While St. Patrick’s Day is exactly a week away, you may be celebrating this weekend with a night on the town or better yet, a party at your own home. This Saturday and Sunday, many cities will be holding their St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals. After attending one of these events, invite some friends over for a St. Patrick’s Day party. To help you prepare, I’ve put together some tips on how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party. Even if you are planning a quiet night at home with the family, you can still get a little festive with these ideas!
St. Patricks Day Party Ideas:
- Invite friends to wear green to the party. As the party host, make a shamrock pin with felt, crochet or fabric yo-yos. Wear some lovely green and gold beaded jewelry.
- Replace your outdoor/porch light with a green-tinted light bulb to help direct guests to the right house.
- Hand out homemade “Kiss me I’m Irish” buttons to party guests, like the one shown above. The buttons make for fun party favors. You can also use the buttons as prizes for party games (see end of list).
- Make a simple centerpiece with a square box turned into a Leprechaun Hat. Search through old gift boxes for an appropriate sized box. Turn the box over so that the lid forms the brim of the hat. Paint the box bright green. Once dry, remove the box from the lid and paint a band of black around the top. Add a square gold buckle on the front. When dry, replace box on lid.
- For an even simpler centerpiece, make a Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold. Fill a small black cauldron left over from Halloween with gold chocolate coins. For a bit of fun, paint a rainbow on a large rectangle of paper and hang over the pot of gold.
- Use a small heart rubber stamp and green ink to create shamrocks for adorning napkins, paper plates and other party accessories. Stamp three hearts with the points nearly connected and painted a curved line for the stem.
- Cut out felt shamrocks in green, orange and white (the colors of the Irish flag), punch small holes on each side and string onto twine to create a St. Patrick’s Day party garland.
- String green Christmas lights from the walls or wrap around an indoor tree.
- Create a green party punch. In a large bunch bowl, mix 1/2 gallon lime sherbet with 2 liters of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.
- For those drinking at the party, you can serve a traditional Irish beer, such as Guinness, and a cheap, light beer which you can dye green with a drop or two of green food coloring.
- Make shamrock cookies with green icing. If you don’t have a shamrock cookie-cutter, connect the points of three hearts together and add a small stem before baking.
- Get competitive with an Irish Trivia/St. Patrick’s Day party game. For example “When was the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade?” The team with the closest answer wins. Answer: The first St. Patrick’s Day Parades were not in Ireland, but in Boston (1737) and New York (1762).