Monday, December 23, 2013

Let’s DIsh Christmas Edition~Irish You a Merry Christmas!

Nollaig shona dhuit! (Happy Christmas!/Merry Christmas!)
Pronounce it something like /Null-eg hunna ghwitch/

I knew you would want to know that, LOL!

Only a day left before Christmas!  I wanted to do an Irish Christmas table.

I started with a cream colored cloth as the dishes are not a true white.

I used my faux Belleek, the ones I got at Christmas Tree Shop.  A green glass charger  by Gorham is underneath.


A dark green cotton napkin and a cream colored trimmed with green is tied with ribbon to look like a SHAMROCK.


An Irish Santa carrying a tiny lantern graces each plate. I got them from Factory Direct for less than a dollar.

Green stem by Gorham, and Waterford Lismore wine glass.


The centerpiece is a silver compote, filled with fresh greens, pine cones,  baby’s breath and green and silver ornaments.  I put a candle in the center.

Both sides of the centerpiece are flanked with Mikassa candlesticks.

  I took a block of oasis and pushed in over the top of the stick. The candlestick has a little lip to hold the oasis.   I cut it to fit, and then added fresh greens from the yard.

Be sure to soak your oasis first, overnight is best.  Weight it down.  Make sure you don’t get the foam for dried silk flowers, easy to make that mistake!

Our crackers are adorned with holly, an important symbol of an Irish Christmas.

When I was young, my mom would fashion wreaths of holly wrapped in ribbons for my 3 sisters and me to wear on our heads to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

Thank goodness for bobby pins!

It wasn’t our tradition to have company on Christmas Eve, our celebration was Christmas Day.
  Our tree was put up on Christmas Eve, and not a day sooner.  The first time we saw it lit was Christmas morning!

The flatware is by Wallace, trimmed with gold.

We had a little “veranda” built out side the French Doors  when we replaced all the porch railing in the Spring.  I think I will put a tree up there next year! This year I just hung some lights.


My very own Irish Elf on a Shelf!1509663_1438626783022363_1909623407_n
Wishing you all the joys and blessings of the season!  Merry Christmas!

Same rules to link up…ONE table related link, no word id, a link back to this party, blog name first, PLEASE!  Visit at least 5, and please leave a comment!

I will leave the link open until Monday  this week so you can share your Christmas tables.

Next Wed. is Jan 1, New Year’s, so please show something NEW... New Yearsy, but not Christmas. lol!  If you have a Christmas table to show, please link it to this post,and  look back tables too. 

Thanks for your visits and comments, they are very appreciated.
I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday .

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays


  1. Beautiful green and white table, Kathleen!
    Enjoy your Christmas!

  2. Kathleen,
    I adore your gren & white Irish Christmas Tablescape, dear friend!!!
    The greens as your extended centerpiece are elegantly arranged!!!
    From the table to the decorations to the Irish blessings. . .
    perfection for a wonderful Christmas celebration!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Beautiful Irish Christmas table Kathleen and I love the blessing! Your Elf on the Shelf is adorable! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Kathleen, this is SO pretty, and I love the Irish Santa and that sign!!!

    Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas...

    From the girl who is soooooo far behind!

    Te March Hare of December...Sheila

  5. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Irish tablescape is Gorgeous for Christmas. I am also Irish and my hubby is also ~~ I hope you and your family have a wonderful Irish Christmas Holiday with your family.

  6. Your Irish table setting is exquisite, Kathleen. The shamrock china is gorgeous and so is your lovely flatware. I love all your greens in this perfect C'mas table. Enjoy a very happy and blessed C'mas, along with your darling Elf and rest of the family.

  7. Oh so fun and pretty! I love your Irish you a Merry Christmas table, Kathleen. Blessings on you and your family on Christmas and into the new year!!

  8. Kathleen, your "elf on the shelf" is adorable. Is that your son at the piano?
    Love your Irish tablescape. How fitting! I think the tradition of putting up the tree Christmas Eve is pretty special. Seems crazy to have a tree up for weeks, but that's what most of us do.
    Thanks for sharing this very special table. All your details are wonderful. I'll be humming "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" all night now. '-)
    Merry, Merry! ~ Sarah

  9. Oh that little "Elf on a Shelf" stole my heart...what a cutie!!
    Your nod to the Irish with this beautiful table also made my heart skip a beat or two. It is pure joy to see so many gorgeous "GREEN" things!
    One would never know your Beleek wasn't the real deal & the little GREEN Santas are just the perfect little touch.
    I have my special Lenox gingerbread ornament on my tree this year...thank you & thanks for sharing this delightful table & for doing LD again!!

