St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Costume Party For 35 (aka Pot Luck O’ The Irish)

by admin on March 19, 2010

In his sixteenth year, St. Patrick was kidnapped, taken to Ireland, and sold into slavery. After six years, he heard God call him to flee, which he did. After several days of wandering, he called down from a cliff to a boat at sea, who agreed to take him aboard, despite being famished themselves, and just happened to be sailing back to Patrick’s Britain. After returning to Britain, Patrick had a vision of an angel or saint relaying the cries of the lost pagan Irish. Patrick returned and spent the rest of his life, a difficult life, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the very people who had enslaved him. A life well lived.

Menu:

This menu was chosen because of its ease of preparation, it was inexpensive and it was mostly green.  Granted, cabbage salad is not a staple Irish dish but they do eat a lot of cabbage and cabbage done this way is more likely to be eaten.

Spinach and Avocado Cheese Ball and Crackers (Wind and Willow mix – used 2 and 1 box of crackers)
Shepherd’s Pie with Cheesy Potatoes (4 times the recipe, although we did have the equivalent of one full pan leftover)
Irish Soda Bread
Cabbage Salad (2x recipe)
Green Jello
Assorted desserts like mint chocolate ice cream over brownies, cupcakes with green frosting,  key lime bars

Our host, Mike

Entertainment consisted of a trivia contest between the men and women and a jig contest among the guys that the women judged.

Background Music Suggestions (Purchased from iTunes):
Tell Me Ma – Sham Rock
Boy From Ballymore – Sham Rock
Leaving Liverpool (radio edit) – Sham Rock
Kelly, The Wearing of the Green – Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band
La Belle Catherine – Celtic Fiddle Festival
Carracanada Reel – Celtic Thunder
Siulil A Run – Celtic Woman
Dulaman – Celtic Woman
Dionne Reel – Celtic Fiddle Festival
At The Ceili – Celtic Woman
The Wind That Shakes The Barley – The Chieftains
Kilfernora – Contrazz
Mother’s Reel – Fiddlers 3
After Hours At McGann’s – Gaelic Storm
Breakfast At Lady A.’s – Gaelic Storm
The Irish Rover – The Irish Rovers
The Devil Went Down to Doolin – Gaelic Storm
Rolling Home To Ireland – The Irish Rovers
Teetotaler’s Reel/Molly McGuire – Lissa Schneckenburger
Bealtaine – Lunasa
The Barnyards of Delgaty – Gaelic Storm

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