Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Touch of Green: Tablescape Thursday


If I could choose to live anywhere in the world, I'd pick the UK--England, Scotland, or Ireland. Our family tree is decidedly green, filled with Scottish and Irish surnames; so St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with gusto.
"May you have warm words
on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill
all the way to your door."
--Irish saying

The table is wearin' the green.
"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

--Irish blessing

"Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire -
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!"
--Irish blessing

Green chargers are used as huge dinner plates so we can pile on the food, with a tinier plate for dessert.

"May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping."
--Irish curse

Below, you can see the white salt and pepper shakers from my Big Lots dishes.

Shamrocks for the centerpiece.

"Never iron a four-leaf clover,
because you don't want to press your luck." ~Author Unknown

A darling shamrock runner.

"If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for."
~Patricia Lynch

"For 'tis green, green, green, where the ruined towers are gray,And it's green, green, green, all the happy night and day;Green of leaf and green of sod, green of ivy on the wall,And the blessed Irish shamrock with the fairest green of all."
~Mary Elizabeth Blake

The green brightens the table...spring is almost here.

Assorted Irish proverbs:
"The smallest thing outlives the human being."
"The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches."
"A drink precedes a story."

"May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
And may you be in heavenhalf an hour before the devil knows you're dead."

--Irish Drinking Toast

I found 6 little "basket" napkin rings, all tied with a ribbon, at the antique mall.

"Grant me a sense of humor, Lord,
the saving grace to see a joke,
To win some happiness from life,
And pass it on to other folks."

--Irish prayer

Depression glass with green stems remind me of the bright green landscapes in Ireland.



Question: Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left?
Answer: Five.
Why? Because there's a difference between deciding & doing.
--Irish joke

"We attract what we love & what we fear."
--Irish saying

The mercury glass vase from Big Lots

Tomorrow is Foodie Friday, and St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in an edible way.

"May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go
."
~Irish Blessing

If you are looking for tablescape ideas, visit Between Naps On the Porch for an online book of tablescapes. Tablescape Thursday is filled with inspiration from across blogland. And you'll also have a great time discovering new blogs.

Tablescaping Notes:
Flatware--Avalon
Napkins--April Cornell for Danica
Salad plate--"Allegretto" by Villeroy and Boch
Green leaf charger--"Bordallo Pinheiro
White charger--available at www.Horchow.com
Glassware and napkin rings, antique mall

For more Irish sayings and quotations, visit:
http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/irish_toasts.html">http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/irish_toasts.html
http://www.ireland-information.com/irishjokes.htm
http://www.quotegarden.com/st-patricks-day.html
http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/st-patricks-day/irish-blessings.htm

84 comments:

  1. The pink and green is just gorgeous and the tablescape is just stunning, I also loved all of the Irish sayings and blessings. Thanks for sharing them all. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Hi Gollum!! I love your St Paddy's Day table! The shamrocks are a perfect centerpiece and the Irish sayings add such a nice touch! Of course the lettuce plates are cabbage for the day! Cute napkin rings! Erin go bragh!...Debbie

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  3. Pretty table. Those chargers are the best. Love the green plates & basket napkin rings too!

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  4. Hi Gollum....STUNNING St Pats table...I am GREEN with envy...so many beautiful tidbits to enjoy.... and that is before the food arrives (tomorrow)!

    Ahhh but I CAN say I have Gollum dishes now.... and I will share the story with blogland....when I use the dishes sometime!

    Susan

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  5. Evening, Dear Gollum! I love your table! The greens are so lovely against the pink! Cute little napkins rings and I love the stemware! Pretty again!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Gollum the table is perfectly set as usual!! I love the purple shamrocks in the centerpiece!! I dug up some of my grandmothers purple shamrocks a few years ago when I was back for a visit. I am so glad I have them as a reminder of her especially now that she recently passed.

    blessings
    mary

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  7. Absolutely beautiful Michael!

    Stunning details, and I love the swirl illusion green-stemmed stemware. xo~m.

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  8. Stunning. I just love the table runner and I am crazy for those napkin rings. Those are just too precious!

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  9. Good Evening Gollum.
    I would pick the UK to live in, too!!
    Your tablescape with all the lovely green is very nice. I love the stemware! I'm a sucker for napking rings and yours are great. Happy TT to you...

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  10. My link is wrong on my comment above :0)
    That's my sister Lana G!'s link...

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  11. Oh, I love allll this green...green is my favorite color. The depression stemware is absolutely gorgeous! Great centerpiece...perfect for your table! The little basket napking rings are wonderful...they will go with sooo many different tablescapes, too...great find! Love the green leaf chargers...they are perfect with this tablesetting! It was fun reading all the Irish sayings/blessings. You always put so much fun into your tablescapes...can't wait to see what you do each week! :-)

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  12. Beautiful table...as usual...love all the little snippets of Irish sayings...Happy St.Patty's Day to you!
    ;-D

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  13. Your stemware is beautiful and those little basket napkin rings are adorable!!! Great table! :D Jewel

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  14. I loved that you used the Irish Blessings along with your tablescape. Very creative! Your table was just lovely; the basket napkin rings were adorable.

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  15. Everything is so very well done! You have impecible taste and I adore the color theme you chose! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. What a beautiful table..St. Patrick's with a hint of Spring..
    Just lovely!

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  17. Beautiful post, beautiful cabbage plates, beautiful tablescape altogether....Christine

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  18. Hi Gollum! Lovely! The glasses are beautiful and the table is to die for. I also enjoyed the history! Deb

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  19. Love the Pink and Green combo with your plate setting....just right for St Patrick's Day dinner....all you need now is the corn beef and cabbage....
    Hugs,
    Mo :-)

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  20. Thank you for all the Irish references -- this whole post is really stupendous!

    Scribbler

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  21. What a great Irish/St. Pat's tablescape. Love the purple "shamrocks" -- I've seen them but always bought the green -- now I see the wisdom of the other.

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  22. I have never seen purple shamrocks!!! They are amazingly beautiful. The table was wonderful and I loved the Irish Blessings you added. What a great touch!

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  23. Very beautiful as usual...you never disapoint.

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  24. Neat post today Gollum. I like the little "Blessings" dappled about the eye candy! See you tomorrow! ~ Robyn

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  25. Dear G, you keep outdoing yourself! ANOTHER gorgeous creation! I just love the adorable napkin rings! The chargers are amazing too! I hope you will come see my FIRST post on TT over at Susan's! I am so excited! Hugs, Pinky

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  26. P.S. forgot to say, I love the runner and the centerpiece! I have never seen shamrocks growing like that! And my Mother would have LOVED all the Irish sayings! She was 100% Irish and loved St. Patrick's Day..... Hugs, Pinky

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  27. I love your table runner and all the wonderful Irish proverbs and of course your beautiful tablescape.

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  28. Beautiful table with a lovely post! Love the tablerunner,napkins and holders,just darling. Cindy

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  29. What a story...loved the one about limping 'friends' and all the rest as well. Beautiful depression glasses.
    Happy Day, Candy

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  30. What a beautiful St. Patty day table girl...its all just beautiful..love the pink and green together..and those Shamrocks are lovely ...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  31. Your table is absolutely STUNNING.
    I so enjoyed all the IRISH blessings and sayings. Thanks so much for a lovely time...
    xo bj

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  32. Love your pink and green dishes...it's a beautiful table. Great napkin rings...what a great find.

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  33. ... everything Irish, everything perfect. A dear friend of mine no longer on this earth was Irish through and through ~ many trips to Ireland and in a final salute to the Irish ... her family scattered a portion of her ashes on the Notre Dame campus. The remainder will be scattered this summer on the Irish coast. Thank you so much for all of this beauty.

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  34. You can write, cook, and tablescape at the same time!!! Your table is lovely and I enjoyed the commentary.

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  35. beautiful, and i love all your irish quotes~

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  36. Wonderful table and I so enjoyed your Irish words of wisdom. I can't say what I loved most because I think it was everything. Thanks for letting me share, Maryrose

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  37. Hi Michael, I'm having the same problem...couldn't comment on Debbie's or Lauralu's so I gave up trying for tonight...not sure what that's about. I imagine it's a Blogger problem. I've noticed it before on a few blogs (in the past) then the next day it was fine. Hopefully by tomorrow it will be fixed.
    Susan

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  38. Hi
    thanks for the beautiful table setting, and with the irish theme, great idea, please visit our blog and see our st pattys day, ode.
    thanks again
    kate

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  39. hey! I am back again!!!! spent 5 hours with a computer tech...who calls himself a computer geek...who in fact fixed my computer! It no longer takes 4 minutes for each blog I visit to load and then 2 more for me to be able to comment!!!!! AND I got all those files back!!! yea me!
    Your tablescape looks amazing. I so wish I could tour your amazing house in person and spend a day with you girl!

