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Friday, March 3, 2017

St. Patrick's Day China Cupboard, Part 1, 2017


The only room that I decorate for St. Patrick's Day is our Den as I decorate the rest of the downstairs for Easter since these 2 holidays are so close together some years......

But before I go any further, I want to Thank Laurie, over at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies, for featuring my post, Winter/Valentine's Decorations in the Powder Room, from last week's Brag About It Link party!!
Thanks so much , Laurie!!

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Thanks so much, Kathy!!

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Today, I am going to share my china cupboard in the Den, decorated for St. Patrick's Day......
 Our area is BIG on celebrating St. Patrick's Day because of the huge population of Irish Immigrants that settled here in the early 1800's.......

There are Celebrations and Parades almost all month with the first parade on Saturday, March 4 in Pittston....

There is also the parade in Scranton which is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the Country......

Hilary Clinton will be the Speaker for the annual Irish Women's St. Patrick's Day Dinner in Scranton and Vice President Joe Biden has also been the Speaker in the past for the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick's Dinner.

They both have family ties to the Scranton area......

 I am going to split this into 2 posts with this one sharing the top half of the display.......
You may remember that I used these dishes in a table setting for New Year's Day........
The pattern is called "Old Curiosity Shop".....

I like to use them over the Christmas Holidays because they remind me of a Charles Dicken's village in A Christmas Carol ( Scrooge) but they also remind me of a village in Ireland.......
And of course, because they are green, I thought they would be perfect for a St. Patrick's display in the china cupboard..........
I also decorated the side of the china cupboard......
I re- made this clover wreath last year after buying it at a flea market......
Strung some green ribbon through it and added some fresh faux St. Patrick's flower from Dollar tree to the middle of it......
Over on the other side, hanging off the door.......
Is a wreath that I made.....
Underneath it hangs a plaque bought a few years ago at Dollar Tree.......
Let's take a look inside the cupboard.......
I also used some green depression glass pieces......
And a tea set bought at T.J.Maxx's a few years ago......
The first shelf.......
Some flowers from Dollar Tree placed in the mugs and leprechaun hats also from Dollar Tree
Green foil paper shamrock doilies.......
And a few gold ball ornaments.......
The middle shelf.......
In the center is a green depression glass bowl trimmed in gold......
Inside the bowl is a green carnation, a hat and shamrock beads......
The bottom shelf......
More flowers and gold ball ornaments........
Why the gold accents??????
After all, aren't Leprechaun's always searching for that Pot of Gold??????
In my next post, I will share how I decorated around the bottom of the china cupboard.......
And in a future post, I will share my St. Patrick's Tree in the Den.......
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And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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  1. You know Debbie, you sure can make me smile...except for the Hillary comment, giggling and wink. Sigh, I need to borrow you...smiles---this old house sure needs a facelift. smiling

  2. Wonderful decorations Debbie. I have never seen a set of dishes like those. So very different. Nice they can be used at different holidays.

    Did you know our area here in Michigan was also settled by the Irish and where we live is smack in the middle of what is know as " The Irish Hills" I am actually doing a week end theme in August at camp called " An Irish Hills Homecoming". We will be celebrating our Irish Heritage. This is a new theme for me and I am hoping our campers enjoy learning a bit about our Irish Hills area.

    Enjoy your week end.

  3. I think that your green decors are very elegant. The green plates are gorgeous.
    Hugs Alessandra

  4. I love your green dishes, Debbie. Your wreath looks great, too. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning to my St Patrick's Day board.

  5. I love dishes! If I had room to store them...I'd have a different pair out for each holiday!Megs

  6. I love how you embrace every date with so much creativity. Using a Christmas tree for other times of the year is a lovely idea #CreativeMondays

  7. Your dishes are so lovely. You are so amazing with all of your fabulous holiday decorating. I look forward to seeing what you are decorating next.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

  8. Debbie,
    Everytime I look at your St. Patrick decorations, I see something different. Love the tree.
    Thanks for sharing at Happiness Is Homemade Party,

  9. Very festive and fun. I am always amazed at how much you manage to do! This is delightful. Everyone wants to be Irish this time of year! The new link is up at Our Holiday Journeys. Come over and get the party started!
    Have a good week.

  10. I totally love the lace clover wreath. Those dishes are just beautiful and perfect for your St. Patty's decorations. My hubby had to go to ireland and he bought me some lace earrings, wish I could have went there too

  11. Debbie, you are ready with the green! It's fun to see your collection of Old Curiosity Shop. I think I've mentioned before, this was one of the patterns of dishes my mom had when I was a child. I grew up eating many a meal off of this pattern. '-)

  12. Love that china. Fun decorations for St. Patricks Day.

  13. Love all your green plates and accessories Debbie. You have some lovely dinner sets :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

  14. I really like your Shamrock wreath! From the sneak peek at your tree, I can see that it is gorgeous! Can't wait to get a better look.....hugs...

  15. Debbie, I love your beautiful display in your china cupboard. Those dishes are gorgeous! I love the wreath that you make and the makeover of the Shamrock wreath - wow! Thanks for stopping in and sharing with us at Brag About It this week! Heading over to see more on the tree! Have a wonderful week and as always - take care of you and Joe!

  16. Boy you did a lot of work. The cabinet looks great first time seeing these dishes. Nice display the tree is awesome. Thank you for sharing with love Janice

  17. What a dish treat to come here this morning with my coffee! The cabinet and dishes caught my eye. Thank you for sharing with us.

  18. I have the same set of dishes. They belonged to my grandmother who passed away at the age of 99 almost 6 years ago. I have so many wonderful memories of Sunday pot roast dinners & Thanksgiving turkey eaten from these plates. My grandmother got these dishes by redeeming S & H green stamps, most likely during the late 50's or early 60's. My favorite piece is the serving platter. My mom displays 1 in her china cabinet & I do the same. These are much loved & I use them as everyday dinner dishes several times a week, alternating with a set of Bennington Pottery.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your memories of using these dishes!! I hope to be able to collect more pieces.... I could not find anywhere else to return your comment so I am doing so here.....

  19. Debbie, what a fabulous display of green! I have a few of those dishes, but usually don't pull them out until summer for our Pioneer Day holiday. They are perfect for St. Patty's too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. Love all your St. Patrick's Day decor and that you go all out when you decorate. I have to admit not much St. Paddy's decor here but I usually go all out for Easter. Thank you for sharing all your lovely green decor at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  21. Debbie, what a wonderful display for St. Patrick's Day! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  22. What a fantastic collection of green plates! I love this! I love the teddies too - never too old to have teddy bears, IMO!! Thanks for sharing for Thursday Favorite Things! I have featured you on my blog for our party!

  23. Debbie, you never cease to amaze me! I'm a big fan of St. Patrick's Day, and your display is just incredible. LOVE that green and white china--how perfect!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I'm featuring you this week!

  24. What a fun way to decorate for St. Patrick's Day! I really like the tree!!


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