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.
plate chargers for St. Patrick’s Day
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!