My dear readers…Valentine’s Day is past and now it is time to plant potatoes and plan for St. Patrick’s Day Festivities.
Ok, I won’t be planting potatoes on March 17th…but we will be celebrating the wearin’ o’ the green!
Some believe in Fairies or more realistically, some of us simply like the mystique of the idea of fairies.
We have all talked about Tooth Fairies, Pixies and Tinker Bell as well as any other little legends of book and tale.
I know I have.
One cannot be a romantic and not believe in Fairies…or at least sort of.
And for those of us who “sorta believe”.…we really know in our hearts, but it is fun to fantasize, isn’t it?
And who hasn’t thought of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Yes, reality tells us that is not possible because rainbows do not really have a beginning or end touching a meadow.
And reality causes us to ask, why would a fairy collect gold coins if they cannot spend them and why give us the promise of that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, if the rainbow is elusive?
Tis legend of course.
You might remember that I made a cute little fairy garden a couple of years ago and it sits out on a shelf in my Secret Garden. I have several fairies in that little garden.
If you missed how I made it….click here, for the Fairy Dust…And Moonbeams post.
I am sure you have also heard of Fairy Rings. Below are two pics of Fairy Rings….
And no, these Fairy Rings are not caused by grubs or fungus or wild mushrooms or…..well, you get my meaning, don’t you? 🙂
I also have a book that speaks of fairy rings and the magical poem below is from an unknown source.
“If you see a fairy ring, in a field of grass,
Very lightly step around, tiptoe as you pass…
Last night Fairies frolicked there,
And they’re sleeping somewhere near.
So if you see a tiny fairy lying fast asleep
Shut your eyes and run away.
Do not stay to peek!
Ok, my dear readers…..:)
Today’s tablescape has a bit of that magic mixed in with garden cabbages, sprouts, and gold coins. The centerpiece also sports shamrocks and carnations in the brown keg.
The gold coins are shown spilling forth from the brown spigot on my barrel keg, (look closely) which I thought made the centerpiece a bit more interesting.
I used a cabbage leaf place mat and placed a white ironstone dinner plate on top of that. Green handled flatware and green goblet sit alongside.
On top of the white dinner plate, I used a cabbage salad plate and bowl. The cabbage leaf pattern is from Portugal and is called Majolica Bordallo Pinheiro Green Cabbage.
I love these dishes and I feel fortunate to have numerous serving pieces that I have collected over the years….finding them at garage sales, Tuesday Morning, Home Goods and Pier 1. Some are not quite the same pattern, but close.
The soup bowl holds a hearty amount of Irish Stew.
I love this little whimsical teapot with bunny lid which I placed on one end of the table and on the other end, a green plaid fedora hat.
A bit of trivia….did you know that the Fedora Hat first appeared in 1882 as a female hat?
Yep! A play was written and the title role of Princess Fedora Romanoff was played by Sarah Bernhardt wearing…..a center-creased, soft brimmed hat!
Furthering the green plaid approach, I used green plaid napkins secured with a white cabbage napkin ring, which I placed in the cabbage soup bowl.
Since Fairies come from the Garden….I used fresh garden vegetables such as Artichokes, Brussel Sprouts, Granny Smith Apples as well as a few white daisies, and cream colored spider mums to surround my keg labeled Irish Pub.
Instead of a brew spilling out of the spigot, I displayed the gold coins….and for whimsey, I added a cabbage teapot with a little white bunny lid. I also sat it on a white pedestal featuring a small bunny trying to climb to the teapot.
I hope you enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape….I have several recipes to follow that are exceptionally easy and follow along with the Irish theme.
Irish Blessings to all.
Cabbage Chargers: Pier 1 last year
Plaid napkins: Home Goods last year
Cabbage flower napkin rings: Pier 1 two years ago
Cabbage plates, bowls, tea pot: EBAY, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Pier 1 a couple years ago
Fedora hat: Party City a couple years ago
green glasses: Old Time Pottery several years ago
Green Flatware: Bed, Bath & Beyond about 10 years ago
Irish pub keg: Hobby Lobby 2 years ago
Faux shamrocks/green and white carnations: Michael’s last year
Fresh veggies and flowers: Supermarket