a simple St. Patrick's Day celebration

I love St. Patrick's Day!

Three years ago on St. Patrick's Day, we met some friends at our local pub (yes, really, it was a pub)
and found out that we had sold our house. 
In 3 days.  For full price!
That was a fun night celebrating.

Usually though for St. Patrick's, we like to invite friends or family over and have a semi-traditional meal.

Only I don't serve green beer, or require funny green outfits.

 Here's how we like to celebrate this spring holiday in our home.

I typically buy a small shamrock plant and display it for the weeks before and after the holiday.  They are a really cute little plant with dainty white flowers.  When it gets to be dark in the evening the leaves fold downward.  In the daylight they perk back up.
The shamrock represents the Trinity.  It was how St. Patrick spread the story of the gospel.

I have a couple coffee table books that I put out on display. 
This is my favorite. 
I saw it in a book store several years ago- there was a whole series of  "A Day in the Life...."  books.  When I went back to get it a few months later, I was so sad to find out that not only was it gone, it was out of print!
A while later, (maybe a year?) still kicking myself for not getting it when I had the chance, I decided to look on Ebay.
Good thing I did!
This book chronicles one day in May around the Irish isle.

I spruced up my everyday wreath with the flags of Ireland, and added a bit of moss wrapped in gold thread to the base.

I also added a bit of moss to my apothecary jars.
A circular white hand stitched table top linen is underneath.

Even my antique piano got some special vintage sheet music.

When we have our St. Patrick's Day party, we always have a playlist of Irish musicians.
The Chieftains, Sinead O'Connor, U2, even the Riverdance soundtrack.
Lotsa fun!

Our chalkboard posts an Irish blessing for our guests.

Sometimes we do the corned beef, and sometimes I've done a pot roast or a good steak.  Ireland is known for it's grass fed beef. 
But have you ever thought of the seafood?  Oysters, salmon, haddock?

This year I opted for a smoked salmon spread as an appetizer.
Here's the recipe, it's always a hit. 

Smoked Salmon Spread

1 package of smoked salmon
1/4 cup chopped dill pickle
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/4 cup celery, chopped fine
fresh parsley
1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise

Chop smoked salmon, dill pickle, celery and parsley until fine. Add celery salt and mayo, mix together.  For a creamier spread, you can put this in a food processor.  Serve with crackers, sliced baguette or carrots and celery.

One of my other favorite twists, is
Sweet Cabbage Salad

1/3 cup plus 2 T canola oil
6 T cider vinegar
4 T sugar
kosher salt and pepper to taste
Mix these together and set aside.

1 cabbage or one package preshredded coleslaw cabbage
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
4 T sesame seeds
4 T sliced almonds

Toss together and serve immediately.

This offers a nice sweetness and crunch in contrast to corned beef.  Really yummy!

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating this holiday. 
I leave you with this cheeky Irish saying:
"May those who love us, love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we'll know them by their limping.”

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  1. Happy Irish Day!!! Yummy recipe...Have a great day!

  2. What a lovely way to celebrate both spring and St. Patrick's Day. I haven't heard that particular Irish blessing for a while; it's nice to hear it again. I like the corks in the glass jar, too!

  3. Wow! I want to come celebrate at your house. Enjoy your evening!

  4. Happy St. Patty's Day, Denise! Looks like a wonderful time! My hubby would love the smoked salmon spread! Oh my yum! I love the last Irish saying! Too funny!

    My grandma used to quote one about the wind always being at your back. It always made me smile :)


  5. Denise, love your St. Paddy's Day decorations....particularly your wreath with the flags! We're celebrating tomorrow in our house; I'll have to try your salmon spread - thanks for the recipe!

  6. You have some wonderful traditions! All of that looks yummy.

    Selling your house in 3 days is even yummier!!!

    Thank you for the encouraging comment on my kitchen reveal. I really appreciate it!

    Have a wonderful weekend.


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