Throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party is lots of fun, whether you invite friends or just party down with the family. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to transform your house into a St. Patrick’s Day party zone. Plan ahead, set the mood and serve the best food on St. Patrick’s Day.
Set the Mood
Whether you visit your local party goods store or the dollar store for your party decor, think green. Choose a theme or mix and match. Hang green and white balloons from the ceiling. Cut paper shamrocks to hang on the walls. Let each of the kids make a St. Patrick’s Day poster or create a family banner to hang in the party room. Make a rainbow from balloons or poster board and set a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Don’t forget St. Patrick’s Day hats, necklaces and noise makers for all.
Invite Friends to add to the Festivities
A mix of family and friends adds to the party fun. Invite a few families or let each child invite a friend. Make invitations, send out evites or plan an event on Facebook and invite all of your besties. Plan prizes for best dressed couple, most unique costume and best theme.
Plan Your Menu with Pinterest
On Pinterest, you will find the best Irish recipes. Choose corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie or Irish Stew for your main dish. Add fun appetizers and desserts like Irish soda bread, shamrock cookies and rainbow fruit platters and you have a recipe for fun.
Let the Kids Help
Kids love baking so put the kids in charge of Irish desserts. Shamrock cookies, green brownies, rainbow cake and green cake pops are just a few ideas. Turn the kids loose with cookie, cake or brownie mix, green food color and frosting and let them surprise you.
The Legend of the Leprechaun
Leprechauns are fairies in Irish folklore who love having fun playing jokes and pranks. A leprechaun hides coins of gold in a pot at the end of the rainbow. Let the kids dress up as leprechauns with green coats, pants and hats for more fun.
Music and Dance add to the Fun
Search YouTube and learn how to dance Irish jigs and reels. Learn the lyrics to lots of Irish songs at StPatricksDay.com or download a bunch of tunes to make your party hop. Hold a dance contest at your party and award green shamrock necklaces to the winners.
Green Drinks for All
Green beer may be the drink of choice for St. Patrick’s Day, but for a family-friendly party, green shamrock punch is the perfect drink. A quart of lime sherbert, a large can of pineapple juice and a quart of ginger ale make a festive shamrock punch that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Make shamrock shakes using mint chocolate chip ice cream, milk and a few drops of green food color.
Get Your Irish On
Once your guests have arrived, the fun’s just begun. Head outdoors for a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Plan an Irish scavenger hunt with hints written on paper shamrocks. Teach your guests the Irish jig or make up your own Irish dances. Play Irish music and hold a sing-along. Enjoy a day filled with family-friendly fun for all ages.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great reason for a party. Let your Irish shine through. Hang a rainbow and find the pot of gold. Dance and Irish jig or listen to the music. Fun is the name of the game. Watch out for the leprechauns and make your St. Patrick’s Day party rock on with family, friends, food and fun.