When we’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day gathering, the first thing we think about is dessert. St. Patrick’s Day folklore is filled with imagery — rainbows, pots of gold, leprechauns, green shamrocks — that make decorating a dessert table so much fun. Here are 22 sweet treats for St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll find everything from rainbow cupcakes and Lucky Charms pancakes to Nutter Butter Leprechaun cookies and boozy green fudge. If booze and sweets are your thing, you’ll also want to check out this delicious guinness brownie.

Of course, you’re going to need something more substantial for your guests than just sweets, so here’s where the food gets really interesting. You could certainly go the old corned beef and cabbage route — that’s always a pleaser, though not an authentic Irish dish. Or you could surprise everyone by whipping up some real traditional Irish fare, like Bacon and Cabbage (the bona fide traditional dish) or Colcannon (mashed potatoes and kale). Here are 19 true Irish foods, drinks and customs (minus the corned beef).

If you’re looking for food that you can serve up buffet style and that your guests can nibble on while standing around and chatting, consider serving your corned beef or bacon and cabbage in the form of sliders.

Over at Diamonds for Dessert, Susan is cooking up shamrock-shaped Lucky Spinach Quiches. We love the ingenious way she alters plain old store-bought aluminum pie pans to easily shape her crusts like four-leaf clovers. The green of the spinach on the backdrop of egg custard looks yummy and festive. And she uses leftover baby spinach leaves to create a backdrop for her table.

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(Photo via Diamonds for Dessert)