A couple of years ago my friend, Kim, and I set out to plan a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Gourmet Group dinner. After doing lots of research, I felt a little less than enthused, because most of the authentic food I could find consisted of basic potato soups, and even worse, most of the décor ideas involved plastic shamrocks and goofy leprechauns. We went a different route (in a different month) that year. But I have since thought a lot about how St. Paddy’s Day could be done in a little more sophisticated style. (I suppose this could be considered to be missing the point of the holiday, and if you like the regular approach to celebrating it, by all means…read no further.)
(I think I found this photo on Kimba’s site, but I’m not sure. Let me know who to credit, if you know.)
I’ve been a bit more inspired by all things Irish, since my brother’s family gave me this CD and this DVD for Christmas.
They are both fantastic, very fun, and very Irish. The High Kings have a song called, “The Rocky Road to Dublin.” That and the ancient castle which serves as the back drop for the Celtic Woman concert are the inspiration for my sophisticated St. Paddy’s day vision. I immediately thought of finding stones, either like the ones pictured above, or craggy ones that could have been an old castle wall, and covering them with moss to create an interesting tablescape.
Then I saw this picture on the Hostess blog.
I found this clover here. (It is supposed to go in ponds, so you could always float it).
Irish flag courtesy of 4 International Flags