Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm not Irish but, Kiss Me Anyway

For all of you non-Irish folks out there, like myself, you might be able to relate to my electic St. Patrick's Day table and menu.  I'm hosting a St. Patrick's get together, so green is dominant and I shopped my home for some green glassware given to me by my mom. The green print table runner is a piece of Grandma Moses fabric gifted from a co-worker that is related to Grandma Moses. The fabric is from the original painting "At the Well".

No St. Patty's table would be complete without an Irish coffee mug. I found three Irish Coffee mugs in a second hand shop a few years ago. But instead of Irish coffee, we serve Leprechaun Irish coffee which is actually hot chocolate with a splash of mentholmint schnapps. It's delicious and tastes like a peppermint patty! If you drink too many, you skip the corned beef and start hugging the leprechauns! 

I did find some cute Irish fairies at the Dollar Store. Using clear square plates and window clings under the plate, they worked well for my table. Did you know that every Leprechaun has a hidden pot of gold?

Our electic St. Patty's menu:

Reubens - just like those served at the deli's in New York City
For those that like a kick to their reuben, I will add horseradish to the dressing.

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Stir fried cabbage with carrots, onion and breakfast sausage

 And some sweets to end the meal. Our favorite vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. The delectable cupcakes have been featured in popular TV shows and movies such as Sex and the City, Saturday Night Live, Prime and The Devil Wears Prada.  But more importantly, they are our favorite.

Shamrock brownies with a layer of cappucino cream and ganache. 

I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for her third annual blog crawl, and she knows how to throw one heck of an Irish celebration. 

Since I'm not Irish, I did a little Googling.

Here we go....

Did you know that in Great Britain, the Queen Mother used to present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army consisting primarily of soldiers from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland? The Irish Guards still wear a shamrock on this day, flown in from Ireland.

You probably know that Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and had the idea to turn the river green for St. Patrick's Day.

Close to my home, in the city of Syracuse, NY, Saint Patrick's celebrations are traditionally begun with the delivery of green beer to Coleman's Irish Pub on the first Sunday of March. Coleman's is located in the Tipperary Hill section of the city. Tipperary Hill is home to the World famous "Green-on-Top" Traffic Light and is historically the Irish section in Syracuse. Saint Patrick's Day is rung in at midnight with the painting of a Shamrock under the Green-Over-Red traffic light.

Did you know that Montreal's flag has a shamrock in one of it's corners? Good, you knew that.

Did you know that according to legend, St. Patrick used the shamrock (a three leaved plant), to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people?

Before we go, I want to tell you about my green "Foliage" glass
XOCHI Napkin Rings   Originally $55, and I bought three sets of them at Tuesday Morning for $2.99 during their clearance sale. Not sure who would pay $55, but what a great deal.

I am linking to Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. If you have time, check out all the beautiful tables!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I love your St. Patty's tablescape, especially the green glassware!

  2. Debbie--I LOVE your table and we're all Irish at St Paddy's :)


  3. Great looking table, Debbie, and I love the Grandma Moses fabric, beautiful! I think I would love one of those Leprechaun coffee's! Or maybe two :)
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  4. I forgot to kiss ya! Barb will kiss you instead :)

  5. This is going to be a fun meme for me with all the green! You did a great table for not being Irish but one day a year, Debbie...
    I really, really like the champagne flutes and those napkin rings are to die for.

  6. I love your grandma Mpses fabric, it's so pretty and special. I love your plates and glasses, an amazing table for a girl who is not Irish! Me neither...but I will be joining Kathleen tomorrow for St. Patty's tablescapes.

  7. Just when I was thinking I didn't have any dishes for St. Patrick's Day I found your blog and see that you pulled out a little green Depression glass. I think you and I like a few of the same things... such as MacKenzie-Childs.
    I'm your newest follower. Beautiful blog!
    Ladybug Creek

  8. "Shamrockers Gather Here"...LOVE IT! Great tablescape! Your pretty dishes have an Irish look to them already but the window-clings add that "themed" look (I do that too!) Very fun reading your post! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


  9. What a fun table! I am going to have to try the hot cocoa with peppermint that sounds really good.

  10. You set a lovely table! Irish or not wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Cathy

  11. That was wonderful, Debbie! The table looks great, and that was a fabulous deal on the napkin rings! I would have scooped them up!
    Have a great time at your party! Don't kiss too many Leprechauns!
    Thanks so much for joining in the Blog Crawl.

