This March 17, throw a St. Patrick’s Day party that best celebrates your Irish heritage with these tips on what to wear, how to decorate, what to serve, and what to do.
Think green and gold.
- Dress festively by donning yourself in green clothing and accessories. Ask guests prior to the party to also wear green. If anyone arrives without proper party attire, be sure to have accessories on hand so they don’t feel excluded. Arrange a table full of accessories such as “Kiss me I’m Irish” pins, shamrock headbands, St. Patrick’s Day bead necklaces, and plastic leprechaun hats. Irish-themed stickers and temporary tattoos are also a great idea, especially if children are attending.
- Take a trip to your local party goods store and pick up some decorations. Begin with the basics: a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” banner, green tablecloths, St. Patrick’s Day-themed tableware, pots of chocolate gold coins, and shamrock confetti. Take your decorating a step further by setting up a balloon arch in the shape of a rainbow with pots of gold at each end. This makes for the perfect photo op for your guests.
- Break out the food dye and color your beer and food green.
Serve Irish dishes and drinks.
- You’ll want to serve food that celebrates Irish culture. For an appetizer, prepare Irish soda bread or potato pancakes. For the main course, dish up some corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, or Irish stew. And for dessert, bake shamrock cookies or prepare an Irish cream cake.
- As far as beverages go, stick with Irish whiskey and Irish beer for the adults and green Kool-Aid for the kids. Then cap the night off with some Irish coffee.
- Share the luck o’ the Irish by having a potluck dinner rather than preparing it all yourself. Have each of your guests contribute a homemade dish and set up a large buffet.
Plan fun activities for all your guests.
- While St. Patrick’s Day, of course, has religious origins, it’s no secret that today the holiday is largely celebrated by drinking. If there are no kids around, or they are being supervised by sober guests, host a few St. Patty’s Day drinking games. Two great games to get your guests going are the Coin Hunt and Irish Poker.
- Will there be children in attendance? Keep the kids busy with some crafts. One simple and affordable idea is to lay a plain white tablecloth over the kids’ table and allow them to decorate it themselves. Fill the table with St. Patty’s Day stickers, markers, crayons, construction paper, glue, and other craft supplies so they can make their own decorations for the party.
Take part in Irish traditions.
- Place a Blarney Stone by the front door and have your guests kiss it when they enter the house.
- Have a “Danny Boy” sing-a-long.
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