Monday, March 19, 2012

Erin Go Bragh

I love St. Patrick’s Day… Always have, always will.  So does Chef Gar, so much so that if it falls on a week day, he takes a vacation day so we can Go Green! But the gulf coast of Florida is not a bastion of Irish so we only have a few choices when it comes to celebrating this great green feast! On Saturday, we started the day at O’Quigley’s in Destin with great Rueben sandwich and some fine Irish beer.  Then it was back to Foxy’s and dinner on the dock.  Our weather has been unseasonably warm and it celebrating St. Paddy’s Day out in nature was the perfect option this year.





I have quite a bit of clover in the garden right now and it was just the right touch for the grapevine wreaths.  Our own little pot of gold! And I even like it in our tequila glasses…




I also found some smooth stones from the garden and added a few Irish knot stamps to them.  Clover and gold glitter adds some more sparkle.

I saw a version of this from Centro Garden on Pinterest.  Decided to use my “Dollar Tree” William Sonoma-style hurricanes, added a few twigs with sea glass attached at the nodes, a splash of water and some floating candles.  They looked wonderful once the sun went down.


Our local Publix store had these great spider mums and Bells of Ireland on Saturday!  They worked well with the grasses I had pulled for a couple more of the “Dollar Tree Hurricanes”.





I never get tired of this view.  Once the weather warms up in the spring, we eat on the dock often.

Chef Gar whipped up our very first Shepherd’s Pie for dinner.  Even added a shamrock in the center.  My GarMan Can COOK!!
Another Pinterest addition to the dock this year.  Pulled out some of those empty Spanish Cava bottles that I love, added some citronella oil, a copper fitting and wick….TADA…  Our new Tiki torches.  Love them and they should last much longer than the standard Wal-mart variety.
Hope y’all had a wonderful St. Paddy’s Day!  I know we did!!

White Linen Tablecloth: Pottery Barn
Napkins: White Battenburg Lace and Homemade Linen with Fringe
Napkin Rings: Grapevine Wreaths from Michael’s
Gold Salad Plates: St. Nicolas Square Spirit of the Season from Target
Clear Dinner Plates: Dollar Tree
Wood Chargers: Pier One many moons ago,  just refinished
Silverware: Bamboo Brassware from James Jewelers, Bangkok, Thailand; Circa 1970’s
Wine Glasses: Shandon Waterford Crystal, Coach’N’Four
Water Goblets: Shandon Waterford Crystal, Coach’N’Four

This week I’ll be sharing with:
Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here's 
Open House Thursday
Shabby Creek Cottage's 
French Country Cottage's
My Romantic Home's
At the Picket Fence's
The Charm of the Home's 
Home Sweet Home Friday
Cozy Home Scene's 
Your Cozy Home Tuesday
Tabletop Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday
Seasonal Sunday


  1. You make it look so simple and fun! I enjoyed reading your blog.

    1. Thanks Stang,

      It is fun and I do enjoy it. Part of the fun is trying to find things around the house to use for each new table and making the them come together. SL

  2. Hi Shirley! Gosh, I enjoyed reading your blog post so much. Thanks for all the details of how you achieved such a great look. Those stones with the stamps on them were such a nice touch. I went over to Centro (thanks for providing the link) and read the blog post of how they did the twigs. I pinned it too on my Pinterest board. I saw your post at Marty's "A Stroll Thru Life" party. I am following you now also. I live in Alabama and the Destin area is one of our favorite places to come to the beach.

    1. It was great fun to do Miss Kitty. Destin is definitely a wonderful place to visit. We are so blessed to live in this area.

  3. Hi Shirley- Gorgeous pictures! Your location is wonderful as a backdrop and your table is wonderful. I love the clover napkin rings. You certainly were in a festive mood for St. Patrick's Day, and looks like you celebrated well.

    Thanks for linking to the Your Cozy Home Party. Don't forget to include your links back to the party next time. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Shannon. Sorry about the link. Thought I had copied it over from my links page! It's corrected.

  4. What a cute idea you did with those rocks!! I will definately be using that idea soon!! I loved everything about this table, from the simplicity of colors to the touches of elegance in the crystalware and those awesome Tiki Torches! Thank you for sharing!

    Miss Mindy

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Mindy! Have lots of stamps for I am sure that the flat rocks in the garden are cowering in terror. LOL

  5. HI Shirley--I love the idea of stamping the rocks! That could work for so many tables! Linda

    1. Thanks Linda, I have lots of stamps that have never been used so I probably will be including stamped stuff in the future. I had intended to add the Irish knots in a border on the beige linen napkins but decided on the rocks instead! Look out garden!!

  6. A pretty St. Pat's table! Thanks for sharing! And yes, there are not many Irish here either but there ARE a lot of celebrations!

    1. Just another great reason to celebrate life!

  7. SO romantique Erin...

    Love the way you put the natural effects to your treasures.

    Beautiful always.

    Happy TS,
    /CC from Stockholm,

    1. Thanks. Natural is such fun this time of year.

  8. Oh, how romantic and pretty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

    1. Thanks Sherry! Thank you for hosting Home Sweet Home. Always see such neat ideas when I visit.