    Merry Christmas Hugs,

  10. Everything is very pretty K! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas-have fun:@)

  11. Kathleen, Your Irish Christmas table is so beautiful. The green and cream colors are a blessing to the eyes! My husband is Irish and he would love a beautiful Irish setting for Christmas dinner like this one. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  12. Your elf on a shelf:)

    I just wrote on our little ceramic Xmas placecards too..everytime i see your writing I am reminded of one of my pleasures..
    Hope Mike gets perfect soon:)

    Wishing you all the best~
    I have a little green Irish glass ornament too:)

  13. Just wanted to stop in and say Merry Christmas Kathleen...and that the little pie crust cutters found a really good home with my daughter in law that has turned out to be the baker in the family. I will show you a picture soon..They made her very happy and since I have only baked about one pie for Christmas in my whole life, well.. I wanted them to get used..
    Love, Mona

  14. Kathleen your Irish Christmas table is so pretty! I love that is it is different but still so Christmasy! How fun to have such great memories from you childhood! if I get a chance to set one more table I'll be back before the end of the week to share! I am enjoying all that Christmas has to share this year!

  15. This table is very beautiful...carries the Irish theme through perfectly while still being Christmas. Lovely!

  16. I just love this table! I must find some of those green chargers! My favorite thing is the little one sitting on the piano!

  17. It is just beautiful! You find the most wonderful things and turn them into gorgeous tables! Can you imagine trying to put up a tree the night before did they do it without being so stressed out? We have lost something along the way and gained such a sense of urgency to "do it all"! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year!

  18. Beautiful!!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Kathleen!

  19. Best Elf on a Shelf that I've seen. He's adorable. The green and white Christmas table is beautiful...and unexpected. I like the change of pace. Great tip on the florals on the candlesticks! Thanks for hosting us and for inviting us for a peek. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

  20. Nollaig shona dhuit to you, too, Kathleen! "Irish" you a Merry after-Christmas since I am tardy to the party!

    I think it's cool your Mom made wreaths for you to wear on your head for Midnight Mass!!! I'm sure you had to use a whole box of bobby pins, but it looked cool! We just wore our dumb woolen beanies. Or if you couldn't find it, you know the drill....get a tissue! :-)

    Love your little elf on the piano shelf! Cute!!!

    I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! Take care, Kathleen!!!

  21. Such a lovely table! I love the green elements! I would love to pin that to my pinterest board, it is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. I've been MIA from blogging but I wanted to stop in and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  23. It's so funny to see you do an Irish Christmas because I was just thinking that pretty soon we'd have to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day! I really like this table! Love the Irish ornament and I adore your very own elf on the shelf!

    1. love every wonderful detail..candlestick greenery..shamrock ribbon napkin santas!!

  24. Honestly, Kathleen, this is one of the most beautiful tablescapes I have ever seen, and I've looked at quite a few !! I love everything about it: your dishes, accents, shamrock-shaped bows, and the exquisite floral arrangements around your candles and centerpiece. Bravo!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  25. Your green and white table is lovely, so serene and elegant. I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Kathleen! Your elf is adorable, by the way! -Dawn

  26. Hi Kathleen,
    You're real elf on the shelf is just too cute for words! And if your faux Belleek doesn't make the prettiest Christmas table, I don't know what does! You are too clever. The centerpieces are so pretty. I must try to make a trip to our CTS again sometime to see if it's improved. Thanks for all your inspiration and for being so caring. xo

    1. Kitty, I heard CTS in Dallas closed. It must have been a bad one!
      Thank you!

  27. Your Irish Christmas table is absolutely beautiful! Love the green and cream! What a great idea, so unique! Your little Elf on the Shelf is adorable, he looks like a little doll!

    Thanks for hosting!


  28. Love all the traditional elements of your gorgeous Irish Christmas table, and I enjoyed hearing about your family's traditions of wearing the holly wreaths to church on Christmas eve, and the tree being put up then, etc.Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year.

  29. Such a beautiful Christmas table. Love all of your Irish touches!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  30. Such a beautiful Irish table Kathleen. I love the pattern with the dark green. Thanks for hosting and wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

    The French Hutch

  31. Happy Belated Christmas to you! I love your Irish Christmas, what a wonderful idea. I may just have to borrow it for next year ;) in honor of my Dad & his Irish roots.
    I know of the Irish tradition of bringing holly into the house for Christmas but I can't recall why. Any idea?


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