when i celebrated mardi gras with my new friend brittany, i realized i had found a kindred spirit who understands like i do the delightful importance of adequately celebrating all holidays. we decided that very night to throw a fancy st. patrick’s day bash. we prepped for weeks, got giddy with menu and decorating ideas, and had one full day last saturday preparing and hosting. turns out brittany and i were born to be partners in crime in planning festive dinner parties, and we are already planning for easter (and cinco de mayo, and into the summer…)
our first event was a huge success – even though we severely ran out of prep time towards the end. just made it all more of an adventure! here’s a peek (or more than a peek – i was a little obsessed with taking pictures…)
after dinner (with celtic music and talk of the history of st. patrick), we walked around the corner to brittany’s house for dessert and a screening of “waking ned divine” – the perfect irish movie! brittany did most of the cooking of dinner (it was amazing! especially the warm soda bread right out of the oven!) and i did most of the baking of dessert…and i was really proud of my treat spread – check out the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
brittany made these cute pot o’ gold party favors for all our guests. we sent them off with their treats and then began the mammoth task of clean-up, which really was a great part of the fun:
this party was a lot of work and a lot of fun, and i seriously can’t wait until good friday for our next celebration!
i have to say that this st. patrick’s day was probably the best of my life. part of that was maybe because i had been to ireland this year! before all the dinner party prepping and reveling, i had a fantastic st. patty’s day morning. i had slept over at jospehine’s in oakland after going to the temple on friday night. we had lucky charms for breakfast, then went to a shimmypop dance fitness class together (shimmypop is just exactly what it sounds like – and yes, they have a disco ball and club lights). after shimmying and popping, we got pedicures before i raced back across the bay to bake green treats.
definitely one of the best days of 2012 yet!