I love, love, love the look of this simple St. Patrick’s Day tablescape! I always share tablescapes that I’m proud of, but some I love more than others.
And this is one of them.
There’s something about the colors, the arrangement, and the mix of old and new that I just love.
It just works.
St. Patrick’s Day is always a fun celebration and a great reason to create a festive table. But sometimes you just want to keep it simple.
To not go crazy with table decorations and elaborate place settings.
That’s what this easy St. Patty’s Day table setting is all about.
Keeping it Simple.
It’s a tablescape that you can easily recreate for your St. Patrick’s Day table.
Just follow the steps… I’ll show you.
How to Recreate this Simple St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape
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Step 1: Decide on the foundation for your St. Patrick’s Day tablescape
The foundation of your tablescape is the base and building block to how the rest of your table setting will look. It is either a table runner, placemats, a tablecloth, or nothing at all.
Which do you want to start with? What do you already own? Start there first.
I was recently gifted this wonderful white tablecloth with light and medium green handiwork. I don’t know why the owner didn’t want it anymore, but she gave it to my Aunt, who then passed it on to me.
She knew I would love it.
When I saw it, all I could think was how many hours/days/weeks/months were spent cross stitching the tablecloth and 8 matching napkins.
Someone put a lot of love into this tablecloth. It HAD to be used!
And what better use than for a green and white St. Patrick’s Day tablescape. The colors are perfect!
Step 2: Create your St. Patty’s Day centerpiece
Once you determine the foundation for your tablescape, the next step is to create your St. Patty’s Day centerpiece.
Again, look around your house to see what you already have available to use. That’s what I did when I created my moss bowl centerpiece.
I knew that I wanted the tablecloth to be the star of my tablescape. There’s so much detail in it that I wanted to be seen and not covered. So I decided that my centerpiece would be confined inside the rectangle in the middle of the tablecloth.
I also wanted my St. Patty’s Day centerpiece to represent the holiday in some way, but I didn’t want it to be cheesy or obvious. This is a simple tablescape, and the centerpiece needed to be simple too.
I was thinking about the items that are associated with Saint Patrick’s Day and thought of the Blarney Stone. From there I decided to create a moss bowl centerpiece (with stones, lol!) as my centerpiece.
I used a wooden bowl I had picked up at a local thrift store last summer and rocks from my yard. It was SUPER EASY to create and took about 15 minutes.
Check out the step-by-step instructions to create your own Simple Moss Bowl Centerpiece. And after you’re done using it for your St. Patrick’s Day decor, swap out the flowers, add a few eggs and use it for Easter.
It’s a fantastic transition centerpiece.
Step 3: Set out your green and white St. Patrick’s Day place setting
Now that your Saint Patrick’s Day centerpiece is in place, it’s time to add your green and white place settings.
If you have seen/read any of my other tablescapes, you will know that I am ALL ABOUT using pieces I already own or have found at thrift stores.
I don’t have an endless budget, nor do I have room to store countless sets of dishes and decor items.
I bet you don’t either.
So I always recommend using what you have and then (if needed) investing in a few items you might want to complete the look.
(Okay, I’m off my pulpit, lol.)
For this casual St. Patrick’s Day tablescape, I wanted the tablecloth to be the focus, and to keep the table setting low-key, so I opted to not use charger plates.
I started with light green dinner plates, then added white salad plates, and topped them with emerald green bowls.
I love how the vintage bowls give a nod to the vintage tablescape!
Next, I added the silverware, matching napkins, and beer glasses. It’s a St. Patty’s Day tablescape, so it must have glasses for beer, lol!
Don’t you love the casual simplicity of the place setting? And mixing the modern plates with the vintage bowls.
Gotta love how well they work together!!
Did you see that I tied a bit of twine around the matching napkins and added a flower sprig?
It adds just a little something to the napkin but still lets the napkin’s design be the star.
Step 4: Add any additional Saint Patrick’s Day decor to your table
After your place settings are added to your table, step back and take a look. Do you feel it needs anything else?
I felt that way with this Saint Patrick’s Day table setting.
I loved the simple centerpiece and how it looked on the table, but I felt the tablescape needed just a little more interest and color. But not much. I wanted this to be a simple St. Patrick’s Day tablescape.
So, to keep it simple, to not start adding too much stuff, I opted to add two small bud vases with the same flowers used in the moss bowl, along with two wooden candle holders that matched the centerpiece bowl. And lucky for me, I already had two light green candles that work great with the green in the tablecloth.
Note that I set the candlesticks off-center. I didn’t have the heart to cover the cross stitch design. I really wanted it to be seen.
Plus, I think it looks pretty cool with them off-center and gives a little something unexpected to the tablescape.
Enjoy recreating this simple St. Patrick’s Day tablescape, and have a wonderful time celebrating with your friends and family.
*For a completely different St. Patrick’s table, check out mine from last year: St. Patrick’s Day table setting.