Going Green

Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm joining in the FUN at the wee Kathleen's for her 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Crawl. Be sure to visit and see all the creative St Paddy's Day celebrations.

I decided to keep my table very, very simple -- afterall, I am a simple girl with simple tastes. I also purposed to shop my house and come up with all the elements without spending anything -- I think I was able to do both pretty well.

When I think of all things Irish - the things that immediately come to my mind are Irish Lace, Irish Crystal and Belleek China. I own none of these things - but I found elements for my table that remind me of all three.

I started with a tablecloth I picked up Kmart last fall. It is from their Country Living line and I was able to score this beauty for a mere $6.00. While not actual lace, I love the lacy motif and the burlap looking background. Very attractive to me.
Next, I set the table with my favorite everyday dishes - French Countryside by Mikasa. Today though, I will refer to them as Irish Countryside. Is there anything more attractive than a beautiful set of white dishes? Simply stunning!!
I didn't like any of my napkins for this table so I dug into my fabric stash and came up with some lovely greens for 4 mismatched napkins -- I like mismatched!

A vintage shamrock shaped pickle dish will serve as a salad plate - I love these and over the years have collected a total of 6 of them.
Some sweet candle holders found last year at the thrifty stores. I both remembered that I bought them AND where I had stashed them, lol. They are perfect for this table.
One of my favorite African Violets as a centerpiece.
No Waterford on this table but I am using my favorite Dollar Tree goblets.
Vintage silverplate Calvalcade is the pattern name - I use these a lot.

Thank you for stopping by! I'll also be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday!


  1. Very pretty Gail, lovin' the clover plates! The only thing missing is the corned beef and cabbage-enjoy:@)

  1. Hi Gail, I like the contrast of your lace and the burlap! Doesn't KMart have some nice linens? I like their little curtains too. Those shamrock dishes work so well as salad plates. I have never seen those before. Happy St. Patty's Day! Linda

  1. Mecky said...:

    Your table looks great!!! I really like the pickle dishes. Smart idea!
    I need to shop K-mart for their Country Living line. I always forget they have it!

  1. Pat said...:

    Beautiful talble Gail! French Countryside is fabulous!

    Happy St Patrick's Day!

  1. Out Back said...:

    Your table looks lovely Gail, a nice way to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

    Wishing you a wonderful day,


  1. A beautiful table. You did the wearing of the green justice.

  1. Shug said...:

    Greetings Gail...I'm Shug and I certainly am happy that I found your blog...

    Love all the green thats been popping up around your place...Your table scape looks great.
    Can't wait to stop back by...

  1. OH, I love your tea table. It's lovely and beautiful :) :) Really truly... :) :) Oh, I like your idea of "going green"...that's cute ;) it made me laugh :) :) Now what will you serve with your St. Paddy's Day table? Have a lovely week :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Debbie said...:

    I love all the Irish inspired elements and agree with you that fresh whites on the table just make it pretty. Love that IRISH countryside pattern. That made me grin.

    I also really like those pickle dishes. I've been looking for things like that which are more subtle in nature for holidays. So far, I'm not having very good luck.

  1. Emelia DiCarlo said...:

    Such a beautiful table top. I love the dishes ( I have the Italian Countryside Mikasa. I was inspired by Stone Gable and Far Above Rubies to buy a service).I love your glass dishes and candles and linens. So pretty everything. Happy holiday to you!

  1. Beautiful table and remember the Irish were a very simple people who wouldn't do alot of fancy stuff:):) The shamrock shaped plates are so neat! Great idea to use mismatched napkins, love that! Have a great St. Patty's Day. XO, Pinky

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    Yes, yes!! We love white dishes. But your are Mikasa...mine are only the $40 Big Lots special.

  1. Gail,

    I love your table. It proves that sometimes less is more! What I really love are the vintage pickle dishes used for salad!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Sue said...:

    Gail, Frugal is good and your table looks quite nice. Glad you found your sweet candle holders. I put things away and then never find them again when I want them. LOL I must be a ditz these days! Have a Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  1. Willow said...:

    You have set a wonderful table. Happy St. Paddys Day.

  1. Queenie said...:

    Lovely tablescape... that country living tablecloth is precious...and what a deal too!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day :)
    Big hugs,

  1. Beth said...:

    Gail, This is a pretty table, and very Irish indeed! I love your tablecloth. I agree that white dishes are stunning anytime (and great for mixing and matching). Love those shamrock pickle dishes! Nicely done, my friend!
    Blessings, Beth

  1. Deb S. said...:

    Just beautiful! I agree with the white dishes, they are a part of almost everyone of my tablescapes. I love the mismatched napkins. The candleholders are perfect. You have a wonderful pickle dish collection. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  1. I love your St. Pat's Day table. It's charming and simple. The little shamrock plates are adorable!

