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Monday, March 7, 2011

Time for a touch of the IRISH

I've been inspired by many of you to decorate my dining room table to go along with the holidays.  I have had so much fun doing this March St. Patricks day table.  My Great-great grandfather was born in Ireland and came to the United States.  My sister has the only picture we know of and I have borrowed it from her blog.  
Here is my entry for the 55th Table top Tuesday and a wonderful new blog I found today Time warp wife for Titus2sdays ,Tablescape Thursday  and Pink  Saturday (thanks for giving us the chance to share our green)

My white tablecloth is from Italy.  I purchased it in a small village off the main roads, one of our favorite traveling times is when we get off the tourist route and get into the parts of little villages that are truly part of their daily life.

Just a simple ribbon can change a candle to fit any table arrangement.  I found this holder at JoAnn Fabrics on sale. THe small vases sit at an angle.  I laid it on the plate to show you how they look and hmm, I kinda like it, who knows I might have to use them that way someday.   I think it will be perfect when my flowers start blooming.  For now, silk will have to do.  The green coke glasses were purchased at a Dollar General for $1. a piece!  they are very heavy too.
this cute Kiss me I'm Irish sign and the rest of the decorations were bought at a dollar store.  You really don't have to spend a lot to dress up a table.

 I bought my new white dishes at Walmart.  My hubby doesn't understand why I don't just buy a nice set of dishes but I like to change them out too often.  These were on $44. for the full set with a plate,dessert plate, bowl and cup.  

Patrick Fletcher, 1852 - 1927 my maternal great grandfather on my Dads side.  This was taken in Missouri in the 1920's. 

Facts  about St. Patrick

Born in Britian in the fifth century.

At sixteen years of age was kidnaped and taken to Ireland to become a slave.
He stated that he was told by God in a vision to flee and return to Britain. 

Joined the church and studied to become a priest.

Converted MANY royality and poor to Christ.
After 30 years of teaching he died on March 18, 461 AD.
In 1903 St Patricks Day became an official holiday.

This holiday remains a religious holiday in Ireland.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A fun, festive table, lovin' the centerpiece! The pic of your great grandfather is so cool:@)

Olive Cooper said...

Love the image of grandfather Patrick. The table is filled with fun.

Ann said...

Are you going to have a ladies lunchon? This is so cute you need to. I really like your white dishes. Everything is so pretty, the centerpiece and I love the little green bowls.

Diann said...

What a fun St. Patricks Day table! It looks wonderful!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely vignette! I adore the green glasses.

Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!

Marie Arden said...

Informational as well as pretty! loved all the old photos and the touch like the pot of gold. Everyone loves St Patricks Day!

Sherrie said...

I love all your St Patrick's elements. Beautiful table!

Deb S. said...

Beautiful St. Patrick's Table. I have a thing for square plates. I'm with you I like to change out too much. Ebay becomes my resource for this addiction, excuse me, love I mean! LOL!

Marigene said...

Your table is very festive dressed in green!

Entertaining Women said...

I'd say that you're all set for a wonderful St Patrick's Day celebration. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

LV said...

You did yourself proud on this green and pink table setting. Very nice.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a beautiful St. Pat's Day tablescape!! Gorgeous!!

Deanna said...

Loved the story of your great grandfather.

Happy PS
Deanna :D