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The Porch Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Decorating

Saint Patricks Day dinner

Before I jump into the St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I want to share some sewing projects with you. From the looks of all the comments on the last post, I would say that we have many seamstresses here!  I am happy to know that sewing is indeed, NOT a lost art. 🙂 I spent the weekend sewing new pillows for the porch…a bunch of them!  If you have been around here for a while, you might recognize the green plaid from the drapes that dress the kitchen window from time to time.  Take a look here…

sofa on porch with green pillows

This was a major recycle project.  All of the fabrics were leftovers from previous sewing projects, and I used the jute braid trim from old Pottery Barn pillows that had faded from overuse in the sunshine. For those pillows that didn’t get the jute braid, I used the cording cut off of old pillows and simply recovered it in scraps of a khaki cotton (that had been used to make the skirt on the wicker porch buffet table.)  Did you follow all of that??  Double recycling!

porch swing

The only things I purchased  new are the misbehaving rug that will not stay in its place and a few plants to welcome spring. (Although our weather has lost its spring vibe this week. 🙁 )  I may have to try some carpet tape to remedy the problematic rug. When the room upstairs is ready, I’d like to move the lamps up there, and get new ones (maybe clear?) to go out on the porch.

porch with green

porch desk with hanging plant above

All of the green worked perfectly for St. Patrick’s Day. The last scraps of fabric were made into napkins in a mix of plaids and checks – just like the pillows.

St Patricks Day table on the porch

place setting for St Patricks DayThat is simply a bag of Rolos tied up with twine with a kraft paper shamrock for a touch of St. Patrick’s Day fun.  The polka dot kraft paper runner is wrapping paper from Target.  It was just too darn cute to resist! And don’t you love those little flowers?!

St Patricks day table

The wicker buffet table was set up as a hot beverage center …

porch beverage center for Saint Patricks Day

with coffee and various Irish style creamers,

coffee center Saint Patricks Day

and hot tea.

hot tea on porch

The chalkboard over the table has an old Irish saying on it.porch chalkboard Saint Patricks Day

I worked on the porch over the weekend..sewing, shopping for the plants, setting it up, making the candy bags, etc., and I really wanted to have our dinner out there.

porch St Patricks day

But Mother Nature did not cooperate.  (She can’t seem to make up her mind whether we are in winter or early spring.)  Our recent gorgeous warm sunny days turned into rainy and cold, and we had to dine indoors.  But the food was good. 🙂 I planned an “Americanized” Irish inspired easy dinner.  Instead of the typical cooked corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes here is what we had:

menu for St Patricks day dinner

We had the Irish cabbage in the form of coleslaw, the corned beef in the form of sandwiches, and the Irish potatoes in the form of potato chips.  The pinch proof salad was kiwi and green grapes cut up and topped with a sauce of sour cream sweetened with brown sugar and colored green with a few drops of food coloring.  Nothing fancy for dessert (remember, Monday was a school night 🙂 )  just a choice of shortbread cookies with green sugar sprinkles from Fresh Market or chocolates from the goodie bag.

st patricks day meal corned beef sandwiches

At least the dining room had some green in its cabinet in there.

dining room cabinet for Saint Patricks DayAnd the kitchen had a chalkboard with a recipe for corned beef and cabbage.

chalkboard recipe Corned Beef and Cabbage for St Patricks day

One other spot in the house wears a bit of Irish green this month…the foyer.

foyer buffet for Saint Patricks Day

foyer buffet  with shamrocks

foyer buffet with jar of lucky kissesAnd that wraps up all the Saint Patrick’s decorating around here for this year.  And I think that is probably enough green for you for now anyway, right?

candy bag St Patricks Day

Did you do anything special to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

porch rockerWe’d love to hear. 🙂

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tessa - March 25, 2014 - 11:16 pm

adore the green!! it all looks just perfect!! xo
Thanks Tessa! Glad you liked it. 🙂

Sarah Joelson - March 21, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Kelly – I wanted to begin by saying that I love your decorating style. I have followed you for ahwile now and I look forward to your posts every week…to see what great ideas you have. I especially enjoy your decorating posts and meal/recipes. You inspire me! I find myself searching through yours posts for ideas when I have a new season I want to decorate for. :-> As with some of the other people who have submitted posts ….I would love to know when you find time for everything though.:-> My question for today is …where do you find (buy) your baskets? I especially like the green and brown ones that seem to be on the smaller side and used as table decorations and you put plants in. Thanks again for sharing all of your ideas and thoughts with all of us. :-> Sarah
I am so glad you can find ideas here that you can actually use, Sarah! Yay! The brown baskets with the plants are the smaller ones from Target (like the larger ones on the shelf.) with liner I just took the liner out to put the plants in. Now the green one is a different story. I think, although I am not sure, that it came from Michaels years ago. But it was not green when I purchased it. It is a basket out of the playroom, and it was painted with a green paint like all of the wicker in that room. (Lowes’ Valspar paint in Moss.)
Hope this helps!

Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane - March 20, 2014 - 5:48 pm

I love all of your “green” touches–both the color and your recycling efforts. I recognized the polka dot kraft paper from a roll I had purchased off Target’s clearance, so I am shamelessly stealing your runner idea for my son’s birthday dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing your clever ideas. You are a constant source of inspiration!
Shamelessly steal away Mimi! That’s what shared ideas are for. 🙂 Hope your birthday dinner was a success.

Kristi@Chatfield Court - March 20, 2014 - 12:07 am

Your porch looks beautiful Kelly. Love, love the green (it’s my favorite color)! I wish I knew how to sew…buying pillow covers can be so expensive when you want to change them with the seasons. Your St. Paddy’s meal looks delish too. My Irish husband would love it. Thanks for always inspiring.
If green is your favorite color, you hit the jackpot on the porch! Sewing would certainly cut down on the cost of the pillows. You are right. Buying new ones can get costly. An Irish husband! Wow! Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was a good one. 🙂

Jeanne Bell - March 19, 2014 - 10:00 pm

As usual I am impressed, your house is beautiful and a place that shouts, comfy, homey, and take your shoes off and sit a while.
Thanks for putting the green in my day.
Love what you said about our home! It is definitely a take your shoes off place (just wish my oldest wouldn’t take his off right in front of the door. LOL)
Enjoy your weekend.

Kathy d - March 19, 2014 - 9:25 pm

What more can be said-gorgeous! Beautifully done! What an inspiration. Thank you.
Thank you Kathy! Decorating the porch is fun for me.

Dawn - March 19, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Oh Kelly,

I think your porch is set for me! I LOVE green and your porch is perfect by my standards! I love your pillows. You are very talented. I gave my students rolos and skittles to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with. I made Lucky Charms, Rice Krispie treats for the teachers. We didn’t have time for a traditional or even evolved traditional dinner Monday. The daughter had soccer practice and so I grabbed Shamrock shakes on the way home for us. However I changed those up a bit. When I went through the McDonald’s drive thru I asked for the shakes to be half chocolate and half shamrock so they were mint chocolate shamrock shakes. I am going to keep your meal in mind for next year though and I may just have to get some new green pillows for our porch now too. Thanks for sharing!
Dawn I actually thought about dedicating the post to you and Judy ( ) You are my lover of all things green, and Judy loves the porch. 🙂 So yes, the porch is set for you! Your treats sound perfect to me, and I LOVE what you had McDonalds do with the shake. Nothing better than that combination of chocolate and mint. Yum!

Sharon Moellendick - March 19, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I just discovered your website and LOVE it!!! Where did you get the wicker baskets on the shelves above the wicker buffet on your porch?
Thank you,
Thank you Sharon! I am so glad you are loving the blog! All of the baskets on the shelves came from Target. They sell them in the storage section, and they come with liners. This is the larger one: with liner They work great for storage of all the misc. things out there.

Lorraine Beattie - March 19, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Hi Kelly… You did a awesome job on your pillows well done. St. Patrick’s Day here in Canada was a beautiful sunny day but we still have at least 3 feet of snow on the ground. My husband and I invited two older ladies on my street who live by them selves for dinner and had a great time. The ladies told many stories of pass St. Patrick days we laughed and cried for missed loved ones. Thanks for inspiring me to decorate my home and yes I sure hope spring will soon be here.
3 feet of snow…whoa!! How sweet of you and your husband to entertain the ladies. 🙂 Wonderful! I bet it was an enjoyable evening for all of you. Perfect way to celebrate the day.

Vicki - March 19, 2014 - 5:18 pm

I always your seasonal touches, but these might be my favorite. The polka dot runner and little flowers are so sweet. Thanks as always for the inspiration!
Glad I could share a little inspiration, Vicki. That polka dot paper was too cute to not use! This is the first time I have used those flowers. I am anxious to see how well they do out there or in the yard.
Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. 🙂

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 19, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Kelly…I love it when you show us your gorgeous porch…the pillows are fabulous and I so love the green…such a calm and cozy space to spend a wonderful Spring day or evening!…Love how you recycled the jute trim…Beautiful, beautiful job Kelly, as always!
You are too kind, Shirley! Thank you as always for leaving your sweet words here. So glad you liked the porch decor!

