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Classy St Patrick´s Day Dinner Party Ideas

If dying your hair green, wearing “kiss me, I´m Irish” stickers” and  knocking back whiskey shots in Irish pubs just does not appeal this Paddy´s Day, why not celebrate St Patrick´s day this year with a civilized dinner party with good friends and family?

Here is how we will spending St Patrick´s day (March 17) this year, and it won´t be bacon and cabbage (!):


Pre dinner cocktail- Irish Mist with ginger ale and lime

Appetizer (starter)– Mixed green salad with Gubbeen chorizo and St Tola´s Organic Goats Cheese.

Entree (Main Course)– Rabbit stew with cider, recipe in Clodagh McKenna´s wonderful Irish Farmer´s Market Cookbook

Side Dish-Irish champ with Clonakilty black pudding (from butcher Edward Twomey) and apple jelly, recipe here.

Dessert – Chocolate Guinness Brownies (Here is a recipe from Northern Irish chef Stephen Jeffers, also featured in this month’s Food and Wine magazine in Ireland)

Wines– the Irish wine geese will be our inspiration and we´ll serve the excellent Concannon Merlot (Livermore Valley) and Reserve de Léoville Barton 2005 (Bordeaux). Sublime.

Cheese- the cheese plate will all be delicious Irish farmhouse cheeses like Gubbeen, Durrus and Killeen.

Coffee– Irish Coffee with Jameson Irish whiskey, but of course.


THE MUSIC– Some beautiful Irish music like Kila, Cork native Tim O’Mahony, Moving Hearts The Storm,Lúnasa Otherworld, Cathie Ryan, and Mary Black.

THE TABLE DECORATIONStephen Pearce Irish pottery (made in County Cork), Kinsale Crystal stemware,  Newbridge silverware (cutlery) and Avoca table linens.

HISTORY OF ST PATRICK’S DAY– Here is a little background on this Irish national holiday and on Saint Patrick himself.

And if you will be in Ireland on St Patrick´s day this year then here are a few wonderful suggestions:

* See Kila live in Dublin on Paddy’s day at the Olympia Theatre. Other Dublin events here.

* Enjoy live music and the festival in Cork city

* Traditional music and a seriously fun atmosphere in Doolin, County Clare

4 thoughts on “St Patrick’s Day Dinner Party- Menu, Music, Table Decoration

  1. Delphia Dirks says:

    Hello, I like the picture of St. Patrick ('s head). Where can I see the entire picture if him. thanks so much. delphia dirks
  2. MusicChild says:

    Great post, Thanks for your sharing.
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