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Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 4, 2019

Most St. Patrick’s Day celebrations lean to the kitschy side of decor with leprechauns, rainbows, and glittered clovers (including one party set up I’m featuring later this week!). For a change of pace this year, I wanted to have an elevated tablescape that plays off the lush green landscape of Ireland. I’ll walk you through the DIY moss runner at the end of the post, but trust me that it was super easy!

Antique postcards added a fun touch. I’ll pass along all sourcing info for them and all of the other decorative touches you’ll see. I mounted them on heavy gold card stock with thin double-sided tape and wrote each person’s name on the card stock. Then I broke out the glue gun and added a few paper flowers to the edges of each postcard and attached a single silk 4-leaf clover to some thrift store placecard holders. Etsy vendors are generally super quick with shipping, so you still have time to get your own vintage postcards for just a few dollars and use them this Sunday if you order soon.

I love the monogrammed linen napkins from Wakefield South Designs and was thrilled to use them. I’m kinda obsessed with monograms in general, and these beauties are such nice quality that I’m using them any chance I get! I’m not sure what the turn around time is right now, so you may need to substitute plain white napkins instead. I wholeheartedly recommend ordering a set from Wakefield because the quality is fantastic and they offer so many options that you can create the perfect look for your table.

Other decorative touches were gold coins, silk clovers, and a small potted pansy under a cloche. The other items, from my collection, include an old horse shoe and little gold bird that was used on my Thanksgiving table.

Our featured cocktail is The Last Word and has earned a spot on my regular hit parade. Be sure to check out the backstory on this delicious option for St. Patty’s day or any day. Instead of my usual mix and match vintage glasses, I opted for 4 delicate matching pretties that I found a couple weeks ago for just $2.50 each.

DIY Moss Runner

  • Set your table with your basic placesetting (for size/placement only) to include your largest plates (a gold charger in my example), glasses and placecards if you’re using them.
  • Measure the center space that’s left in the center portion of your table (length and width) and cut the moss roll accordingly with sharp scissors. My table is narrow so the runner here is only 6″ wide and I cut the sheet moss in a super gentle curve based on the moss pattern. Be sure to do this edge look in a random way or the runner will look too much like ric-rack trim and that’ll detract from the natural feel.
  • Place your centerpiece in the middle of the table. The cloche here is an Amazon bargain and the pansies were a grocery store bargain. I used a $2 galvanized pot to display the pansies in but if you don’t have one similar, use a brown paper lunch sack and crumple it up to create a similar rustic look. Note that I set the glass cloche directly on the moss for better color and texture and omitted the wooden base.
  • Add a variety of sizes of moss around the centerpiece and all along the moss sheet in a random way so that the effect is more natural. Most craft stores have bagged moss these days or collect a variety from your yard like I did.
  • Using wire cutters, snip clovers with the blossoms and without to vary the effect. Scatter them around the moss runner taking care to tuck the wire stems under moss clumps or the edge of the moss sheet.

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