Debbie w - March 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Just love your porch with the green. I liked the fact that you recycled what you had!
Thank you Debbie. I was happy that their was fabric available here that I could use for the project! Saves me shopping time and money. 🙂

Lynne - March 19, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Kelly, I want your porch so bad!!! You are so talented with your decorating and sewing. I enjoyed this post so much and hey, that rug isn’t misbahaving that bad. ☺
That rug IS misbehaving! This klutzy girl has tripped over it several times (but I would probably do the same if it were perfectly flat, too.) I am happy you enjoyed the porch, Lynne. It is definitely a fun room to decorate and so easy to change up its looks by just changing out the pillows and table linens.

Jayne - March 19, 2014 - 1:26 pm

The pillows look great! As does everything else! So festive and fun! I heard the weatherman say that he thinks today is the last blast of cold we will get. I sure do hope so! I am more than ready for spring and warmer weather. I’m really anxious to decorate my favorite room at my house…my front porch! I just hope I can make it as fun and festive as you make yours!
I hope the cold is gone from here, Jayne…although yesterday morning there was still frost on my car! But I should not complain since it seems the snow is never going to stop in the northeast. I wonder what all this cold is going to do to our flowers. You should get to your front porch today. Rain is supposed to be back in our picture tomorrow (thunderstorms!) Have fun with your decorating!

Patty in Michigan - March 19, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Kelly, I have to get some of that polka dot paper. Never thought to use it as a table runner, but I will now! Well, we usually don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but sometimes we may be celebrating my birthday because it is the day before! Yes, my mom named me Patty because I was born the day before St. Pat’s Day! You made my all-time favorite sandwich! I was going to make those this year, but the store was all out of my favorite coleslaw that I like on them 🙁 BTW, I just love your porch. I would be out there all the time. Thanks for a great post. I enjoyed it as always my blog friend!
A St. Patrick’s baby (almost)!! Love it!! And what a great story of your name. 🙂 Happy belated birthday to you! Yes, you need some of that polka dot kraft paper. I know you will find a lot of uses for it. I am curious about your favorite coleslaw Patty. Is it carried nationally, and I would be able to give it a try?
Glad you liked the porch. Wish we could all just get together for a lunch out there!

Garden, Home and Party - March 19, 2014 - 12:41 pm

What a great job, no surprise, you truly are so talented. I love the pillows and the napkins. It makes me want to get out the sewing machine and start working.
The runner is very clever, I actually thought it was a pottery barn runner since I’d seen a polka dot runner in red and one in blue, so I thought my store was probably sold out of the khaki with white dots. 🙂
Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Spring (tomorrow). I hope your weather gets the word and starts cooperating.
How funny about the PB runner! They should have carried it in a khaki linen. 🙂 I loved that runner (and the matching napkins) when I saw it in the catalog and thought about ordering the red one online. Then I saw it in person a couple of weeks ago, and the red was not the bright red that I like, BUT the blue on is very cute. I really should get it to use for the 4th of July.
Our weather this weekend is supposed to be very nice. Spring may have won the weather battle here (at least for a day or two.)

Barb - March 19, 2014 - 12:03 pm

The green pillows, up against the green trees outside, make the porch look so tranquil. Beautiful as always.
It is amazing to me how BIG those hollies have grown. They almost wall in the porch! It is usually a tranquil place, until of course, you get some crazed bird that starts squawking out there…which they have been known to do. LOL

Barbara (WA) - March 19, 2014 - 11:34 am

Brilliant double recycling!! It all looks amazing!
Gosh…brilliant?! I must tell my kids that…they won’t believe it. LOL 🙂
As always, thank you for your sweet compliments, Barbara.

Mary from Virginia - March 19, 2014 - 11:26 am

Once again, you have made everything look so neat and fresh!

Your dinner looks wonderful!
Thank you Mary! Fresh is the look I was aiming for with all that green. 🙂

Louvina - March 19, 2014 - 11:13 am

So enjoyed seeing your St.Paddy’s Day goodies!! I am amazed how it all takes on a different look for the different seasons/holidays!! I fixed my usual corned beef dinner on Sunday. I made a new brown Irish soda bread. Very easy and quite good. Spring has to be coming soon! Still under construction here— should be done by Friday. One more bead board project — in the living room — a window seat in our bay widow. And then the baths– earlier we had our drive way paved and looks so good– even our neighbors had theirs done when they saw how nice it turned out.
Good grief,at the projects! How in the world do you juggle (and live in!) all of them?? Do you know that I had never tasted Irish soda bread until this year? Bad, I know. I loved it. It makes great toast!

