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An Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

March 18, 2017 (Last Updated: January 14, 2019)

An elegant St. Patrick’s Day dinner party is such a lovely (and delicious) contrast to some of the rowdier events at this time of year. Here are a few tips and lucky treats for your elegant, emerald affair.

A small jug of ice water with shamrock ice cubes and cucumber in from of glassware and a green flower arrangement.

The key to creating an elegant St Patrick’s Day dinner is not to go overboard with the rainbows and pots of gold. Just a few well placed touches makes the evening so traditionally lovely.

Serve Earthy Appetizers

Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms are a real show stopper! Just wait till you see your guest’s reactions when they pop these in their mouths. You’ll never see such a big reaction for such a tiny appetizer.

A closeup of a deviled egg on a marble board next to a deviled egg.

Irish Rose & Shamrock Deviled Eggs

It’s easy to create bacon rose garnishes for your deviled eggs. They looks so sweet and impressive!

Deviled eggs on a marble plate, 2 with bacon rose garnishes, and 2 with shamrock garnishes.

I also stamped some shamrocks out of basil to add another garnish. All you need a a simple shamrock paper stamp!

A hand holding a shamrock hole puncher over a white background.

7 stuffed mushrooms and 6 deviled eggs, garnished with shamrocks and bacon on a marble board.

Create a Simple, Elegant Place Setting

You don’t need to cover everything in green or shower your table in shamrocks to have a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party. Aside from a cozy shepherd’s pie, I like to serve a bit of sea food for dinner, so a simple, nautical decoration makes for a perfectly elegant place setting.

A plate with a shell in the center, next to a sprig of lavender and a small, decorative fork.

Just a Touch of Green

I use the shells to serve this incredibly tasty pesto scallop amuse bouche during pre-dinner cocktails. I found them for next to nothing on Amazon, and the little trident at my local Housing Works.

After I’ve served the second round of cocktails, I gather up all the shells from the place settings, spoon on the basil cream, and take out my soaked mustard seeds.

I quickly cook the scallops in butter, give them a good spritz of lemon, spoon them right into the shells and top them with the mustard seeds. The whole process takes no more than about 7 minutes so I’m not away from my guests for too long.

A small shell on a plate containing 3 small scallops, pesto cream and mustard caviar next to a small fork.

Make Your Main Course a Cozy, Filling Meal

My red wine shepherd’s pie! Some folks may think a shepherd’s pie isn’t fancy enough for a fancy dinner party. I couldn’t disagree more! It’s one of the best dinners for a chilly march evening, and you can make it a day or two before, so all you have to do is heat it up and serve.

A pyrex with golden shepherd's pie.

A plate with shepherd's pie, brussels sprouts and a simple salad.

I served it with roasted brussels sprouts and a simple spring mix salad with apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing. Just heavenly.

Serve a Creamy Dessert

Some of the best dairy in the world is found in Ireland, so I like to make my St. Patrick’s Day desserts nice and creamy. I made this perfectly lovely Grand Marnier flan with fresh cream for dessert. After all the appetizers and a fairly filling dinner, this light flan is nothing too intimidating for guests. It’s so smooth and light with a hint of orange essence.

If you’d like to see more ideas for St. Patrick’s day entertaining, take a look at my St. Patrick’s Day Brunch! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

If you try this recipe or any of my tasty drinks or treats, make sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram! I love to see your creations! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more loveliness, too.

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