Wednesday is a special day for green and gold decoration, Irish influenced meals and children search for the pot of gold at the end go the rainbow.
It is a day for smiles and fun! Green and gold are the colors of the day.
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day.
who is Saint Patrick?
Why does Saint Patrick captivate the hearts of the Irish? He is the man credited with bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle in the late 4th C. Or early 5th C. He’s credited with chasing all the snakes off the island.
One thing that is not in doubt is his authenticity was a real person, not a myth.
Besides casting out snakes from the island, his use of the shamrock to explain the Trinity is timeless and simple.
Irish folklore of leprechauns is a big part of today’s celebrations; lots of revelry and maybe a little sneakiness can be part of the fun. Of course, all of this is to mislead the searcher from finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
no fooling…it’s also gotcha day
Our family has another reason to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. It is Amy’s Gotcha Day. The scrapbooks get pulled out and family that is available comes together for that special day for each of us. We won’t be seeing her this year as she is at her university.
I did send her a necklace since we wouldn’t be together. It is a reminder she is the child of our hearts.
Our two Gotcha Day are family celebrations. If there is a gift, it’s often a book mark; a fancy store bought one or some by the nieces.
What will we call them all when their little brother is big enough to make book marks too?
Green and gold table
For this Saint Patrick Day table, I used a tablecloth that appears creamy but it is actually shot through with gold. I found it when I was going therough the stack of clothes. I had forgotten I had it. Usually, it would be with the Christmas ones though many of my cloths will work for many seasons and gatherings.
Next I add the decorations. That may be objects, real or faux greenery and flowers. Adding layers for height, but not too tall and depth give the arrangements more visual impact.
The faux greenery in pots is usually in the guest room. Left over Christmas M and m’s green only were the candy I used sprinkled down the center randomly. There are tiny dishes tucked in next to the pots we typically use for soy sauce or olive oil dipping. Today I put in Andes Mints.
For now, the MnMs will do since there is no pot of gold. Maybe later today, we’ll have a search with the grandkids. Sprinkling MnMs or other candies around adds dimension to the setting.
Remember the napkin rings I made out of lime green ribbon. Don’t you like it when you can use items in a differnet setting? I have a cute box for odds and ends of ribbons and ribbon napkin rings. It comes in handy. Have a look at this post. Tips for Early Spring Table
I set this for a breakfast meal with the family silver with the gold rim china. Adding the egg cups and wine glasses for OJ make the breakfast setting a little fancy. Leprechauns like fancy! I’m sure of it!
Using my DASH Egg Cooker makes this breakfast easy to prepare. Best small appliance ever!
That makes my silver sound so expensive! Mom actually got it from friends who bought it at a flea market nad she gave it to me when Jim and I got married.
Try Aunt Ellen’s Waffles for a delicious breakfast too. Adding whipped cream and sprinkles make them holiday special!
add candles for the evening
The pewter candlesticks with green candles was a later addition to change this table for an evening meal. The green candles are left over from a floral arrangment I recived as a gift at Christmas.
If it wasn’t for Christmas items I’m not sure I could have pulled this pretty tabelscape together! And a faux plants from the guest bedroom too.
Maybe we’ll talk about the ledgendary acts of Saint Patrick or the trip Will and Haily took to Ireland. Whatever the conversation is, it will be lively!
Shhh. Don’t tell! There is gold hidden around the yard!
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