Tablescape: Lucky Leprechaun Tablesetting

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and whether you are Irish or not, celebrating the day is a fun and festive way to usher in the spring. Check out this Lucky Leprechaun tablesetting for ideas that you might adapt for your own festive holiday table.

Leprechauns are a type of fairy in Irish folklore. They are usually described as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spent their time making and mending shoes. They had a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, they often granted three wishes in exchange for their freedom. So catching a leprechaun is very lucky for any individual.

I began this tablescape with a crisp white tablecloth against which all the green accessories will stand out. I then used a deep green acrylic charger under a white dinner plate, To dress up the solid white dinner plate, I placed a folded green cotton napkin, and on it, a few gold coin candies from the leprechaun’s pot.. Crystal glasses and pewter flatware complete each place-setting.The table’s centerpiece goes together quickly. I have a flat felt shamrock wreath form I found at Big Lots several years ago with their St. Patrick’s Day seasonal decorations. This wreath with two shades of green shamrocks could easily be hung on a door or wall, but I decided to use it as the base of my table decoration. The three-leaf shamrock is a small plant used as a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian concept of the Trinity–the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the center of the wreath I placed a small ceramic leprechaun cookie jar I found in a local Goodwill store. This cheery leprechaun is holding his pot of gold, so I sprinkled plastic and candy gold coins around him on the wreath and table to coordinate with his treasure. You may be able to find a stuffed leprechaun to use where I used the cookie jar.So with a tablescape like this, you  now celebrate this spring holiday with all the leprechaun’s luck. Enjoy!

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