Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Read'y for St.Paddy's Day

Disclaimer... tonight, before I loaded pics onto my PC for this post I was running some updates and when I walked through the office I noticed that there was SMOKE coming out of my computer!!!  Three hours, lots of cups of tea with my dad and a few tears later we think that the motherboard is fried.  Awesome.  So I'm working on this post on my school laptop which is a HUGE pain (hence the unedited pics, overload of pics and randomness of the order of them. ugh!). Also - if I'm working on something Slightly Askew for you I promise I haven't forgotten and I should be operational again by the weekend (fingers crossed!!!)

I confessed on Monday that I've never decorated for St. Patrick's day before.   But with Easter being so late this year I didn't feel right putting bunnies out yet, and I couldn't make my "regular" stuff either so I decided to jump on the St. Patrick's Day train and go for it!  I immediately went to Pinterest and was relatively uninspired by all the "green on green on green - with some green thrown in".  It was all fine... but just not "fun" enough for me.

I saw a picture with a leprechaun and a rainbow on it and right away knew I wanted to do a "Pot of Gold" theme.  I created a printable (find it on Monday's post!), started sorting M&M's and snapped a few pics :)

The clovers on the window are glitter foam and came in a package of 12 for $3. I stuck them on with scotch tape because I'm classy like that. :) 

I'm not loving the red chalk pen... but my white one was out :(

The little rainbow banner thing did NOT turn out as I planned.  I cut the circles out of paint chips using a punch and then sewed them together with my sewing machine.  That sounds like a good plan except for the fact that every time I get out my sewing machine I want to punch everyone in the face.  No joke.  Dave jokes that I'm not allowed to sew when he's around because he doesn't like to have his head bitten off. :)  



The apothecary jars are filled with artificial apples from my back to school decor (and my back to school dinner!) M&Ms sorted into a rainbow (thanks, boys!) and cheese balls



  



I love decorating my kitchen window, but also love doing a fun kids table :)


I picked up some plates, napkins and straws at Target (under $2.50/each), used three pieces of gold scrapbook paper ($0.99/each) and threw on some confetti to make it extra festive.

The little "pots" were 2/$1 at JoAnns and I filled them with chocolate coins from Target.

The table "runner" is 1/4 yard of denim that I had laying around from Hobby Lobby.  The fabric there is always 30% off... so it's probably under $2 for this piece.

The little clovers were leftovers from the ones I stuck on the window and I felt like they added a pop of festive green :)



 




If you've known me for very long at all you know that I love to layer.  I layer my scarves, clothes and apparently - tableware.  The more layers the better!

I picked up this cute little green box in the Dollar Spot at Target and threw in the extra straws and napkins.  My boys always think it's so fun to eat off of "special" plates - and Mommy thinks it's fun to not have to wash their dishes :)



 The cute pom poms (is that what they're even called???) were on super clearance at Target as well.  $3 for all three of them!  Luke kept calling them "disco balls" :)


This cutie patootie hung out with her daddy and brothers while I got things ready.  Shirtless and showing off her tongue :)

We're now all set to get festive!  Scrounge up some colorful plates around your house and call it a rainbow St Paddy's Day!  Give your kiddos a bag of M&M's to sort and you're good to go!


I hope this inspired some colorful ideas for your dinner table this month!  I'm loving all things rainbow right now and have some super cute crafts to show y'all next week as well!  Be sure to grab the printable from Monday's post and let me know if you end up using it!

Just in case you're interested.. I'm a teeny bit Holiday obsessed.  Here are a few other "decor" posts to check out...



25 comments:

  1. SO cute, Andrea!
    The paint chip banner is my favorite (though I feel you with the sewing machine frustration).
    Love the rainbow-sorted M&Ms, the gold coins, green straws in mason jars, and gold plates!
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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  2. And this is exactly why I said, "you should do St. Paddy's Day decorations and then blog about it". Yup. I knew it would be perfection. XOXO

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  3. You are truly the most creative person ever! You make the simplest thing look so lovely!

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  4. Adorable! Your kids are so lucky! I'm off to Target!

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  5. I am so sorry about your computer! That is the worst, I know! However, the rainbow idea is precious!!!! I love it--GENIUS!! :)

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  6. Looks FABULOUS!!! I wish I lived at your house (and could eat at the kid's table)!! :)

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  7. OBSESSED with this post!! Seriously?? These decorations are fabulous!! LOVE!

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  8. My kids are older than yours and would LOVE the kids' table! However, the amazing food decorations would last about a day at my house...that M&M rainbow would be down to one color by the afternoon and the cheese balls....well, let's just say Mama would have a hard time getting those into the jar w/o putting a few in her mouth first. :)
    Great post!!

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  9. So very cute! I love St. Patrick's Day and it's fun seeing your take on it!

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  10. Cutest ever! And, I love the window display. I love all the space behind your kitchen sink! It's now on my wish list for my dream house!

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  11. Love everything!!! You are so creative. Thanks for the inspiration girl!

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  12. Love all your decorations and I am so in love with that space behind your sink....it's just perfection! Super cute rainbow idea, way better than green on green on green!!!! You are just so creative!!!

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  13. Love it all! You are so creative! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity. I've gotten better but you have definitely inspired me to do more.

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  14. I absolutely love all your decor and the kids table is awesome! I am hosting my first ever small group dinner in March and I think I might be using this idea and your printable! Thanks so much for the inspiration Andrea! :)

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  15. Andrea - Great St Paddy's Day decorations! Hope you get your computer back up and running properly soon!

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  16. Love all your cute decor for St. Patty's day. You mentioned using a chalkboard pen. Where do you find those?

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  17. Hi Andrea! I was hoping you would be willing to answer a question about your blog! I'm Heather and my email is Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)

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  18. Andrea I LOVE IT ALL!!!! I'm a lover of all things holiday and this makes me want to squeal and clap my hands (ahaha!!). I've said it before, but I'll say it again--I LOVE how you make holidays so fun and special for your children--I know they'll always remember it!!! :) And you are such a creative Mom!!! :)

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  19. I am also wondering where you get your chalkboard pens? And is your kids table "kid size" or is it a normal table? If its a kid size where did you get it. It's too cute!

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  21. Ah! Yes to wanting to punch everyone in the face when you take out the sewing machine! That is the most perfect description. The very thought makes me want to break out in hives but I don't want to get rid of it bc maybe someday I'll need it:) love love the decor!

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  22. This post is making me want to decorate for st patty day! Love it as well as your other holiday decor. And my next house will have a bay window somewhere in the house!

    Mrs pacman

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  23. Wow you did an amazing job for your first time! :) I need to start decorating for St Pattys but it seems to come and go so quickly!

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  24. So cute! Quick question- is the "kids table" in a breakfast nook area? Do you have a "dining table" elsewhere for full on family dinners? Just curious on the best way to use some of our space :-)

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  25. Love your St. Patrick's décor!! And the kiddies' table!? Perfect!! <3 <3 <3 It makes me want to do one since I never have for this holiday either! TOO.CUTE!! :)

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