A Tiered Tray for St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun way to bring the luck of the Irish into your home. 🍀
I see tiered trays everywhere, in a variety of different styles. I think it’s because they are so fun to accessorize, and can easily be changed up from one season or holiday to the next.
I have a large island in my kitchen, so I like to have some kind of centerpiece in the middle of it to serve as a focal point, and also to give the kitchen a little bit of seasonal accent.
This is the perfect place for a tiered tray for St. Patrick’s Day.
Tips for Making A Tiered Tray for St. Patrick’s Day
A 360° View
Since tiered trays don’t have a “backside”, they look pretty all the way around, which makes them a great choice for places like your kitchen island, dining table, or coffee table. No matter which side people are viewing them from, there’s something nice to look at.
“Shop” Your Home
Another great thing about tiered trays is that you can use lots of the odds and ends you probably already have around your house to style your tray.
Here are some ideas of items that can used on your tiered tray:
- coffee cups
- small bowls
- pieces from your china set, like the creamer or sugar bowl
- cupcake stands
- wooden bead garland
- dish towels
- monogram letters
- small toys
- small signs
- flowers and greenery
- wood slices
- pine cones or grape vine orbs
Use Souvenirs, Ornaments and Momentos You Already Own
Some of my favorite things to use on my tiered tray are souvenirs or special little momentos that I’ve been gifted over the years or collected on our travels. These small items tend to get packed away someplace where you can’t enjoy them, or randomly placed on a shelf and end up looking cluttered.
By instead grouping these kinds of things as part of a theme on a tiered tray, they form a cohesive look that allows you to enjoy having them on display.
Look for Inexpensive Items at Craft or Dollar Stores
When you’re out shopping, look for inexpensive items in craft or dollar stores that can be used on your tiered tray. I often find cute miniature-sized items in the holiday section at Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, and the dollar bins at Target.
However, I also look for small items that are versatile and not holiday-specific, because these can be used and reused for a variety of different tiered trays.
Steps for Styling your Tiered Tray for St. Patrick’s Day
1. Start with the tiered tray of your choice. I chose this two-tiered tray, since it was going to sit in the middle of my kitchen island, and I wanted to be able to see over it to the kitchen table, out the window, or to the people sitting in the chairs at the island. There are many different options available in both two-tiers or three-tiers. I’ve linked a few of my favorites at the end of the post.
2. Choose a “theme” that will tie your tray together. For this tray, I wanted something that would fill the gap between Valentine’s Day and Easter, so St. Patrick’s Day was the obvious choice. However, I also wanted this display to fit in with my home’s overall farmhouse style. Green glitter and leprechauns would not have worked in my home. Instead, I focused on incorporating the color green into my display with just a couple of St. Patrick’s Day items worked in. It’s a more subtle theme that works better for my style.
The small sign and the green wooden shamrock in the back both came from Hobby Lobby. Both were 40% off and cost less than $2 each. They both looked a little too new and perfect when I brought them home, so I just took a piece of sandpaper to them and roughed them up a bit. Voila! They look like they’ve had some life experience now. 😂
3. Add the larger pieces to your tiered tray first. On my St. Patrick’s Day tray, I positioned the sugar bowl from my china set first. Be careful not to have too many bigger pieces though, as they take up a lot of room and can overly crowd your tray. At first, I had both the creamer and the sugar bowl on my tray, and I ended up removing the creamer because it made the tray feel too crowded.
3. Tuck in some greenery. You can use real plants, or artificial. Faux plants have come along way, and many of them look quite real. I found the little mini pots in my St. Pat’s tiered tray at the Gordman’s near me that is going out of business. They were 30% off, making them all $2-$3 dollars each. Right now, the Dollar Tree has all of their spring items out, and I noticed that they have a variety of different artificial succulents and even some mini pots with faux lavender. I like to stagger the greenery so that there is some on all levels of they tray, and that it’s visible from all sides.
4. Use repetition. Using multiples of the same or similar items is a good way to tie your theme together and avoid a “too cluttery” look. On my tiered tray, you can see that I have multiple gravevine orbs (which also add a nice texture), two candles, two angels, and multiple plants.
5. Look for balance. You want items of varying height, size and color on each level of your tray. Notice that my St. Patrick’s Day tiered tray has green, white and neutral grays/beiges on both levels, and all the way around.
I used some of my favorite black & white buffalo plaid ribbon to add a little pop of pattern and to prevent the greens from just all blending together. I cut a length of ribbon to fit around two different plain white candles, and then fastened it on using removable glue dots to hold it in place. This way I can take the ribbon off and reuse the candles for a different theme later. I have one on each level for balance.
