In college, St. Patrick’s Day meant chugging back green beer at a local pub. (And we’re sure we all collectively shiver at the thought of it.) But now that those times are gone and we’ve swapped the dyed beer for Guinness, we can celebrate with charm. Throw your dinner party hat on, dig out the soda bread recipes, and pick out some festive sweets. It’s time to celebrate properly, and these Irish-inspired dinner recipes will make your guests feel luckier than ever.

1. Corned Beef: Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day goodness, this corned beef is highly addictive — but we’re not complaining. Making it homemade with a spicy brine will knock your socks off. (via Brit + Co)

2. Soda Bread: This quick bread gets nice and crusty since it’s baked in a Dutch oven. Slather it with plenty of butter, preferably something Irish like Kerrygold. (via Brit + Co)

3. Colcannon Irish Mashed Potatoes: If you think your usual serving of fluffy and buttery mashed potatoes is dreamy, you’re going to lose your marbles over colcannon. Mix in chopped kale so you can make it a tad bit healthier. (via Brit + Co)

4. Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie: Alright, the original version is definitely meat-based, but this option subs lentils for ground beef. (via Brit + Co)

5. Boxty: These glorious GF Irish potato pancakes are a fab addition to any St. Paddy’s feast, even breakfast. Similar to latkes, they are fried to a light crisp and addictive AF, so be sure to make extra. (via Brit + Co)

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6. Irish Ale Potato Cheddar Soup With Beer-Battered Leeks: Now this is how you kick off a dinner party. Save the starter salads for summer, because we’re all about this creamy and dreamy beer-spiked soup. (via How Sweet It Is)

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7. Traditional Cottage Pie: Also known as shepherd’s pie, this casserole dish is equipped to feed a hungry crowd. Ground meat and chopped veggies are topped with a generous layer of mashed potatoes to create an incredibly cozy and filling meal. (via Savory Tooth)

8. Irish Lamb Stew: This is what comfort food is all about, friends. With melt-in-your-mouth chunks of lamb, hearty potatoes, and a belly-warming gravy, this nourishing stew is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. (via Simply Delicious Food)

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