6 themed Burns Suppers to try with friends

People saying cheers with whisky.

Burns Night is back, and it’s time to enjoy seriously tasty scran with friends, family, or by yourself wearing your tartan jammies. If you don’t want to haggis it alone, get a bunch of your favourite people together and try one of these themed Burns Supper ideas on the 25th. There’s even a feminist-inspired Burns Night to celebrate our country’s famous ‘bad-boy’ poet. But let’s start with something a little more timid shall we?

To a Mouse

“Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!”

If you went to school in Scotland, you were probably made to memorise this poem, stand up in front of a class of 20-30 ten year olds, (shaking more than the mouse in question) and recite it whilst sounding more Scottish than you ever have in your entire life. Yeah, thanks for that, but here’s a cute table to celebrate it nonetheless.

The Rights of Woman

“Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,
The Rights of Woman merit some attention.”

Did you know this poem existed? Not many people do, especially as Rabbie’s ‘bad-boy’ reputation precedes him. Yet here he was in the late 1700s, writing as…a feminist (sort of). I’d happily pick this poem for my Burns Supper!


Ae Fond Kiss

“Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!”

A song about a kiss goodbye, this Burns story could make a very pretty supper theme indeed. I’d keep it simple, with soft pinks, a dash of red, and maybe a romantic candle to set the scene…

  • Paper napkins by H&M.
  • Vero Red Cutlery by John Lewis.
  • Pink washed linen tablecloth by H&M.

A Fiddler in the North

“Amang the trees, where humming bees,
At buds and flowers were hinging, O,
Auld Caledon drew out her drone,
And to her pipe was singing,”

I’m not so familiar with this song, but I enjoyed the setting that it opened with. A few of these table decorations would be a nice way to bring this song to life during your Burns Supper.

  • Patterned cotton tablecloth by H&M.
  • Silver Plated Honey Bee Hive Salt & Pepper Cruet Set by Culinary Concepts.
  • Musical note napkins on Amazon.
  • Dassie Artisan Pebble Riviera Pitcher by Dassie Artisan.

Address to a Haggis

“Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis”

Oh heyyy haggis lovers! Here’s a low-key, colourful, thistle-filled and Irn-Bru appreciative table setting to inspire you this year. Aren’t those Bloom & Wild Burns Night flowers gorgeous? There’s even a traditional silver tray to carry your haggis into the room!

Tam o’ Shanter

“Weel mounted on his gray mare, Meg–
A better never lifted leg–
Tam skelpit on thro’ dub and mire;
Despisin’ wind and rain and fire.”

Burns’ epic poem tells of drunkeness, flirtation, dreich Scottish weather with a frightening array of witches and warlocks along the way. I’m still feeling sorry for Maggie the horse. If this is your poem of choice on Burns Night, you could go for these amazing beardy dinner plates, gold accents, and horse drink stirrers to set the scene. I also love the brass splattered cement coasters by OtisIndigo on Etsy.

Happy Burns Night everyone! Enjoy your haggis.


1 Comment

  1. Jean Smith
    24th January 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Lighthearted look at Burns night, great take

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