Green beer and corned beef with cabbage. That’s an Irishman’s dream, although it might be a nightmare the day after. Either way, I have compiled a list of non-negotiable St. Patty’s Day party items for your big green event. If you’ve attended one in the past then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t then let this Irishman offer a hand. I’ll break the list down into 3 categories: decorations, food and drink, apparel.
Shamrocks- some green construction paper, little to no artistic ability, and a pair of scissors will get it done (or just buy the pre-made stuff).
Pot o’ gold- use virtually any pot in the house and a few dollar-store bags of toy gold coins. Step it up a bit with gold foil-wrapped chocolate candies.
Horseshoes- do I need to go into details? Or make your own just like the shamrocks!
Green hats- easily found in most major discount retail stores. Making your own will take more effort than you’ll want to give.
Leprechauns- You’ll definitely want to buy the decorations. Maybe the host (you) can dress like one. See apparel.
Food and drink:
Green beer- I was serious about that! Or your favorite Irish (names omitted) ale or whiskey. You know who they are.
Potatoes- ever hear of the Irish potato famine? Most any potato appetizer will do. Seasoned potato skins are a personal favorite of mine.
Shepherd’s pie- a conglomeration of ground beef and vegetables topped with mashed potatoes.
Meatballs, cabbage rolls, and stuffed mushrooms are always a hit.
How much detail did you expect? Anything green or leprechaun-ish is fair game. Bonus points if it actually has an Irish word or phrase, like “Erin go Bragh”, “Laddy” or “Lassie”, or “Top o’ the Mornin'”. Have some fun with it and give away a few door prizes for the best outfit.
That wasn’t difficult at all. A little planning and a lot of green will make your St. Patty’s Day party a huge hit. May the luck of the Irish be with ya!