Published February 29, 2012 by
On March 17, the world celebrates St. Patrick's Day. While he is the patron saint of Ireland, the entire world has embraced this day. For some, it is an important religious day and time of observance; for others, it is a secular celebration, complete with leprechauns and rainbows. This March, you can do more than wear green to honor St. Patrick. With these party themes and your Irish pride, you are guaranteed to have a great time.
St. Patrick’s Day and green go together like… well, St. Patrick’s Day and green. Pubs and bars around the country serve green beer and Chicagoans dump 40 pounds of green vegetable dye into the Chicago River. A green-themed party can be tailored for adults or children with ease. Everything from St. Patrick's Day cookies and cupcakes to mashed potatoes and beverages can be dyed green, and you can serve chips or green veggies with spinach or avocado dip.
Try this tasty recipe for green mashed potatoes from Food.com for a great side or a sneaky way to get your kids to eat peas:
A “Real” Irish Feast
In Ireland, “traditional” corned beef and cabbage is served – but mostly to American tourists. For the most part, the Irish tend to enjoy other foods on March 17. Having a party which features real traditional Irish foods can be a fun way to salute St. Patrick. Lamb stews are popular choices, as are boxty (potato pancakes), colcannon (a filling dish of cabbage and onions), coddle (a stew made of pork, sausage, potatoes, and onions), and crubeens (pigs’ feet with carrots, onions, and spices or prepared with seasoned breadcrumbs and fried). This recipe for boxty from HomeCooking. About is easy, quick, and delicious.
St. Patty’s Day Cocktails
A cocktail party is a great way to cap off your Irish or Irish-American feast or entertain friends. Again, there are more traditional Irish drinks, and then the drinks Americans think the Irish drink. Either way, enjoy! You can serve Irish whiskey and Guinness for those looking for a stout drink from Ireland or you can serve a bit more mild beverages, including this yummy Shamrock Shaker from Cocktails.About:
The best part of St. Patrick’s Day is enjoying time with family and friends – and all the great treats! Don’t let your guests leave without offering dessert.
Try this recipe for Irish Cream Truffle Fudge - a delicious way to cap off a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day.