  12. Cute setting, looks like you're going to have a lot of fun! Gonna look into those cupcakes:@)

  13. Your table is wonderful! I love it all! Very creative!!! That fabric is a treasure for sure. Those brownies made me drool on the laptop!!!! I need one of those coffee's!

  14. I did not know most of those facts so thank you for finding and sharing! I'll definitely take a hot chocolate with the special flavoring, especially served on that special fabric! Such an interesting post--I am your new follower. Linda

  15. I love your table -- that Grandma Moses runner is something! Love your clever idea of putting window clings to your clear plates. I love your menu too -- may I be so bold as to invite myself....LOL! What a steal on those napkin rings. Joni

  16. You may not be Irish, but you sure are kickin' it for St. Patrick's Day!!! Wow...all that wonderful food! The Reubens sound especially good. I hadn't considered that as an alternative to traditional corned beef & cabbage. And DILL pickle potato salad, huh? I will have to try that! I love your green stemware, and the Irish coffee mugs are so cute! The napkin rings are a perfect color, but I agree with you...who on earth would have paid the presumed original price of $55? I think they must be in LaLa Land! Thanks for the fun facts, too. I didn't know how the tradition in Chicago got started, nor had I ever seen the Montreal flag. I had to Google it just to see what you were talking about, and there it was in the lower right-hand corner! Great post, Debbie! I hope you have a really great St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy all that wonderful food!!! Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog at the crack of dawn this morning. What on earth were you doing up so early??!?!!!

  17. Your table is so pretty! I love the glass plates with the leprechaun. That was a great idea!

  18. Lovely table, Debbie! What a great idea to use window clings under clear plates. The Grandma Moses fabric is gorgeous and I hope you didn't end up hugging too many leprechauns that night ;) That drink sounds delicious!

  19. Love your post Debbie. You did a great job with the table. The fabric is so neat and makes a perfect runner for lots of green. The leprechaun coffee sounds fun! I might job opt for the hugs....

    That brownie looks to die for! I have a green and pink shirt that I wear round the house all of the time that says I"m not Irish but Kiss me Anyways :-)

  20. Love the Grandma Moses fabric. Everything looks usual. I use the Magnolia frosting recipe quite often and love it, even the chocolate one. Great post.

  21. Great tablescape!
    Your menu sounds delish too~ a reuben is one of my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. This is delightful! I love your Grandma Moses fabric runner! I'm still chuckling over "if you drink too many, you skip the corned beef and start hugging the leprechauns" :-)

  23. Loved your runner, your dishes, your napkin rings, your food, your informational tidbits... I am so glad I came over today! Slainte!

  24. "Such a Beautiful Fun Post"...LOVED IT! and what a clever idea with the clear glass plates!!! Loved all your details, are you SURE YOUR ARE NOT a "Wee Bit Irish"! hehe
    Hugs to you,

  25. So pretty in green.

    Btw, I may be far from Irish, but I intend to celebrate like one.
    Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

  26. Very pretty. Those sweets look delicious. Happy St Patrick's Day.

  27. Fun post. I'm a bit late, but I can see you had a terrific time celebrating the green. Your table is great! That fabric is the best. What a wonderful piece to have, and you've used it perfectly. ~ Sarah

  28. What a wonderful St. Patrick''s Day post! I loved your idea of using window cling designs under clear dishes...what fun and versatility!
    The Grandma Moses fabric is so pretty. I've always admired her artwork.

  29. Debbie...

    I am SO late making the rounds, but I love your table!!!! All of your Irish tidbits are great! You have a lot of great green tablescaping pieces and dinner looks yummy.



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