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!
Get out your tartan…be it a tablecloth, tartan dinnerware or a lovely floral arrangement.
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.
Isn’t this such an elegant vintage tartan coat!
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…!
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.
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:
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…
Jamie Oliver’s Steak and Guinness Pie
Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Peas
Cranachan served with a homemade granola
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!
So here’s to Robert Burns
And to Scotland!