Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Two Tablescapes for St. Patrick's Day

Things have been wild around here, but I managed to put together two tablescapes for St. Patrick's Day.

One design (upper left) is green-and-white; the other (upper right) is colorful (in case you haven't noticed!). My father found the old cherry table at a tag sale many years ago, so it's very dear to me--and it cheerfully lends itself to tablescaping.
Let's look at the colorful one first.

I found the letters at Ballards (10+ years ago) and I've never grown tired of them. Maybe it's the message. What do you think? :-)



The second tablescape is quiet (though it could also be romantic after dark).






Same table, same dishes--different linens and accessories.
Tablescaping Notes:
Chargers: Pinzon
Dinner plates: Wedgwood
Salad plates: Depression glass
Flatware: Towle "Hotel" service
Cup/saucer: Gibson (Big Lots)
Wine glass (Depression glass)
Tablecloth: vintage (antique mall)
silk cabbage-- Peebles Dept Store
Napkins: Solid green and plaid by April Cornell

A note about Foodie Friday: the link will be available at 8PM central tomorrow night. The drawing for the copper pan will be held Tuesday. You can still add your name to the hat by mentioning COPPER PAN in this post and/or tomorrow's Foodie post. If I manage to post anything this weekend, you can add your name again by leaving a comment on any post with the words COPPER PAN.
More tablescapes are waiting at Between Naps on the Porch. To return to BNOTP, just press HERE.

74 comments:

  1. These tables are both so pretty. I just love that vintage tablecloth, so I guess I'm partial to that one. :)

    D

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  2. As usual, they're both wonderful!! I LOVE the colorful cloth. And the plaid napkins,. And...oh, heck, I love it all!
    xoxo Pzttie

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  3. I love the vintage tablecloth you used in the first tablescape. The colors are fresh and simply stunning. Love the 'RELAX' letters as well.

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  4. Love the cabbage, love the relax, love how you blended everything!

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  5. Oh it's always wonderful to get a "twofer" --- especially from you, dear Gollum! Love them both -- one bright and cheerful and the other calm and soothing in the way that I think mixing green and white seems to be.

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  6. Michael Lee, Your copper pan giveaway is so generous. Count me in! I love both of your tables. I think your vintage tablecloth is something special! Beautifully done as usual!
    Yvonne

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  7. Such pretty table settings! They both jump up and say...."spring".

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  8. I love both table settings!! I really like the table cloth on the first. It has a vintage look. The green is very cheerful for spring!

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  9. Oh they do yell Spring! I love the lime green..and that tablecloth and plaid napkins...wonderful!

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  10. Evening, Dear Gollum Michael Lee! OH, I'm in hog, um, I mean dish heaven! I love both your tablescapes but that vintage tablecloth is stealing my heart! Oh, it's wonderful.
    You're the best!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  11. Both tables are beautiful, and very festive!! Can't wait for St. Patricks Day with cornbeef and cabbage :)

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  12. The tablecloth is wonderful! I love the teapot! The shamrocks, the depression glass. All is so pretty, bright and cheerful! Just like the Irish!

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  13. Hello Michael! What cuteness! I love both tablescapes. I love those lime colored napkins too. I've got to get me some of those. I decided I set tables with safe colors...red white and blue....sometimes dull. I need to break out...hahahaha....and use something colorful. I love the napkins you use. I have collections of napkins I have been fortunate to find here and there...but never anything gorgeous like those!
    Great setting!
    Love it.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  14. I love your little cabbage leaf teapot. The vintage tablecloth too. They are both so pretty!

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  15. If theres an Irish heaven, I hope it looks like this...Simply Perfect~!

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  16. copper pan....copper pan...copper pan..!! :O)
    I love both tables so much but especially the one with the cloth. Just precious.
    Tabasco Pecans...? OMGosh..gotta check out that recipe...

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  17. Both are beautiful tables, my favorite is the blue/green, which just happens to be my favorite color combo.

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  18. I love both tables but the vintage tablecloth really tugs at my heart! My Mom was 100% Irish and LOVED St. Patrick's day so I always miss her more at this time of year. I can not believe she is gone 19 years now..... But, I will celebrate (and do my table) in honor of her! Wish I had been into this tablescaping when she was here, she would have LOVED it!!!
    I love the plaid napkins and how you decorated the napkin rings!!!! XO, Pinky

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  19. Both are gorgeous! I love the brightly-colored table linens and pretty dishes.

    Jane

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  20. They're both perfection--as usual! I love the blue and green, such a beautiful color combination. And, the ornamental cabbage, for St. Patrick's Day...aren't you you clever!

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  21. Michael, Both tablescapes are striking! I love what you've done with the shamrock plant and love the pine table. The blue tablecloth is just great. Nice job!

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  22. These are both such beautiful tables! I love the teapot and your centerpiece...just stunning. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  23. Hi Michael Lee~
    Your thoughtful touches for these tablescapes are very sweet...as it the delicate shamrock plant~

    It all leave me feeling LUCKY for a COPPER PAN!

