Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How to Party like the Leprechauns –March details

Irish or not, Saint Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to throw a great party! So channel your inner leprechaun and celebrate in style with these fun tips.

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- Go green! Green candles, green balloons, green tablecloths, potted shamrocks – the more green, the better. Dig out your green Christmas ornaments and arrange them in a large glass vase for your centerpiece. Wrap white napkins with a square of green netting or sheer organza before inserting them into the napkin rings. Add some gold accents by scattering gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins across the table.

- The luck of the Irish will be with you when you treat you friends to shamrock fortune cookies from Lady Fortunes. Enjoy a dozen chocolate dipped cookies sprinkled with green candies and nestled in a gold round tin. Inside each cookie you’ll find a traditional message of good fortune!

- Add a festive garnish to any plate with this easy trick! Slice a green bell pepper widthwise to create a lucky shamrock or four-leaf clover. Add a stem by slicing another pepper lengthwise.

- To make these adorable Baby Guinness shots: first, fill a shot glass three quarters full with Kaluha. Then, hold a small spoon over the top of the glass while you fill it the rest of the way with Baileys Irish Cream (the Baileys should rest on top like the head of a Guinness). Then cheers!

Featured Recipe

Irish potatoes are sweet, creamy, and a cinnamon lover's dream come true!

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon of cocoa

Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth, then add the coconut and confectioners sugar. Knead until well blended. Roll dough into balls or potato shapes.
Mix cinnamon and cocoa in a small plastic bag. Add about six balls at a time and shake until covered. Place coated balls on a cookie sheet and chill to set.

No Paddy’s Day play list is complete without these Irish classics!
“Seven Drunken Nights” – The Dubliners
“Whiskey in the Jar” – Traditional
“Celtic Symphony” – The Wolfe Tones
“Dirty Old Town” – The Pogues
“N17” – The Saw Doctors
“The Wild Rover” - Luke Kelly