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Vegetarian Irish themed dinner party

Updated on August 10, 2015

Easy but sophisticated Irish themed dinner

When it comes to entertaining, I'm all for cooking meals that are quick and easy to prepare. After all, the cook wants to enjoy his or her dinner party without stressing over complicated recipes.

But nevertheless, we want to produce a meal that is excellent and that our guests will enjoy.

That's why I love the fact that it's so easy to cheat these days!

If you want to hold a themed dinner party based on food from Ireland, or buffet party, you can order almost everything you need online. Then you'll need one trip to the grocery store for fresh fruit and vegetables and in no time, you'll be able to create a delicious meal that your guests will love. Or why not have an Irish themed dinner for your family?

Side note: I mentioned to a neighbor that I was devising a sophisticated Irish dinner party menu and she said that she's never associated food from the Emerald Isle with sophistication. How wrong she is!

Your starter / appetizer


There's nothing easier to serve at a dinner party that soup. Homemade soup is wonderful and if you have the time, make a delicious potato and leek soup. This is typically Irish and very tasty. Alternatively you can order a vegetarian version online and all you'll need to do is heat it and garnish it.Here you can see that the soup is garnished with scallions (spring onions) and fresh parsley, so add these items to your fresh produce shopping list. You can add the contents of a can of potatoes if you wish to make this soup seem even more 'homemade'. If you'd like, you can add a swirl of cream to every bowl before sprinkling with the chopped parsley so if you want to do this, add cream to your grocery store list. It will make the soup even more luxurious and tasty.

Main - mushroom and Guinness pie


My Guinness and Mushroom Pie is perfect for your dinner party. If you want to make it ahead, it's easy. Cook the mushrooms in Guinness sauce the day before - you'll need to add fresh mushrooms and leeks to your grocery store shopping list. Oh, and lots of Guinness!

If you want to make the pastry cases yourself, add flaky or puff pastry to your list. If you're in a hurry, you can buy the pastry cases online that just need to be heated through and filled. Easy.S

erve this with a simple salad. Kale, tomato and cucumber make a lovely salad. Add these to your grocery shopping list. Make it in advance and toss in vinaigrette just before serving. And why not serve Guinness bread (buy the mix online) to mop up the beautiful sauce?



Ice cream, Baileys and chocolate makes a wonderful dessert. You can make this in advance - just leave out the last step which is adding the warmed Bailey's Irish Cream. Keep the chocolate and ice cream layers in the fridge and add the warm liqueur just before serving.

Remember to add vanilla ice cream and a lovely chocolate bar to your grocery shopping list. I garnish this with fresh mint because I have it in the garden. You can buy fresh mint or, if you prefer, garnish this dessert with fresh berries - something the Irish love.

The cheese course


Ireland is famous for its cheeses. See the dark cheese in the foreground? That is nothing short of amazing. What gives it that marvelous brown marbled look? Guinness of course! This cheese can be ordered online and served with a selection of crackers.



Fruit is perfect for cleansing the palate after a wonderful meal. Be sure that there is a fruit bowl on your dinner table so that your guests can help themselves. Add fresh fruit - apples and pears are a good idea - to your fresh produce grocery list.These are easy to serve - just arrange your fruit in an attractive bowl.



Chances are that you'll serve Guinness with your meal. Do remember that there's a lovely drink called Black Velvet. A real Black Velvet is half and half Guinness and champagne but more often than not these days, cider is used instead. To make this less alcoholic, use apple juice.For the designated drivers, offer iced tea - most nations 'across the pond' love their tea.

As a finale to your meal, serve this wonderful coffee. To make this, fill a glass halfway with a good quality coffee, (It's a good idea to heat the glasses first by swilling out with warm water so that the glasses don't crack.) Add a shot of Irish whiskey. Then add a teaspoon of sugar and stir. Now, and this is tricky, pour cream into each glass over the back of a teaspoon. This ensures that the cream will float on the top of the coffee.

Grocery store shopping list

  • Mushrooms
  • Leeks
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salad ingredients - kale, tomatoes, cucumber
  • Cream
  • Fresh fruit
  • Parsley and mint - fresh
  • Scallions to garnish the soup

Order your dinner party foods online

There are many foods that you can buy online that will make your dinner party a great success - and a lot easier too. When we're having a party, we always order the bulk of the food online. It's excellent when the doorbell goes and your 'instant dinner kit' has arrived!

See Irish foods online here.

The wise host or hostess uses a combination of fresh foods and convenience foods. This relieves stress and makes entertaining your guests easy.

Note to strict vegetarians

The Guinness that is brewed in Canada uses no animal by products. Other Guinness products may. If this concerns you, please check before ordering. Please check with Irish cheeses also.

Great excuses to have an Irish themed dinner party

You don't really need a reason because an Irish dinner, either for guests or for the family, is a great idea at any time of year. But just in case you're looking for addition themes, here are some Irish birthdays to celebrate.


