St. Patrick’s Picnic on the Porch

St. Patrick's Picnic on the Porch

I’m having at St. Patrick’s Picnic on the Porch

for Cuisine Kathleen’s

6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl!


My basket is packed for a picnic

and ready for the parade of green . . .


 I picked some Bells of Ireland from the grocery store,

a symbol of good luck, along with some daisies

and mums for a vase.


The Bells of Ireland worked their magic

since I’m the lucky recipient of

 the traveling Irish table topper!


 This lovely vintage topper, complete with shamrocks and Celtic knots, originated from Marigene at In the Middle of Nowhere. She passed it along to Cuisine Kathleen, with the stipulation that it would be passed on again for another blogger’s table. Rett at The Gazebo House, received it last year and the luck of the Irish was with me when she sent it to me this year!

Who knows where it will end up next :)


Bordallo Pinheiro green cabbage leaf plates are

packed along with a few goodies in my basket. . .


And Spring Green Ball Heritage Jars

are corralling napkins and flatware. . .



No St. Paddy’s Picnic is complete

without Lucky Pasta. . .


I used the same combination of ingredients for a pasta salad as in our favorite orzo salad.

Chicken, chopped baby spinach, pine nuts, black olives, capers, sundried tomatoes and shredded Parmesan cheese~ mix together and add Newman’s Own Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing.


This salad is good with any shape pasta,

served warm or cold for a picnic.


A little meat & cheese for snacking with some

Kerrygold Irish Cheese and Irish Stout Mustard. . .


And Grace’s Irish Shortbread for a sweet ending. . .


I kept seeing something circling the table

out of the corner of my eye,

thinking it was only Chloe

interested in the pasta salad. . .



Imagine my surprise when I uploaded my photos,

and noticed my lens had captured

this little leprechaun. . .


No doubt up to mischief and after the

 gold coins resting on a pot of Irish moss!




St. Patrick’s Picnic Details:

Travelling Shamrock Topper, vintage

 Vase/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Plates/ Bordallo Pinheiro, Tuesday Morning

Glasses, Napkins & Leprechaun (Annalee)/ HomeGoods

Flatware/ Sophia, Horchow

Lucky Pasta, Irish Stout Mustard, Shortbread/ 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.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Picnic on the Porch

Thank you for your visit,

Get Your Green On At:

Cuisine Kathleen’s 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Crawl

Also sharing with:

 Metamorphosis Monday

  65 comments for “St. Patrick’s Picnic on the Porch

  1. March 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Shucks, I lost my comment. Mary, you were the perfect one to pass the topper to. Your post is perfect and you have thought of everything. Bells of Ireland, gold coins, short bread, Kerrygold products etc.
    See you at the blog crawl.

  2. Laura B
    March 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Mary, Very nice job! I always enjoy your web page, thanks for sharing. Your dogs are adorable!

  3. March 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Mary, this is just perfect! Love it all!! I’ve wondered if Bells of Ireland would be hard to find around here; yours are so pretty combined with the daisies and mums. Congrats on getting the table topper for this year! I also love your napkins and the green ball jars. I’ve definitely got to get some of those. :)

    All your picnic food looks terrific, especially the lucky pasta. See you at Kathleen’s!


  4. Lady Nann
    March 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Darling post Mary. Loved your little picnic and all your goodies. Has certainly got me in the mood to do something for St. Pats day. Thanks for such clever and delicious ideas. It was all beautiful!!!

  5. Connie
    March 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    This all looks perfect–what a fun idea–now if it were only warm enough for a picnic–sigh. :-) I love the traveling table topper, great ideas!!

  6. laurie
    March 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Your posts take my breathe away!!! I am curious where you are located.
    Love love love everything…would love to send you some of our cookies to showcase in some of your vignettes…check us out on FB Fabulousfavours&more

  7. Peggy Thal
    March 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    As always– just beautiful!

  8. March 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    A beautiful post! You’ve honored the traveling topper well. Since green is absolutely my favorite color, I’m enjoying all the green this month, and looking forward to participating in my first “St. Patrick’s Day Crawl!” Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  9. March 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    very cute afternoon resting lakeside, enjoy your wee bit of irish blarney~ i always love the shadow shots involving fur :-)

  10. March 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Congratulations, the luck of the Irish is indeed with you! No wonder you had visitors sneaking in to enjoy your picnic, so many goodies to enjoy and so much greenery to frolic in! So much fun, and the fact that there is gold just laying around makes it extra tempting! Happy St. Pat’s to you and yours!

  11. March 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    What a wonderful St. Patrick’s day Post! All of your details are so perfect. Very pretty!

  12. March 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    You always make the prettiest vignettes & table settings.

