A St. Patrick's Dinner Party

A St. Patrick's Dinner Party

Growing up a Hannigan, my family took St. Patrick’s Day fairly seriously. Every March 17th, my Mom would make the classic meal of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes (of course), carrots, and homemade Irish soda bread. Now as an adult, I love continuing the tradition by making the meal and adding my own spin to it.

To drink we served up Guinness and Dublin Mules in copper mugs. We made soda bread, corned beef with whole grain mustard (in the Instant Pot which was a genius hack), crispy roasted potatoes, and cooked the rest of the veggies (more potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage) in Guinness and beef broth.. We finished off the night with a four-layer naked carrot cake which isn’t inherently Irish but… carrots.

The table was set with baby’s breath in amber bottles, gold flatware (a family heirloom), marigold napkins, and a natural linen tablecloth. Lots of tea lights too.

Forget the tacky wiggly headbands and green dyed beer. Instead, go for a celtic inspired dinner party with delicious food and drink.

Sláinte!

Swap the vodka for Jameson and you’ve got yourself a Dublin Mule.   4 ounces whiskey    2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (~ 2 limes)    8 to 12 ounces of good quality ginger beer    lime wedge (for garnish)

Swap the vodka for Jameson and you’ve got yourself a Dublin Mule.

4 ounces whiskey

2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (~ 2 limes)

8 to 12 ounces of good quality ginger beer

lime wedge (for garnish)

Kerrygold is a table staple!

Kerrygold is a table staple!

Irish Soda Bread recipe  here . We added raisins and caraway seeds. Serve with Kerrygold!

Irish Soda Bread recipe here. We added raisins and caraway seeds. Serve with Kerrygold!

Instant Pot Corned Beef recipe  here . This turned out  great . The Instant Pot was not only a time saver, it yielded the best flavor and texture we’ve ever had. If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can also cook the traditional way in a large pot.

Instant Pot Corned Beef recipe here. This turned out great. The Instant Pot was not only a time saver, it yielded the best flavor and texture we’ve ever had. If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can also cook the traditional way in a large pot.

We opted for a natural minimalist look with gold, amber glass, and baby’s breath.

We opted for a natural minimalist look with gold, amber glass, and baby’s breath.

Carrot Cake recipe  here . We went for a naked look and added chopped walnuts on top. The cake and cream cheese frosting were crazy delicious! We added a little orange zest and salt to the recipe (same as above).

Carrot Cake recipe here. We went for a naked look and added chopped walnuts on top. The cake and cream cheese frosting were crazy delicious! We added a little orange zest and salt to the recipe (same as above).

Celtic Inspired Flower Crown

Celtic Inspired Flower Crown

Rainbows and Clovers St. Patrick's Day Party

Rainbows and Clovers St. Patrick's Day Party