St. Patrick's Day Dinner Party

Monday, March 17, 2014

Growing up St. Patrick's Day was one of our biggest family get-togethers. Cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and just about anyone wearing green gathered at Lakeside Drive for a celebration of heritage and tradition. Crossing the threshold, the familiar punch of vinegar and corned beef nearly knocked you off your feet, as most of us only experienced that potent combination once a year. Grandpa Flynn wore his signature apron, with a giant "Kiss Me I'm Irish" button, while kids ran around the house trying on the paper leprechaun hat, posing for grandma's camera. Though time has passed and those epic parties are just a memory, I feel honored to continue this tradition by inviting guests into our home, sharing the warmth of a homemade meal and creating new memories. (And I am especially grateful to have a supportive husband who not only likes soda bread and boiled beef, but handles the after-party cleanup like a champ.)
The Menu:
-corned beef cooked with potatoes, onions, carrots, and celery for 9 hours in a crock pot
-roasted brussel sprouts with red pepper flakes
-roasted red potatoes with parsley
-funeral potatoes (minus the cereal topping)
-soda bread
-mac n' cheese
-spinach strawberry salad (guest contribution)
-mint chocolate chip ice cream pie
-key lime pie & cookies (guest contributions)

The homemade mac n' cheese was mainly for the kids, but several of the adults commented how much they liked it. The real hit of the party though was a "taste the rainbow" drink bar, where guests could sample various colors of soda. Definitely something I'll have to keep in mind for future parties.

*Party tip: Try setting the table with empty serving platters and bowls to help visualize where each dish will go beforehand. 

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