, this is a fabulous table. I always leave here learning so much. I Love the tablecloth.. wow. totally a great backdrop for the cabbage vases, the beautiful white dishes and your glasses. Happy St. Patrick’s xo marlis

  37. March 18, 2012 at 12:40 am

    What a beautiful table you’ve set. I remember those gold coins from my childhood and they are the perfect pot of gold. Patty

  38. March 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Love all those shades of green and the Oneida plates. Beautiful post!! Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

  39. March 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Mary, your table is so beautiful, and only you could pull off several shades of green on the same table. Your vintage postcards are beautiful. I have never seen a cabbage used for a vase before, but it is perfect for this time of year! It would be great at Easter too with some little bunnies around it. Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

  40. March 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    What a perfect celebration of St. Patty’s Day. As always, it’s wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  41. February 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hi there, As I was reading today’s post 2/16/13 I saw this; being 100% Irish I wanted to see all your touches. Thank you for sharing all the resources but I also wanted to ask where you got the little green pots that you put the chocolate coins in-they are so cute and would be that extra touch for my table. I have green goblets but looking for some extra things for our tablescape. Any info would be appreciated. I love all your touches!!!! Of course, I love all your posts and glad I found you!
    Have a great weekend.

  42. Paula
    February 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Mary,
    Top of the Day to You!! I love all your Irish Day photos, thank you again and again for sharing. Your talent is amazing !!
    O’Paula from Indiana

  43. March 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Oh Mary, I love everything. Love the layering of all the white plates, the darling vintage cards, the fresh flowers, tablecloth and napkins. Flowers and cabbage are so perfect. I like the REAL thing and you do it sooo well.

  44. March 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Mary, It’s lovely. I love those dishes and the centerpieces. The cards are a charming touch. When is your book coming out? Happy St. Pat’s and may all blessings come your way.. xo marlis

  45. Pam
    March 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    All so lovely and green with the wonderful centerpiece of cabbages and daisies. The china with the basket weave rim is very pretty and the darling St. Patrick’s Day cards are a great complement to the table. Have a fun March 17th!

    Pam

  46. March 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Lots of inspiration here! I like all the mix of greens and the cabbage centerpiece is wonderful! Mixing the florals with food looks fabulous. My white alstroemeria still looks good at 2 weeks- I never knew it was such a good investment flower!

  47. Bev
    March 14, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Lovely table! Your tablecloth and cabbage centerpiece are great.

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