How I Created a St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape on a Budget

St. Patrick's Day place setting

I am so excited to be joining 4 other blogger friends for a virtual dinner party. Our theme, this month, is St. Patrick’s Day, and I want to share how I created a St. Patrick’s Day tablescape on a budget.

If you are visiting from Simply 2 Moms, welcome. I’m so glad you’re here!

I used many thrifted items for this tablescape and the rest were things I already had on hand, or found on sale, because I am all about a bargain!

For more info on finding thrifted and estate sale items, see my post here.

estate sale finds

plate chargers for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's day placemat

For my plate charger, I used a moss covered clover shape that I found at Hobby Lobby. It is actually wall decor, but I thought it would make a cute plate charger/placemat. Since they were 50% off, each one was only $5.

Another idea, if you don’t want to purchase them, is to cut a clover shape out of a 12″ piece of green cardstock. You could also cut a clover shape out of a sheet of moss. This moss table runner is 14″ x 48″, so you could cut 4 placemats from this one table runner.

place settings for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day place setting

All of my plates for this place setting were thrifted. I have a collection of white dinner plates that I have purchased at thrift stores over the years. I’ve never paid more than $1.00-$2.00 each and I keep them on hand to use for all of my tablescapes.

I collect salad plates in seasonal patterns to layer on top of the white plates. This way the pattern still shows, since it is the plate on the top. Another advantage is less room is needed for storing them since they are a bit smaller than a dinner plate.

clover salad plates
thrifted plates

For this particular table, I was lucky enough to stumble upon 4 salad plates with a clover pattern on them. The set of 4 was only $4.00 at my local thrift store and I thought these plates were perfect for my St. Patrick’s Day tablescape.

Another option for a seasonal salad plate is a paper plate. I don’t typically use paper products for my tablescapes, but if you want a fun/festive seasonal table and don’t want to invest a lot of money, that is a great option. I found a couple of St. Patrick’s day paper plates here and here.

linens and glasses

St. Patrick's Day tablescape

My off white linen napkins were a clearance item at Arhaus several years ago, but I also have many white napkins that I have thrifted over the years. When you are thrifting, don’t forget to check the linen area, because you might be surprised what you will find!

My green goblets were also thrifted. I see these vintage goblets fairly often at thrift stores, but if you aren’t a thrifter/shopper, here are a few that I found online. A set of 6 vintage green goblets and this set of 8 goblets. The latter, is not vintage, but beautiful just the same.


Now, let’s talk flatware. I wanted to use gold flatware for this tablescape. The problem is, I don’t have gold flatware. I have a ton of vintage silverplate pieces though, and thought I would try spray painting some.
I purchased a small can of Krylon spray paint in Gold Leaf and sprayed the entire fork and the handle part of the knife. It turned out perfect and mixed nicely with the vintage brass pieces that I used for the centerpiece.

Gold flatware

Let me be clear, I am not planning on actually eating with these spray painted flatware pieces. This is only for looks for my tablescape. I keep a table set for the season and thought this was a beautiful finishing touch for my table, but we would use different silverware to actually eat with.

the centerpiece for my St. Patricks’ Day tablescape

Several years ago, when my daughter got married, we used vintage brass candlesticks and containers for some of the table centerpieces. We shopped thrift stores for months and collected everything we needed for her wedding. I kept some of the pieces and use them for my tablescapes fairly often.

brass candlesticks
thrifted brass candlesticks

When I use the candlesticks, I like to anchor the tapers with a bit of spanish moss. I just tuck some in the hole where the taper will go, then stick the taper in. As a result, the candles will hold the moss without having to glue it.

brass candlesticks

Brass pieces are often for sale at thrift shops, estate sales and even garage sales.

more centerpiece ideas

I purchased a shamrock decoration at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, pulled the shiny tinsel off and ended up with a plastic form in a clover shape.

 St. Patrick's Day table centerpiece
St. Patrick's Day table centerpiece topiary form

I added a piece of floral foam to a brass container, pushed the plastic clover shaped form into the foam and covered it with some moss.

St. Patrick's Day Topiary

An English Ivy I’ve had for years desperately needed trim, so I gave it a haircut and used the trimmed pieces to create a topiary. I just wound the pieces I trimmed off around the form to create a shamrock topiary centerpiece.

oxalis plant for St. Patrick's Day tablescape
oxalis plant

I purchased a small Oxalis plant at my local nursery and added it to a brass planter. The Oxalis plant resembles clover and it was the perfect addition to my St. Patrick’s tablescape. After the holiday, it can be planted in my flower beds. They are low growing, and have tiny white flowers and will spread nicely and create a beautiful ground cover.

St. Patrick's Day tablescape

I used my skinny linen table runner down the center of my table, and layered my topiary, oxalis and several brass candlesticks with white tapers.

The final touch was the candle covers I made out of screening material. I had 3 small jar candles and thought I would try wrapping them with screen. My plan was to spray paint aluminum screening with gold spray paint.

gold mesh candle holder

I went to my local Ace Hardware store to see if I could buy a small piece of screen and they actually had some remnants of bronze screen that they gave me. But, the aluminum screen, spray painted gold, would create the same look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how I created a St. Patrick’s Day tablescape on a budget. Be sure and pop over to each of the other bloggers joining me and see what they created. You won’t be disappointed!

Links are at the bottom of the post, and Bricks ‘n Blooms is up next!

Be sure and check back on Saturday when we share the menu for our
St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I will be sharing a fun cocktail!!


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24 thoughts on “How I Created a St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape on a Budget

  1. Oh my gosh, Michele! This post is so filled with great ideas! I especially love the shamrock centerpiece with the ivy. You completely transformed something kind of gaudy into something so organic and beautiful! I never would’ve thought to even look at that big shamrock but totally will now!

    1. Thank you so much Anne! This was a really fun table to create. Especially, since I have never really decorated for St. Patrick Day before. It was really fun to get creative.

  2. Well I’m sad I don’t have a thrift store around me that has such goodies as those adorable shamrock plates! So stinkin’ cute! My youngest daughters birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day and I would love to create a table like this for her. I love the idea of the plant. Addi has become the crazy plant lady and the Oxalis will make the perfect gift and centerpiece for her birthday table. Thanks for the inspo! Pinned.

    1. Of course, and I’m so glad you liked it!!

      I am sure you will come up with something beautiful for her birthday celebration!

  3. Very nice, love the clover plates and the moss in the candleholders is very clever. Years ago I found some little round crochet thingies made to put in candle holders and are pretty, like a little lace collar.Also love the plant idea, it’s a lovely thing to use and then set free outside!

  4. I LOVE your tablescapes! You have the best ideas and I appreciate that they’re thrifty. ☘️
    I used to set my table in the dining room for the holidays because then I couldn’t stack items on it🤣
    But since I’m redoing my craft room the dining table has become my planning/crafting area.

    1. Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate you following along and your kind words.

      And I totally get it about the dining table being the “drop zone”!!

  5. It’s really stunning. I have the same salad plates. They were a wedding gift to my parents 80 years ago! One correction though, they are shamrocks. Clovers have 4 leafs. Top of the mornin to you!

    1. Oh, wow! That’s good to know about the plates. I have never seen them before and didn’t know anything about them.

      Thanks for the info, and have a great weekend!

  6. I love the tablescape that you created for St. Patrick’s Day. Those clover salad plates were an awesome find and perfect to use this time of year. I have never thought to use Spanish moss with my brass candle holders. I can’t wait to try that idea. Your ivy centerpiece is perfect and you were so clever to think to tear apart a $ store item to get a form to use your centerpiece.

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