In my experience, St. Patrick’s Day typically encompasses two things: pancake breakfasts and green beer. In recent years, I’ve since grown out of the messiness of St. Patty’s day’s past, but still love the idea of commemorating the celebration in some fashion. Enter: Stacie Shea‘s elegant dinner party. All of the Irish-inspired fun, grown-up style! Captured by Jen Lynne, the gallery is filled with more inspiration.
From Stacie Shea… The inspiration from this shoot stemmed from a few small things that make St Patrick’s Day a fun holiday for Stacie Shea Events. The first being that I married into an extremely Irish family! The second being that ever since my husband and I started dating I have been trying to find a way to incorporate my mother in law’s beautiful hand made soda bread into a St. Patrick’s Day piece. Well this year I finally found the perfect way and that was sharing her beautiful recipe that goes back to her extended family from Donegal Ireland.
So of course it became obvious to me that I needed to plan out a beautiful family style St. Patrick’s Day dinner. I wanted to combine the organic shades of green, bring in beautiful driftwood chargers and finish it all off with pops of gold flatware and candles. As I pulled together all my concepts the one image I just knew I had to capture was the intricate detail of a shamrock in a Guiness beer!
Upon letting my mother in law know that I wanted to “borrow” her recipe her first response was that she honestly didn’t have a written recipe. It was made from scratch and everything was made out of habit and love not out of a book or recipe card. So my mother in law, Joan Shea took the time to write down everything and even try her best to make it into measurements instead of heaps of this and pinches of that.
When I contacted the amazing Jeanette Kleitz from True Florette about my inspiration all it took was sending her a simple sample of the linen swatch and she came back with some amazing floral inspiration. Jeanette chose to work with hellebores, which have a similar shape to the shamrock (although hellebores have 5 petals). She paired them with lots of delicate spring florals, including frittilaria, lilac, sweet peas, tulips and hyacinth. Jeanette found clover in small pots at a local shop and transferred them into the handmade porcelain dish with braided detail.
Amy Noelle from Sugar Flower Cake Shop created the most perfect “Dinner Party” petite cake we could have dreamed of. Amy took my luck o’ the Irish vision and covered this beautiful cake with shades of greenCymbidium orchids, roses, and calla Lillies are carefully handmade from sugar. The cake was champagne flavored with chocolate filling and vanilla icing!
Sincerely Jackie created the paper goodies for this intimate dinner party of four. When I contacted her about this concept she jumped right on board and created such a fun, and simple invitation that just completed the entire design concept down to the green plaid on the back of the invitation.
Photography: Jen Lynne Photography | Event Design: Stacie Shea Events | Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events | Floral Design: True Florette | Cake: Sugarflower Cake Shop | Invitations: Sincerely Jackie | Chargers + Napkins: World Market | Coasters: Jonathan Adler | Flatware: West Elm | Rentals: Smith Party Rentals | Scarf: Burberry | Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental