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."
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."
"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!"
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."
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."
"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."
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?
Why? Because there's a difference between deciding & doing.
"We attract what we love & what we fear."
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."
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.
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
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