Ever since I visited Scotland and was subsequently invited to a Burns Night supper in Iowa, I’ve tried to host a Burns Night celebration of my own every year.
What better excuse for a party than poetry, and Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns?
I was first exposed to Burns’ poetry in a Romantic Literature course in college. My favorite of his poems remains “To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough.”
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men
Gang aft agley,
If you’re not sure what all a Burns Night supper involves, you can download the Robert Burns app. Yup. Seriously. It was developed by the Scottish tourism bureau, to good effect, I would say.
My parties typically involve:
- bagpipe music (recorded)
- tartan worn in some fashion
- scotch and/or Scotch ale
- cock-a-leekie soup
- neeps & tatties (mashed turnips & potatoes)
- a vegetarian haggis
My party this year was a few days delayed past January 25 – postponed due to a nasty cold. Happily, we still were able to fill our table with guests.
This year, we were treated to a flamed plum pudding, which one of the guests brought.
Until next year, dear haggis – should auld acquaintance be forgot!
Copyright 2015 by Katie Bradshaw