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  40. Thanks SOOO much for commenting on my post! It means SOOOO much coming from YOU! HUgs, Pinky

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  41. I LOVE that tablescape and all the blessings. LOVE THAT!
    I will be doing a Irish tablescape next week, so be sure to drop by. In the meantime, mine is yellows and blues.
    See you tomorrow for foodie friday!
    Leigh,
    Tales From Bloggeritaville

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  42. Lovely St.Patty's day table and loved the poems.

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  43. Simply stunning tablescape and fun Irish sayings. I'm lusting over the dishes, as usual. It's beautiful! ♥

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  44. Although I love all things Italian I am of Irish heritage, so I enjoyed this post very much. Your tablescape is so pretty -- I love the color green!

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  45. Pretty, pretty, pretty~ love the poems and quotes! :)Nancy

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  46. As always...you take our breath away! Love your creative tablescapes and messages.

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  47. Gollum, you did a wonderful job with this! I loved all of your special touches from the shamrock runner to the Irish blessings to the depression glass goblets. I laughed at the Irish curse because I used to have this framed. LOL!

    Happy Tablescape Tuesday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  48. Your table is fabulous! And Happy St. Paddy's day to you!

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  49. Gusto is right! That is one beautiful tablescape! I just love it. I figured you are a fan of Gourmet Settings flatware, you have at least two of the ones I wish to own someday. You have great taste, Michael Lee!

    Great table today! My eyes are feasting as I type! Happy Thursday!

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  50. Der Gollum,

    I grew up with my Irish Grandmother (on my Mother's side of the family) spouting all of those Irish sayings. My Mother loved singing the Irish songs, her favorite being Galloway Bay.

    Your table is lovely.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  51. A wonderful prelude to St. Pattys day!

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  52. A perfect Irish table. Happy TT.

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  53. Your table is gorgeous! I love the Irish blessings, toasts, proverbs and jokes. Great post!

    My ancestors are from Wales and Scotland(Clan Gordon).

    Thanks so much for asking about the dishes in my header. They are in a cabinet in our hearth room.

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  54. LOVE those green dishes! Wishing you a very happy St. Patrick's Day. :)

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  55. I love the cabbage plates...Ann

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  56. Gorgeous! I'm new to your blog and am loving it. Off to look around somemore. Very nice to meet you.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  57. Very pretty tablescape for St. Patrick's Day!

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  58. You did a wonderful job. Your table-scape is just perfect! Simply elegant. Love your blog as well. Have a wonderful day!

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  59. Oh, my! I just love your St. Pat's tablescape. The big, green leafy chargers work great at large plates. I love the napkins you have used. The colors are perfect for St. Patrick's Day or Spring! I also love the way you shared some Irish sayings and proverbs. Hope you have a very Happy St. Patty's Day! :-)
    Alisa

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  60. All Irish eyes will be smiling at this table Gollum, it's perfect.
    I wish you would get the next flight to London, oh what fun we would have in the West End. I have been very weak and bought those teapots etc, Vanni will freak out for sure.
    I will grab the Tudor's widget right now, another great thing about Ireland is JRMeyers :-) I would invite him to dinner any day hehe.
    I have one more weekend here, time has flown by so fast, I will however be stopping by your "St Patrick's Foodie Friday" with a couple of pints of Guinness and some photo's of Dublin.
    I enjoyed the Crazy Ladies Trailer (I have the book for the flight back). :-) BBFN. Kathy.

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  61. The table looks great - really like the shamrock plant for a centerpiece. But what is really catching my eye are those gorgeous drapes!

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  62. Fabulous post. Love your tablescape & all the Irishness that goes along with it. I must have the same Big Lots dishes as you as I have the same salt & pepper shakers on my post today as well. Got to love a bargain. Happy St Paddy's Day!!!

