Everything you need to celebrate Burns Night at home
You don’t need to go out to celebrate Burns Night, you can also do so in the comfort of your own house, so here are some ideas for a successful Burns Night at home.
First, you’ll need a playlist. A special Burns inspired playlist has been released by Warner Music Group (WMG) and VisitScotland to celebrate Scottish music and provide the perfect soundtrack to any Burns Night party.
The new playlist initially titled VisitScotland Presents: Burns Night Party, is available now with Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Paolo Nutini, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Proclaimers, and Ultravox.
Burns Night Food
Have it traditional or with a modern twist, Haggis is extremely versatile. McIntosh Foods have a range of ready meals which you can cook in the oven or microwave. So quick and easy.
If you fancy something a little different then how about this Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Pancake recipe from Foodie Quine.
Or how about this Vegan Haggis Burger from the Tinned Tomatoes blog?
Failing that you could always have a Haggis Pie!
If you fancy the whole experience, then our buddies at McCaskies have a pack for Burns Night at home. The pack has traditional Ayrshire bacon, Haggis Ball, Chieftain Haggis, 3 Arran Cheeses and mini Arran oatcakes. Enough to keep a bundle fed on the night.
The choice of dram for your Burns night supper is a serious affair, so we have a post here with 5 whiskies for Burns Night.
So now you have the food, the music and the whisky sorted what else to do? Find out how to run a proper Burns Supper.
Burns Night Celebrations and Suppers
To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.
Some Folk hae meat that canna eat,
And some can eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
So let the Lord be Thanket!
The meal – the starter is served, the haggis is piped in, the host performs Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert.
Address to a Haggis
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect scunner,
Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned,
Like taps o thrissle.
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis
After the meal – the first Burns recital is performed, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is given, the second Burns recital is performed, and then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.
To end the night – the host gives a vote of thanks, everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!’.