  13. Liz @ Infuse With Liz
    March 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    How cool is that- you have some “Bells of Ireland” in your arrangement! I love those! The shot with Chloe is so cute- she looks like she definitely wants some of the pasta! Your porch looks so great all decorated! Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  14. Pam
    March 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I’m ready for a picnic on your porch! Your baskets of treats is wonderful for St. Patrick’s Day! I love your leaf plates and the green Ball jars with flatware. Have a delightful March 17th!


  15. March 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    So pretty and cozy..I do hope I am invited. Your little Chloe is so precious!
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

  16. March 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This is so great, Mary, and now I am very hungry! Such goodies! xo

  17. March 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    So you were the lucky one to show off the table topper this year, Mary; wonder who will be getting it next…your napkins look great with it, too.
    Looks like you are ready for a St. Pat’s picnic! I think quite a few of us used the BP cabbage plates this week…I love mine, even have tons in pink to use for Easter. I love those green canning jars.
    Have a great week.

  18. March 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I’m with Chloe, Mary,as I want to have some of the pasta salad and the rest of your fabulous Irish picnic! The setting, complete with a leprechaun, is so fitting and fun and full of Irish cheer. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. xo

  19. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    March 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Gorgeous! How fun that you ended up with the topper Mary! Now I suggest you quickly catch the leprechaun in it before the trouble starts:@)

  20. March 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    What a great post, in every detail! I love the border on that topper – caught my eye right away. Everything carefully thought out – love it. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

  21. March 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    This is filled with Irish cheer! Now all we need is the pot of gold!

  22. March 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Great St Patrick’s picnic – everything looks wonderful and yummy.
    The top of the mornin to you.

  23. DD
    March 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Oh! Now I want to have a picnic only our snow banks are still 6 feet high! LOVE your Irish picnic and all the dishes you’ve used along with the yummy looking food. Your photos are stunning and capture the feeling of fun, celebration and a little mischief from that sneaky leprechaun! You used the traveling table topper in the best way possible! Visiting from CK’s Blog Crawl.

  24. March 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Fabulous St. Patrick’s setting!! I love that green throw, it adds so much texture to the photos, just beautiful with the flowers against it. Chloe looks ready to party!! Can’t wait to get back outside – it snowed again here today!

  25. March 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    You lucky caught a leprechaun! I’m sure it’s your Irish yummies and cozy spot to relax that “charmed” him. :)
    LOVE the gorgeous green throw and the Bells of Ireland. I haven’t seen any real ones in ages. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  26. Carol Liebst
    March 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Just seeing the notice of your posts brings smile to my face. This one surely does not disappoint! Love the table topper and all the green and Irish goodness you put together. Lucky you to catch the sneaky leprechaun in your photos!

  27. March 12, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Loving this wonderful picnic with the festive St Patrick’s Day theme! Some mischievous Leprechaun you have there! Love the Lucky Pasta too. All so beautiful!

  28. March 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    i have that same vase. i keep it on the trunk at the foot of my bed. one of my favorite things in my room.

    and that green throw you’ve got on that chair? that’s PRETTY.

  29. March 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I have been busy ALL day “Springifying” my house then had a meeting so just got home and this greeted me!!!! I am always so delighted when I see your posts. This one is no exception: everything is fabulous!!! The topper is gorgeous, yes, you did have the luck of the Irish!!! I wish I was at your picnic, I love that salad. I made it with the orzo last summer and it was great! I am hoping that when I get to my sisters in Fl. next week ww will get to World market and I will be stocking up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful week. I would say “Top of the morning to you” except that now it is almost 10 PM:):)

  30. March 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    How much fun! I adore St. Patrick’s Day. :D Chloe is eyeballing the pasta. I bet she gets treats all the time! She’s so cute!

  31. March 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Mary, you are the perfect one to host the traveling shamrocks. A picnic is such a fun venue for a St. Patrick’s Day scape. Just the thing for a parade!
    You always find the perfect details to fit the theme. I’m off to pin some of these images for my own inspiration. You are forever inspiring me!

  32. March 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Oh MARY!!!! What a delightful setting for celebrating the Irish!
    I KNEW you would do a wonderful job of creating just the right scene. you are soooooo good at this…I love it all.
    I am STILL looking for those pretty green Ball jars around here. My Target didn’t have them last week.
    Thanks for reminding me about your yummy pasta salad. I know I made it once & I need to make it again.

    Have a “MAGICAL” St. Patrick’s Day weekend!!

  33. March 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Mary you did a grand job with the traveling topper! Your picnic is wonderful, so many delicious treats! Love the cabbage dishes, so versatile!
    Good craic, Mary Mac! Thanks for crawling again this year!

  34. March 13, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Joining the chorus…Grand job!
    I’ve never found Bells of Ireland in a grocery store!!! What luck!

  35. Poussière d'Argence
    March 13, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Merci pour ces photos d’une grande fraicheur printanière.
    Passe une belle journée toute douce.

  36. Bev
    March 13, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Wonderful picnic…such a lovely setting! Your plates are gorgeous.

