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Setting A Table For St. Patrick's Day

Updated on August 19, 2014

Always Give Your Holiday Table A Festive Feel With Just A Few Added Items.

One of my favorite memories of childhood was when my mother broke out the holiday dishes. We had Turkey plates and red Valentine's day plates that were handed down to me from my Grandparents. It wasn't a holiday if we were eating on the same dishware. Then the holiday was really special when Mom broke out the good china. She actually used it at almost all the holidays, but only for the adults. The kids always got the special fun plates.

Today dinnerware is designed for mixing and matching. There are no rules now and dinnerware is bright and fun. Even one or two colorful accent pieces can transform an ordinary dinner table to a "WOW" table. Even the food will taste better.

Even if you are using your best china you can add whimsical items to the table that are inexpensive without loosing the elegance of the occasion.

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Setting A Formal Table - Begin With Knowing Where To Put Things

Placement of the napkin can vary. Some people place it on the plate. Some people place it in the water glass or folded under the forks. There are many ways of folding the napkin from rectangular to fancy origami.

Forks always go on the left with spoons and knives on the right. The bread plate goes in the upper right hand corner along with a butter knife.

An informal setting does not have to include all the utensils, but placement remains the same.

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Table Linen Will Create Your Color Scheme - Green, Gold or Even Black

A green table cloth will give you a fresh feel, but if you want to change up the table a it try a gold table cloth with a green runner down the center. This will give the table a very elegant feel yet festive feel.

The gold table cloth can also be paired with a sparkling piece of card stock from the craft store to form a shining matt of green grass.

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Start With A Good Set Of Chargers - Gold or Silver Make Your Table Sparkle And Shine

Chargers are plates that go under your dinner plate. They are usually larger and act as a base for your setting. For St. Patrick's Day a gold charger is perfect and can be used on any color to give your table bling. Even the cheapest dishes look good on a gold charger and they won't break your budget either for under $6.00 for four of them. For only $1.50 a piece you can get enough for large dinner parties too.

Create A Rainbow On Your Table

When you set a table for the holidays it's really important and incorporate all the elements from the holiday. For St. Patrick's Day you think about the color green, a pot of gold, a rainbow and leprechauns

Mix and matching your tableware is the best way to make a table come to life. Imagine the faces of all your friends and family when the table is set as a rainbow. With Waechtersbach dishes you can purchase a single setting then mix and match the colors. Once your collection arrives everyone can have one color or you can mix the pieces and make each setting the colors of the rainbow.

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Make Your Focal Point Your Centerpiece

A centerpiece should not over whelm a table and it should not get in the way of people viewing each other during the meal. If you decide to create one that is large you should remove it once the meal is served. This way you have more room for food on the table and people aren't twisting their necks while they speak to each other.

A centerpiece for St. Patrick's day is fun because you can incorporate everything from rainbow colored silk flowers to shiny balloons the color of the rainbow. If you need gold pieces they are easy to create with some garden rock and a little metallic gold craft paint. Mardi Gras beads can be purchased in the dollar store for a pop of color anywhere on the table.

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Light Up A Rainbow

I love this centerpiece. Add a few gold coins around the base and maybe a tiny black pot and it's good to go and will provide really good ambien lighting for dinner. You can also swap out the colors for a solid color or maybe Green and Red for Christmas.

Flatware and Rainbow Cups

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    • Arachnea profile image

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      these are attractive ideas. great lens.

    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Fantastic Pictures!!! Thanks :)

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Love that centerpiece.

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      4 years ago

      I love the vase with the leprecauns in it. Beautiful decorations.

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      sybil watson 

      4 years ago

      I think chargers make all the difference when it comes to dressing a holiday table, and those gold ones would look fabulous with the green of St. Patrick's Day.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very pretty, there's something about St Patricks day that I love, but I'm not sure what it is. Like this lens.


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