“I close my eyes and picture
The emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle
To the shores of Donaghadea
I miss the river Shannon
The folks of Skibbereen
The moorlands and the meadows
And the forty shades of green”
Attributed to Johnny Cash
Oh, those forty shades of green! When I visited Ireland in 2000, I was amazed at all of the variations of green in the landscape. The most amazing part of it was that I was there in November and everything was still green.
Here is a photo of the Dingle peninsula that we took on our trip. You can see all of the beautiful shades across the hill. I always get nostalgic, when I begin setting my St. Patrick’s Day table. I have very happy memories of that trip and exploring the western side of the island.
This year, I am using an ecru Vera Bradley tablecloth and matching napkins. Layered over the tablecloth are shamrock placemats from Kohl’s.
The green dinner plate is made by Syracuse and I have no idea what the pattern is. My daughter found a similar one, but it did not have the scalloped edge. If anyone recognizes this pattern, please let me know. They were an eBay purchase and I really love them.
Oh top is a salad plate by the Irish manufacturer, Belleek. Last year, I ordered these plates a very long time, before St. Patrick’s Day. You can read about the problems that I had on Tablescape Times Three Here, but I will tell you that they did not arrive in time for my St. Pat’s tablescape!
I have always wanted to own Belleek china, especially after studying the history of Lenox china. I discovered that some of the first china that was produced by that company was Lenox Belleek, which was part of the American Belleek china made by several different manufacturers in the late nineteenth century.
The flatware is my grandmother’s Oneida "Jasmine" silverplate.
Also, in silverplate are the tall salt and pepper shakers. They are antique reproductions made by Towle.
The place setting does not have forty shades of green, but I do love mixing greens for this occasion, as it always reminds me of Ireland.
I cheated a little on the crystal this year. Instead of using crystal goblets, actually made in Ireland, I am using an old Tiffin pattern that is “Killarney” green. This color crystal was made with several different stems and this one is #17453.
I did use a Waterford “Lismore” spirits decanter on the table. Perhaps, some Irish whiskey will be brought to the table to mix up a little after-dinner Irish coffee! Visiting the old Waterford factory was a major highlight of our trip to Ireland. However, the company has very recently moved into a new modern building in Waterford.
The tall sherbet/champagne glasses are “Longford” made by Galway Crystal in Ireland.
The little shamrock teapot is Bordallo Pinheiro in the “St. Patrick” pattern. This was another major score from Goodwill!
Once again, for the centerpiece, I am using the Irish flag for inspiration. When I taught pre-school, every year on St. Patrick’s Day, we would help the children make Irish flags. I think about those memories and always like to incorporate some orange into the tablescape.
The guests will receive lucky gold coins on their plates. I hope it brings all of us the luck of the Irish, in case you were not born there. Apparently the Irish do not need any help. As this little plate says –
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