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Friday, March 16, 2012

All Things Irish~ Festive Fare

Green is my favorite color. I love to set the table for St. Patrick's Day dinner. 

You can create mini votives by coring an apple and adding a candle.



I love the elegant simplicity of this Celtic tablecloth created with a stencil and fabric paint.


If my children are good, a leprechaun might leave a few gold coins sprinkled next to their place setting.

Continuing the simple theme is the sweet addition of a single clover into a twine tined napkin. Colcannon, a traditional Irish potato dish, is enhanced by a few drops of green food coloring.



The menu also includes corned beef and cabbage. I always make enough for corned beef sandwiches the next day~yum!


I adore Irish Soda bread. My family prefers that the caraway seed and currents not be added.


Mr. Decor loves this part of the meal. This year we might try some green beer.


The perfect finishing touch for a house full of chocoholics is chocolate Irish creme cheesecake.


Images from Martha Stewart and BH&G.


                         I hope you enjoyed this post from the DTA March 2009 archives. 


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50 comments :

jewelstreet said...

Nah! No feast here, but I don't ever make feasts.

Love that apple idea. I'm going to save that one for Halloween and possibly with some mini pumpkins too.

Heather said...

We'll be having corned beef and cabbage, and potaotes. Instead of boiling the potatoes with the beef though, I may have to make colcannon. It's so good and I haven't had them in awhile! Wish I was having that cheesecake!

Jade Creative said...

I hadn't thought of making a St. Patricks day feast, however after looking at all your great ideas, I may just add a few special green touches to our dinner table. Thanks so much,
Darlene

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Even though we are not Irish, we enjoy having corned beef & cabbage. I make it with potatoes, carrots & onions boiled right in the pot.

Mildred said...

Such wonderful, fun ideas. I especially love that tablecloth. Wishing you all a fun day.

Roxane said...

That all looks fantastic! I made corned beef & cabbage this weekend. It was soo good I only wish I had made 2 briskets so we would have had more for sandwiches the next day!

Terri and Bob said...

You are such a good poster! I am so excited about St Patricks Day now... and I can't do anything about it!

We are headed to the Eagles concert in Columbia so I won't get to do any of the fun things I usually do so I guess I am going to live through you!

Lynette said...

No, I am coming to yours! Especially the cheesecake. I have to agree the table cloth is beautiful. I would think it took a lot of time and a steady hand.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Congrats to the winners!

nikkicrumpet said...

Such clever ideas! The apple votive is genius! Thanks for sharing them.

ScrappinAway said...

I know my hubby would love for me to make him this feast...but I don't like corn beef or cabbage. My poor hubby!

Carrie said...

I had Guiness for the first time last St. Patrick's Day.

The cheescake looks heavenly....

My Irish hubby loves soda bread-- I make it once in a while (I add oatmeal to the bread). We like it with soup.

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Darn. I missed your giveaway, but I'm so glad I got in on your Irish photos and recipes. Delightful! My husband's family is Irish; we would love to visit Ireland some day.

Anonymous said...

The tablecloth is neat idea!!!
We have a Rueben casserole that is very tasty -- never is a morsel left! And that cheesecake looks wonderful but ours will mostly be chocolate and minty and green.
Have a Happy Saint Patricks Day!
Karyl(Carol)

Lady Dorothy said...

I'm not a fan of corned beef, so we are having Irish Beef Stew and Irish soda bread (also without the seeds and currants). This year, I think we will be having a chocoate mint cake for dessert. I love celebrating (almost anything) with food!

Mimi Sue said...

We seem to have a lot of traditions regarding food on hoildays. It's our tradition to have corned beef and cabbage (and little red potatos), some green jello, rolls, and some kind of green dessert. Maybe mint chip ice cream. I even like to bake a cherry pie on George Washington's birthday. Mimi

The Cookie Girl said...

Beautiful Irish ideas. Mr. Cookie and all the Irish blood running through his veins enjoys a hearty dinner and a beer to chase it down with. I have never made him Irish Soda bread I might just do that this year.

Linda said...

We had soda bread over the weekend...mmmmmmm.

Muthering Heights said...

That looks like such a lovely meal!

My husband and youngest daughter will be having corned beef with all the sides, while I will be enjoying just the potatoes and carrots with my older daughter (she's not much of a meat eater). That's about as far as I can go this year, as I am still a bit nauseated in my pregnancy. :)

Shimmy Mom said...

