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Host a St. Patrick's Day Lunch of Healthy Greens

Green isn't limited to shamrocks and leprechauns. At this epic spread, it's the inspiration for a healthy, yet hearty lunch that offers a spread of crudités with green goddess dip, mini fruit-topped pavlovas, and iced green tea.
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Here's what comes to mind when I think about St. Patrick's Day: loads of green food, rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks and of course, leprechauns. Even if you're not Irish, you can create, style, cook, bake and host a gorgeous and elegant St. Patrick's Day party!

 

This table offers a lush meets luxe dining experience. Think green and leafy intertwined with white and gold accents for your table settings. In keeping with the traditions of this theme, I used all of Martha's recipes to blend together a wonderful, healthy lunch for family and friends.

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Seeing Green

One of the most eye-catching details at this table? The four-leaf clover napkins! Since this holiday is always fun and festive, I wanted to try my hand at napkin-folding. The only problem I have with this type of challenge is following instructions. This was a perfect job for my husband to tackle. (I bet you didn't know that he is an expert napkin folder. Now you do!) He has so much more patience when it comes to tasks like this, it's wonderful.

Watch How to Fold a Four-Leaf Clover Napkin

The Centerpiece

One thing I loved doing for an anniversary party I hosted recently, was a DIY garland for the table runner. It was super easy, reasonably priced, and packed a punch as a focal point for a simply beautiful centerpiece. For this garland, I included frisée (pronounced "free-ZAY"), which is used to refer to a variety of endive with curly, pale green or yellow-ish leaves. I created the garland with an edible factor, which is also appealing to the eye.

A Shamrockin' Spread

Let's get back to the food. I chose these recipes carefully, based on three ingredient colors: green, white, and a pop of gold. For a quick appetizer, I created a wonderful crudité platter with green goddess dip. My main course dishes were super healthy, green, and packed with protein. A warm quinoa and chicken salad, baby bok choy with ginger and garlic plus a refreshing salad with buttermilk dressing. Don't forget a signature mocktail. I served a cool and refreshing iced green tea with cucumber, which paired perfectly with the meal. 

 

Lastly, dessert was easy: mini pavlovas garnished with fruit and a fresh herb that kept the St. Patrick's day theme going — green grapes, kiwi, and mint.

 

Wishing you a pot of gold and all the joy your heart can hold.

Here are some quick tips for hosting this party:

 

Get festive with your food, think green and clean.

 

Showcase your creativity by cutting foods into pretty themed shapes. For example, a green pepper sliced width-wise looks exactly like a shamrock.

 

Give your tablescape a focal point, like the DIY garland.

 

Incorporate traditional with a modern twist: a shamrock napkin, gold drinking straws, confetti and a menu filled with color themed food.

 

Include a signature "green" drink.

 

Have fun!

Credits

Author/Photographer/Stylist: Debi Traub | @simplybeautifuleating

Tableware, Props: Pier 1 Imports

Florals: Irene's Floral

Tableware, Props: HomeSense (U.S. readers can shop similar product at HomeGoods)

Party props: Little Miss Party

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