Green Gear And Grub
Irish or not, invite your friends over for a festive St. Patty’s day dinner party this year! We’ll give you the “lucky tips” to entertain in style from traditional Irish recipes to decoration ideas.
Head to your local craft store for a few items that will transform your dining room into an Irish party! Place a variety of candlesticks on side tables and down the center of your table. Pick up green candles from the craft store to add touches of the lucky color throughout the room.
A package of inexpensive St. Patrick's Day shamrock confetti looks dynamite when sprinkled down the table (especially on a mirror runner). Place white dinner-sized plates atop green chargers. Don't have green chargers? Incorporate gold and leave the green to the candles and other décor!
Your florist always has a variety of greenery available, so stop by and fill your vases with Bells of Ireland and other green foliage. Place alongside candlesticks down the center of your table; cut out green shamrocks and hang from the greenery!
Set the ambiance with a CD of Irish pub music to get the party started!
Appetizers & cocktails
Welcome your lucky guests with shepherd pie bites and mint Irish crème cocktails or, for the beer drinkers, stout ale.
Shepherd Pie Bites
Mint Irish Crème Cocktails
Corned Beef and Cabbage
This traditional Irish recipe will leave your guests feeling warm and hearty! Serve with your favorite horseradish sauce.
Irish Soda Bread
Tip: Place the treats into cellophane bags and tie with green ribbons; attach a printed favor tag with a simple shamrock image and a "Thanks for Coming" message! For free St. Patrick's Day printables, check out this blog.
Serve Irish tea and coffee for dessert and send guests home with small favors of tinted green cookies and cupcakes. After a hearty Irish dinner, they will love having a sweet treat to enjoy as a midnight snack!
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