Thursday, March 12, 2009

St Patrick's Day Tablescape

Welcome to another edition of Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. This week I did up a St Patrick's Day tablescape. My hubby wanted to know why I take the time to do a tablescape. I said because I have nothing better to do. He said, Oh yes you do, you could clean out the garage. I said that is no fun, but tablescaping is. Now ladies and gentlemen, what would you rather do? Tablescape or clean out the garage? I thought so. I rest my case. Too bad for hubby, the garage loses out. Can you tell I'm so upset that I can't clean out the garage? NOT!!!!

Let's forget about the garage & get back to what we all love doing, tablescaping. Well with St Patrick's Day coming up next week, I thought it would be a fun theme for this week. Normally I don't usually decorate for St Patrick's Day, but for some reason this year I am getting into it. It was all inspired when I was looking through some catalogs & came across the cutest little captured leprechaun. See photo below, isn't he adorable? I just had to have him. Unfortunately he was sold out. Sold out, how can that be? How am I going to decorate my table around something I can no longer purchase?

So I started my quest to find this leprechaun or something just as cute, or even cuter. I felt like I was looking for the holy grail. So I started my search on ebay. I didn't find this particular leprechaun, but I did find one even more spectacular. And better yet, it wasn't just one leprechaun, but two. A boy and a girl. I had hit pay dirt. I carefully watched the duo until the last day. I always wait to bid until the very last moment. I love the rush of bidding on something at the last second & hoping that I have bid high enough to win it. So I carefully typed in my maximum bid & waited until there was less than 10 seconds left & hit "place bid". Hit refresh & "hallaluya" the angels were singing as I won. I had to pay more than I would have liked, but I didn't care, as they were now mine.

But when they arrived at my house, they were so mischievous. They didn't want to stay put so I could show them off. What was I going to do? I had worked so hard to find them, I wanted to share them with all of you. So I got a brilliant plan. I would set a trap for them and capture them so all of you could enjoy them as well. So I put some coins in a glass along with a blarney stone that says "Welcome" and placed them on my little cake stand. And you know what? They fell for my trap. But I had to be real fast in order to capture them under the glass cloche. I am tickled pink (or green in this case) to show you my little treasures. So without further interruptions, I give you. Oh heavens, I forgot to give them names. I was so exited about capturing them & showing them to you, I completely forgot to name them. What names would you suggest? Let me know. Click on any photo to enlarge.
Here they are as the centerpiece of my tablescape. They know they are so cute, that is why they insisted on being the center of attention.
In honor of them, I decided I better set the table. I used some 3 leaf clover placemats and napkins that I purchased from Lillian Vernon catalog. The white plates are my Gibson everyday plates (my son just broke one of my plates this past week, boo hoo). The green cabbage plates I got at Ross on clearance a few weeks back. I figured since corned beef & cabbage was the normal St Patty's day dinner, why not use cabbage plates. I also bought some of the larger dinner plates, but I only have 3 (still need to find the 4th somewhere), so I used my white dinner plates instead. Plus I like the contrast. I placed a gold coin on each cabbage plate for luck.

My goblets are made by Libby & I purchased them at Walmart. They were pretty inexpensive, but I really like them. I did have to clean part of the garage in order to find them. My silverware is unknown make & pattern. They came from Marshall's on clearance. I threw away the box before making a note of who made them. I always get so excited with my purchases I forget details like that. Sorry!

I put the little leprechaun hats next to each plate. My original plan was to turn them into name cards for each setting, but I ran out of time. I still may before the 17th.
Here is one of the candles I put on the table. I love to buy old crystal bowls or vases & put candles in them. The candles on my table tonight are usually in my bathroom on the shelf above my bath tub. I thought this table could use a little candle light & I wanted something lower. I think this works.
Here is a close up of my little cutie pies. I think the boy is trying to flirt with me so I will let them out. Notice him winking? The girl is trying to blow kisses to get me to let her out. I'm not falling for their shenanigans. My blarney stone (well at least until the 17th). It came from the Dollar Tree.
I just knew they couldn't resist the stack of coins.
Isn't she just too precious?

Here is one final look at my table & the back side of my centerpiece.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm soooo happy I was able to catch these two little rascals to share in my tablescape. It would have been pretty boring this past week without them. Be sure to stop by Susan's blog to see what everyone else has to share. Be sure to leave me a comment on what I should name my two little leprechauns. You've got to help me out, I'm terrible at names. And they do need some names don't you think?


The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fun table! And look at that darling leprechaun in a jar! And the other little ones! Love the one who is winking! And your table just looks great. Enjoyed seeing this!

Happy Tablescape Thursday and Erin Go Braugh...


Sheila :-)

Martha said...

Lovely St. Pat's table and what darling leprechauns. As one who lives with fairies in the garden, I understand the "little people" --

Katy said...

That little leprechaun in the jar is sweet... but the ones you did get are just as adorable. Great tablescape! The garage surely can wait! Thanks for sharing! ~Katy

marty39 said...

