Simply hearing St. Patrick’s Day can conjure up images of debauchery. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of mature but fun ways to celebrate like the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day. We have three really great ideas for hosting your own sophisticated and entirely unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Put the green beer aside because these party ideas are definitely going to impress your guests.
Irish Beer & Cheese Tasting
Everyone knows cheese pairs great with wine, but it also pairs great with a variety of Irish beers. Cheese plates are incredibly trendy right now so make one with an Irish twist. Ask your local cheese monger to help select a variety of Irish cheeses. Everything from aged cheddar to beer or whiskey infused options. Serve them with soda bread or crackers and dried fruit (like cherries or apricots). Then head to a premium beer shop to pick up some Irish options to pair with your cheese. Beers like Smithwicks, Guinness, and Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale. Legend has it St. Patrick had a personal brewer so Irish beer is a must have for St. Patrick’s Day.
Irish Whiskey Tasking
If beer really isn’t your thing, try a selection of Irish whiskies. Whiskey has a long, rich history. The Irish are known for whiskey. So, this gives you and your guests a chance to try some types you’ve probably never heard of. There are plenty of affordable yet tasty brands to treat your guests to including Bushmills, Green Spot, and Teeling Small Batch. Keep it simple and pick up 4 or 5 bottles of reasonably priced options to test out with your friends. We suggest no more than 5 to keep guests from getting overwhelmed. You can even serve a whiskey cocktail to your guests. Serve soda bread, cured meats, cheeses, and other delightful snacks to soak up the whiskey. After all the point is to have fun but responsible fun.
Irish Dinner Party
St. Patrick’s Day was observed as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years and falls during the time of Lent. Eventually, the restrictions on consumption of meat on this day were removed allowing for a feast of traditional Irish bacon and cabbage. Even if you’re not into cabbage there are plenty of other traditional and not so traditional options for hosting an Irish dinner party. Sure, Ireland isn’t very well known for their food offerings, but who wouldn’t go for a lovely Irish stew, Shepard’s Pie, and soda bread? Or stick with classic corned beef and cabbage. How about an Irish cream cheesecake? A comfort food feast in mid-March is always a good idea. Here are tons of interesting recipes for you to try from Delish.
If all else fails, combine a few of these ideas and host a cocktail party. It will be intimate, mature, and classy. No matter what you host, your guests will be grateful they won’t have to brave the crowds to have a little fun. Glove It is passing on a little luck of the Irish to you this St. Patrick’s Day by offering 20% off* using code GREEN until March 17th! Visit http://www.gloveit.com to start shopping!
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