As an Irish girl, it pains me to say this, but St. Patrick's Day decorations can get cheesy pretty fast. I guess it has something to do with leprechauns and people's penchant for dying things green that shouldn't be.
Still, there are some creative folks out there doing St. Patrick's Day parties right. And the best example just might be this chic dinner party thrown by our friend Natasha Lawler. Her annual party is so legendary, many of her guests fly to Virginia from all over the country just to attend.
Here are three lessons to take away from last year's party. And yes, I'm kicking myself for not finagling an invitation!
1. It's important to serve the classics.
This might be the one time of year people actually ask for corned beef and cabbage. Who are you to disappoint? Natasha served up house-brined corned beef, sautéed cabbage, kale caesar salad with Dubliner cheese, Irish soda bread, and more. If that doesn't sound fancy enough, there was also Guinness chocolate cupcakes with Irish whiskey ganache and Bailey's cream cheese frosting.
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2. Use green — in moderation.
Not only was all the food fancy, but Natasha also dressed it all up by printing formal menus and setting an Instagram-worthy table. There's the sophisticated striped tablecloth, the pretty patterned dinnerware, the green glasses, and just a few touches of gold.
3. Have fun with the cocktails.
Natasha is sure to always have a healthy stock of Guinness on hand, of course, but last year there were also Irishtinis, made with Hendrick's gin, lime juice, cucumber, green chartreuse, and mint.
This sure beats the sloppiness at your neighborhood bar, doesn't it?
See the rest of this amazing party: Entertaining with Natasha Lawler at Camille Styles