13 Awesome Food, Drink, and Decor Ideas for Hosting an Irish Dinner Party

As we enter into the season of entertaining, we bring you some great ideas for showcasing your Irish heritage. Whether you want to host a themed Thanksgiving dinner, or just catch up with friends and family, we hope this list gives you some ideas. After all, the Irish sure know how to have a great time! 

 

Cocktails + Canapés

Want to give your party a little Irish flair? Why not try serving some of these Irish-themed drinks and snacks. 

 

Black Velvet 

 

 A simple twist on a champagne reception, check out this black velvet recipe.

Lemon Basil Daiquiri (non-alcoholic)

This mocktail from The Merrythought is simple, elegant and most importantly for your theme - emerald green! 

 

 

Emerald Isle Dip

This Emerald Isle dip makes a showstopper of a centrepiece.


 

Salmon and Cream Cheese Potato Cakes

These salmon and cream cheese potato cakes make elegant but distinctly Irish party snacks. 

 

 

Starters

Pea and Ham Soup

A cosy classic and a favourite with the Irish at Heart team is a traditional pea and ham soup. 

 

 

Main Courses 

Irish Stew 

Hearty and delicious, this Irish Stew recipe is sure to be a hit with your guests. 

 

 

Shepherds Pie

Easy to make ahead and ready to pop in the oven, shepherds pie is comfort food at its best! 

 

 Guinness Glazed Pork Loin

Guinness makes the perfect addition to any Irish-themed party, but why not get inventive by adding it to your main dish? This Guinness-glazed pork loin is sure to impress. 

 

Dessert 

Guinness Chocolate Puddings

If you haven't added Guinness to your party yet, there's still a chance. These Guinness chocolate puddings (with just five ingredients)  are rich and decadent. Who would have known beer and chocolate went so well together? 

 


Irish Apple Cake with Custard

Nothing says Granny's Cottage (our November theme) more than cake and custard! Give your guests a cosy taste of Granny's with this recipe from The Kitchen McCabe.

 

Decor 

Ready to get crafty? We found some fantastic do-it-yourself decor ideas to give your party guests a taste of the Emerald Isle. 

 

Shamrock Balloon Backdrop 

We love this stunning and easy to make backdrop from The House That Lars Built. Perfect for your dining room wall, or any other space you are using to entertain. 

 

 

Mantle Topiaries

We don't know about you, but we would keep this mantle display from Made in a Day up all year round! 

 

Luck of the Irish Bunting 

Simple, cute, and lets your guests know how much they mean to you. We adore this 'lucky us' bunting from Landeelu.

 


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