March 12, 2012

Meet Flannigan, Hannigan, O'Reilly, and Rourke


Meet Flannigan, Hannigan, O'Reilly, and Rourke,
And the rest of the wee folk from old County Cork.
They're clever and witty. They have pots full of gold,
And they'll grant you three wishes, or so I've been told.

Of course, there are rules . . . . . that no mortal breaks.
They've stood since St. Patrick drove out the snakes.
You can't wish for love or wish for more wishes,
But other than that, you can wish without glitches.

Still, they won't grant a wish, don't care what you say,
Till you have one held fast, so he can't get away.
And catching a leprechaun's a hard thing indeed,
It's the Luck of the Irish you'll need to succeed.

Old men in the pubs know the best ways to trap.
Buy pints all around, and they might draw a map
Of places to go where leprechauns dwell,
And offer some pointers on trapping as well.

"If you're lookin' for wee folk," the old men will say,
"You can try Glocca Morra, or check Galway Bay."
But it's right here in Cork, where rainbows shine bright,
That most leprechauns live, sipping beer in plain sight.

Now there's dozens of traps and all kinds of lures.
If you manage to catch one, the gold will be yours,
Plus three wishes too! But this you should heed:
When asking for wishes, think first! Then proceed.

You can wish for World Peace, or wish to end hunger.
You can wish to lose weight, or wish to look younger.
Or if you're like me, you might use all your wishes,
On an endless supply of fabulous dishes.

Though it's not really Ireland, we'll pretend for a day.
Wear green, say a prayer, then enjoy the buffet.
And after dessert (which you'll eat with a fork),
Meet Flannigan, Hannigan, O'Reilly, and Rourke.

For a tutorial on how the little men were made, go here.

This tablescape was inspired by Alycia Nichols'
March of the Penguins Table
over at Tablescapes at Table 21
(You'll need to scroll down a bit.).
She tucked penguins in all over the place.

Gold Chargers: Old and cheap
Green dinner plates: Dollar Tree
Gold trimmed salad plates: No information, gift from my mother
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co, inherited
Flatware: Hampton Forge, Kingsley Gold, Macy's
Napkin rings: Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Placemats: Walmart
Black tablecloth: Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Mini plastic caldrons: Halloween trinkets from my friend Kay
Felt Leprechauns: Tutorial can be found here.

I'm linking to:

Cuisine Kathleen
for the Fourth Annual
St. Patrick's Day
Blog Crawl
100Between Naps
on the Porch

Tablescape Thursday
PhotobucketThe Style Sisters
Centerpiece Wednesday


  1. Beautiful and stunning table! Love all your little Irish visitors. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Miss Bloomers

  2. It was a pleasure meeting Flannigan, Hannigan, O'Reilly and Rourke. And the rest of the wee folk from old County Cork. What a cute poem to go with this table.

    You really took setting a table to a higher lever with this one. Fabulous gold dishes you got with your wishes. Love the orange flowers and napkins to match the leprechauns beards.

    The poem had me smiling the whole way through. Those little guys are darling and so busy celebrating. Your tables are always so fun and inviting.

  3. The poem is great and the little guys are too cute! Love the pop of orange with your napkins-enjoy:@)

  4. What a beautiful table! It's so festive too.
    Hope you have a good day! Following you now.

  5. I was enjoying your clever poem and photos all the way through, and then I got to the dish wish line and just laughed OUT LOUD!!!! Yes, please, more dishes. Or maybe better storage for dishes! Linda

    1. What an elegant, inviting and gorgeous table for St. Patty's my friend. You made me crack up after I seriously was enjoying the poem...but the wish line just made me roll over laughing, hahaha.... Thanks for your lovely visit, I just followed you, hope you like to do it back. Kisses for you my Irish friend.

  6. Dazzling table...that cake is awesome!

  7. I love your poem and these leprechauns are adorable!!! What a great job you did with this table! I like the way you used the colors of the Irish flag in your tablescape, and your menu looks great; sounds like it will be a fun celebration.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I hope you have a great week!



  8. When I first saw the orange, I actually turned my stereo down so that I could really concentrate on what I was looking at. This is SO pretty with the colors of the Irish flag! What a fantastic idea to throw that orange in there to perk things up! It just kicks the enitre table up about 40 notches!!! It's a really, really, smart way to draw the eye in right off the bat. Man....that's cool! The sheer elegance of the table is what also drew me in. It's elegant with a touch of whimsy which I think is the perfect combination. And that's a fabric treatment around those tower vases, isn't it? Such a great idea to add the color you want and obscure the stems of your arrangement! And you KNOW I'm lovin' those super tall floral arrangements! :-) The end-of-the-rainbow cake....I know that had to take FOREVER to do, but it is so cool!!! What a fun idea! And thanks for the shout out! So sweet!

    1. Thanks for all the kind words.
      I know your students must be having a ball tonight. Nothing like hands-on assignments. Sure wish I could be there. I bet most of the tablescaping internet ladies do too.

      Surprisingly, the rainbow cake is not that time consuming. Well, it did take a bit of time because I had a 10-year old working with me. Things just take longer when you stop to explain what "alternating the dry mixture with the egg whites" means or how to make parchment paper rounds to line the pans, or the best way to separate the yolk from the whites (we used 8 eggs to get 5 whites), etc., etc. But, boy did we have fun! It was actually an experiment to see if I could pull it off for the real dinner party this coming Friday (hence, the Lenten fish entree).

  9. I love your Leprechauns , so cute. What a fun table, the orange really pops!
    Great poem, and the cake looks good too! I am sure the party will be great! Mine is Sat. , I have to get going on it!
    Thanks so much for this wonderful entry into the blog crawl!

  10. Elegant with a touch of whimsy! Fun~ Happy SPD!

  11. I always thought ORANGE popsicles were the best ...but you've replaced that image in of my head now w/your lil wee one's 'orange' beards & how you chose the napkin color on this t'scape! POP goes the wee ones! Love it! Absolutely enjoyed your creative verse humor & what fun to be a guest on St. Patrick's Day! Jeanne S.

  12. Being Anglican, I really apperciate teh ORANGE!!!

  13. Thanks for stopping by Buttercup's and please come and visit often. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  14. Sorry I'm late to arrive, but I've been away from my computer. What a fun, colorful post. Love the rainbow cake. ;-) Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

  15. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! I think you win the prize for cuteness and originality. The leprechauns are just adorable!

  16. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Beautiful for St.Patrick's Day. love the colors you have put into this sweet lady.
    I would like to thank you for your sweet comments on my Hippity" Hoppity". Hope you have a wonderful St.Patrick's Day with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  17. Absolutely fabulous! So formal with the three glasses and all the gold and yet so fun with the little guys and all their activities. Your rainbow cake looks fantastic! Kay

  18. You post really made me smile - love the visiting Irish leprechauns! Your china is gorgeous!

  19. Really beautiful. I love how you used green and black with orange splashes. Just gorgeous.

  20. What a lovely post.

    I am smiling while ready your prose. Ur visitors are cuties.

    Happy TS,
    Sorry for the inconvenience. I messed my foodie blog and my original one.

  21. Beautiful gold rimmed glasses and plates! Beautiful tablescape and the darling leprechauns are just too cute! Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday!

  22. I am so late to comment but I just keep going back to look at every detail. I am in love with what you did to elevate the vases! Pure genius my dear friend, pure genius! One of my all time favorite Tablescapes!! The poem is just darling! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I always enjoy seeing you!

  23. A darling St. Patty's tablescape and wonderful poem.Much enjoyed visiting you.


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