With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it is the perfect excuse to throw a party! Just because you don’t live in Ireland, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate like the Irish. You don’t need to luck of the Irish to have a great party. Just follow these quick tips to ensure an unforgettable evening full of Irish cheer!
Green, green, and some more green! Get creative with the decorations and don’t be afraid to go over the top. Deck your venue out with shamrocks, rainbows, and pots of gold. Some simple tricks include switching traditional light bulbs out for green ones, hanging streamers, placing a large blarney stone in the entrance, and having a pot of gold filled with chocolate coins as centerpieces on the tables. Have a table set up by the entrance with green hats and green beaded necklaces for the guests to adorn themselves with. These fun and easy tricks are inexpensive and are sure to get your guests in the Irish mood!
Serve traditional Irish favorites like corned beef hash, Irish soda bread, and plenty of potatoes. For desert try something simple and stick to sugar cookies. To give them an Irish edge use green food coloring and a shamrock cookie cutter.
Tip: If you get busy decorating and cooking and don’t have time to make the cookies, turn it into a craft for the kids! Set up a table with cookie cutters, frosting, and sprinkles and let their artistic juices flow.
Celebrate Ireland’s culture by drinking some of the finest stouts and whiskeys in the world. Be sure to have plenty of drinks to go around. Some festive drink ideas are Guinness beer, Irish Coffee, and Irish Car Bombs (see recipe below). While the adults are sure to enjoy these options, don’t forget to have some fun drinks for the kids as well, such as mint milkshakes (or vanilla shakes with green coloring) and green Kool-Aid.
Irish Car Bombs:
3/4 pint Guinness stout
1/2 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/2 shot Jameson Irish whiskey
Add the Bailey’s into the bottom of the shot glass and layer the Jameson on top. Next, pour the Guinness into a pint glass 3/4 of the way full. Once the beer has settled, drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug!
The Perfect Playlist:
Take a day off from the radio and get into the Irish spirit. Instead of playing the radio or an everyday playlist, why not create a more festive playlist for the day? Try some of these songs to spice up your party and encourage your guests to come up with their best jig!
Irish Rover by Dublin Folk Band
When Irish Eyes are Smiling by Dingle Folk
St. Patrick’s Day by John Mayer
Rocky Road to Dublin by Galway Ramblers
Reilly’s Daughter by Glen Folk Four
The Foggy Dew by The Dublinners
Whiskey in the Jar by Bill Craig
Keep the Kids Busy:
With the parents busy enjoying the fabulous food and drinks, keep the younger lads and lassies busy with fun and celebratory games. Once everyone has eaten and the parents are still mingling, set the kids up with some exciting games like a pot of gold coin toss, pin the shamrock on the leprechaun, or a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt. These are simple games that are sure to keep the kids active and happy. Just because the kids can’t participate in the drinking activities, doesn’t mean they can’t have any fun!