St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Simplified

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner again.  Another holiday to use an excuse to get together with friends and family to drink, eat and wear green.  Well, actually it is a day to celebrate the Irish, commemorate Saint Patrick and a day of feast.    Last year I put together a very last minute dinner party for St. Patrick’s day in three days for a small gathering. The recipes I found on Pinterest and warned the guests the meal was mostly an experiment.  But the food turned out wonderful, Corned Beef Shepherd’s Pie and Traditional Irish Soda Bread.  I made my own St. Patty’s Frozen Cocktails, and my mom contributed her famous lime green jello and my aunt brought Irish Creme Brownies.  

  • Corned Beef Shepard's Pie
    Corned Beef Shepard’s Pie
  • St Patty's Frozen Cocktail Prep Sweet Lane Events
    St Patty’s Frozen Cocktail
  • Irish Soda Bread in the Oven
    Irish Soda Bread
  • Irish Soda Bread at St. Patrick's Day dinner
    Irish Soda Bread
  • St. Patrick's Day Green Jello
    Mom’s Green Jello
  • St. Patrick's Day Irish Creme Brownies
    Aunt’s Irish Creme Brownies

The Food

This year I’m really going to keep it really simple and lighten up the menu, with a vegetable pureed soup and the soda bread.  No invitations, just a simple family St. Patrick’s Day dinner.   When I traveled through Ireland a few years ago, I think every restaurant and pub served a vegetable soup and it was always delicious.  I am hoping I can find a recipe that is just as good.   I found a few, but this Creamy Vegetable Soup is the one I think I will try.  Along with the same recipe I used last year for some Irish Soda Bread, I can’t wait!!!

The Decorations

 The decorations will be just a re-use of the last years and my decorations from before.  Since this year will just be a family dinner,  no need to buy more decorations.  Re-using decorations is fun challenge because you want to try to use them in a different way then you have used them before, to make it fresh.  Either way you will probably be the only one who notices if you used the decorations or not.  This goes for every holiday but I believe decorations for the most part, should be something you love, should be re-usable and easy to store.  

Here are some photos from last years decorations:

  • St. Patrick's day candle table decor
    St. Patrick’s day candle table decor
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner Party decor by Sweet Lane Events
    St. Patrick’s Day table decor
  • Shamrock Door Decoration
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner Party by Sweet Lane Events
    Moss Table Runner
  • St. Patrick's Day dinner Party table scape by Sweet Lane Events
    St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Tablescape
  • St Patrick's Day table props
    Fake Greens

Hope you enjoy a simple family St. Patrick’s Day dinner with people you love too!



Only two days till my last minute St. Patrick’s day dinner party.  Today I received all but one RSVP, finalized the menu, did the grocery shopping and picked up a few things for the table decorations.  

Guest List

Today I have 5 yes, 2 nos and 1 unknown.  Not bad for a last minute party.  You can never expect everyone you invite to come but you especially can’t hold out for people when you invite them three days before.  

FINAL menu

A took a vote to determine what to make, the Corned Beef Shepard’s Pie won!  No surprise, who doesn’t like the corned beef or Shepard’s pie?  And together, it sounds like it will be heavenly!  Well my email didn’t work, my family didn’t listen and offered to bring something.  So I don’t have to worry about dessert or a side dish.  I totally appreciate the offer and help, and I know my mom and aunt will bring something great!  I have to say, it doesn’t apply in this instance, but sometimes have people bring something is more work than if you did it yourself, but that is whole other post for another day.

Corned Beef Sheppard’s Pie

Corned Beef Sheppard's Pie Photo Credit: Real Housemoms

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda BreadPhoto Credit: Let’s Dish

Green Jello (my mom is making)

Dessert (my Aunt is bringing)

Green Cocktail

Guinness Beer  


Grocery list

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  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 4 cups cooked and chopped corned beef
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbls corn starch
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • 5 -6 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 Box of Hawaiian Punch Sugar Free Lemon Lime Splash Drink Mix Singles to Go
  • Vodka
  • Triple Sec
  • 6 pack of Guinness Beer

Table Decor supplies


St Patrick's Day table props

I picked up a few items from Michael’s, some greenery and a moss table runner.  All for less than $20.  I have some ideas of how I might put the table decor together for this dinner party but I never really know how I am going to do it until I start putting it together.  


I will keep you up to date on the progress of my St. Patrick’s Day dinner party.

Read about how I started planning for this party on Day 1