Tuesday, March 13, 2012

RE-ceiving Guests: St. Patrick's Day Table

GO GREEN.  Even though neither I nor my husband are Irish, I was loving all the St. Patrick's Day tables I saw other bloggers putting up and I was bummed because I did not have any green and white tableware to do a St. Patrick's Day table of my own.  I always went to Catholic Schools, so I am use to celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  Not to be left out, my solution was to rely upon a lot of recycled materials, scrapbook paper and craft projects to set up a festive holiday table setting.  I am pleasantly satisfied with the end result above.


RECYCLED INVENTORY.   The round green place mats were from our old home. I forgot we had them until I started rummaging around looking for green items for the table.  The glass plates I got a long time ago from Garden Ridge Pottery here in Austin, but I know the Dollar Tree always carries some, too.  I think glass plates are handy.  Some may recall how I used glass plates and tissue paper to make DIY Christmas Plates.  For St. Patrick's Day, I used scrapbook paper in a green and white gingham pattern to make shamrocks to adhere to the underside of the plates.  It took one scrapbook sheet to make the 4 shamrocks for the 4 plates.  I free hand drew the first template.  It isn't hard to draw a shamrock, it is just 3 hearts and a stem.  The glasses are old pickle jars I have been saving up for a summer table setting.  I had green and white polka dot name tags which set the palette for the scrapbook pages I bought.  I lucked out and found scrapbook pages with green and white polka dots and used them to wrap old tin cans to use as flower containers.   With the paper scraps left over from wrapping the tin cans, I cut out 4 strips to put around the napkins and I used adhesive spray to keep them folded.   The leprechaun hat/leprechaun trap is a craft from felt, scraps of paper and an old plastic 2 liter bottle for the base.  A piece of St. Patrick's Day scrapbook paper under the hat and some gold foil wrapped chocolate coins on a cake stand are the centerpiece.   The pots of gold are made from recycled yogurt cups.

Mix of patterns.  I had 3 main patterns.  The name tags on the glass jars and the scrapbook paper on the napkins and the tin cans match a scrap of material I used as a runner.  The gingham print is on the hat and the shamrocks under the plates.  The darker green and white shamrock print is under the centerpiece. 

ANOTHER VIEW.

A PLACE SETTING


LEPRECHAUN HAT/LEPRECHAUN TRAP.  The idea for the centerpiece comes from a Family Fun magazine craft you can see HERE   I didn't have a can to use, so I used a 2 liter soda bottle for the base.

MY SUPPLIES.  Spray Adhesive. Glue gun.  Felt squares. Scrapbook paper. Old plastic bottle. Cardboard piece cut out in a round.
Spray Painted Yogurt Cups. I save yogurt cups for different craft projects and I always have gold spray paint around.


POT OF GOLD.  Recycled Yogurt cups, painted with gold spray paint,  filled with rolos candies, green tissue paper, a quickly drawn rainbow and a cloud,  add another recognizable Irish element to the table.   These are great crafts for kids in Sunday School.  For my Sunday School class, we normally make shamrocks with images for The Father, Son and Holy Spirit for each leaf to explain and represent The Holy Trinity to the kids the same way St. Patrick did, but this year, we won't have class for St. Patrick's Day so I don't have the supplies handy or I would have added that in somewhere.

GREEN MINT PUNCH.  I filled the glass jars with a mixture of green lime sorbet, diet limeade and diet 7 up.  The green and white paper straws I got at Sur La Table.  I really want some more paper straws in other colors so I might end up ordering some online because I haven't found the other colors I want locally.

White Simple Flowers. My local grocery store had a bunch of the above flowers for $4.99 so I couldn't resist picking up a bunch which was more than enough for the 2 tin cans.   


HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

WRITTEN BY ELDAROSE

Links to more of our St. Patrick's Day table celebration pages are included below.


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You might also enjoy my post RE-cycling Ideas for a Greener Christmas which you can read HERE
You can see Reba's St. Patrick's Day Table HERE


A Christian Cross Bead Craft for Kids (Great for Easter Playdates) is described HERE
You can see my 2014 St. Patrick's Day table HERE

You may also be interested in my new post this week on MOM CAMP which is HERE
Reba's Blue and White Toile & Check Luncheon Table is HERE


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 This entry will be party of Cuisine Kathleen's St. Patick's Day Blog Crawl.  You can see many more St. Patrick's Day tables, crafts, holiday decor and ideas HERE



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23 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! So many great ideas. Love those polka dots, and sunny flowers!
    Thanks so much for being part of the 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day blog crawl.
    I have followed you, hope you are a follower, your comment will be entered into the prize drawing! Happy SPD!

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    1. Kathleen,

      Thank you for visiting, leaving a comment and following. So glad you liked the table and the crafty projects for it. We are already following you.

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      Eldarose

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    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. So glad you liked the candles. I've had them for a long time. I bought a big set of them for outdoor dinner parties and I haven't really used many of them yet so I was pleased to get a chance to use them.

      Happy St. Patrick's Day.

      Eldarose

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  3. Love your festive table...all that green is wonderful!

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    1. Marigene,

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. So glad you liked the table.