Kathy - March 19, 2014 - 11:00 am

I wondered if you ever sleep too. I loved the post, beautiful pillows….and so resourceful! You are just too smart! I love all your green touches, treat bags, chalkboards, green books, and beautiful porch. (Katrina, Kelly’s porch looks so much like yours!) I didn’t even wear green on Monday… a rebellious thing, I think.
Oh you rebel you, Kathy! Thank you for the compliments! The porch is my favorite room in(out of?) the house, especially when the weather is nice enough to allow us to enjoy it. With her being my favorite, it is easy to dress her up. 🙂

Debbie - March 19, 2014 - 10:15 am

You are inspiration! And clever and crafty and frugal! Do you ever sleep??

I’m sure someone has asked this before and I’ve missed your answer … what color is the paint on your wicker furniture? It’s the perfect neutral and goes beautifully with any color you choose.
I DO sleep – about 6 hours a night. 🙂 The wicker is painted the same color as the exterior of the house – Martin Senour’s Pelham gray. It does seem to work well with pretty much any color I put with it.

Cheri - March 19, 2014 - 10:03 am

Love your porch and so jealous that you have one. Also, love the green pillows and napkins, such a pretty color of green. Your house is just lovely.
Don’t be jealous Cheri! In a week or two, we will be fighting to keep all the pollen off of it. Spring is the worst time for that around here, but I am hoping that all the recent rains will lessen the amount that settles on everything.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - March 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

Oh I love the green and the use of checks and plaids is totally perfect. Great vignettes and so beautiful. Hugs, Marty
Thanks Marty! I am happy you liked the green. I am totally addicted to checks and plaids!

Betsy@coastal-colors - March 19, 2014 - 9:48 am

Your porch is lovely! You have added perfect touches of green for St. Patrick’s Day! I also love the touches of green inside your home! Your menu and recipe looks yummy! Thanks for providing so much inspiration!
So glad you like the porch, Betsy! It was fun to decorate with green for a change. 🙂

Sherry - March 19, 2014 - 9:39 am

Just love it all! Beautiful! I have a question…….I love your chalk boards and wanted to know do you use regular chalk or do you a chalk pen? Do the chalk pens erase easily. I would like to try one but was afraid it would leave a permanent shadow. Thanks so much!
Sherry, lately I have been using the chalk pen more than the traditional chalk. They do leave the shadow on some boards, but the more I go over the board with regular chalk before lettering, the better it does. Someone left a comment here that if you erase it with a small piece of Magic Eraser it will eliminate that ghost shadowing effect. I have not tried it, but will when I need to the next time.

Anne Boykin - March 19, 2014 - 9:37 am

Hi Kelly, Your porch is so perfect! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us, I so enjoy it.
Anne, thank you for the very sweet comments. Glad you enjoy seeing photos of our home! Thank you for visiting the blog!

anita - March 19, 2014 - 9:31 am

I love to see the recycling use of fabric in new ways such as what you have done. Your table setting is very sweet indeed! Canadians are looking forward to the day when we can eat outside!
Your meal looks delish.
I am happy you liked the projects, Anita. I know you will be glad when the weather is finally warm enough to spend a period of time outdoors. (I know I will be glad when the mornings aren’t so cold.)

yarlette - March 19, 2014 - 9:20 am

Love the touches of green on your porch and inside your home. Looks so much like have the most welcoming porch. I would spend hours out there, so cozy. We had the usual corned beef and cabbage dinner for saint Patrick’s day . We only have that once a year for some reason. We all love it but but l guess that makes it special if we save it for for then.
That is right. Having it only once a year certainly makes it special! Maybe next year I will prepare that really traditional Irish dish of corned beef and cabbage like you had.

Kaye Ann - March 19, 2014 - 9:18 am

Where in the world do you find the time??? What a gorgeous porch, even if winter still has a hold on it. One day soon spring will come (I’m encouraging myself here). I’m a lot Irish so I do decorate and I will probably leave the “green” out until it’s time for Easter bunnies. I have a lot of the fabric that Longaberger had some (many) years ago. So, I have those basket liners and napkins to use. I also buy myself a pot of shamrocks at our local Krogers to set around.
So enjoyed your pictures. You inspire me!!
I sleep from about 12:30-6:30. Other than that I am busy busy. (And a 5-10 minute nap really helps!) The shamrocks in our foyer also came from Kroger. This was the first year I had seen them there, and they were perfect for the holiday.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 19, 2014 - 9:14 am

Love your porch! The green makes it feel so springy! I am always so impressed with people who can sew. I have attempted it a few times but I think I really need to take a class!
Every time spring starts to roll in, I can’t help but pull out all the green. I guess we just miss it through the winter, and this is my way of bringing it back.
Taking a class (or having a relative that can teach you) is needed in learning to sew. It is one handy skill to have!

