I am so happy to be joining a St. Patrick’s Tablescape Blog Hop organized by Debbee of Debbee’s Buzz!
The longest I lived any one place was in Northeast Ohio. After living in places like New Orleans and Idaho a move to Cleveland was culturally different. In addition to all of the Eastern Europeans, the west side of Cleveland has a substantial Irish population. One of the things I loved each year was the huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Cleveland. There was a big St Patrick’s day parade with the bagpipers, and a big contingent of Irish Wolfhounds! My husband belonged to the Cleveland Athletic Club which had a fabulous all day party with lots of green beer and corned beef and cabbage!
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The Irish first started coming to Cleveland to work on the Ohio and Erie Canal. The Irish continued to grow in numbers in Greater Cleveland and established Irish-American Clubs, Churches and businesses. One well known brand established by the children of Irish immigrants in Cleveland is Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Do you have any special St. Patrick’s day traditions or experiences that you do every year or something you have planned for this year? Have you been to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade? The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1762.
Instead of flowers this year, I selected this green and gold teacup and filled it with gold chocolate coins. Irish folklore says that there is one piece of gold in the leprechaun’s pot for each year of his life. You can find his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The 1959 Disney film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People Americanized the leprechaun and made him a symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day.
Gold square chargers were topped with white salad plates and cabbage leaf salad plates. Corned beef and cabbage have become the traditional foods of St. Patrick’s day. Irish immigrants were poor and had to go with the cheapest cut of meat, corned beef. The beef was paired with the cheapest vegetable, cabbage and that is how the tradition began and has carried on.
This is a simple table, with a white tablecloth, gold matte flatware and green and gold trimmed stemware.
Green napkins with gold shamrock napkin rings that I bring out every year for St. Patrick’s day. According to Irish legend St. Patrick chose a shamrock, or three-leaf clover as a symbol of the Church’s Holy Trinity because of its three leaflets bound by one common stem. Four leaf clovers do exist, but are rare. Their leaflets are said to represent hope, faith, love and happiness.
Will you wear green for St. Patrick’s day? I usually try to find something green in my closet to wear on St. Patrick’s day. I do enjoy setting a themed table for the day, even if it is simple like this one. I know a couple of little girls who will be visiting soon that will be more than happy to enjoy some of those chocolate coins!
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I couldn’t find the shamrock napkin rings, but here are some Claddagh napkin rings you might like: Amazon
Here is a peek at last year’s St. Patrick’s day tablescape. Visit it at Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape.
Now! Take the tour and check out all of the other St. Patrick’s Day tablescapes by these talented bloggers:
Debbees Buzz ☘ Vintage Dishes & Lucky Clover Fold Napkins
Home is Where the Boat Is☘ Loads of Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day Table
Panoply ☘ An Unpretentious St. Patrick’s Day
My Hubbard Home ☘ Putting on the Green & Yellow
Life and Linda ☘ Keeper of the Traveling Shamrock Cloth
Corner of Plaid and Paisley ☘ Reprise of Ewe & McGreggor St. Patrick’s Day Table
Me and My Captain ☘ Not Lucky, Just Very Blessed
Red Cottage Chronicles ☘ Channeling My Inner Irish
Celebrate and Decorate ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon Tablescape
Calypso in the Country ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Table Decor
Design Morsels ☘ St. Patrick’s Day Table
The Painted Apron ☘ Celebrating the Green Table
Hyacinth for the Soul ☘ Lucky in Life ~ Celebrating Green Table
Zucchini Sisters ☘ Green & Orange St. Patrick’s Day Table