Neither blessed kilt, a bag of gold coins or a four leaf clover patch could turn a last minute St. Patrick’s Day party perfect. But with enough know how and motivation, turn St. Patrick’s Day into your party in less than one day. Time for that last minute Irish hurrah! From what is required to the least required, this could be that one-stop-Irish-block for you.
The host with the most. Right here.
The host with the most knows how to make any party appear like a slice of cake (“it’s that easy”), while smiling, laughing and looking bubbly. Playing that off is the hard part. A host should be too busy stacking the party to be bothered by every flawed detail, mishap, mistake, etc. Think less, do more. Was Rome built in one day? Only by a non-idle writer. Once there’s a host, time for that St. Patrick’s Day theme you’ve been daydreaming about.
Fact: Themes are not just for movies.
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect mid-March theme, unless a birthday or anniversary lands on March 17. Merge (as if you haven’t thought of that before). Merging all celebrations that occur in March is a serious task. For an entire family with March birthdays and anniversaries, it could turn into quite the convenient bash. But a party that takes more than one week to gather should not be related to any last minute party. And hey, don’t stress out the host. Once the theme is hatched, proceed.
Number of guests?
Call friends and do some invites. Collect a guest list. Count the amount to figure out how much food you’ll need. Same applies to beverages. Numbers, how many? Figure that out by making some calls or sending some texts. Time to invite the world to St. Paddy’s Day.
Tip: Green beer, wine, alcohol should only be served at age appropriate parties with a designated driver handy (that would be the non-Irish guy).
Win the cake fight!
“Happy St. Patrick’s Day”, “Happy Irish Birthday”, “Our Good Luck Charm”, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”, and “Happy-Go-Lucky Anniversary” are some St. Patrick’s Day suggestions for the face of this lucky holiday cake. Attention shoppers, St. Patrick’s Day cake toppers are sold at stores near you! Yes, local shops are beginning to open the St. Patrick’s Day discount flood gates. Check out all cake toppers before writing anything on a cake. It very well could be highly affordable and time saving.
A top hat, four leaf clover, wishing well, a Blarney rock, Irish flag colors, a rainbow, stout, a fiddler next to a flower or shamrock are all excellent cake ideas. Again, time may be an issue. Can you beat father time with a tip of the hat of edible clovers or an Irish kiss?
Top hat for the Leprechaun. Purchase two cakes; a round and a quarter-sheet cake that feeds the amount of guests arriving. Add desired dash of food coloring to white frosting. Apply frosting on the bottom of the round cake before centering on the sheet cake. Cut the edges of the sheet cake so it’s round in similarity to the top round portion. Shoot for cutting the bottom into a rim of a top hat. That’s what it’s there for.
Frost the entire top hat formation. Every Irish top hat should come with a ribbon. Use the same colored M&M’s, or other candy and/or nut choice, to form a band above the rim (sheet cake). Decorate where the rim meets the cylinder top cake (height: Less than 1/4 of total top height) and follow the band all the way around until it meets itself. Get fancy and use green M&M’s to form four leaf clovers all over the hat cake. Just make sure the consistency in icing is thick enough for M&M’s to remain attached. If the cake frosting is thin, the clovers will surely slide off.
Kiss my Blarney stone! The Blarney stone, imagine that. Purchase a sheet cake size appropriate for amount of guests. Since the Blarney is somewhat rigid and not just a solid oval stone or like a round gray rock, only cut three of four edges to the sheet cake off. The icing to this cake is gray in color (black and white mix). Frost it! Add definition by taking a toothpick and drawing small random lines through it may help identify the cake. Using a different color frosting to write “Blarney Stone” on the side of the cake is not out of the question. Writing “B.S.” is out of the question. As mentioned above, don’t forget to add the words Kiss Me, I’m Irish or Kiss My Blarney to the face of this cake.
Time saver alert! Making and decorating a cake takes over two hours. Purchasing cakes to decorate can take as little as one hour. Meaning, one hour should be dedicated to cake decorating. Two more hours left.
Required items are basic party needs. Supplies usually take some time to prepare and display. Give supplies two hours. Rule of thumb, if gathering and decorating together is projected to take over two hours in complete time, move on to plan B (the lower maintenance plan). The goal is to put aside at least three hours towards this task because that realistic act offers you time to prepare yourself. There’s something unique a host must offer that has nothing to do with supplies, but everything to do with supplies. A party must supply a party!
St. Patrick’s Day activities come in all shapes and sizes. Visit a local St. Patrick’s Day event and finish it off with a house party. An Irish related film could be playing on your big screen. Depending on weather, plan a St. Patrick’s Day cookout. A family card game, guessing games or sing-a-longs can add spice to any Irish celebration. You can even have a potato sack race in honoring the Irish.
Supplying the supplies.
More green, less white. Streamers, napkins, paper plates, paper cups, even utensils can be green in color. Check out Party City or your the cupboard. But we are talking last minute, therefore, mix-match green and white colors (whatever is available). A plain white table cloth will do. Add a kid friendly activity by placing a couple of various shades of green crayons on a white paper table cloth or table mat. A table cover that you do not mind destroying. Green candles, green clovers, green decor dresses the room for this occasion. Bathroom included.
Dress the bathroom. Win! Win! Think green with white trim. Most bathrooms are white (sink, tub, toilet, etc). Add green towels and washcloths with fresh white soap in a dish compliments the bathroom but it’s a party. Place a dish of green/white striped mints or small green foil wrapped candies inside of a green dish sitting on the counter is a nice convenience. Most green with a dash of white is an appropriate combination for floor mats or rug for the bathroom. But how many mats or rugs are green/white and in front of your face right now? Exactly! You just may have to settle for a solid color – like green.
Tip: Make sure all shades of green compliment each other.
Host, check. Cake, check. Party supplies and decor, check. Activity, check. Bathroom, check. Trash cans with scented bags, well, as of now, check. Yourself? Better check that too.
Three simple lessons from the 2014 Oscars:
Never wear dresses too long or shoes too hard to transport your vessel without taking a course on how not to fall (thank Jennifer Lawrence for that one – or two). Do not dye your hair green to go with that silk green pajama set (an unlucky look for Liza Minnelli). Know how to pronounce a guest’s name, both first and last (don’t pull a John Travolta).
Tip: Take that group selfie! Tweet tweet.
Thanking everyone for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day should come with a farewell baggie, treat, basket, whatever. Just something to say thank you – to them – from you.
From St. Patrick’s Day related key chains, funny sayings on pins, green cookies, gift cards or certificates to basic thank you notes attached to a small box of Irish mints, the exit is just as important as the entry. If there’s not enough time for that just remember to say good bye to each and every guest before they leave.
Lastly, with an Irish blessing – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!