    Thank you for such amazing giveaway gifts! How generous!
    Take care~
    *Looking forward to Foodie Friday!
    ~Maria

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  24. Both are beautiful, but I absolutely love blue and green together! Beautiful!!

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  25. Were you cheating with those clovers? Oxalis? Looks like an awful lot of leaves there.

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  26. Both are so beautiful but I love the colorful one just a little more.....Christine

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  27. Michael, I am hard-pressed to choose one table over the other, they are both darling. I love the tablecloth.

    Barbara

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  28. Love it!! I am so excited about tomorrow!!!

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  29. Very bright and cheery. I like the simple green and white the best. Copper pans copper pans copper pans. :)

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  30. Hi Michael!

    COPPER PAN!!

    I really like both tables. I think that fun vintage tablecloth just makes that tablescape pop. But, then again, the one without a table cloth looks warm and inviting with the cherry wood.

    Oh, did I mention...COPPER PAN? LOL

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  31. Ms. G. Your newletter came through my regular email just perfect this time. No more landing in the spam pile. I loved your story that accompanied it, as well. Jackie A HUGE Fan

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  32. Beautifully done! The linens are so pretty and the colors are perfect on both tables! Such a gorgeous post! Happy Thursday!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  33. So many beautiful elements on each of these table. You have been busy. Guess you haven't taken the RELAX sign to heart this week. LOL
    Love, love, love that treble flatware. I'd be soooo excited to win that set!

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  34. First - copper pan! Please enter me. Your St. Patrick's Day tablescapes are lovely. My Mom liked to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - it's a bittersweet day for me because she passed away on St. Patrick's Day 19 years ago. This year I'm hosting our BUNCO group on St. Patrick's Day so, of course, that will be my theme. I like to think my Mom is celebrating with me too.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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  35. Two for the price of one...love them both!

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  36. Hi Michael,
    I would love to dine at either of these beautiful tables! They are both so fresh and perfect for spring! I just love that you've so beautifully shown how just changing the linens and the accessories completely changes the look! :-) I can see why your cherry tables is special...lots of cherished memories it holds.
    Oh...sorry about that dollhouse scare. HA...glad you thought it was funny. The comments folks left were hilarious! :-) It was a fun post to create, for sure. :-)
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  37. Both are so pretty! I would love to dine at either table. If had to pick a favorite - would probably chose the first one. Don't know why - just something about it.

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  38. Like both tablescapes, but my favorite thing in the 'colored' one, is the white cane back chair & plaid pillow combined w/ the colors used on the table. Also loved all the green glassware used & the candlestick centerpiece. The cabbage dish is cute too.

    Have you seen the cloche and white metal cake stand @ Big Lots for $25? In my store, it was near the candles, of all things.

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  39. Copper pan! And I love that you showed us two ways to do it...it's amazing what changing the linens will do!

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  40. One is prettier than the other. Thanks for sharing!!! Cheers, Lia

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  41. What and effect reading your blog has on me! I wanted to run through the house and find all the green things I could find and do some sort of...any sort of...tablescape. The last time I did that I set the table all wrong...and now I am becoming more and more away that I need more CHARGERS ..and it's just silly because I doubt I will ever used them. I don't entertain that much any more...still...you know I really should have some.
    Your table is just plain delicious looking as all of your tables are.
    What a talent you have, Gollum..it is amazing and I admire it so.
    I am learning from you. I look closely at all you do and have learned what a joy it is to set a beautiful tablescape. It's never too late to learn. Is it?
    Hugs,
    Mona

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  42. I usually choose green over blue but combining the two has won me over. Fun tablescape. The beautiful wood table anchors the contrast for your white plates and the touch of green glass plates adds the punch of color. Elegant tablescape. Love them both.

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  43. Hi Michael. I love both tables. I, like so many others said, am partial to vintage things, especially linens. The table cloth is so pretty. The cherry table is gorgeous, as well as your memories. And Oh, I love the R-E-L-A-X! I have words on one of the walls along my staircase, and they always make me smile! Thanks for another beautiful setting!

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  44. Good Morning Gollum,

    You brought me to tears today when I read your news letter. Let me explain....
    I vividly remember my mother taking my older sister to pick out her dish pattern, it was an exciting, 'bonding time' for both of them. My mother saw how I felt left out of the the moment and took me aside and said to me, "Some day we will be doing this together, when it's time for you to choose your dish pattern". Well, that day never came because she was taken from us when I was only twelve.
    I believe that is the reason why I have the need to keep buying so many dishes, I think I'm still trying to fill that 'empty place' that was lost to me. :(
    So today, along with your beautiful table setting for St. Patrick's Day (her favorite holiday) you have managed to bring many memories of the past forward in my mind. Fear not, they are all very touching ones and leave me with a very loving feeling. In my mind I can still hear her singing her favorite Irish song, Galway Bay. :)

    As always, thank you for sharing.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  45. I love both looks. And that vintage tablecloth is awesome!

