Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Leprechaun Luncheon

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. As you consider your own philanthropic opportunities, I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

The Wild Game Dinner was a tremendous success, and I look forward to sharing it with you.  However, this week I want to contribute a tablescape to Cuisine Kathleen's "Fourth Annual St. Patrirck's Day Blog Crawl. HERE"  Kathleen is my role model...what I want to be when I grow up.  Of course, I probably need to get it in gear because I think that I'm quite a bit older than Kathleen.

I have exactly ONE St.Patrick's Day decoration that I received as a gift from Sweet Mister many years ago, and I am using it for the first time ever!  Over the past year, I've made an effort to add more green items to my repetoire, and many of them were put to work tonight.  Welcome to my Leprechaun Luncheon!

This little guy has spent years sitting in a closet in one of our guest bedrooms.  I think that he looks really happy to see the light of day!  He is made by Simpich Dolls of Colorado Springs.  They have gone out of business, but Simpich Dolls may still be found on eBay and other secondary sites.  

I decided to showcase this sweet fellow, atop a field of lemons and gold foil wrapped chocolates.  The whole thing is resting atop the Wedgwood, "Napoleon Ivy" pedestal punch bowl.  Decorating Tip:  I took a medium size glass cake plate and turned it upside down inside the bowl. Next, I concealed it with some shimmering Easter grass.  I did this for several reasons.  I wanted to be able to use a minimum number of lemons for a maximum effect, and I wanted the small footed piece of the cake plate to serve as a raised base for my Leprechaun.  Give it a try; I think that you'll be pleased with the results.  Of course, I ate the extra pieces of candy that weren't needed for the centerpiece!

Flanking the large center bowl are four Lenox urns.  Several were found at estate sales, and several were bought through eBay.  eBay Tip:  Don't be in a hurry when you're searching for items on eBay!  I've seen this urn listed for more than $100.00 + on way!  I bought these for right around $25 - $30 each, over a period of about a year.  If a price seems unreasonable, it probably patient!  The better deals will come around.  Topping the urns with a wonderful acid green are four topiary balls made from Hypericum Berries.  They are coated with a sealer, so I can use them for years.  I love this classic look.  The cream colored Italian candlesticks were very inexpensive eBay purchases.  My saved search was for "Italian candlesticks."  If you haven't done so, set up a "My eBay Page" for yourself, and you'll be ready to shop!

The supporting role went to this metallic acrylic charger from Walmart.  I bought them for less that $1.00 each during Christmas, but I knew that I would use them for this 
tablescape.  The star of the show is the Wedgwood, "Napoleon Ivy" dinner plate.  The Napoleon Ivy was another great get at the tail end of an estate sale.  This is one of the patterns on my "list."

Nabbing the co-starring role was the Wedgwood, Majolica "Grape Leaf" Plate.  This is another example of the benefits of patience when shopping on eBay.  I've seen these listed often for $120 - $150 each.  I paid 20% of that for each one.

Rounding out the ensemble cast for my St. Patrick's Day production are the Tiffin Optic goblet, with the green stem, and the AJKA, "Arabella" green wine goblet.  The flatware is Reed & Barton, "Grande Renaissance".  The linen napkin with the green satin stitched border was an estate sale find.

To add that 'touch o' gold' to my Irish fantasy, I used the Williams-Sonoma "Farmer's Market Jacquard" linen tablecloth, also an eBay acquisition.  If you're searching for table linens, eBay is always a good place to start!  Also, add Zina Vasi and Russia House to your searches for table linens.

Well, "Top 'o the morning to you!"  I'd love to have you join me for a delicious bowl of Irish Stew, and we can celebrate all things Irish together.  

Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "TABLESCAPE THURSDAY."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of March, I think of the riot of greens and golds that not only mark St. Patrick's Day, but pave the path for the quickly approaching colors of Spring...ready to burst forth in our gardens and on our tables.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!

I'm linking to The Style Sister's, CENTERPIECE WEDNESDAY this week.  Come join the fun!

You can check out KC's music at, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!   


Sonia said...

Your spring St. Paddy's table is a breath of fresh air! Love the little irish leprachaun clever are you!! So nice to use something that has sentimental value! My goodness that tablecloth is beautiful- is it 144" inches long? Is it difficult to find them large enough for your fabulous dining room table? The yellow is so bright and cheerful. Great tablescape!
Miss Bloomers

Martha said...

very pretty -- that is a cute little leprechaun! And Wedgwood ivy is a favorite pattern of mine as well -- I have two demi tasse cups and saucers in that pattern -- a gift!

lulumusing said...

I knew you could be depended on to have a just right table for St. Patrick's Day. I especially like the balls in the urns. When I first looked at them I thought you'd used olives!!

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

So pretty.... Your dining room is always such a pretty background for your tables. Love the little leprechaun...


Marlis said...

Cherry Kay this is wonderful.. I understand the list thing.. on mine still is a Schumann set. Love your leprechaun, you should let him come out and play more often! He's adorable. Your table is so pretty. I love that you added the yellow to the table. The tablecloth is a great piece too. Loved the tip about the cake plate in the bowl.. Happy St. Pat's to you.. xo marlis

Style Sisters said...

Love the little topiaries!! so so cute! Come and link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas.


Alycia Nichols said...

I love the tutelage on how to create the centerpiece. I am especially fond of the part about eating the leftover candies. Good advice! :-) So you've been keeping little man in the closet for all these years? You can bet your bottom dollar he's happy to get out into the world! He seems quite happy atop that stack of lemons! I agree with you on the Ebay stuff as well as just about anything you want to buy. I see gorgeous stuff at the stores all the time at the start of each season, but the prices are often outrageous. I bide my time and wait for them to hit that 50% - 90% off range before I go near them again. It really pays to wait it out. I may have to go to 2 or 3 Pier 1s or TJ Maxx stores to get all I need, but that's's worth it for the savings! Beautiful table, Cherry Kay! Have a happy and safe St. Patrick's weekend!

Jo's This and That said...

Love your leprechaun,the cute ones are hard to find. Beautiful table a.Love your plates. Thanks for sharing JoAnn

Priscilla said...

Thanks for the great tip about eBay. Your table is beautiful.

Rettabug said...

Oh Cherry Kay...I have to open "Notebook" on my computer just to keep straight all the lovely things I want to comment on in this post.

First of all, thank you for that great tip about turning a cake plate upside down! What a great space saver!

Secondly, your Italian candlesticks are wonderful & I shall add such a topic to my saved searchs on Ebay. Thank you, too, for teaching me/us how to do that. I've had "shamrock plates" on there for weeks but haven't found any that I love.

Third, I think I told you how your Napoleon Ivy plates remind me of things my grandmother owned. She must have had a thing for ivy! Even her brick home had one outside wall covered with it.

Fourth & most impressive to me are your AJKA, "Arabella" green wine goblets!!! TDF! I should have asked for those for our anniversary or my birthday or SOMETHING! They are just gorgeous & I'm green with envy over them.

And finally, now may I ask the name & history of your beautiful green compotes on the buffet??? They look spectacular!!
*sigh* I wanna be YOU, when I grow up! LOL

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful job, love the Wedgewood ivy pattern. Thanks for sharing.


As always Cherry Kay, your St. Patty's tablescape is gorgeous! Adorable Irish leprachaun as a centerpiece. The wedwood ivy dishes are stunning, I'm very partial to ivy, in our past house it crawled all over the house's walls aoutside.
Great yellow tablecloth, so long! The balls in the urns gives your tablescape just the right elegant touch. Beautiful! I'm at TT. Have a happy weekend.


Oh, and thank you for the tutorial on the centerpiece and so glad the little guy finally "came out of the closet"!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your green and yellow table are so striking!! I love how you put everything together :-) You always have such beautiful tables.

Jocelyn @

Chubby Chieque said...

An absolutely a sweetie, Lady CK?

I love the way you mix your wonderful as ever treasures the blend so fabulously.

Happy TS & a blessed w/end ahead.

A mess on my foodie blog as of now. Sorry...

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Well, you have one more St. Patty's Day decoration than I do -- and lots more green dishes and glassware! What a cheerfully vibrant table you set for us this week. Top o' the mornin' to you as well!

Jacqueline said...

Your leprechaun table is so adorable. He truly does seem happy to be let out of the closet! Love his face and hair. Your greens combine perfectly for a festive and fun table and I just love the shot of yellow that brightens it up so much!

Lana Kim White Austin said...

I'm so glad you brought out your adorable little Leprechaun. I adore all the green and gold colors here (which also happen to be my college colors and now I'm all nostalgic). The pot of gold yellows/golds are so lovely in contrast with the traditional green St. Patrick's green!


Meredith said...

What a beautiful setting. I love the tablecloth. Everything is just lovely.

xinex said...

Another beautiful setting, Cherry Kay. Absolutely beautiful! Love the balls and the plates. Thanks for the tip for inside the bowl. That is really helpful...Christine

Pondside said...

What a wonderful, spring-inspired table! I am SO ready for the yellows and greens that I know are right around the corner -just taking an awfully long time to get here!

Ellen said...

Your table is out of this world! Just beautiful. I love all of your ideas. You certainly are talented. Using the lemons was a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Kathleen said...

Well when I grow up, I want all your gorgeous pieces, ebay queen! I am looking At that tablecloth thinking how great it would be for Easter too!
It would be a Lucky Leprechaun to sit at this table with all its color and finery! Well done, and thanks so much for linking to my annual blog crawl! It has been fun!

Robin said...

I like the way you used the yellow tablecloth to set off the green. Your dining room is so beautiful and is such a nice background. Thanks for all the great tips especially the Ebay ones.

Robin Flies South

Victoria Mische said...

You're so cool! You wowed me on your leprachaun centerpiece. Very entertaining and as always, your table is gorgeous.

Satin Chair Covers

The Tablescaper said...

Luv'in all your GREEN!

Great to have you be with us for Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Scribbler said...

You need to write a book on shopping eBay! I find things, but sometimes, I just capitulate and buy something I have been searching for, and I don't wait for the "deal." The Napoleon Ivy china is so beautiful. I adore the hock wines, but am not familiar with that acronym -- enlighten me, please.

Thanks for visiting.

Diann said...

Hi! Your St. Patrick's Day table is wonderful! I love the greens and yellows together. And your leprechun is so cute! A very lovely table.

Chandra Naylor said...

Lovely and thank you for the helpful tips. What is the height of the Lenox urns?