Great tablescape and I love your leprechaun's, they are just adorable. So cute under the cloche. I also really like the 4 leaf clover placemats, and cabbage plates, they are so appropriate. Great job, I love it. Hugs, Marty

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh! I want to come eat corned beef and cabbage at your house! This is adorable! Love your leprechans!

ceekay said...

Perfect St. Patty's table. Those little leprechauns are so cute, I can understand why you waited for the last 10 seconds!! Enjoy!

Chandy said...

Love it; how clever in trapping those leprechauns! Great table you have there today, thanks! Happy TT!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love it!! Great St Pat's tablescape!!

Janie's World said...

This is a great table and I especially love your centerpiece. So perfectly put together! Your leprechauns are fabulous and sweet.

Scribbler said...

Very pretty table! I like the green and white and the touches of whimsy.


Candy said...

He IS a flirt...winked at me too! He should be faithful to his own little cutie pie.
Nice table and much more fun than cleaning the garage. Life really gets in the way of blogging, doesn't it?
Cheers, Candy

prof en retraite said...

Oh, what a cute tablescape! I'm glad you were able to capture the little rascals so we could see them! They're precious!! Love the placemats and all of the St Paddy's day festive! You are a clever rascal yourself, Ma'am!! Cute!!...Debbie

Kathleen Ellis said...

Very festive table! Clever girl you are with that centerpiece! Let's see names for the leprechauns....hmmmm....I'll have to think about that!
Happy St.Patty's day!

Shelia said...

Oh, Kim! This was too much fun! Those little stinkers! They are really cute - you should name the little Guy - Greenley and the little gal - Greenth. :)
Your table is just wonderful - you went to so much detail! I love it.
Oh, about the Fashion Plates - it's the March issue and the article is on page 12! Does that help? Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ellen b. said...

Hi Kim,
I really enjoyed all the things you put together for this fun St. Patty's day table!! Happy TT!

Leigh of said...

It's lovely! I just adore your little lepricons. Genius! Now I want some!!
Beautiful! What was the catalog that was selling the one that was sold out? I have not seen that before. Cute!
I love their story!
Names: something Irish...what about
Patrick of coure and Anya?
Thanks for dropping by my place. I love new friends!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Linda said...

Kim, You are cracking me up on that ebay bid! Glad you got them! My daughter was bidding on a Pottery Barn quilt for her daughter's room, and she did what you did....last minute bid entered and she got it. I was online at home watching and saw her get it and yelled! It really makes me a nervous wreck! Oh, about the mugs from Replacements....I called and asked if there was an error in the, she said....why so much, I said... because they are hard to find, she said.....Then why do they have so many mugs for sale...evidently they have found a lot of them....Anyway, love your table and all the extra touches. Charming! Linda

redsoxmom said...

Oh so CA-UTE! Keep those little guys in line until the 17th and then set them free.;)

Love the placemats and cabbage plates, too!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

I'm so glad you came by my blog cause it sent me over here! I've tried to visit everyone on Susan's blog doing tablescapes but there are so many! Your tablescape is precious! Love the idea with your little leprechauns! Names? Hmmm..what about Thornton and Kate after "The Quiet Man" characters? Maybe not cute'll think of some good ones!

Gypsy aka Tam said...

What a lovely St.Paddy's Day tablescape. I love those cabbage plate and I also collect them.; The placemats and the gold coins are a wondeful touch.
Have a great evening,

Susan said...

Happy Tablescape Thursday


xinex said...

Oh how pretty and fun! Love the leprechauns!..Christine

Melissa Wertz said...

What fun! You caught your leprechauns! Lovely tablescape.

Anonymous said...

What a cute presentation -- your centerpiece is just to die for!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Pretty table Kim ! And I love your little cuties !

Barb said...

What a wonderful story teller you are, and you put together an absolutely adorable table.

Great job!!
Nice to have you with us on TT.

Do appreciate you coming by to see my tax time tablescape. Glad i made everyone laugh!!

Barbara Jean

I thought of several names, but thought i would let someone else have a go at it. =0)

Mary said...

"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back..."

Love your tablescape! Blessings to you this St. Patrick's Day. :)

jerseygirl211 said...

I hate to admit this, but I haven't done one thing for St. Paddy's Day this year. :( Now that I see your table, I'm ashamed of myself. My Irish side of the family wouldn't be very pleased with me.


My Crafty Little Page said...

Perfect! I love, love LOVE this table and those little leprechauns under your cloche are too adorable! I loved your post. :)Nancy

Chari said...

Hi Kim...

What a pretty St. Pat's Day table! I love your big cloche for the centerpiece! Love those green cabbage dishes too...I'd like to get some like that! Sorry to hear that one of your white plates broke...ahhh!

Okay, I just love your little leprechaun in the jar...I need to make me's darling!

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friend!
Love ya,

Cathy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, this is an adorable tablescape! Since you asked for name suggestions for the wee folk, I put your relatives names into a Leprechaun name generator! This is the result “Five Finger Discount O’Malley” for Edith, and “Stingy O'Malley” for Merlin! Have a wonderful green day. Cathy