  1. Pickle dishes as salad plates...why didn't we think of that?! Great tip and a beautiful table. Thanks for sharing! :)

  1. Diann said...:

    Well Gail, I think your St. Patrick's Day table is set just perfectly for a wonderful homemade Irish dinner!

  1. xinex said...:

    Beautiful table, Gail. Funny but my favorite here are the goblets. I can't believe they came from the dollar tree....Christine

  1. Marlis said...:

    isn't it fun when we can shop the house! I only picked up the shamrock plant.. which I'll keep alive as long as it will let me. I love the burlap and lace tablecloth.. what a lovely piece. I now have to find shamrock pickle plates.. Love your table so much. It's perfect with everything you have chosen. Those candle holders are really pretty. I'm so glad you remembered where you squirreled them away. This way we got to see them too. Happy St. pat's.

  1. What a pretty irish table, Gail! I love the way you always make your own napkins. That adds a personal touch, that no one else will have.

  1. Alycia Nichols said...:

    Hi, Gail! You did all of that with things you already had? Wonderful!!! And you're right...the candleholders are perfect for the setting!!! I just bought a couple of African violets the other day, and I'm afraid I'm going to kill them. If you have any tips at all on how to best keep them alive and thriving, I'd appreciate it! I don't have a green thumb...not even on St. Patrick's Day! :-) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

  1. Beautifully done, so graceful and peaceful! Love the pickle dishes as salad plates!

  1. LDH said...:

    All things that warm my heart... white dishes (mine are similar to yours), lace tablecloth, African violets and that you gathered all of the elements of this lovely table setting from pieces you had in your home. It is elegant!

  1. Carol said...:

    Very pretty table, just beautiful! It all looks perfect. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  1. Kathleen said...:

    It is beautiful Gail. I would love to join you at it for some of your delicious food!
    Funny about the Waterford. I had one decanter which was a wedding gift. I was going to return it but my mom was appalled! Before I retired I bought myself 12 wines and 12 waters. My friend gave me her mom's pitcher. And that will be the end of my Waterford collection. I do have a few pieces of Belleek, all gifts.
    Thanks so much for joining in the Blog Crawl with such a lovely entry!
    Happy SPD!

  1. Karen said...:

    Thanks for your visit. I never knew about colcannon until the Tyler Florence show. I just had to make it. He made it sound like if you are Irish you WILL be eating this. Curiosity got the best of me!
    Love your posting.
    Ladybug Creek

  1. Barbara said...:

    A lovely table and lovely music! Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Kathleen for introducing us!!

  1. ellen b. said...:

    I love mismatched, mix and match kind of tables too. I have one of those vintage pickle plates and some of those goblets. Fun table!

  1. Isn't it fun to shop the house and see what you come up with, actually it's amazing how things come together! Great job! Love the lace tablecloth!


  1. I like mismatched too! I think your table is beautiful. I agree that white dishes are the best...I'm gradually adding to my collection when I can find them at thrifty prices. The shamrock dishes couldn't be more perfect! Nicely done.

  1. Carol said...:

    What a beautiful table! I agree - beautiful white plates are elegant and beautiful and always appropriate! Your Dollar Tree goblets are great - I'm going to have to keep an eye out for them. The mismatched greens are the perfect accent.
    Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

  1. Debbie said...:

    White plates are perfect for every occasion including holidays. I've seen your Dollar Tree goblets and hesitated to add more goblets to my "collection", but they look great on your table so I may change my mind ;o) We live near Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses and they sell over 100 varieties of African Violets. You would love it! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  1. What a pretty table you have set! And I love shopping my own home, don't you!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and for your kind comment. Please visit again soon!

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  1. FABBY'S LIVING said...:

    I love the goblets...wow, from the dollar tree! Your tbcloth, another bargain is beautiful, I too love that lace aspect of it. You came up with a beautiful tbscape for the green party! I'd love you to visit my greens at Kathleen's and in the meantime, have a terrific St. Patrick's Day.


  1. Julie said...:

    Beautiful! I love all of the pieces! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

  1. Your table looks so pretty. Your lace is lovely, and those shamrock dishes are great! I really like that your napkins are not all exactly the same. It makes the table so much more interesting. laurie

  1. Marie Anne said...:

    What a beautiful tablescape!

  1. Donnie said...:

    Very pretty. Happy St Patrick's Day.

  1. Beautiful table!! I love mismatched as well. Actually, that's now my new phrase! I usually say "I don't like matchy-matchy" but that sounds so negative. LOL

    From, your newest follower!

  1. This is a beautiful St. Patrick's Day tablescape! Touches of green and some crystal are perfect accompaniments to the white tablecloth and dishes!

  1. Marigene said...:

    Gail, you ended up with a beautiful SPD table for having nothing Irish! I like mismatched things, too...makes for an interesting table.

  1. Meredith said...:

    What a pretty table. I love your tablecloth and those goblets are pretty. I think I've seen those too. I need to find some white dishes...I just can't make up my mind!

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