I started with a crisp white fabric tablecloth as the base layer of the tablesetting–white always helps your colors to stand out. Then I placed a two-tone green and yellow woven table runner across the round table. I got the table runner several years ago at the Christmas Tree Shop; it is very versatile for spring and summer tables as well for St. Patrick’s Day. White dinner plates and clear glass water goblets and beer pilsners, like the tablecloth, are a bright base for the green holiday accessories. I used folded green cotton cloth napkins on table of the plain plates for color and topped each with a green cardstock shamrock and St. Patrick’s Day lapel pin for my guests to wear.
I also laid several cardstock shamrocks on the table runner to tie into the ones I used on each dinner plate. It’s always good to coordinate your accessories.
For the centerpiece I took a small square clear-glass vase and filled it with white and pale yellow paperwhite narcissus that bloom in my yard in the springtime. I cut their stems fairly short, so they would have a clustered look in the vase. Then I placed three small St. Patrick’s Day nylon flags that I found at the Christmas Tree Shop in the center of the vase. I pinned these little flags together so they could be seen on all sides of the table and would stand up straight. Each flag features a leprechaun and shamrocks and give a cheery look of the table.
Now I also did the centerpiece in another way to give you another idea. Instead of the leprechaun flags, which you might not find in the stores easily, I placed a Mylar shamrock balloon weight in the center of the flowers for a fun look. You can find seasonal balloon weights in white and green in most discount, craft and dollar stores–they’re inexpensive and easy to use.
Prepare a good Irish meal–maybe corned beef and cabbage, potatoes colcannon, cooked carrots and other root vegetables, Irish soda bread. I am getting hungry just thinking about this! Put on some Irish music and sit down with your family and friends and make the most of the holiday fellowship. Enjoy!