Burns Night Recipes and Ideas

Burns Night Recipes & Ideas

If you are looking for a themed party to host in January, a Burns Night Supper is always fun.  Here are some ideas and recipes to help make your Burns Night memorable.


Have a ‘wear something tartan’ dress code.

I bought a wee bit of Muir tartan (my mother in law’s clan) and made rosettes for my daughter and I and pocket squares for my son and husband. You could buy them too, but the Muir tartan is hard to find, so I ordered the fabric from Scotland and made a few accessories.







Buy Local Scottish Beers and Whiskey








This is a very easy way to make the theme more authentic.

It takes a little effort but for a formal sit down dinner a place card is always a wonderful touch. My friend who hosted us added a Scottish touch to each of our names. My friends call me Rissa, hence the Chieftan MacRissa name tag.








An order of service and the Selkirk Grace printed at each place makes each guest feel very special as is the table gift of tablet with tartan ribbon.








The menu my friend made was traditional with a few twists. We had oysters as canapés and a James Martins CockaLeekie Soup , Michelle served cheese scones with the soup.








Michelle’s main was amazing, it was based on Delia Smith’s Haggis Pie with tatties and neeps and a whisky sauce with a modern twist we each had individual plated pies, which looked and tasted amazing.









My friend Mary’s mom makes her Grandma Gorrigne’s Christmas pudding (I’m usually not a fan) but this recipe was absolutely amazing (I hope to share it with you in the future). Celebrating with the children, I made my easy  Chocolate Cake iced and decorated with a Scottish flag and a round of rustic Millionaires Shortbread.








A way to get the adults to eat in peace is to ask the children to pre prepare a Scottish poem, dance, play an instrument or tell a joke etc. They had a run through while we ate and they each had a chance to showcase what they prepared when we were all ready to eat dessert. It worked perfectly.

With all our children having Scottish roots this was a wonderful way to celebrate and a great reason to get together.

Thank you to Michelle, Brendan and the girls for a wonderful evening, delicious recipes and great ideas.

For more ideas have a look at my previous posts:

Host a Burns Night Supper 

Och Aye It’s Burns Night

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