Where are your green clothes, fancy kilts and clover-shaped sunglasses and necklaces? St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, which means it's about time to take out all of your festive attire and decorations.
While St. Patrick's Day parades are a lot of fun, they can also be really crowded. Instead of attending one with your friends this year, host a St. Patrick's Day party at your home. It's not difficult, especially if you make it a potluck full of your favorite holiday dishes and treats.
If you're not sure how to prepare, here are several tips:
1. Serve a full spread
You might decide to supply the drinks, but don't stress over supplying all of the appetizers and entrees. This will put a serious strain on your wallet. Instead, create a list and ask each attendee to bring his or her own fun holiday-themed dish.
- Irish shepherd's pie.
- Irish champ.
- Irish bacon and cabbage soup.
- A green spinach spread.
- Irish stew.
- Irish soda bread.
These are just a few food ideas you can have guests bring to your party.
2. Encourage people to bring healthy meals
If some people are health enthusiasts, they may be a bit skeptical about attending your party because they're unfamiliar with the food. But here's the deal: They shouldn't worry! Encourage your guests to bring healthy meals. Here are a few Irish foods that would look great at the dinner table, according to Cooking Light and Health:
- Ploughman's lunch platter: This salad contains a number of vegetables as well as sliced meets and cheeses. If you want something that is a bit more filling but still low on calories, this is a great meal.
- Brown soda bread: We listed "Irish soda bread" above, but you can make this bread a bit healthier, according to Cooking Light, by using wheat germ, whole-wheat flour and steel-cut oats (Irish oatmeal).
- Cheddar-Ale soup: This creamy soup uses 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese and low-sodium chicken broth, according to Health. All together it's only 277 calories.
- Corned beef and cabbage: You might question how beef can be on a list full of healthy Irish meals. However, at 321 calories, this meal can fill you right up without packing on the pounds. Just make sure you trim all of the fat.
There are plenty of healthy meals that your guests can enjoy. Make sure to note this on your invitation, and even provide them a few recipe ideas to make their cooking experience more fun and less stressful.
3. Remember to be festive
This is St. Patrick's Day, which means that you have an excuse to make your residence look festive and comfortable for even the most Irish leprechaun. Decorate your home with green ribbons and streamers, and balloons. You can also purchase four-leaf clover napkins and green plastic utensils to make your meal feel like you're eating authentic Irish plates in Ireland itself.
Guinness beer is a traditional staple at any St. Patrick’s Day party but your guests can experience it in a completely new way when they taste it after consuming a MiraBurst Miracle Berry Tablet. These tablets have the power to temporarily transform the taste of sour and acidic foods and drinks like stout beers. People have reported that Guinness tastes like a fuzzy chocolate milkshake after using MiraBurst so you can add extra fun to your party by taste tripping with this traditional beverage.