Sunday, March 8, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Table - Remembering the Famine

Pat created a St. Patrick's Day table this week that is truly unique. It is a commemorative table to all the people who lost their lives or emigrated during the horrific Irish potato famine in the mid-1800's. It is believed that Ireland lost twenty five percent of its population during those years forever changing it socially, politically and economically.
The table

Close up of the place setting. Pat used a very rustic Terracotta tile as the placemat/charger on top of a burlap (potato sack-like) tablecloth

Hammered stainless steel flatware is by Godinger

The accent plate is actually a very soft yellow

I love this very versatile plate - "Spice Route" Clove from Pier 1

I dragged Pat to the Building Supply store last week. I wanted to get Terracotta tiles to use "eventually." She instantly saw a use for at least one of them for this table.

You can see how Pat layered the burlap tablecloth over a white one

Yes - that is Irish beer (chosen because of the rust colored label.......everything has to "match")

Although these are Russets - the Irish Lumper was the potato grown during the Irish Famine. It was planted because it thrived in very poor soils with enormous yield. Now it is making a comeback as an heirloom variety.

Rustic looking small pebbles in a mason jar hold inexpensive flowers and greenery

One last look

Where it came from:
Burlap tablecloth - Mail order from
Terra Cotta Tile Charger/Placemat - from our local Building Supply store
Flatware - "Hammered" Stainless by Godinger Silver from Costco
Dinner Plate - "Spice Route" Clove from Pier 1
Accent Plate - from the Pottery Barn purchased on eBay
Bread/Butter Plate - "Paprika" Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Glassware - "Lawrence" from Pier 1 years ago
Rust Hemstitch Napkin - from Pier 1 years ago
Brown Salt/Pepper Shakers - from JoAnn's Fabrics years ago

We will be joining Christine for "Table It!" this Sunday at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Cuisine Kathleen's 7th annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Party this Wednesday:

And we will be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday:


  1. What a great twist on the typical concept of St. Patrick's Day. Your table is definitely a unique creation - love it.
    Rita C at Panoply

  2. I like the idea of the commemorative table. I didn't realize how many lives were lost to the famine. I am intrigued by the Irish Lumper. I hope they will make a comeback in a big way. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  3. What a clever tablescape and a wonderful tribute as well. I love all your elements and how well they signify the time period you were showing. The colors and textures are perfect. Well done, and so unique. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. I think this is a wonderful tribute. Love the theme of this table and your details are spot on. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The message here is just great as is the jar filled with stones and flowers. Well done!

  6. Nice! I love the whole Table for One blog concept and I'm enjoying your tablescapes. I recently found Tablescape Thursdays, and have just started trying to put together my own. I enjoyed the theme you put together this week, and liked the bit of history about the potato famine. I have started to back track through your older posts too and am looking forward to seeing the creative tables you've done!

  7. What a clever way to showcase it all. I really like the terra cotta tile and, as always, your plate stack.

  8. It is good to remember the famine, it was a terrible time for our ancestors. Your table is very creative! Thanks for joining in the Crawl, and Happy SPD. I will post April's theme soon!

  9. Forgot to say that brand of beer is the favorite of my Irish family! Not cheap, either! I don't drink at all, so I don't fit the Irish stereotype!