Whether displayed in a cabinet, used for special occasions, or given as a cherished gift, Royal Tara China pieces are treasured heirlooms that embody the beauty and spirit of Ireland. It’s a celebration of Irish heritage to enjoy for generations to come.
Thrifted Celtic Royal Tara China
One of the distinguishing features of Royal Tara China is its use of vibrant colors and intricate patterns that reflect the beauty of the Irish landscape and Celtic heritage. This green, white, and gold shamrock pattern represents an iconic symbol of Irish culture.
Let’s set the table together for Saint Patrick’s Day with this thrifted Royal Tara China collection that I found while out “Thrifting with the Gals” in Maine last weekend. My first big find of 2024!
See more of this thrifting trip in the 21 Vintage Finds: 4 Days Thrifting in Coastal Maine post.
Saint Patrick’s Day Table Setting Ideas
Setting a table for Saint Patrick’s Day can be a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday. Here are some ideas for a Saint Patrick’s Day table setting:
- Color Scheme:
- Use a color scheme of green, white, and gold, which are traditional colors associated with Saint Patrick’s Day.
- Incorporate shades of green, such as emerald, lime, and sage, to create a vibrant and festive atmosphere.
- Tablecloth and Napkins:
- Choose a tablecloth in a solid green or a pattern that includes shamrocks or Celtic designs.
- Use white or gold napkins to complement the green tablecloth.
- Create a centerpiece using fresh flowers in shades of green, such as green hydrangeas, roses, or paperwhites. Arrange them in a vase or a decorative pot.
- Add small pots of clover plants or shamrock plants as a symbol of luck and Irish heritage.
- Incorporate candles in gold or green candle holders to add a warm glow to the table.
- Place Settings:
- Use white or gold dinner plates as the base of each place setting.
- Layer green salad plates or bowls on top of the dinner plates.
- Place a green cloth napkin on each plate or fold them into decorative shapes, such as a clover or a bow tie, and place them on top of the dinner plate.
- Glassware and Utensils:
- Use clear glassware to showcase the colors of the drinks.
- Add gold or green accents, such as gold-rimmed glasses or green stemware.
- Try mixing up the utensil place settings with sterling silver or wooden handles.
- Decorative Touches:
- Scatter gold or green confetti or small decorative shamrocks on the table.
- Place small pots of gold chocolate coins or small favors in the shape of shamrocks at each place setting.
- Use green or gold ribbon to tie napkins or to decorate the chairs.
Remember, the key to a festive Saint Patrick’s Day table setting is to incorporate the colors and symbols associated with the holiday while also infusing your personal style and creativity. Have fun with the decorations and create a welcoming and joyful atmosphere for your guests to enjoy.
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day Every Day
For my Irish table today, I looked for tableware that would complement, not overpower, the Royal Tara dishware.
I picked up an already blooming paperwhite bouquet from Trader Joe’s and displayed the flowers in a vintage green stoneware bowl. In a similar fashion to the one I made last year, I just didn’t grow them this year from the bulbs. See more in the Grow Paperwhites for Saint Patrick’s Day post.
I chose to add a second side centerpiece, too, white tulips in a vintage silver pitcher. For one thing, because it’s cold outside right now, the wind is blowing strong, and we’ve had loads of snow and rain. The two centerpieces just feel right, also from Trader Joe’s. I just love their flower selection.
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A bouquet of dried lavender adds a different color pattern outside of this green and white-themed Saint Patrick’s Day tablescape. A recent Christmas gift from a Vermont neighbor.
You may also enjoy the Bring Irish Charm to Your Home with Antique Crocks post.
Brass Candlesticks, White Soup Tureen, and Cake Stand
To accompany the centerpieces, essentials like brass candlesticks with white candles, a vintage soup tureen for the main course, and a thrifted cake stand entertain our Irish-themed table.
Vintage Royal Tara China Placesetting
The vintage Royal Tara place setting is all about showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship of the porcelain. Keep the overall look elegant and refined, and let the intricate details of the china take center stage.
Enhance the vintage Royal Tara place setting by adding small details like macrame placemats and unique vintage utensils. Favor vintage-inspired accessories, such as glassware or small trinkets, to add charm and character to the table.
Consider Irish linen napkins, which have become a symbol of refinement and good taste. They are often passed down through generations as cherished heirlooms, a testament to their durability and timeless appeal. Whether used for formal dinners, casual gatherings, or as decorative accents, Irish linen napkins elevate any dining experience.
How to Care for Vintage Linens
See how to care for vintage linens, too, in this How to Safely Bring Age Stained Textiles Back to Life post.
Thrift Store Finds
Don’t discount your local thrift stores and Dollar Tree stores either. There, you are sure to find green top hats, white knitted sweater pillows, silver pitchers, wooden stem utensils, and vintage glassware. And maybe the luck of the Irish will bless you, and you will find a Royal Tara China table setting.
See this fall’s vintage silver utensil haul in the Order of the Eastern Star Amidst This Vintage Market Haul post.
For our dining room chairs, I added a house favorite, Overland sheepskins, for a cozy March vibe. In addition, you could also add knit blankets and pillows for that classic Irish decor style.
With a knit Irish cap or two…
We’ll be serving up a mouth-watering Guinness beef stew. “Cooler weather means all the cozy meals, and this Guinness beef stew is at the top of the list! It’s savory and rich, truly best served over creamy mashed potatoes,” says Jenny of “So Much Food.”
And we’ll be using every cream soup bowl and dinner plate from our thrifted Royal Tara China to indulge in this hardy Irish feast.
My husband brought home a large platter of cookies from an office meeting that we will enjoy for dessert. These shamrock-shaped shortbreads would be a great option, too!
Simple, yet perfect for a snowy Saint Patrick’s Day luncheon.
Saint Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th, is a festive occasion that honors the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It is a day filled with parades, green attire, and merriment. If you’re planning to host a Saint Patrick’s Day gathering or simply want to create a festive atmosphere at home, a beautifully designed tablescape can set the perfect ambiance.
Remember, the key to a beautiful tablescape is balance and attention to detail. Consider the size of your table and the number of guests when selecting your decorations, ensuring that they don’t overwhelm the space. With a well-designed Saint Patrick’s Day tablescape, you can create an enchanting atmosphere that celebrates the spirit of the holiday. Sláinte!
And it all started with a thrifted $59 set of Royal Tara China…
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