  37. March 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    St Patty’s perfection!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  38. March 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I have so enjoyed this post today and looking at all your amazing and beautiful things. I want me some of those green cabbage plates too! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  39. Kathi
    March 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Love your Irish picnic….but my favorite is Chloe…such a sweet little face!!

  40. March 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Such a fun table setting ! Love it all !

  41. March 13, 2014 at 9:51 am

    What a delightful picnic, Mary! The setting is perfect — cozy in case there’s still a chill in the air — and the menu sounds divine! Great job featuring the traveling tabletopper!

  42. March 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    And a mighty fine picnic it is! Happy St. Pat’s!

  43. rattlebridge farm
    March 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Your picnic is festive and heavenly, filled with great food and a great pup!
    I haven’t seen Bells of Ireland in years, not since I passed through the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and was awestruck–Bells of Ireland are my favorite flowers. Must try to grow them this year! Now, I’m going back to your picnic.

  44. March 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    SO beautiful – living in Montreal I can only dream of a St. Patty’s day on the patio lol – it’ll probably be snowing for the parade this year!
    Visiting from Common Ground

  45. March 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Mary!
    I’m new to your delightful blog! Everything is just beautiful….your little ones are adorable…I have three little ones – two Westie’s and a Yorkie, who rules the house! your St. Patrick’s Day “Scape” is wonderful…..I love your plates! and what a wonderful idea of sharing the vintage topper! Happy St. Pat’s Day……
    Happy Thursday…….

  46. March 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Your porch, food and dogs are all wonderful! What a relaxing time for St. Patrick’s Day. Congrats on getting the topper this year! It looks beautiful in your picnic-scape!
    Blessings My Friend,

  47. Pat
    March 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    The traveling table topper looks amazing in your Picnic Theme, dear one!!!
    I am totally smitten with your Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage dinnerware. This January, I, too, found the same pattern cabbage bowls while at an Antique Shop! The pillow and throw look so~o~o inviting on your porch swing! Thanks for sharing this delightful Saint Patrick’s Post with all of us!!!

  48. Cheryl
    March 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Just a wonderful post today, Mary. A real spring delight for me. Right now I long to do anything “on the porch”, as it is sooo freezing here!

  49. March 13, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    This is just adorable! You thought of everything! Congrats on being the “Keeper of the Cloth!” Great job with it, such a cute idea with a picnic on the porch. The little Leprechaun is so cute, as well as the doggie!


    March 14, 2014 at 3:14 am

    What a great blog. Definitely getting some ideas for a beach house.

  51. March 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    You didn’t miss a detail! I could look at your photos over and over again.
    You’ve created that most beautiful St. Patrick’s Day picnic I’ve ever laid my eyes on. So many wonderful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a fantastic weekend,

  52. March 15, 2014 at 5:26 am

    What an absoluteley fantatic picnic! Your planning for a perfect one sure did make it there! I love it!

  53. March 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    You can make a picnic of any kind and theme so elegant and festive…hope you catch that lucky Leprechaun and I think one of the “girls” may have just done that!…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  54. Sandra Baldaia
    March 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Hello! I am a portuguese fan of your blog and I am trully proud that you and some other people that comment you blog enjoy Bordalo Pinheio dinnerware. We have really two ammazing brands; Bordalo Pinherio and the other one (china) is Vista Alegre, which I believe you have already shown here in your blog. Love it.

  55. Rachel
    March 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I love the table topper! Everything is just beautiful.

  56. March 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Yes, MA’AM!!!! This is fantastic!!! If the weather was just maybe 10-15 degrees warmer here, this would be THE perfect way to while the day away! I’d be the most popular person at the end of the parade route if I had something like this set up for watching!!!

    LOVE those striped toss pillows and that lush throw! The color is really pretty!

    I think that’s cool with the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-style” shamrock topper! :-) I’ve seen it on each of you ladies’ blog posts, and you all have done it tremendous justice!

    So sorry I read to the end because now I’m craving shortbread cookies! Man…haven’t had those in a long time. They’re so good!

    Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was a glorious one! Have a great weekend!

  57. Terry
    February 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I love your settings and especially your chair. Could you please let us in on where you got that wonderful piece.

  58. Ellen Stillabower
    March 9, 2015 at 6:59 am

    As usual, a beautiful table!!! I’m not Irish but have always loved the day and the people..the table topper is beautiful but I think my favorite is those two big brown eyes peeking up over the table. Question, is there or have you published a book of your table & potting shed scapes? I keep trying to find a way to keep your ideas. Also, thank you for your kind comments on my table scape. If & when I do another, I’ll send you a picture if you don’t mind. I love fairies and love the one on your table. Thanks for sharing & HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!

    • March 9, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Ellen! I find a good way to organize ideas or themes I want to remember is to Pin them. You can organize your table boards by theme, color or style :)

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