Celebrating Scotland with a Burns Night Supper!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

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Not that one would need a reason to celebrate Scotland, yet Burns Night , celebrated on January 25th, is a perfectly lovely excuse for a party!  January 25th marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.  Burns Night is the perfect time for a celebration to beat the winter blues and get together with friends after a month of hibernating following Christmas.  Robert Burns was born on January 25th, 1759. The day celebrates Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture.  His best known work is “Auld Lang Syne”.  Burns wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces that addressed political and civil issues.

So let’s get in the mood for a fun Scottish style dinner!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

Get out your tartan…be it a tablecloth, tartan dinnerware or a lovely floral arrangement.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

 Setting a dress code for your party might help get people in the mood of a traditional Scottish evening by encouraging guests to wear something tartan to get in to the spirit of things.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

Isn’t this such an elegant vintage tartan coat!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

Set the tone for your party  with a CD of bagpipe music or just traditional or contemporary Scottish music.

I wouldn’t turn this piper away from my door…!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

Give a toast to your guests and to Scotland  with a “dram” of Scottish whiskey. A whiskey tasting might be a great way to get your Burns Night party going. A Rob Roy would be a fun and authentic cocktail to serve.

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Traditionally a Burns’ Night  evening centers on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach) on a large platter to the sound of a piper playing bagpipes.  When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the “Address to a Haggis”.  This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to this famous Scottish dish.  At the end of the reading , the haggis ceremonially sliced into pieces and the meal begins.

Traditional Burns Night Supper menu would include:

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

If you wish to serve a bit less traditional menu or don’t have access to Haggis (or don’t care for it!), your might vary your menu to include…

Cock-A-Leekie-Soup

Jamie Oliver’s Steak and Guinness Pie

Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Peas

Cranachan served with a homemade granola

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

After your guest are full of steak pie or haggis and Scottish whiskey, perhaps a poetry recital of Burns’ poetry or a spot of traditional Scottish dancing and a few verses of Auld Lang Syne would be a lovely way to end the evening!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

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So here’s to Robert Burns

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

And to Scotland!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

Enjoy

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents scotland inspriations

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7 Responses to Celebrating Scotland with a Burns Night Supper!

  1. Just thought your readers would find my oil painting of The Eryngium Thistle interesting.
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/497647827546467140/

  2. franki says:

    “My love is like a red, red rose…” I’m mad for plaid! Looks like a party to me!! franki

  3. Kathryn says:

    Kathleen,
    Your painting is lovely! You are most talented and thank you for sharing that with us.
    Kathryn

  4. Kathryn says:

    Franki,
    I too am mad about plaid!

  5. Kim Gould says:

    Having a Scottish Tea to celebrate! Loved your inspiration, thank you.

  6. Richard Stutts says:

    This inspired me to get out the Keith tartan tablecloth and have a nice Scottish meal and celebrate the day by the fire. Mr. Keith loved the surprise! Thank you.

  7. Kathryn says:

    Hi Richie,
    I miss you and Mr. Keith so much! Thanks for your call the other night. I’s glad you did this little surprise for Mr. Keith. Give him my love,
    Kathy

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