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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Gaelic Tablescape celebrating St. Patrick

Irish we are not.
But on St. Patrick's we all celebrate our faux Irish ancestry!

With some faux Irish linens.
I do have a set of Irish linen napkins, but these cutwork embroidered with a bit of bobbin lace and finished off with lace edging suited the table better.

Out came the Pier One chargers on top of which I chose to use the green cabbage Bordallo Pinheiro dinner plates. For a lovely salad, the Granada soups fit the bill.
This Granada set has a history your can read Here and see more of Here and Here.

I also pulled out this wine chiller, wine server. It's an antique, fitted with a chamber to insert ice with a cork plug. You can see the chamber going into the center of the bottle. I believe it is Spanish (still the same side of the Atlantic) - it has a name, but I've forgotten it - anyone want to chime in?

All this on top of a Williams Sonoma Irish green hemstitched linen tablecloth.
I placed a bobbin lace runner down the center of the table. 

I took my shamrock plant and plopped it into a Vietri jardiniere.
Can you believe this is the same plant I used last year for St. Pat's, too.
Yes, I kept it alive for a year. It had a few downs, but that was because I was learning what it liked.
It's bloomed so much, but of course this week, not one white blossom to be found.

The underside of the leaves is a glorious eggplant color. Don't you just love it?

The table is augmented with lots of faux Irish crystal.
One for water, one for wine and the old fashioned champagnes even came out to play.

I really like the dainty scrolls on this china. The white is all raised and gives so much dimension to the pieces.
Ignore the black specs.. not sure from where those came, they aren't on the dishes, really.

But there they are again.. dagnabit! Still am enchanted how the scrolls on the chargers play so well with the scrolls on the salads. The green Bordallo plates in between just unify the pieces all the more.

Gold flatware picks up the gold in the Granada pieces.

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.

Tablecloth - Williams Sonoma
Napkins, runner - estate sales
Chargers - Pier One
Dinner Plate - Bordallo Pinheiro
Salad plate - Granada
Flatware - Certified International
Water goblets - Mikasa Parklane
Wine and champagne - estate sale
Jardiniere - Vietri
Shamrock - still alive by the grace of God

Thank you for dropping in.. So glad you did. Thank you for your kind comments so that I can know you've been here. 
Joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch thursday morning at 9am CDT... see you there!!
Also making my first appearance at Cuisine Kathleen's 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day crawl. Do drop in and see all that is green!


Pat said...

Your Gaelic table is gorgeous Marlis.

I love it all and I would love to have those chargers!

Jewel Sauls said...

Lovely! I love your elegant Irish table! (No Irish ancestry here, either!)

Scribbler said...

Quite elegantly put together. The china pattern is so beautiful.

Sydnee said...


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a fancy, festive table Marlis! Happy St. Pat's Day:@)

Mary said...

Beautiful Marlis! You set the most elegant tables with your lovely collection of linens & crystal! I'm always enamored of your lacy shadows and the dappled sunlight playing across your table! Happy St. Paddy's Day~

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Your Gaelic table is gorgeous Marlis.
I almost used the same chargers, and did use the cabbage plates ;o) Yours is so elegantly Irish!

Debbie said...

This is my favorite St. Pat's inspired table yet. I would love to do something lovely like this. I always default to "childish" for this time of year.

And I love your shamrock plant and envy you for keeping it alive. I buy them (more than one) EVERY YEAR.

EVERY YEAR they die.

Miss Char said...

Marlis, this table is just beautiful. I love the crystal and I'm raising my hand as someone who has to buy a new shamrock every year. Your china is so delicate and yet fanciful. Thanks for sharing.

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Marlis...all that green has me drooling!

Kathleen said...

Marlis, this is so elegant and beautiful! I love your pairings, and the way the sun is filtering through is lovely! I covet those chargers and I love the Bordallo plates.
I bought a new shamrock this year, but it bloomed last week. I have one for about 4 years but it needs something to perk it up! Maybe a shot of Irish whiskey!
Thanks for joining the blog crawl this year with this lovely scape! See, it was painless!

Kuby said...

This table is incredibly beautiful. Marlis you are a wonderful artist and truly inspired. The crystal is gorgeous.I also love the napkins.

Alycia Nichols said...

Uh....what black specks, Marlis? I don't see them. Were you sipping a little Irish Whiskey while you were creating this post? ;-)This is a very sophisticated table. I love sophisticated St. Patrick's celebration tables!!! It's still festive, stil fun, but quiet & subdued. Very, very pretty. I wish I knew what that wine vessel is called. I looked on Google but couldn't find anything that looked like it.

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

This is beautiful Marlis! I love the pattern on the Grenada salad plates! Your linens look wonderful and so do your faux Irish crystal pieces! I have those chargers too and I love how they mix so well with a variety of designs! Definitely a good investment!
I'll have to try growing one of those shamrock plants!
Happy St. Patrick's Day to ya!! Liz

Priscilla said...

So elegant. Love your table.

Designs By Pinky said...

Gorgeous table, Marlis! I love those chargers, have wanted them for awhile! The china id beautiful too. I love the pictures with the sunlight spewing across the table. Happy St. Paddy's day to you and yours!!! XO, Pinky

Dianne said...

Marlis you always set such an elegant table and this is no exception. I love the filtered light on the table. Dianne

xinex said...

Your table is very pretty and very elegant, Marlis. I love the napkins too....Christine

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Lovely table! I love your linens and crystal and china. You always put everything together so beautifully and with such creativity!

Rettabug said...

What an elegant Irish table, Marlis! I've stared at it for a long time, drinking in all your wonderful details!
I just LOVE it!!



Oh, you made me laugh...celebrating OUR faux Irish ancestry, lol...Your table dear Marlis is stunning! The dishes are beautiful and love your layers with those great chargers! Very elegant and totally lovely.
Have a great weekend.

Diane said...

Your table is beautiful - love the chargers and the delicate flowers on the china. Also, you glassware is gorgeous!

Entertaining Women said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Hope that you are recovered from the past few pesky months. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Lana Kim White Austin said...

I love every single thing about this tablescape.....those napkins are to die for...even if they aren't the Irish ones!!! I AM Irish (and Scottish) and this made me "feel the green." I also love your planter/the plant....congrats on keeping it alive!!! You have a real GREEN thumb (dorky pun intended!). And I adore the dainty scrollwork on the china, too!!!


Lana Kim White Austin said...

I love every single thing about this tablescape.....those napkins are to die for...even if they aren't the Irish ones!!! I AM Irish (and Scottish) and this made me "feel the green." I also love your planter/the plant....congrats on keeping it alive!!! You have a real GREEN thumb (dorky pun intended!). And I adore the dainty scrollwork on the china, too!!!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think we are all Irish on St Patricks Day :-) Your table is absolutely gorgeous. I love how you have brought all things together. Beautiful!

Jocelyn @

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Just beautiful, Marlis, faux or not :). Your napkins are beautiful, as is the whole 'scape.

Meredith said...

So, so pretty. I love your soup bowls. The details on that pattern really is exquisite. I've always loved these chargers...really beautiful in this setting!

simchieinspires said...

Hello dear Marlis,

That is a fantastic settings to honour St. Paddy. Adorable indeed. THose chargers are to die for.

Happy TS & a great w/end ahead.

Designs By Pinky said...

Go get the bowls:):) LOL!!! XO, Pinky

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful table! So elegant.Thanks for sharing your lovely home JoAnn


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