5 Ways To (Tastefully) Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

As the calendar turns to March, the shamrocks start to bloom, and the cheerful spirit of St. Patrick's Day fills the air. This vibrant celebration, known for its festive green hues and lively parades, invites people from all walks of life to partake in its joyous revelry. However, amidst the sea of green beer and leprechaun hats, there's a charm in embracing the occasion with tasteful simplicity. From traditional Irish cuisine to elevated tablescapes, here are five delightful and effortless ways to honor St. Patrick's Day with style and grace. Whether you're hosting a small gathering or seeking some personal merriment, these suggestions promise to infuse your celebration with the luck of the Irish while maintaining an air of sophistication.

1. Whiskey Tasting

Treat guests to an exploration of the unparalleled craftsmanship and rich heritage of Irish whiskey. Invite guests to embark on a journey through the rolling green hills and historic distilleries of Ireland, where centuries-old traditions intertwine with modern innovation to produce some of the world's most esteemed spirits. From smooth and velvety blends to bold and complex single malts, each dram offers a glimpse into the unique character and unmistakable flavor profile that define Irish whiskey. So, gather around, raise your glasses, and prepare to indulge your senses in an unforgettable tasting adventure that celebrates the essence of Ireland in every sip. Sláinte! Not sure where to start? Click here for our Top 5 Irish Whiskeys (and snag a free printable tasting note and cards!)

2. Verdant Tablescape

Picture a tablescape where the essence of Ireland's verdant landscapes is captured in every detail. Shades of green, from deep emerald to soft sage, create a harmonious palette that reflects the lush hillsides of the Emerald Isle. Natural branches adorned with delicate foliage, evoking the wild beauty of Irish forests. Sprigs of fresh clover and vibrant ferns add layers of texture and depth, while bursts of white flowers are reminiscent of Ireland's iconic sheep-dotted fields. As candlelight flickers against the backdrop of greenery, casting a warm glow over the scene, one can't help but feel transported to the heart of Ireland itself, where the spirit of St. Patrick's Day fills the air with magic and jubilation. Our gold, bronze and silver awards (in no particular order) for Gorgeous St. Patrick's Day Tablescapes goes to Laurén LaRocca and Marlan Willardson, the party stylists and lifestyle bloggers behind Twink + Sis whose "good luck" theme was inspired by the well-known quote, "Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you'll have good luck." A captivating blend of ethereal elegance and organic charm graces this enchanting Adults Only St. Patrick's Day Party, expertly curated by Beijos Events. Becky Daly's fixer-upper farmhouse was the perfect backdrop for her St. Patty's Day dinner, where she made a self-serve whiskey station the centerpiece of the evening.

3. Guinness Beef Stew

There are few dishes as comforting and hearty as a well-made Guinness Beef Stew. This culinary masterpiece, born from the rich culinary traditions of Ireland, marries tender chunks of beef with robust flavors of Guinness stout, creating a symphony of taste that warms the soul. With its roots deeply entrenched in Irish folklore and hospitality, Guinness beef stew is more than just a meal; it's a celebration of camaraderie and the simple joys of life. From its tantalizing aroma to its velvety texture, each spoonful tells a story of tradition, resilience, and the enduring bond between food and fellowship. So, grab a bowl, pour yourself a pint, and prepare to savor the essence of Ireland with every delectable bite of this beloved comfort dish.
@wonkywonderful's rendition has won our hearts, as it swaps out the traditional approach of cooking potato chunks in the stew for a delightful twist of fluffy mashed potatoes, elevating its deliciousness to new heights.

4. Drink Your Greens

Drinking your greens takes on a whole new meaning, especially when it comes to cocktails that celebrate the vibrant hues of St. Patrick's Day. But who says you have to wait until March 17th to indulge in these verdant libations? Our Fennel and Green Apple Gimlet can be enjoyed year-round. Similar to a sour, a traditional gimlet is more acid forward in its balance, and should reflect a confident minimalism. In our version, we're letting tart local apples bring that extra sour element to the mix, not to mention a bounty of vitamins and prebiotics that are essential to gut health. Fennel bulb lends an herbal sweetness to the finish and promotes a myriad of healthy body functions, from bone strength to digestion. Whether you're looking to toast to good health or simply want to add a splash of color to your happy hour, raise a glass and cheers to drinking your greens in style, no St. Patrick's Day required.

5. Green Goddess Platter

The legend of Green Goddess dressing traces back to 1923 when a chef at San Francisco's Palace Hotel crafted it as a tribute to a popular play titled The Green Goddess. This iconic dressing typically incorporates a creamy blend of sour cream and mayonnaise, infused with flavorful ingredients such as chervil, a parsley variant, along with chives, scallions, and tarragon—soft summer herbs renowned for their delicate, licorice-like undertones.

Click here for a delicious dairy-free GG recipe from Lindsey Silverman Love of @DollyandOatmeal to pair with an all-green veggie spread. 

BONUS: What's a party without a game?? Click here to download a free St. Patrick's Day trivia and test your knowledge of all things Irish!

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