Above is the invitation that was sent to my treasured friends via e-mail for a St. Patrick's Day Luncheon. The artwork was purchased online. I then fashioned the invitation for my event. I loved the spray of shamrocks upon the dramatic ebony background.
I was very excited to have these lassies over for a lunch of a limeade welcome beverage, an artisan salad, Irish Beef Stew within a bread bowl, followed by Key Lime pie.
Come see my tablescape designed for a fun afternoon.
This is how I set the table before I decided on the menu. Once decided, the sherbet cups were not required. But, I enjoyed gazing upon them for a few days.
Still in the preparation stage, I experimented with many ideas. I could have kept the cards on the arrangement rather than giving them out with the party favors because they are so cheerful, however, I felt they would get in the way and be a nuisance, so I opted not to.
I opted for these darling headbands I found at Party City. They were so cute and had the added bling I so enjoy featuring. Plus, they served a duel purpose. While called headbands, my friends chose to wear them as necklaces. I like it when people think outside the band!
The bands were positioned at an angle to be a little out of the expected realm.
The napkins were place on the salad plates with a gold napkin ring that chimed in with the gold, embossed chargers and gold-plated flatware. When I purchased the flatware many years ago, I chose a pattern that was simple, elegant, and would go well with any table setting. They have served me well for many years. When I find one has accidentally made it into the garbage disposal for a ride similar to Indiana Jones at Disneyland, I simply go to Replacements.com and order what I have destroyed.
We enjoyed a delightful artisan salad atop a Depression Era Anchor Hocking Forest Green Bubble plate placed upon an embossed gold charger. It was so Irish looking!
Constructed with mixed greens, avocado slices, Mandarin oranges, dried pomegranate seeds, and candied pecans. It was topped with a delicious Brianna's dressing.
All the yummy ingredients before baking, including thyme, parsnips and Italian parsley.
A hollowed out bread bowl awaits the delicious stew.
The salad was followed by a scrumptious Irish Stew in a Bread Bowl.
Recipe found on Pinterest via The Cozy Apron.
I added additional carrots and potatoes to the recipe.
The grand finale was a homemade Key Lime Pie.
A fun time was had by all. Note to self: Next time, ask your guests to come up with Irish Blessings, not Irish Limericks! :- O
As my dear friends departed for home, I presented them with a bag of Lucky Leprechaun Crunch for their pleasure.
Packaged for giving, two ways.
Here's the recipe for the Lucky Leprechaun Crunch:
2 bags white chocolate chips, melted
1 bag gourmet white popcorn
11/2 cups pretzel sticks, chopped
1 bag of mint green M&M's
1 bag of lime jelly beans
1 cup raw almonds
1 sleeve of Girl Scout Chocolate Mint cookies, quartered
1 sleeve of Oreo Mint Thin cookies, quartered
Melt the white chocolate 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time until melted.
Stir in the popcorn and add all other ingredients.
Spread out on a large cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Chill for about on half hour.
Break into pieces and place within a cellophane bag.
Tie with a shamrock themed ribbon.
This delightful concoction has a very minty taste and is quite refreshing.
Give as party favors,
or neighbor/friend gifts just to let people know you are thinking of them.
I hope you had a delightful St. Patrick's Day!
An Irish Prayer
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Until next time...