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Centerations Party News, Issue #002 -- Green Decorations & Recipe Ideas
March 16, 2015

Erin Go Bragh!

March brings us the last blustery days of winter and much anticipation for warm days. A few “teaser” days give hope and strength until then. Keep the faith, my little party animals, spring IS right around the corner. March 20th is the official first day of spring. Yay!

While we wait for that first glimpse of spring we have another party to plan! Let’s get busy because as “luck” would have it, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. That means we need to pull out the green, hang the shamrocks, and look for that pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow…oh, and drink beer!

So what exactly is the history behind St. Patrick’s Day? For those of you who like to read that kind of stuff, here is a link that helps explain The meaning of St Patricks Day. (Come back here when you’re done reading so we can get back to business with your party plan!)

For the rest of you, let’s move on…

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We all become a bit o’ Irish on St. Paddy’s! Surely there’s a party going on at local pub in your area, but if that’s not your thing, or you’d prefer to celebrate at home (safer than driving), then this list is for you. I’ve put together some party decoration ideas for you to use that would make any true Irishman proud. In the true spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, think GREEN when decorating. Yes, everything from green balloons, streamers, plates & napkins to the color of your beer. But first, set the mood with a bit of Irish music…

MUSIC:

Music playing in the background is a must for proper ambiance of your party! What better music to have for St Patrick’s Day than Irish, of course! I discovered this website which has a whole list of songs, which you can play right from your computer, to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your friends. Perhaps even to dance an Irish jig. Check it out for yourself here:

St Patricks Day Music

St Patricks Day Decoration Ideas

Most party or discount stores will carry decorations you can use. Check your local dollar store for great (& cheap) finds. Here are items to consider:

• Shamrock cut outs to hang on walls or windows
• Purchase rainbow cut outs, or make out of construction paper, that lead to “pot o’ gold”
• Hang green and gold strips, made from crepe paper, in doorways or swag across ceiling
• Add fake gold coins to clear vases or jars & add green clover “flowers” (Cut out small shamrocks. Glue to floral wire. Insert into coins at bottom of vase.)
• Use dried green peas as vase filler & top with a candle
• Cut out “coins” from yellow construction paper. Attach to ribbon ends and tie around green napkins.
• Glue strips of burlap ribbon around glass vases or jars. Then, tie green ribbon over it. Add candle to jar.
• Use plastic leprauchan hats as serving bowls for pretzels to go with Guinness beer

FOOD:

Hearty Irish stew with fresh crusty bread on the side makes a delicious and easy to fix meal. Corned beef with boiled cabbage and potatoes is another favorite. The slow cooker is a cook's best friend Here are some recipes to make it easy for you...

Irish Stew

Irish Stew Recipe

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Use your slow cooker to make corned beef and cabbage, and serve with boiled potatoes. The slow cooker makes it easy to prepare this traditional St Patrick’s Day meal…

Buy the corned beef that’s already seasoned in the bag. Dump the whole thing, juices & seasonings included, into your slow cooker. Add water to cover and let her cook on low all day, about 8-10 hours. You can add cut up cabbage to it, or if you’re like me, I prefer to boil it separately in pot of water on stove. Then, once cooked to desired texture, drain it, and season with lots of butter and salt. Yum! There are lots of recipes out there for this meal. Some add other vegetable, like carrots, or chicken broth instead of water. They all taste good. So you can adjust to your preference.

Hot Irish Coffee

To chase off the last of that winter chill, serve Irish coffee after your meal (this is alcoholic, so ADULTS only!) Here’s a recipe for how to make traditional Irish Coffee. You can just use ready whipped cream, if necessary (I can hear the *gasp* from all the traditionalists, but hey, whatever is easier and works for you):

Ingredients

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Directions

Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot. Here's the original recipe

Old Irish Proverb

May those who love us, love us. For those who don’t love us, May God turn their hearts. And if God can’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping!



Party on...until next month, when we give you new reasons to party!

Susan
Centerations Party News






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