There are always a few holidays that get discarded around my house when it comes to decorations. It’s not that I don’t adore the firework magic of the Fourth of July or the festive hearts around Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I wouldn’t even know how to decorate for Groundhogs Day if I had the time and energy. Some years I feel like the one holiday that doesn’t get enough appreciation is St. Patrick’s Day. A celebratory toast and a green shirt seem to be the limit to our festivities in years past. But not this year! Nope, this year I am going to celebrate with a little St. Paddy’s Day dinner with my husband and toddler (so it’s going to be a real party up in here). To make the evening really fun, I wanted to create special place setting tags for my lucky guys and I am going to teach you how to make some of your own, too.
- mini terracotta pots (one per person) and their saucers
- white craft paint and a painting sponge brush
- moss (this comes in a sheet and you can find it in the floral section of your craft store)
- gravel or rocks
- paper and straws for your name tag
Step One: Paint your terracotta pots and saucers. Terracotta is very absorbent, so be sure to paint three to four coats for full coverage.
Step Two: After the paint has completely dried, fill your pots with gravel almost all the way to the top. My toddler took full responsibility of this step, and then dumped all the left over rocks into his snow boots.
Step Three: The gravel is great because it will help hold your name tag in place; however, I didn’t want the gravel to be visible so I covered the top of my pot with moss. Cut out a circle of moss approximately the size of your pot opening.
Step Four: Next, remove the moss and poke two holes where the name tag will be secured. (Note: For my name tag, I cut out strips of paper, stamped our names onto them and dipped the ends in glitter. To stick it in the pot I hot-glued two straws to the back of the paper strips. Feel free to get creative with your name tags and make them any way you want!). Once I punched holes in the moss, I stuck the two straw ends into the moss and placed the moss back into the pot for a finished place card.
There you have it – the perfect table setting decor that you can whip together quick. Now I’m just looking forward to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner to remember. It may just channel the luck of the Irish for our 2014!