March has come in like a lion all over most of the United States. Hopefully it will go out like a lamb, and now here we are already smack dab in the middle with lucky St. Patrick’s Day. If you like the color green then I hope you will LOVE today’s post! 🙂 I’ve set our table for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and of course it has green to the max!
I found the green dinner plates at Dollar Tree.
I already had green salad plates but had been unable to find economical dinner plates. Fiesta has some, but they are around $12 each for the dinner plate size, so when I saw these for $1 each, I could not resist. (I am probably going to regret not getting the matching mugs they had there. 🙁 )
I said the table had green to the max. Well…it also has clover to the max! 🙂 I found the Oxalis plant at my local grocery store and thought it would be perfect for the centerpiece. Another name it goes by is Lucky Shamrock. A fun thing to note about Oxalis is that it is sensitive to light and will close up its leaves at night.
For the place setting gifts, my husband dug up some of the clover plants we had growing in our yard. We planted them in clear plastic cups. Then we popped those cups into peat pots.
We put them in clear plastic cups first so that the damp soil did not get the pots wet as they sat on the table.
I wrapped twine around the pots and tied on tags with St. Patrick’s Day sayings that I hand lettered on them.
For our meal, I was planning on serving our favorite corned beef sandwiches (again) with homemade potato chips, (not very Irish, I know) but several people over on Instagram have suggested Shepherd’s Pie.
I’ve never made Shepherd’s Pie, and after looking at the recipe I know why. The vegetables mixed with the meat don’t sound very appealing to me…but the mashed potatoes on top of the beef sounds delicious! So I may give it a try this year (without those bottom layer veggies of course. 🙂 )
For dessert this year, I am making a variation of my Peppermint Ice Cream pie. Our daughter’s boyfriend must have foods that are gluten and dairy free. I found some gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos) for the crust, and I am using Breyer’s lactose free chocolate ice cream and some chocolate mint candy pieces for a Chocolate Mint Ice Cream pie. Fingers crossed it turns out okay. If not, there are always cupcakes from the store, and daughter’s boyfriend can have the lactose free vanilla ice cream in the freezer. 😉
Before I came up with the idea for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day table, I looked back at all the other ones I have done over the last few years. It’s always hard to remember Have I done that? when I start thinking of ideas, so having the photos here on the blog is helpful. And I also thought it might be beneficial for you as well if I pulled all the table settings into one post for you here as an easy reference. (The clickable source link below each photo takes you to the posts with more details.) Hope you find these helpful!
The dining room from 2013…
The porch from 2014…
The dining room from 2015…
The porch from 2016…
And the dining room from 2016.
It has been waaaay too cold this week to even think about doing a St. Patrick’s Day dinner on the porch. So the dining room is going to have to do for our meal this year. 🙂
Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is full of good luck, fun times, and tasty treats for you. 🙂
Remember to wear your green!
Until next time…