I will now, you just made me hungry!
*hugs*

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I was hoping there would be an invite at the end of this enticing post! :o)

If there is cheesecake involved, I ALWAYS want to be invited!!

Blue Muse said...

Delicious! What a beautiful post and it goes so well with your gorgeous background!
We're trying 92 year old French Annie's stuffed cabbage (a friend of Corey's over at at Tongue in Cheek) It sure looked good!
Happy St. Pattys and thank you so much for visiting my little world again, it was so nice to see you!
xo Isa

Draffin Bears said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your family Laura.

I love the colour green also and I have just posted some green things. The candle in the apple is a lovely idea.

How lucky that your children will have a few gold coins from the leprechaun.

We are having corned beef for dinner tonight and I enjoy a sandwich with the meat the next day.

Hugs
Carolyn

Carrie said...

Thank you for posting such fresh lovely ideas!

Kimba said...

I love your Irish collection! I'll be doing something similar tomorrow. We had corned beef and cabbage over the weekend with my in-laws and I'll be making reuben sandwiches tomorrow night.

And, of course, we'll both probably enjoy a Guinness. That was the thing that I craved the most when I was pregnant with my first son. Major bummer!

Kimba

Kimba said...

Love your new look, by the way. It's fantastic!

Kimba

Karen said...

What a nice post! I love green as well. I can't wait till that spring day when I wake up and all the trees have leaves on again and the grass looks so soft and green. It won't be long but I can hardly wait.
Your dinner sounds wonderful. I have to admit that I have never made corned beef and cabbage before. I will have to try it someday soon.
Have a lovely evening.

Julie said...

Green is also one of my favorite colors. I especially love that tablecloth. It's amazing the things we can do with stencils.

heather said...

I wasn't planning on making a feast, but you may have inspired me to do something.

Personally, I'm going all out on Friday, the official first day of spring. I'm making it a holiday in my house.

Allidink said...

These are all such great ideas! And they're making me hungry lol! I have always wanted to try soda bread. Your blog has inspired me I think I will make some tomorrow :)

All the best,
Allison

Mathea said...

Love the apple idea! And green beer, I need some of that. Hello from SITS!

Tea Time With Melody said...

I was in the grocery this weekend and an older gentlemen came in asking for Soda bread and I wondered what the heck that was, now I know! Thanks for the history lesson.

c'est Moi! the tink-n-frog said...

The cheesecake looks completely decadent...ahhhh

LiLi M. said...

Thanks for your lovely recipes. I will safe them for next year, then we will have a St. Patrick's party here too.

Liz said...

I love the votives in the apples idea!
I have never tried soda bread.... But it looks wonderful!

All in all a yummy menu!

~Liz

Elizabeth said...

Top o' the Mornin' to ya, Laura! I love your new look!

Reflections of life and art said...

Yummmmmm......your St. Patrick's Day feast sounds wonderful, one your family will enjoy!
Laura, your new blog look is so you....lovely!

Hugs,
Noel

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

the apple candle is so sweet! :)

Stacy said...

The cheesecake makes me drool.

Kathleen Ellis said...

It looks like you had a perfect St.Patrick's Day dinner...from the setting to the dessert...beautiful!
Happy Spring!
;-D

xinex said...

Yummy food and love all the green stuff!...Christine

Sue said...

I'm drooling over here on the screen looking at that cheesecake...It looks sooooo good!! a little late Happy St. Patrick's Day...Sue.

Victorian Garden Gourmet said...

Your Irish post is grand my girl! the food looks delicious! Love the backet of green apples. Thank you for the lovely visit.
Kate

DNAKnot said...

Where did you get the stencil that you used on the tablecloth?

Thank you,
Jennifer

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Jennifer,

I don't have access to your profile. :(
So hopefully you will come back here.
If you google "Celtic stencils" you will find many different companies that offer several styles in a number of price ranges.

Good luck! I always thought it would be lovely to do the tablecloths for a wedding.

Karena said...

Laura I do love this, yummy traditional fare & dessert and great ideas! Go for the green beer!

Please come and join my new Fashion Giveaway from Fresh Produce!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Auntie Em said...

Just sitting here drooling away! :)

Jill Elaine said...

I love that tablecloth:) I usually forget about St. Patricks Day - guess we don't have Irish blood in our veins!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Maria Elena said...

Laura, you had me at chocolate cheesecake! LOL What beautiful pictures and ideas! I have admired your blog for a long time and I just realized I never became a follower! I thought I had! Anyway, I am your new follower now! For sure!