Tablescapes, Cabbage & Clover

Are you thinking green?  Or maybe dreaming about a pot of gold?  St. Patrick’s Day might not be the most popular holiday to decorate for, but I bet you have a lot of things to set a fun table without leaving your home.  I have the most fun when I have to come up with something out of what I can find around the house.


Don’t forget to look outside too!  The cabbage plants on my patio were just about spent so with a little trimming they were placed in green water goblets.  They remind me of girls in dresses with lots of petticoats!


The soup tureen sits on a cake stand topped with a white charger


and I made a “skirt” around the pedestal base using cabbage leaves.


I borrowed a faux hydrangea arrangement from the dining room and added a Christmas cactus in a green antique planter on the other side to create a backdrop of green foliage.


The mock napkin rings were made by folding paper shamrock cocktail napkins and taping the ends together.  The green bead and wire soup ladle on a ceramic spoon rest is ready to serve the soup.


A square green charger holds a beaded ceramic white plate and a green salad plate holds the soup bowl. We are having a simple meal of Potato Soup and mini Reuben Sandwiches…but with this elegant setting it will feel fancy schmancy!


When I first started this tablescape I thought I would have to go out and get some flowers, and perhaps some more green vegetables or parsley.  I did purposely buy the cabbage the day before with this St. Pat’s table in mind, but I didn’t know exactly what I would do with it.  I started slowly, building it layer by layer and kept thinking of things I had…The shamrock cloth is a yard of fabric I bought in January, with a table topper in mind.  But that’s it, a yard of fabric and a head of cabbage and a little thought.  My favorite part is the real cabbage, I would have never thought of that if I had gone to buy flowers!

Creating is all about seeing things in new ways, walk around your house and really LOOK.  I bet you discover something you haven’t SEEN in a while!


the shamrock glasses are from from JMdesigns


I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY



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Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

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30 Responses to “Tablescapes, Cabbage & Clover”
  1. chefconnie says:

    What a great tablescape. I love decorating with food.

  2. I absolutely LOVE this!! What a wonderful idea!

  3. Cindy says:

    So pretty, and clever…cabbage!

  4. Pat says:

    Painted Apron,
    I adore your cabbage tablescape with the black and green color palette!
    Your faux cabbages are adorable!!!
    Just two of us here on the Prairie, so I admire how you’ve set your place settings at one end and potted plants on the other!!!
    Thank you for sharing your creative talent!!!
    Visiting from Susan’s MM!

  5. Wow, this table looks great! Fresh, noble and cabbage at the same time – impressive!

  6. So I’m sitting here trying my level best to enjoy a “breakfast” of blueberry juice and dry toast when you mention POTATO SOUP & REUBEN SANDWICHES!!!!!! What are trying to do to me, woman?!??!!? I will NEVER lose weight with subliminal suggestions like that!!! Such a creative table! I love the cabbage leaf “skirt.” That beaded ladle is gorgeous!!! Fun touch with the cabbage plants!

    • I am going to try to make these dishes super light and healthier, so I’ll let you know if they turn out! Thanks, I had lots of fun with the cabbage, you will see it again soon!

  7. What a great table! Such a beautiful creation…love the use of cabbage and the entire table is a vision of loveliness in green.

  8. Your table is way too cute and whimsical! What fun you must have had putting this delightful tablescape together.
    Mary Alice

  9. Ann k says:

    Love the cabbages!! I really enjoyed this post!! This table is fabulous!

  10. lisa says:

    I am swooning over this tablescape!!! This is the most original and fresh table! Happy Wednesday from the enchanted oven.

  11. Thanks for linking in to Design Decor Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you post next week!


  12. What a delightful table setting, I love all of the natural elements you put together on your pretty table, so fresh and springy!!

  13. Mona says:

    beautiful…simply wonderful with all of the plants…

  14. Love how you incorporated the things you already had. I may just have to borrow your idea about the cabbages! So perfect for St. Pat’s… Love how pretty this table looks.

  15. Tricia says:

    Fabulous! The addition of the cabbage plants and leaves was inspired — and something that would never, ever occur to me! I also love the festive tabletopper that sets the stage for a pretty table.

  16. Judy says:

    Such a clever tablescape, the real cabbage makes it so special. So cute.

  17. This is fabulous! I love the cabbage skirt — this is quite lovely.

  18. Janice says:

    You certainly found the gold, I love how everything just fell in place, i, too enjoy shopping at home. Thank you for sharing. Janice

  19. How creative is this!! The cabbage leaves as a dressing and the potato in the pot were brilliant! The plants look wonderful in the center. I’m just starting to think about St. Patrick’s Day and what I’ll do- love the inspiration from this!

  20. Lori says:

    Terrific and very creative! You are so right, it’s wonderful to shop the house and see what can be used in other ways.

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