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      Eldarose

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  4. Love how you used what you had. Darling table!! I use to love Garden Ridge when I lived in Austin. I went back last August to visit friends and found Garden ridge just isn't the same at all. I was so disappointed. I don't think I knew you guys lived there. I mean I should say ya'll lived there (smile). We were there almost 22 years. I bet you dollars to doughnuts that you two went to school with some of mine.Thats if you lived in NW Austin. All but one graduated from Anderson HS and the last onegraduated up here after we moved. LOVE LOVE LOVE Austin.we absolutely consider ourselves Texans! Hook 'em Horns.

    Nann

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    1. Hey Nann!

      I totally agree with you about the new direction Garden Ridge Pottery has taken. It use to be one of my favorite stores for holidays, then I let a long time lapse between visits and the next time I went in, it had completely changed. The crafts section, especially paints and flowers, had basically vanished and was replaced by cheap clothing and books. A very bizarre change. I'm not sure who they are trying to compete with. I was plain confused by the inventory. It was unlike any other store I've been in. I went at Halloween time and I was very disappointed by the small selection when they use to always have a big Halloween selection. Seriously, bewildered and unhappy about the changes.

      And I didn't grow up in Austin. I am from South Texas. I met my husband in grad school at UT and we married and settled down here afterwards. My husband is an Austinite though. He didn't go to Anderson, he went to Austin High as did all his siblings and his parents (back when there was only one high school in Austin. LOL) My inlaws moved and now they live close to McCallum, I always get confused where Anderson is. It's the high school off Burnet, right?

      I really like Austin, too. It keeps growing so fast though. It is a bit stunning how much it changes. Hook 'em Horns!

      Btw, when I went to Sur La Table and picked up the green and white paper straws, I saw they had some doves cookie cutters and picked up some for Reba and myself so we can try out your awesome doves croutons. :D

      Oh! before I forget, Happy St. Patrick's Day, Nann!!

      Eldarose

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  5. I love the gold wrapped chocolates. Just a darling table!

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    1. Priscilla,

      Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. So glad you liked the table. I liked the pot of gold, too. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I think it would work for even a fancier table because a touch of whimsy for a holiday always works imo.

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      Eldarose

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  6. Love this post! That is the cutest leprechaun trap! I just shared this with my FB page! Thanks for linking up to my party tonigth! https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Turtles-Life-for-Me/212508615444255

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    1. Natalie,

      Thank you so much. You are so sweet to visit and leave a comment. It is so nice to read encouraging feedback. It is very much appreciated. Thank you so much for sharing a link on your FB page. That is such a nice compliment. It is sincerely appreciated.

      And thank you for hosting your party. It provides a great opportunity to share our projects and be inspired as well. I know the parties take work, so please know the participants know how hard you work on them. Thanks for your hard work.

      Eldarose

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  7. What a clever table! Thanks for sharing these great ideas. Love the idea of the gold foil wrapped candy. Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

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    1. Sarah,

      You beat me to the punch. I have been meaning to leave you a comment on your awesome St. Patrick's Day post. I will stop by after the reply. I get so busy during the week, I have to catch up on blog posting/replying until Saturdays most weeks. But, I really did love your project.

      So glad you liked the gold foil wrapped candy. The coins, I picked up at Walgreens and the rolos are from my grocery store. Pretty darn easy to find which I like.

      Happy St Patrick's Day Sarah!

      Eldarose

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  8. Hi! Definitely I love your tablescape. Though you prepared your table so early for the St Patrick's Day but I really enjoyed browsing your different wonderful ideas. I definitely try the leprechaun trap on my tablescape.

    Polyester Tablecloths

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    1. Victoria,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I'm glad you liked my tablescape. I did prepare it early, but I wanted to post it with enough time for other ppl to maybe get some ideas to use for their own tables. I hope you do try the leprechaun trap. It is a very easy craft and I think it turned out very cute. I think you will be pleased by it.

      Thanks again for your encouraging comments.

      Eldarose

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  9. Hi Eldarose!

    You did a wonderful job recyling and repurposing to make this very festive St. Patrick's Day tablescape! I especially love the pots of gold under the rainbow ;) I am visitng from Kathleen's and Potpouri Friday....Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Pat,

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I am taken with the idea of recycling and repurposing as much as possible. Here in Austin, we are really lucky that the city provides curbside recycling pick up. They make it very easy for us to recycle, but I know most people have to put in a lot of effort to recycle so I want to help give ppl ideas and inspiration on how to recycle more.

      I'm so glad you liked the pots of gold under the rainbows. Super easy project that I could have done for an even larger table very easily with little more expense or time invested. I have a large collection of yogurt cups that I have been saving for projects. They can be used by kids for all sorts of art projects and I hope to do more of those for folks here on the blog.

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      Eldarose

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  10. What a festive and adorable table and post! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday. You participation is always appreciated!

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    1. Honey,

      Thank you for visiting, leaving a comment and hosting Potpourri Friday. I know it takes a lot of time and you have a lot of ppl to visit, so it is very kind of you to make the effort to visit. It is much appreciated.

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

      Eldarose

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  11. Such wonderful ideas! Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  12. Love the mason jar glasses! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  13. Wow...such a lovely tablescape!! Thanks so much for sharing...great job!! :)

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