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  63. Ah, this looks so beautiful. I love the centerpiece!

    But hmmm... I thought Ireland was NOT part of the UK? Just England, Scotland and Wales?

    Justine :o )

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  64. Really beautiful. I love that mercury glass thingie.

    Have a Terrific Thursday
    from a Raggedy Roberta Anne

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  65. Oh my gosh - my b-day is on St. Patrick's Day and I have always wanted to do a special table setting for it. Yours is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

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  66. As a Scotch Irish Lass meself I loved looking at your table and reading your Irish proverbs! Verra Verra nice indeed! Happy Saint Paddy's to ya!

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  67. Great Irish Table. I did't know that shamrock plants came in that color, pretty! Love all the little touches, napkin rings are sweet.
    Linda Q

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  68. That is one elegant table! All your touches are just beautiful. Love the shamrocks. Linda

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  69. Justine, I can't sneak anything by you. :-) I'd want to live in southern Ireland (or wherever JRM and Hennie are filming The Tudors). Northern Ireland is, or was, part of the UK; but it's the south that calls me name, lass.

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  70. *** So charming, as ANYTHING from you always IS! ~~~ (We have become SPOILED, GG, &, sadly, have come to "EXPECT" perfection from you, m' friend! Yikes! What a "burden"!)~~~ My computer has been OUT/DOWN (yep, "down n' out!")~~~ could go SEE places, but couldn't comment! (Since YESTERDAY!)~~~ Couldn't/still can't post my TT either... gonna KEEP trying til/thru this evening, tho! (Argh!)~~~ (Funny, I used MY similar green glasses like yours,too, AND 3 single "mum-tops", in old votives, like yours, only yellow!)~ TTYL? Hugs, Linda

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  71. Love all the green and St. Patty decor. Well done!

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  72. loved the color you used on the table, very nice. Will I ever have this many comments? lol Have a great night.

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  73. Hi Gollum,
    absolutly stunning as always!!! I just love your style and all of your beautiful dishes and accessories. Loved the little joke and the irish sayings.
    Have a wonderful evening,
    Tam

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  74. Hi Gollum...Better late than never they say...my server has been down since noon yesterday, but supposedly it's up & running now...I hope so, 'cuz I've got a little tidbit to enter on your Foodie Friday tomorrow...This was a delightful post with the Irish sayings! Happy & lucky 13th tomorrow! ;-) Bo

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  75. Hi Sweet Gollum :)

    As always your tablescape is gorgeous from the goblets to the napkins.

    Priviledged to know me?? No, dear friend, that honor is mine, because I am incredibly priviledged to know you.

    big giant hugs right back!
    rue

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  76. Shamrocks, green depression glass...it's so pretty. I love the color green so I'm drawn to your beautiful table.
    DebraK

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  77. Beautiful! I love that stemware. My home computer has been "down" for almost 2 days, so I'm late getting here. laurie

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  78. Love it! If I don't have time to look at all the beautiful tablescapes, YOURS is the one I definitely HAVE to see! Love the Irish curse...that made me laugh out loud! Just beautiful table.

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  79. I love looking at your table settings and your friends tables. I always get good ideas. I only wish you all lived around here. Lastly, since I believe in reciprocity my main blog that I upload my tables settings and dinner menus to is www.TheJuicyDish.com To make it simpler I use www.TheJuicyDish.blogspot.com so you can just see my dinner parties and table settings....

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  80. I am dying to try this Mug Cake, even though I'm not a'chocoholic',
    but it looks like so much fun. I know how most of the girls love their chocolate, ;) so I had to post it as soon as I could.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  81. When you do something you certainly do it to perfection! Visiting your blog is like heaven on earth to a homemaker.
    Idea's galore, food, beauty and more!
    May the road rise to meet you and the wind be ever at your back!
    Mona

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  82. I love the dishes! The stemware, the runner, the basket napkin rings. The shamrock plant I have never seen one! How great! Your table is very elegant and wonderful for St. Patricks Day! I did not do one, for I do not have the first green dish! I gave all, I collected on the road to my daughter, for she loves green. Hubby said no green dishes, for you gave yours away and spent too much on dishes the last month. lol I now going to come up with something to hold more china, until I find my perfect antique buffet, I want.

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