    Since you mentioned the copper pan for the giveaway, I love it!

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  46. Morning, Dear Gollum Michael Lee! I've just received your newsletter and I just loved it. Loved hearing your story about choosing your china pattern. I do believe you started out with the most marvelous dishtaste and you probably didn't even know it at that! You're the bestest!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  47. So glad you found the time, both these tables are fantastic, I really like the way you fanned out the napkins,...and a great way of
    "putn' on the green",so lovely!

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  48. The tables are perfect, all that's missing is a spry little Leprechan to join you for tea!

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  49. Both tables are stunning! I love that table your father found. The richness of the wood is striking.
    Brenda

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  50. Gosh, I like them both; so I can't choose one over the other. The accessories are certainly the items that make the difference.

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  51. Oh so pretty, I love them both. That gorgeous green makes me think of fresh new shoots just poking out in the spring. Love the tablecoth on the colorful table and love the simplicity of the white and green. Perfection!

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  52. Ooh, I love the "simple" one. My favorite part of it, I think, is the fact that you left the table bare. The wood is so beautiful with the different tones. Ah, blissful!!!!

    Copper pan!
    Treble Clef!!!

    Justine :o )

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  53. Both interpretations are beautiful and would depend on your dining mood at the time. They are both bright and cheery. Love the copper pans and wish I had a whole set...would be honored to start with this one if I am fortunate enough to win.

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  54. I have a similar cabbage teapot.

    Oh so fun and perfect for 2!

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  55. I am loving every piece you have. Green and white? They are my favorite colours.

    That's the colours of you see around my home if ever you visit Stockholm.

    To die for collections.

    Wonderful.

    Happy TT day.

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  56. What a great mosaic the two table made. I love the wine glasses and the bright table is so unexpected and yet it works!

    I assume I've mentioned the Copper Pany somewhere, since I think I read everything you post. But, just in case...there it is.

    Sue

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  57. What lovely tablescapes. Amazing how linens and accessories can make such a difference.

    ~ Tracy

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  58. Lovely tables! Have a great evening!

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  59. very happy and green festive settings.

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  60. Oh, Michael, just so beautiful! My favorite is the colorful setting - the plaid napkins with the tablecloth - so yummy.

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  61. I heart that vintage cloth with its vibrant colors!!! Please enter me in the drawing for the copper pan.

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  62. I adore the vintage tablecloth with the sweet little lambs on it. I don't believe I've ever seen lambs on a cloth before. Very nice tables. Make it a wonderful weekend.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  63. Oh Shoot! I was so excited about the lambs I forgot to mention the copper pan and how lovely it is!!
    (smile)

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  64. I.MUST.HAVE.
    YOUR RELAX LETTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  65. Love love the copper pan, love both tablescapes, my fav is the one with the blue tablecloth, wow the blue and green, just so beautiful as is everything you do...come for a visit, I did a spring table and gave you a shout out, also My cat Tina has her own blog located on the side bar of my blog, all that is required is when she comes to visit your blog, she wants to see your pet hanging out in your home and what your pets name is boy or girl, it can be a cat a rat, dog, goat, deer whatever she is not picky, just lonely, check it out, she has been eyeing the little beauty you are carrying around...thanks...Phyllis

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  66. Hi Michael,
    I have a Danish friend who pronounces relax as if it had three syllables (re-uh-lax). Somehow it sounds even MORE relaxing that way, doesn't it? Just re-a-lax ... ahhhh...

    Your post is a wonderful lesson in tablescaping. Two totally different, but equally charming, looks with relatively few changes. I like the size and shape of the table you used. I might just have to borrow that idea sometime! Is that OK? Nothing wrong with stealing GOOD ideas, is there? ;)

    Bill

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  67. I love the way you mixed our plaid and solid essential napkins! For all of you would like to see our Spring color stop by http://www.aprilcornell.com/Products/April+Cornell+Catalog/HomeDecor/HomeDecorTableLinens/TablelinensNapkins/Default.aspx

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  68. Both tables are so pretty. I love the fun look of the vintage tablecloth! So cute! Love the shamrocks on the napkin rings too. Have a great weekend. laurie

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  69. Hi, I just found your wonderful blog! I'd like to put my name in for the copper pan (COPPER PAN) and share a cocktail recipe that I designed for last year's St. Patrick's Day celebration at our home. I call it an "Irish Blessing" - you can find the recipe on my blog Frog Hollow Farm Girl! Thanks again for your beautiful, inspiring tablescapes and luscious cake recipe. Love those tulips in the center!!!

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  70. Both tablescapes are beautiful, but I'm partial to color. Love that vintage cloth! It is amazing that by changing the linens, eventhough you're usuing the same plates, that you can have a completely different look. What a beautiful silk cabbage.

    Throw my hat in the ring for the copper pot, please :)

    - The Tablescaper

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  71. I like them both. Both are inviting and just lovely. Thank you for posting them.

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