If you are looking for St Patricks Day decorations to make your celebration more festive, here are some ideas you can use or adapt for your dinner party.
I usually use greens in my tablescapes for March 17, but I tend to forget that orange is a color associated with Ireland because it is in the national flag, But when I found these Irish flags last year, I knew I found my inspiration for this year’s partyscape.
I began with bright spring green straw mats and layered them over a white tablecloth. Then I use my green chargers with a white dinner plate and a solid orange plate. I tied green cloth napkins in a casual knot and topped each place setting with a hanging metal St. Patrick’s Day shamrock ornament. Notice that the background of the top of the ornament reflects the design of the flag. These decorations are favors for my guests to take home.
No table centerpiece should obscure the view of the guests at the table, so to ensure that my Irish flags did not hang in the way, I created a very tall vase. I took a clear-glass candlestick that has a broad flat top for a pillar candle. On top of that, I placed a nine-inch cylinder clear-glass vase. In the vase, I put green glass flat stones to provide color and to give stability to the vase so the flags wouldn’t tip it over. When the flags are placed in the vase, they hang high enough to be out of the way of the guests at the table.
Around the base of the candleholder and vase I have scattered more green stones and star-shaped green glitter votive battery-operated lights.
Most of my tablescaping items came from the Christmas Tree Shops. I always have lots of fun there at their after-season clearances. I found my flags, favors and placemats at great discount there, as well as the chargers. The star votive lights came from Big Lots after Christmas last year. The green stones are from a craft store and can be used in many ways.
So count yourself lucky to be with your friends on this special Irish holiday to enjoy a delicious meal–maybe you’ll have corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and Irish soda bread. Erin go bragh! (“Ireland forever!”)