Party like a leprechaun with “Three G Tips”: Green, Grub and Games.
Decorate with shamrocks cut from green paper. Food? Bagels with green cream cheese; baked potato bar with a variety of toppings; a rainbow tray of fruits/vegetables; Lucky Charm treats; ice cream sandwiches using wafers filled with green ice cream.
For the youngsters, set up rainbow sticker clues that lead to a stash of chocolate gold coins. For the adults, make it challenging with written clues. Don’t forget Pin the Hat on the Leprechaun, Find the Golden Shamrock and Write the Best Limerick.
Create a photo backdrop as you enter the house. A green sheet will work. Be ready with stickers, green party hats and quick bow ties made of streamers. Decorate with shamrock confetti and pots of gold-wrapped of shamrocks.
Serve oven-baked corned beef with colcannon casserole. Don’t forget Irish soda bread and Irish butter. Relax with coffee and shortbread.
After dinner, send the kids on a scavenger hunt followed by a movie like “The Secret of Kells” or “Darby O’Gill and the Little People.” Grown ups can play Irish Trivia (make your own cards) or Uno where the wild cards are green.
Have a cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Start the night off with a mix of Irish music. Offer Irish beers and some select cocktails. “Pot-of-Gold” is a different twist on St. Patrick’s Day drinks. (2 ounces vodka, 1/2 ounce elderflower syrup, 4 chunks cucumber, 8 mint leaves and ginger beer. Muddle the cucumber, mint and elderflower syrup first. Add the vodka and shake or stir. Top with ginger beer.)
Make Reuben dip and serve with rye or pumpernickel bread. Baked potato skins are portable and popular. A selection of fruits, vegetables and Irish cheeses will round things out. Encourage your guests to bring their own desserts. Have guests vote by dropping a marble in a cup in front of their favorite.
Try a group YouTube tutorial and learn some Irish dance steps. Create a stack of note cards, each describing a famous Irish person. Guess who is who based on the clues. Make some green and orange bean bags and play indoor bocce ball.
No one should be left out of the celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. Take these ideas and run with them. This is the year you create your own traditions.