st. patty's dinner party.

Well, that weekend went fast. Or maybe that's because I spent most of it cooking and doing dishes. But hey! Totally worth it to have my second annual St. Patty's Dinner Party under my belt.

One of my menu favs has to be Irish Soda Bread, because it's not just a St. Pat's recipe. It's a four ingredient bread...beyond easy to make...and pairs so well with soup or any meal that needs a little beefing up. Also, delicious with jam. Here's my recipe, from Irish Pub Cooking:

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and grease a baking sheet.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk in a bowl. Use your hands if it gets difficult to stir! The dough should be soft and sticky enough to form a ball for kneading. (Add extra flour or buttermilk if needed!)
  • Lightly flour the counter, and turn the dough over a few times.
  • Then shape it into an 8" round, and place on your baking sheet. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf with a knife.
  • Slide your baking sheet into the oven and set your timer for 30 minutes. Mine usually take upwards of 40 minutes, but I always start checking at 30. When the top is golden brown, you know it's ready!

I pulled out my collected china for the occasion, and dusted off the gold flatware. It was a pretty fem St. Patty's party...but that's okay. It doesn't have to be all kelly green, does it? A few minutes before the guests arrived, I decided it might be wise to assign places. So, I reached for my trusty paper doilies and labeled spots.

I'm a bit of a socially anxious girl, so throwing parties can be nerve-wracking. For me, the most rewarding part is stepping into the kitchen to wrangle dishes, or prep something...and listening to the din of your guests laughing, enjoying each other's company. Worth every hour spent peeling potatoes and apples. :) 

My entire house still smells like corned beef...and there's enough Guinness left in my fridge for another year. But that's not a terrible problem to have! All told, a very lovely evening with friends and family.


  1. I just love your collection of mis-matched china. I need to start collecting. I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys doing the dishes- signs of a successful soiree!

  2. Your china is beautiful! The whole idea looks amazing - the colors, the china, and the bread (omg, the bread). I'm jealous of your party-throwing skills!

  3. I know just how you feel! I had a St. Patty's day dinner party too, and I couldn't sleep for a few days leading up to it.

  4. These photos are all so dreamy I love them ! x

  5. good to hear that you had a successful st. patty's day party! the soda bread looks quite good! I love eating bread as a snack with olive oil & balsamic vinaigrette. Also like the doily place name idea! cute!

  6. Irish soda bread is sooooooo yummy :)

  7. I wish I could have come to your party. It looked so lovely.

    Sounds like I'm a lot like you where I fret for days over throwing a party. I'd do it more often, I think (if I wasn't busy running after baby and preschoolers) AND if I didn't stress so much about having everything beautiful and perfect (like I'm sure your party was :)).

  8. Oh my gosh, I want to be you. Everything looks adorable, and that bread looks divine! I can't wait to try it.

  9. woo, glad your dinner party went well! and if you need help finishing those guinesses, let me know :) i'd be glad to ;)

  10. I love it! And I'm going to try to have to make that bread now!

    Unrelated question: May I ask what type of camera and lens you use? I finally have enough money saved up to buy one and need advice :)

  11. I love that you kept the mismatching plates. Did you end up using them at the wedding? I think they're perfect for everyday (:

  12. i love the silverware!

  13. And the food was as good as it looks and sounds. You did a stellar job, B! And I say that as a guest....not just your Dad.

  14. LOVE it ... nice pink ribbon too!! ;)

  15. I adore dinner parties, good food, wine and company - what more can you ask for? I doubt you had anything to worry about I think you would throw a more than fabulous dinner party!

  16. that looks gorgeous!
    My mum is irish and she says you have to cut a big cross in the soda bread to let the fairies out!

  17. I LOVE your photography! And I'll have to try that Irish Soda Bread recipe, it looks delicous!

  18. First, I love that your dad comments, so stinkin cute! Secondly, I love the comment about cutting a cross into the bread to let the fairies out. I've actually never made bread before because I considered it too hard or because you needed special machinery (like I dunno, a breadmaker?) but that would be dumb wouldn't it? People have clearly been making bread long before Black & Decker created breadmakers. Annnnyway, your dinner party looked just perfect. Love the twinkly lights, the sparkly straw flags and the doilies, all things our leprochaun would go bananas over!


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