14th. Sam Neill
24th. F. Scott Fitzgerald


1st. Richard Harris
5th. Bob Geldof
19th. Michael Gambon


8th. Bram Stoker
29th. C.S. Lewis


8th. James Galway
10th. Kenneth Branagh
15th. Edna O'Brien


Can you help? I can't find any Irish actors, singers or writers born in January!


2nd. James Joyce
9th. Brendan Behan


2nd. Rory Gallagher


4th. Graham Norton
5th. Spencer Tracy
13th. Samuel Beckett
29th. Daniel Day-Lewis


10th. Bono
16th. Pierce Brosnan
17th. Maureen O'Sullivan
31st. Colin Farrell


2nd. Milo O'Shea
7th. Liam Neeson
11th. Richard Todd
13th. W.B Yeats


16th. Michael Flatley
26th. George Bernard Shaw


2nd. Peter O'Toole
9th. Eileen Gray
17th. Maureen O'Hara

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

Thanks for reading - I'd love to hear from you!

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have never thought of vegetarian Irish meals. Yours looks good, especially the soup!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Someone needs to invent an e-mail option so that you could send me a sample of this. It looks so delicious.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @RinchenChodron: Of course you are :)

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Am I invited? Looks like a great meal!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @VioletteRose LM: Thank you!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @chrisilouwho: Enjoy - it's wonderful!

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      Great lens, love the pictures!

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      What a great article, I appreciate that you included a shopping list summary at the end.Looking forward to the baileys dessert, it looks great!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elsie Hagley: Have a wonderful day!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      All set for that Irish themed dinner party. Thanks it is St Patricks Day in new Zealand. Hope you enjoy it also.

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      sonja-cunningham-7 4 years ago

      Sadly I can't really find anyone to 'celebrate' in January either but here's a few I found:Robert Sheehan, January 7 1988, played Nathan Young in Misfits.Samantha Mumba, January 18 1983,Singer & actress. Stephen Farrelly January 28 1978, WWE Champion & World Heavyweight Champion.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I thing I would love the guinness cheese and the ice-cream, baileys and chocolate combination, britflorida. Nice vegetarian dinner party lens. All the guests will be thinking of coming again :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @opatoday: Thank you - so is the food :)

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      The art is amazing

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      yania227 4 years ago

      Great idea for dinner party!

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      Very nice lens the mushroom pie I like to try.

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      MariaB LM 4 years ago

      You should do a Pinterest boArd about Irish foods.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Nice work. nice and neat. I love mushroom very much.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago from Redcar

      I enjoyed my visit - thank you.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      nice lens. Thank you for sharing this. I love the idea.

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      ItsTimeToBurn 5 years ago had me at the stuff!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. Thank you for sharing great information to us. I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MiaMusement: Haha - anytime after six will be fine :)Black Velvet is truly delicious. Although it's traditionally made using champagne I think it's even better using cider. It's more fruity and definitely yummy. I hope you try it - not long to go to St Patrick's Day now!

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      AskLou1 5 years ago

      Always looking for great new ideas, well, I found it! Great lens!

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      I've never had a Black Velvet before... maybe this year I'll try one! Dinner looks divine. What time should I plan to arrive? :)

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @AskLou1: Thanks! It's a great dinner idea for St Patrick's Day but we often have an Irish-themed dinner on a regular basis (it's a good excuse to have Guinness!)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wonderful desert.. i love it.. great idea for

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @foodfanatic: Black Velvet is tremendous and, if my mother-in-law was to be believed, Guinness is a great source of iron as well as being so tasty!

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      foodfanatic 5 years ago

      Wow that's quite the impressive Irish menu, vegetarian or not! Never heard of a Black Velvet before. Have to try one this St Patty's!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LouisaDembul: Thanks so much for letting me know. Fixed :)

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I love your irish themed dinner party menu! The links to the recipes of your food are not clickable, though.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Sounds quite tasty!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good to have a fruit dinner with Guinness and mushrooms and cheese!!!!!!!!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ChefWilliam: Thanks very much for visiting! Yes, we're on a countdown to St Patrick's Day now :)

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      ChefWilliam 5 years ago

      Ah, now this is a lens that warms the heart, and only 17 days to St. Patties day. I'll need to order some items this weekend. Great lens

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @zabrinaw: Thanks so much for visiting. It is interesting about the Guinness, isn't it?

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      zabrinaw 5 years ago

      YUM! I love your recipe lenses, and thank you for the note about Guinness!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Alessandro Zambon: Thanks!

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      After checking this lens all I can say is... Slurp! Thanks for all your hard work!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @pinoyrecipe: Very tasty!

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      those photos are mouth-watery, yum yum yum!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Find-Online: Thank you! I know what you mean - I make myself hungry sometimes :)

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      Find-Online 5 years ago

      Your photos are wonderful. Your photo of soup made me hungry for homemade potato soup!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @themanlycat: Thanks so much for visiting!

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      themanlycat 5 years ago

      Great stuff! I have been trying to cut back on meat so this is great!