Monday, March 19, 2012

Erin(n) Go Braugh!

I think I mention this every year, but my favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day - you know, the two holidays that revolve around over imbibing in food and beer ;)   It's no surprise that those are the only two holidays we insist on hosting parties as well.

This year we kept our St. Patrick's Day party more low key, than our "1st Annual Beer Tasting" from last year.  We had the Husband's college friends, their wives, and children come down and stay for the weekend.  Since they are all out of state it was easiest with the Baby Shower being the next day.  It was also nice having a smaller crowd being that I'm pushing 8 months of pregnancy!

All the work I put in last year paid off this year, I had very little to do to prepare other than pulling out my St. Patrick's bin of fun and putting up the decorations - the pennants, the poms, and then working a spread that I already had all the kinks worked out of!

Aside from the Husband's contribution of the Doritos (heh!), I tried to stick to a Green or Irish spread.  Green and orange veggies (carrots, broccoli and celery) with veggie dip, chips and guacamole, spinach dip in a bread bowl, Dubliner Irish Cheddar and Dubliner Irish Cheddar with Stout, Irish soda muffins (courtesy from Nicole), mint chocolate cupcakes and of course Irish Potatoes!

We also had tomato pie, buffalo chicken dip, seven layer taco dip, sugar cookies, and a Irish dirt trifle on hand and later in belly.

 Don't forget the green olives and pistachios!

The Leprechaun Punch was a hit, and much appreciated by the pregnant woman (we out numbered the non-pregnant) and small children too!  I'll post the recipe share on Sunday!  The boys stuck to a fluid intake of Guinness and a variety of other stouts, ales, and maybe some coors light too.

As mentioned here, I also added some green paper straws to my collection of St. Patrick's decor and they were perfect! 

And finally in addition to the pong table in the driveway, it was absolutely gorgeous outside, NCAA March Madness was on every TV.  Well, until our littlest guests demanded some Dora and Mickey, which we happily obliged.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!


  1. Awww looks like a great party! I am super impressed that you had the energy to host again this year! I want some bump pics! :)

    1. Bump pics coming soon!! Can't believe another month down!.. and I'm so thankful I worked so hard on the party last year, this year was a breeze!

  2. That's so great that you have your party down to a fine art! It looks like a wonderful time. :)

    1. We had a blast... though not sure how great the men were feeling the next day ;)

  3. So much fun!!! Love all of the details.


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