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Tomorrow is St. Padddy’s Day so here is the table I put together. I started with a shamrock based tablecloth. Here is a very similar one. Then I layered gold mesh placemats with basic white Crate and Barrel dinner plates. Over these I placed gold rimmed dessert plates (similar ones here). I kept the “Luck of the Irish” going by placing gold tapers in my Waterford crystal candle holders. For napkins, I used white cotton squares. A fun addition to the table was gold plated silverware. I got this at a wonderful not-for-profit consignment store back in Glenview, Illinois called The Treasure House.

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The centerpiece is actually silk. I have it on the table all year without a tablecloth. But if you wanted to imitate it, you could just use a shallow tray filled with water in which you could float white blossoms cut to have very short stems, such as white mums. The actual arrangement is a shallow copper tray filled with a green styrofoam block hot glued into the bottom. Then, multiple silk hydrangea blossoms were put into the foam. Lastly, the florist added silk hydrangea leaves throughout. (I love hydrangeas because I think they look good fresh, dried, or silk all year round. I even put dried or silk blossoms some years on my Christmas tree and mantel!

On each place setting, I placed miniature salt and pepper shakers (a gift from my sweet friend, Linda). They are so handy because my table is actually six feet wide, so “passing the salt and pepper” takes on a whole new level of significance! The last detail involves the bee-embossed water glasses. Aren’t these just the “bee’s knees”! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!).

Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all of my lovely readers!!! And as the traditional Gaelic blessing goes, ‘“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

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Dr. Julie

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