Varying heights of items also helps make your tray more aesthetically pleasing. I have several of these little wood slices left from our wedding where we use them as place card holders. I repurposed some as handmade Christmas ornaments, but still have several left. They work nicely to tuck underneath items on the tray and add a little lift in places where I need more height.
6. Add something whimsical or unexpected. Don’t be too predictable. A fun little surprise or something out of the ordinary will add a special touch to your display. I love this sweet little house on the top tier that I found at Hobby Lobby in the garden area. It has a little switch on the bottom that makes the windows light up!
On the top tier, I tucked in this horseshoe that I found. A horseshoe with the ends pointed up is considered lucky, so this ties into my St. Pat’s “lucky” them, but still adds an interesting and unique element to the tray.
Shop Tiered Tray Decor
7. Rearrange, play, experiment. Last, just play with moving things around and trying different options until it works. When my husband asks me what I’m looking for when I’m shopping or creating something like this, I usually say, “I’ll know it when I see it”. Sometimes you just have to look at different options before one jumps out at you and says, “That’s it!”. Trust me, you’ll know when it all falls into place and you have a look that you’re satisfied with.
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Recreate this look:
—Distressed Brown Wood Metal Handle Two-Tier Tray (available in black or cream also)
—Black and White Buffalo Plaid Ribbon
—Milkhouse Candle Creamery Scented Soy Candle
—Willow Tree Angel with Green Teapot
—Set of 4 Mini Potted Faux Plants
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31 thoughts on “A Tiered Tray for St. Patrick’s Day”
This is so cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!
I love all the touches of greenery in this tiered-tray vignette for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s like a breath of fresh, spring air. The black-and-white buffalo checks and the natural elements create the perfect backdrop for the seasonal green color. Very pretty!
Thank you so much, Carol! 🙂 I’m so ready for spring.
I always click on a shared post that has a tiered tray. I just love the creativity behind the decorations. However, I have yet to find one for my own house. I just like too many of the styles and can’t decide yet. Thanks for sharing this one and all your tips. #HomeMattersParty
What a beautiful take on St. Patrick’s day. I have never decorated for this holiday at all, but now I think I may have to give it a whirl.
Beautiful. My tiered trays always look a little sparse, so I think I need to follow your suggestions! Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya – The Other Side of the Road
Thank you so much, Tanya!
What a lovely way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day. Those tiered trays are invaluable for creating vignettes. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
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Really enjoyed your post. I love the look of your tiered tray. That little light-up house just reminds me of an Irish cottage. My daughter collects the Willow tree angels and a friend gifted me with the Grandmother one!
Super cute idea. Just goes to show you that a lot of space is not needed to decorate. I love this look. It can be changed out for various seasons. Great idea. #trafficjamweekend.
Really lovely! I like how one of the plants drapes off its tier to the one below. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
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This looks great! I really need to break down and buy a tiered tray. Great tips for decorating one!
Thanks, Pamela! Glad you found it helpful. If you break down and buy one, I’d love to see how you style it!
Such a fun and festive touch to the kitchen!! Stopping by from the link up 🙂 xo, Biana –BlovedBoston
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Your tray is so pretty! I love how you decorated it. Thank you for sharing tips on how to decorate a tiered tray.
Thank you so much!
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That is absolutely adorable!
Very cute and I see these everywhere now, plus ideas on how to make your own on the cheap… but I sadly have no where for one. Poo
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Love this tray and love the arrangement!
Thank you, Cyndee!
I’m totally going to try this! Love your style. Pinned!
Thanks, Amy! I’m looking forward to redoing my tray for new seasons and holidays. I’d love to see yours if you give it a try!
Your kitchen is gorgeous I love your color scheme!!
Awww, thanks Lisa. My husband and I designed and built this house in 2018. We love it, too, and consider ourselves blessed to have finally been able to make this dream come true. ❤️
I love this look! I think I have to get this tiered tray in black. I collect Willow Tree Angels as well and this post has inspired me to add them to my upcoming spring decor.
Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment. ❤️ I’m glad you found my post helpful, and I’m glad to “meet” someone who also loves Willow Tree Angels. I’ve had mine packed away for a couple of years since our move, and I’m so happy to be bringing them out again and using them purposefully. Check out my Valentine’s Vignette and St. Patrick’s Day Vignette posts where I also used my angels to decorate my front entryway table.
If you do create your own tiered tray, send me a picture! I love keeping inspiration from others, too!
love it so decorative and rustic thanks for sharing