St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us. This day celebrating Ireland’s own patron saint has become a day of merriment for everyone of Irish heritage, and just like Mardi Gras, everyone’s invited to the party now. It’s going to take more than Guinness and food coloring to make this day a memorable one. Here are a few tips for throwing a successful St. Patrick’s Day party.
Something To Stew Over
Let’s be honest—Ireland and the rest of the British Isles aren’t exactly renowned for their local cuisine. France, Italy, and Greece may get all the attention when it comes to gustatory excellence in Europe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some delicious recipes for authentic Irish meals. Unlike their counterparts on the continent, Ireland and Great Britain both go big on breakfast. Consider a full Irish brunch for your St. Patrick’s Day party, with all the bacon, baked beans, sausage, eggs, and soda bread that entails. The authentic heartiness of an Irish lamb stew or shepherd’s pie will keep stomachs full, too. If you feel bound to authenticity, don’t be afraid to mix it up. After all, even the corned beef and cabbage that are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day in America are not Irish in origin but rather an Ashkenazi Jewish dish that Irish immigrants picked up in the tight quarters of New York. Keep the melting pot boiling with some fusion recipes of your own.
Green Plate Special
Green décor is de rigueur on St. Patrick’s Day. That means wearing green (or risking a pinch if you don’t!) and consuming some uncharacteristically verdant beverages and treats. As you serve up those authentic or modified Irish dishes, what better way to keep the green going than by serving on green plates? St. Patrick’s Day comes but once a year, so don’t hesitate to make disposable dinner party plates an option. As you’d expect, we have plates in all shades of green, from rich hunter green to a delicate mint. Do you want to make this St. Patrick’s Day a sustainable one? Consider palm leaf plates to go green in spirit rather than color.
[Sham]Rock and Roll
For such a small landmass, the Emerald Isle’s contributions to music in the Anglosphere, America, and the world are vast. The pentatonic character of Celtic folk music in Scots-Irish Appalachia would fuse with the similarly pentatonic tones of Indigenous and African music to lay the frameworks for the entire North American musical tradition, from bluegrass to country to rock and roll. The third of our tips for throwing a successful St. Patrick’s Day party is to incorporate music from around the Irish world. Newfoundland favorites Great Big Sea gave Celtic sea shanties a modern twist, while Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, and Sir Paul McCartney himself all trace their roots back to the old sod. And no Irish playlist would be complete without U2, whose early works incorporated Irish instruments and melodies, while “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” captured life in The Troubles.