Once, again, it is time to join together with our Irish friends to honor St. Patrick! I have chosen to celebrate by setting a a table in the Irish flag colors.
The Irish flag was introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848. The green represents the Irish people, most of whom are Catholic. The orange color represents the British supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland in the 17th century most of whom are Protestant. The white in the center represents the peace between the two groups. Thomas Meagher on the meaning of the Irish flag said, "The white in the center signifies a lasting truce between the Orange and the Green; and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped in heroic brotherhood." Thanks to the Enchanted Learning website for this information.
When I think of Ireland, I think of Shamrocks, beautiful crystal and the shades of green. This lovely old Belleek "Shamrock" sugar and creamer, definitely, reminds me of my visit to the Emerald Isle a few years ago.
Green and gold were my choices for setting the table this year, along with touches of orange.
Lots of Irish crystal - Waterford and Galway. Oh, how I love the way it sparkles!!!
The water glass with the gold rim is "Andover" by Fostoria and is an American piece. Don't you love the Irish Leprechaun with the "Lucky Irish" shamrock. He is one of my favorite pieces to use this time of the year.
Another favorite piece is this Bordallo Pinheiro teapot in the "St. Patrick" pattern. I found this at Goodwill. Can you imagine anyone giving this away???
The remainder of the place setting consists of "Donatello" gold flatware by Ricci, Syracuse "Wayne" gold encrusted salad plates, cups and saucers and Mikasa "Ming Green" dinner plates. I am hoping using all of the gold will help in my quest to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!!
Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen challenges bloggers to bring out the green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with her. This year we will link up and enjoy seeing all of the beautiful tables in the Blog Crawl. I cannot wait - it is so much fun each year.
I hope all of you enjoy your St. Patrick's Day, whether or not you are Irish. I have to confess each year that I do have Irish roots, but I am afraid they are Orange and not Green! I am just happy that the Irish flag honors both. I am leaving you with a few more photos from my table. I hope you all find your pot of gold!!!
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Cuisine Kathleen for the St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl