There are no leprechauns or Shamrocks in sight at this dinner table to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The green and orange theme represents Ireland and England. Do you remember as a kid getting pinched if you wore orange or any color other than green to school that day?
These 30" towers allow for guests to see across the table. All flowers are common to pick up at the grocery store, Carnations in two sizes, Statice, Protea, Mums in two sizes and Tulips. Greenery is Nandina from the shrubs in my front yard.
Here is a close up view of the left-hand tower.
And here is the right-hand side.
English Primroses are in a silver beverage tub from Pottery Barn with gold etched design.
To start the tablescape, I am using chargers from my favorite French porcelain company, Jaune de Chrome, with their pattern Cream Scale Platinum. The glaze on these is very unusual and has a touch of green in it. They are very contemporary which I like to juxtapose against antique plates.
These chargers, being non-feminine in style work great with the antique French scenic game bird plates that I am using for appetizer plates to set the tone at the beginning of the meal. There are a lot of flowers here, so I don't want the style to get too feminine. Game bird and fish plates are great to lean towards a more masculine edge so men at the table are not uncomfortable.
You are sitting here -- I thought you would like the Pheasant. These are hand painted and signed. Made by Avenir of Limoges. There are various birds; this being the Pheasant, but there are Mallards and other ducks.
This is what they look like on the table. Sterling is Tiffany's Saratoga pattern from the 1870's with French vintage bone-handled knives which I liked the look of with the linen placemats. I found the knives at a brocante in Paris two years ago.
Dinner plates are Haviland Laque de Chine in the color Pistachio Gold. They are a great match to the placemat's embroidered line in spring green that runs around the edges of the placemats. Placemats are by Mark & Graham in linen. I am also using a canvas tablecloth that reaches the floor on all sides.
This is how the dinner plates look on the table. Napkins are Jacquard Francais in verde.
Glassware is Varga. Tumbler is the Imperial pattern and stem is Hattie. All of the green stems are different patterns with girls' names. On this table besides Hattie is Sharon, Amelia, Madison, Gemma and Aspen. On the right is a cheesecake on a green display stand by Williams-Sonoma. The hand made porcelain pea pods are by Vieuxtemps HERE. I found this sculpture at a charity consignment shop for some ridiculous price like $30 in perfect condition. I knew exactly what it was when I saw it in the glass case because I had been an admirer of Pamela for years but couldn't afford her pieces. This one sells for $329. I'm sure whoever put it in the consignment shop had no idea what they were selling, but my gain. I grabbed it up so fast and squealed with glee all the way to my car.
For dessert plates, I am using this antique English Coalport batwing style with gold gadrooned edges. I have really enjoyed using these. They are from the 1860's.
Dessert plates on the table. Guests are offered a choice of desserts including the two kinds of cheesecake on the console. What else is for dinner? Corned beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes and carrots, of course.
The Swede Collection console holds two oriental green tall vases with birds on the top edges. I made the central artificial green Orchid and Amaranth with Curly Willow arrangement about five years ago that is placed in a peach oriental scene vase purchased at the same charity consignment shop, one of a pair.
I have added two antique English green pedestal bowls to the console mix.
This week I am linking to:
Centerpiece Wednesdays: http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/
Tablescape Thursday: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/.
Show and Tell Friday: http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
Seasonal Sundays: http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/