How to Serve a Traditional Irish Dinner for St. Patrick's Day

How to Serve a Traditional Irish Dinner for St. Patrick's Day. Get your family into the spirit of the holiday by serving them a traditional Irish meal.

Set the table with simple dishes, a cut-lace tablecloth and fresh flowers in a crystal vase.

Buy several pints of Guinness for the adults and serve it at Irish room temperature (which is colder than ours ' about 60 degrees). Serve Harp Lager for those who do not like stout.

Serve a hearty main dish such as corned beef and cabbage with horseradish sauce, or a warming dish such as Irish stew.

Choose a side dish such as colcannon (a winter vegetable casserole) or black pudding, and don't forget to make some Irish soda bread to round out the meal.

Brew a pot of Irish breakfast tea after dinner (see "How to Brew a Pot of Tea," under Related eHows) and serve a glazed Irish tea cake for dessert. You can make the tea cake a day or two beforehand and keep it wrapped in foil.

Play Irish tunes. Consider a CD of traditional Irish music, or create a lighter mood with Irish pub songs playing in the background.

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