16 March 2011

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

St. Patrick's Day. Many people I know become Irish on 17 March. I am fortunate enough to have an Irish branch of my family. My ancestor from Ireland came to the US back in the early 1800's and settled in Louisiana. At some point there was a marriage between one of the Irish and a lady of French descent (one of the Lafittes, as a matter of fact). Later an Englishman was added to the bunch. And that was just on my Mom's side of the family. I love being part of the melting pot with such a varied heritage.
So on St. Patrick's Day, I truly am Irish.

This year I decided to set up my green holiday table using vintage Harlequin in medium green and light green.

I got a lovely tablecloth from one of my friends in the Vintage Tablecloth Lover's Club. It is a perfect foil for the dishes. I love the way it incorporates a Celtic cross in with shamrocks for the design.

Harlequin is my all-time favourite dinnerware and medium green Harlequin is even more difficult to find than medium green Fiesta. It has taken me many years to assemble my collection. I just love the angular art deco lines of Harlequin. The triangular handles and cone shaped hollowware set it apart from Fiesta.

creamer, sugar, casserole



There are some shapes (e.g. candleholders) that were discontinued before the introduction of medium green. The light green colour blends nicely with the other dishes.

Also in light green is this vase that came from the Potter's Exhibit at the 1940 New York World's Fair.

These green Depression Glass sherbets by Federal Glass echo Harlequin's cone shape.

Wine goblets were in a gift basket I won as a door prize at a conference the Guy and I attended back in November.

White napkins and green glass napkin rings came from Pier One. The flatware is a vintage art deco silverplate pattern: Deauville by Oneida. The chevron design on the flatware makes it a perfect accompaniment for Harlequin.

This year's menu:
Collins Clan Irish Soda Bread
Mustard Glazed Irish Boiling Bacon
Sautéed Green Cabbage
Irish Potato Farls

Bailey's Irish Cream Ice Cream

And today may you all have
The Luck of the Irish!

This week I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

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Brenda said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Your holiday table is absolutely beautiful! I love your menu too, especially that ice cream......enjoy!

Lori Lucas said...

LOVE the table. You can't ever have too much green...especially on St. Patty's Day. It looks beautiful all mixed with your wonderful tablecloth as well. Lori L

Daphne said...

So many rarities, Becky! Your table is wearing the most beautiful greens of all!

Janette @ The2Seasons said...

Love the depression glass. I think the green is the most versatile color.

MileHighBaker said...

Becky, I confess, I'm not much into setting the table - the kitchen is where my heart is. But every time I look at your gorgeous table settings, I get a little green with envy at your ability to see so much detail and how to fit it all together. Lovely.

Cathyb said...

While I'm Irish and love all things green, how was France!!

Donnie said...

Everything is gorgeous but I never heard of boiling bacon. I love that tablecloth.

Monica said...

WOW! Love it all.

Sarah said...

Wow, this table definitely celebrates the green of Ireland. Beautiful as always.
Happy St. Pat's Day! ~ Sarah

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love everything about your table-so fun! The napkin rings are the cherry on top:@) Happy St. Pat's Day!

Kelly said...

Love your green table settings! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Very Festive St. Patrick's day table,
very nice!! Love your green dishes, they are all so pretty, love those sherbert glasses especially.
Happy St. patricks day to you, hope you enjoy that delectable sounding din din!
Blessings, Nellie

Candy @ The Little Round Table said...

Happy St Pat's Becky!

Beautiful new cloth and of course some of our favorite green dinnerware. Great job!


Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a lovely place to chillax after a long day at work.

So many beautiful pieces... loving ém all.

Happy TS...

Greetings & blessings from Stockholm,

Claudette Vassey said...

Perfect! decribes it. Hope we will be seeing pictures and stories from your recent trip soon. have missed your post.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I love your Celtic tablecloth and all of the wonderful pieces of shamrock colored Fiestaware. Swoon! I love the older pieces the best.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You asked how I made green popcorn. Easy, I grabbed a bag from the big pile at the local market and put it in my cart. ;-)

Marigene said...

OH MY GOODNESS!...that is one gorgeous table...the dishes are such a beautiful shade of green and they go so perfect with your vintage tablecloth. Thank you for sharing one of my all-time favorite tables.

Mary said...

Becky, what a perfect holiday table. It really looks wonderful and that menu shared with good friends I'm sure made for a perfect St. Patrick's Day. I hope all is well. Blessings...Mary

Cindy said...

Green is my absolute favorite color. Your table brought a big smile to my face.

Tess said...

Such a beautiful table. Love the different greens; just like Ireland's claim to fame. I adore those white napkins!! Dinner sounds traditional and delicious! Love the story of your family mixture.

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