A: Nick Waller, Radisson Hotel Valley Forge: Set up different rooms, each one with groupings of different elements and decor indicative of the town or area from which the family originates. Have an Irish dancing display during dinner. Serve different Irish whiskies and cheeses, along with traditional dishes, too, as well as family favorites and recipes passed down over the years.
A: Hillary Lutz Hillary Lutz, Estia Restaurant: Instead of celebrating shamrocks, have a Guinness bar set up or a try a whiskey pairing menu. Serve Irish traditions such as fish and chips in a more upscale way, like passed cod fritters or chips served in elegant cones.
A: Michael J. Weinstein, MJW Calligraphy, Inc.: Color is a great way to bring in a certain theme. Use a subdued green, rather than a bright green. Keep it simple-maybe a family crest on the invitation. Gather old photos and group them together in frames, along with a few flowers, for centerpieces.