1 Kevin's dining room table was set festively for St. Patrick's Day. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
2 There were plenty of green shamrocks! [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
3 Kevin planted four pots that he bought at Middle Kingdom with oxalis. This is what he used down the center of the table.
4 This detail shot shows how oxalis leaves resemble a shamrock - a very good and realistic substitution!
5 My place setting complete with shamrock linen. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
6 Small Belleek bowls were used to hold chocolate coins and were also placed down the center of the dining table.
7 Kevin received a beautiful host gift with a replica of an antique post card.
8 Kevin made place cards using plain silver-bordered white cards and applied 4-leaf clover stickers that he bought in Japan ten years ago.
9 Kevin gave Jude a holiday gift bag containing shamrock stickers, Irish temporary tattoos, a green and white carnation corsage, a smiley face pin in green, some chocolate coins, and bracelets.
10 An arrangement of green carnations. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
11 The sideboard in the dining room was decorated with vases of fritillaria blooms. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
12 This is a close-up of the fritillaria.
13 Alexis gave Kevin this pair of black glass cache pots years ago for his birthday. They did a fine job of holding the shamrock lollipops.
14 Kevin used a pair of Martha Stewart cake stands available at Macy's.
15 He used some of those Japanese stickers.
16 And he and Jude decorated the pedestals for the holiday. Green paper foil doilies in the shape of shamrocks add charm.
17 The pedestals were used for my homemade Irish soda bread.
18 The soda bread was made with sour milk made with vinegar, golden and black raisins, currants, and Bob's Red Mill Graham Flour. Every crumb was eaten along with a large brick of Irish butter. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
19 Here I am in the kitchen preparing the corned beef and all of the vegetables. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
20 The corned beef simmered covered with water for 4 hours along with 1/4-cup black pepper corns, 3 stalks celery stalks chopped, 4 onions sliced, and 2 heads of garlic peeled and smashed. The beef was removed from the pot and the liquid strained. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
21 All of the vegetables - carrots, turnips, red and yellow potatoes, and cabbage were cooked separately in the beef broth and then combined with the meat when done. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
22 I cooked savoy and green cabbage. The cabbage wedges were tied with twine to keep them together while cooking. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
23 This pot contains cabbage, brussels sprouts, and parsnips. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
24 I didn't have time to corn my own brisket, so I bought one from my local butcher. It was 14-pounds and was corned for 7 days. [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
25 It was a magnificent Irish feast! [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
26 After dinner, Jude delivered a special surprise! [Photo credit: Douglas Friedman]
27 In addition to celebrating St. Patrick's day, we also celebrated an important milestone - the first birthday of Quinn Berry. Quinn, seated on her father Ian's lap is blowing out the candle of her first birthday cake with a little help from her mom, Kate Berry, our Style Editor at Large.