Ron - March 19, 2014 - 8:42 am

Perfection! Green is my fave color, so I am in LOVE with your photos. xo
If you like green, then you most definitely should like the pillows. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to read the post and leave your kind words Ron!

Jill - March 19, 2014 - 8:37 am

The porch looks great…as always. I love the new green pillows. They make everything look nice and fresh for Spring. When you said it was a recycling project my first thought was that you had cut up your green curtains!! ACK!!! So glad you didn’t, but you are very resourceful. I’m envious that you’ve had warm enough days for the porch. Sorry it didn’t work out for St. Patrick’s Day though. We’ve never really gotten into celebrating the day. We usually try to wear green and call it good. Ha!
Oh goodness no. I don’t normally cut up curtains. They are too much work to do that to! I just used up all the scraps I had of 2 leftover fabrics. There are a couple of yards still left of the plaid fabric. I hope you get some warm weather where you are.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me - March 19, 2014 - 7:45 am

Your porch is so pretty! I love all the recycled green touches you made. I can not wait to have our weather change so I can start setting up our front porch. It’s not a closed in porch, so it is hard to use until warmer weather. Your meal sounds like it was delicious!
Thank you Lisa. I am glad you like all the green. I hope spring weather is moving into your area now, so that you can enjoy your porch.

Kim - March 19, 2014 - 7:22 am

Kelly, you know I love those new pillows. Aren’t you smart using the trim from old pillows. Gosh, I wish I liked to sew.
Thank you Kim! Those pillows would work well in your guest room in one of its many transformations. 🙂
If you liked to sew, you wouldn’t have time to paint! LOL

Paula B. - March 19, 2014 - 6:27 am

Happy (belated) St. Paddy’s and all the luck o’ the Irish to you! While I always love your pops of red, these green touches are just doing it for me. So soothing, yet crisp and fresh. I think I must be hankering to see things growing in gardens and flower pots. Although Monday was raw here, we missed the snow that hit the coast, phew! And, our temps seem to be gradually breaking into the forties and fifties, yay. A friend and I hit a local pub for an early lunch on Monday and had the highly recommended Reuben pizza, oh my, was it ever good. We, also, had the Irish potato chips with a sour cream dip, pretty decadent. I think you went all out for a Monday and a school night. And, your sewing and recycling, amazing.
A Reuben pizza? I’ve never heard of that, but it does sound very good. (And I could eat my weight in chips and dip! yum!!) Thank you for the compliments!

Debra - March 19, 2014 - 2:22 am

Oh, your just so darn frugal and crafty lady! Wonderful touches of green with those pillows. I just adore your darn porch. I only have a small one on our new outbuilding and can only use it during summer. Your St Patrick’s Day was very similar to ours. We started the celebration off with our local St. Patty’s Parade on Saturday afternoon. The twins loved it. The bagpipers are always my favorite and seeing all the crowd decked out in their “Irish looks”. I was very conservative as usual and only wore my bright green pea coat that I had found on clearance at Target for $17, two seasons back. Nothing crazy. It was at least a beautiful sunny day and about 40 degrees..Woo Hoo. We quick stopped at the store afterwards to pick up fix’ns for Rueben sandwiches and a treat of Irish soda bread. I had made a beef Irish stew in the past but chose simple sandwiches too. The house was complete with an Oxalis plant as well that I had purchased previously, as I needed a green plant to lift me into “Spring” spirit. Mother Nature lately was not helping. Rolos, green foil wrapped Hershey kisses, shortbread shamrock cookies, as well as simple mint oreos, were served here too! It was sandwiches, chips, (not homemade) and a three bean salad. Its funny you would have the ramen salad, as my sister in law had just given me that recipe the other week. Said it was wonderful. I will need to try it. I so drool over that gorgeous big screened porch of yours Kelly. Up here, I would have to have an all seasons room. Oh, the Midwest!! I will just have to close my eyes, imagine being a guest on your wonderful porch, asking politely for “more bailey’s please” and keep dreaming. Irish eyes smiling at ya Kelly! Think Spring!

Your holiday sounds very much like ours! I would have loved to watch some bagpipers…THAT we did not have. 🙂 And I am jealous of your green Target coat. That is probably the very one I wanted last year, but it was sold out in my size before I could make up my mind to buy it. I am thinking spring, and it is supposed to be very nice and warm here this weekend. Finally!

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