Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, home to many Irish immigrants, my memory is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a large St. Patty’s Day parade, lots of corned beef and cabbage, and of course, beer. Now as a mom of four and living in a small town in Southern Michigan, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to recreate a festive, family celebration at home. My first thought was how can I make it a little classier? You know — less crazy green and shamrocks. But honestly, who wants that? That would take all the fun out of St. Patty’s day. So instead, I decided to embrace it with all of its green, pots of gold, and kitsch!
As you know, I like to layer my holiday tables. I started with a burlap runner that I bought at Hobby Lobby then added the other elements. I bought the vases a few years ago at the Dollar Store, and I use them every St. Patrick’s Day. I used green shamrock plants, also known as oxalis. They can be found at local nurseries and grocery stores, especially during the month of March. I also added green pillar and votive candles with varying height for added depth.
For table decorations, I hit up the dollar bin at Target (oh how I love thee, let me count the ways), and grabbed bags of gold chocolate coins, fake mustaches, and miniature green party hats to create a cheery table. I also bought St. Patrick’s Day-themed Lucky Charms. I don’t usually buy that type of cereal for the family so I thought it would be a fun, festive touch. I also got Izze Sparkling Juice – Clementine sodas to add some orange to the greens and complement the Irish flag.
My family always celebrates March 17th with corned beef, cabbage and noodles, steamed carrots, pumpernickel bread, and my favorite Irish Soda bread. This year, I’ve also been craving an authentic Reuben sandwich piled high with corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing. There were so many amazing places to get a good corned beef sandwich in Cleveland— the most famous being Slyman’s Deli. But Michigan is not so bad either (just don’t tell Ohio State fans that *wink, wink*). Whenever I’m in Ann Arbor, I love to stop by Zingerman’s deli & their restaurant, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, which is also a destination spot for foodies. While searching for a good Reuben recipe, I was thrilled to find one via Zingerman’s on the Food Network.
Do you and your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Share with us your preparations. We’d love to hear them!