Friday, March 10, 2023

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape -13th Edition of the Keeper of the Shamrock Cloth

I am so excited to share this special post with you today!!  I am the lucky 13th Keeper of the Traveling Shamrock Cloth and so thrilled to be a part of this tradition!!
I hopping with my fellow table enthusiasts today in the Lucky Charms Blog Hop, which was organized by the wonderful Debbee of Debbee's Buzz!  

Much Thanks to Debbee because she was also the tablescaper that passed the traveling shamrock tablecloth to me. 
 Here is a little history of the Keepers of the Shamrock Traveling Cloth that was started by Marigene of Middle of Nowhere when she used this beautiful vintage table topper in 2010. She passed it on to Kathleen of Kathleen Cuisine some time in  2011 with the stipulation that she use it and then pass it along to another tablescaper.  Kathleen used it in 2012 and then passed it to Rett of Gazebo house for 2013.  Mary from Home is Where the Boat, featured the cloth in 2014. 
From Mary the cloth along with a new companion that Mary added - the little leprechaun, traveled to Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul in 2015.   Sarah then send it on to Kitty from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen for 2016.  Next up was Debbie of Mountain Breaths in 2017 and on to Jenna and she featured it on her blog, Painted Apron in 2018.
Jenna passed the table topper on to Pam from Everyday Living in 2019.  Pam did her part beautifully and sent the cloth on to Rita from Panoply for 2020.  Then the cloth took a trip out to sunny California to see Linda at her Life and Linda blog in 2021.  Linda passed the shamrock cloth onto Debbee of Debbee's Buzz where it made it's 12th appearance!!  

and now-  it is my turn!!  Lucky 13!!
I wanted this beautiful table topper with the shamrock border and Celtic knot corners to be the star of the show - so I set very simple place settings of white dinner plates and cabbage salad plates.
I guess you could call these vintage pieces - even the napkins - they have all been around for quite some time now. But these pieces are pretty timeless, I have used them over and over through the years.

I used simple wood flatware from Ikea and plain wood napkin rings that were my mother's - then tucked a tuft of shamrocks in next to each of the napkins.  I purchased all of the shamrock greenery years ago and I am so happy I went overboard and bought quite a bit of it at the time because I have used it over and over again - and I have never seen anything like it since then.
My new additions this year are the two wood shamrocks with the Celtic designs - a fun find at Marshalls about a month ago.  A true Irish shamrock only has three leaves - that dates back to when Saint Patrick used to explain the Trinity using the three leaved plant as a visual aid as he traveled the country teaching Christianity.
The setting of this table just happened to coincide with a trip to Columbus, Ohio (a big city !!- since I live in the middle of nowhere!) to spend the day with my kids - I was thrilled to stop at a Trader Jo's.  Those of you who have one close by - you are so lucky!!  I picked up some shamrock hydrangeas, white tulips and green button mums for my centerpiece for less than I would pay for a small, ugly bouquet at our local grocery store that dies two days later!
There is just something special about fresh flowers greeting you at the table, especially this time of year when we have so many gloomy days.  Although - if you peak out my deck door you can see the sun was actually shining when I took this pictures!!  
Here is a little look at my sideboard all decorated for St. Patrick's Day as well.  I have acquired a lot of these items as gifts over the years because my birthday is on St. Patrick's Day!!!  Just another reason for celebrating - usually with a green beer and a few friends!
Now it is on to see what everyone else has done for the occasion!
If you are following along - next up is  Barbara from Mantle and Table 

Here are all of the links and sneak peeks to all of the other talented tablestylists taking part in the hop:

How to Make a Beautiful St. Patrick's Tablescape ðŸ€ Peacock Ridge Farm

Irish Town and Country Tablescape ðŸ€ Panoply

Erin Go Bragh ðŸ€ Home is Where the Boat Is

Irish Ancestry: Genealogy, DNA & Visiting Ireland ðŸ€ Debbees Buzz

St. Patrick's Day Seed Box Vignette ðŸ€ Common Ground

Tuath Dé Danann on a St. Patrick's Day Table ðŸ€ The Cat's Whiskerz

Lucky & Blessed St. Patrick's Day Tiered Tray ðŸ€ The Painted Apron

13th Edition of the Keeper of the Shamrock Cloth ðŸ€ Corner of Plaid and Paisley

Pot of Gold & Rainbow Tablescape ðŸ€ Mantel and Table

Decorating for St. Patrick's Day ðŸ€ Vintage Style Gal

Dollar Tree Monogram Shamrock Pillow ðŸ€ Life as a Leo Wife

Casual, Rustic St. Patrick's Day Table ðŸ€ Me and My Captain

Shamrocks and Gold ðŸ€ Life and Linda

I hope you enjoyed my table and the history of the Keeper of the Shamrock Cloth.  I am honored to be included in this wonderful tradition and will be passing the cloth on to another worthy table enthusiast for next year!
I will leave you with this Irish Toast -
There are good ships, 
& there are wood ships,
the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships 
are friendships,
& may they always be.


Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley

In the past few years my interests have grown from fabric to paper and now to dishes too! I just love prints, polkadots, plaids and paisleys- hence the blog name.


  1. That is quite the traveling tablecloth story Ann! I enjoyed hearing about it's travels. I am not too far from Columbus, Ohio myself! How exciting to find someone close. I love your potting shed sign, and happy early birthday! I hope you enjoy your day!


  2. Ann, You did the shamrock table topper proud as 'Keeper of the Cloth' in its ‘lucky 13th’ appearance! I love the wood elements you added to your table to mix the pretty greens of the plates, napkins and placemats. And what a lucky find your wood shamrocks with the Celtic designs were. I love your pretty centerpiece and mix of flowers too with tulips, hydrangeas and mums. The nearest Trader Joe’s to me is an hour away so I have to agree that those who have one close by are lucky indeed. Last but not least, I adore your Potting Shed sign! I happen to know a Potting Shed that needs one. 😊 As always it's a treat to join you at the table and hop with you! Erin go Bragh ☘️💚

  3. Ann, I'm smiling seeing your beautiful presentation using the Traveling Shamrock Cloth. It's such a fun tradition! Thank you for keeping it going. Amazing that it is on its 13th trip. We should track it on a map. Wouldn't that be fun?
    I love the way you used it in the center of your table. It's perfect with each of your "vintage" details. Most of my tabletop collection is now "vintage", having seen many a tablescapes through the years. Like old friends, it's always a joy to dine with them!
    Your flowers are gorgeous. Gotta love Trader Joe's! We can always depend on TJ's for affordable, beautiful, fresh blooms. Happy early birthday!

  4. Oh Ann, I'm so excited you are this year's Keeper of the Cloth! Your tablescape is beautiful and the cloth looks wonderful with that adorable centerpiece of green hydrangeas, white tulips and shamrocks! I love love the flower arrangement and the shamrock wreath around your pretty white pitcher. So smart to elevate it on a stand and flank it with those cute Celtic shamrocks! I like the way you placed more clover at each place, and the cabbage plates are timeless. The potting shed vignette on your sideboard is extra fun! I love it all, and Happy Birthday to you!

  5. Ann, I am so happy you are the lucky 13th Keeper of the Cloth! Your tablescape honoring the cloth is beautiful! I love your flower arrangement and the blooms from TJ’s are perfect. Your potting shed sign is ideal overlooking your wonderfully dressed sideboard. Every detail is wonderful! Our visit to Ireland in 2015 has been a travel highlight. Happy birthday to you! 💚

  6. Hi Ann, I love hearing about the travels of the cloth. It's absolutely gorgeous and your tablescaping is perfection. I love the size of the luncheon cloth and all the wonderful details you've highlighted. Have a wonderful St. Paddy's Day!!

  7. So pretty. I love it. I love that so many tablescapes done beautifully different. So fun hopping with you today.

  8. Ann, I was thrilled to see you would be hosting as the keeper of the traveling cloth this year! I purposely wanted it to go across the country when I sent it to Linda, and now it's bounced back to the Eastern US like a ping pong ball! Where will it go next?!
    Your table is stunning! I love the cheerful hues of the greens, and those flowers, wow! You were smart to buy the shamrock faux florals too. Oh, and your shamrock finds from Marshall's are lovely with their Celtic symbols.
    Very happy to be in your company on this St Patrick's Day event. ☘️

  9. Ann, what a fun tradition of the travelling cloth and it was interesting reading about where it has been. Your table is beautiful and you did a wonderful job of letting the cloth take center stage. The plate stack is simple but elegant and the cabbage plates look so pretty with the napkins and napkin rings. Your flowers are lovely and the sideboard looks fabulous. Happy upcoming birthday on the green day!

  10. Number 13 must be lucky number Ann, because you traveling cloth tablescape knocked it over the rainbow! You did a beautiful job styling the table and centerpiece. LOVE the floral centerpiece with all the different shades and textures of green in the white pitcher. The wooden clovers flanking it were fabulous finds! Your choices of plates, flatware and glasses, placemats and napkins are perfect companions to the Irish cloth. I especially like the clover cluster napkin rings. I certainly made the right decision passing the cloth and tradition on to you!

  11. I LOVE your gorgeous table Ann! Your centerpiece is stunning, and you did a fabulous job of setting the table to highlight that beautiful cloth! Really Lovely!! I'm totally borrowing a couple of your ideas, especially the darling shamrocks in the napkin rings - brilliant! 💚 Hope you have a wonderful birthday on this festive St Patrick's Day!

  12. I look forward to seeing where this cloth travels yearly (I dont think I have missed a post!). You have set such a pretty table to celebrate St Pat's Day! Cute napkin rings and I adore your side board!

  13. What a fun tradition of carrying on the traveling tablecloth! Your tablescape looks fabulous. It was great hopping with you today!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

  14. Wow Ann, a lovely table to celebrate art. Patrick’s day. So happy you are the Keeper of the Traveling Cloth. I wonder where the cloth will land next. Your floral centerpiece r is so beautiful. Gotta love the cabbage plates. Wood napkin rings and flatware go lovely on your special table. How fun to celebrate your birthday on St. Patrick’s day.
    Happy birthday early.

  15. Ann you certainly added to the already wonderful number 13th Keeper of the Traveling Cloth table. It is lovely. all your greens are perfect. Your sideboard is perfect for a vignette. I would sit at your table any day of the week and gaze at your beautiful lake. Hugs and Blessings. Kari @ Me and My Captain

  16. Kari @ Me and My CaptainMarch 16, 2023 at 8:22 AM

    dont know why that came under anonymous