St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year we’re all Irish at heart thanks to the fact that it’s a holiday all about good friends, good food, good music, and good (green) beer. Instead of heading out and dealing with the crowds, why not throw a party at your home this year? All you have to do is send out the invites, don some green, and follow this advice. Super fun and super easy!
Get Creative with Decorations
Don’t worry; the shamrocks and leprechaun cutouts and green streamers should still be front and center, but in order to set your party apart from everyone else’s, come up with some creative décor, like green flower arrangements, pots of live shamrocks, and other Irish-inspired crafts you can make at home. You can even use potatoes, a traditional Irish food, as a way to dress up a table. And St. Patrick’s Day printables are perfect for cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, and more. Lastly, a green tablecloth with orange napkins is a great way to represent the colors of the Irish flag.
[Shamrock garland via Sippycupmom]
Play Irish-Themed Music
Mix folk and traditional Irish music (here’s a great list of some songs you might want to download) with some modern pop songs for a playlist that will keep people singing and dancing all night long. We love these suggestions from Caught in Southie.
Stock Up on Drinks
Facts are facts: St. Patrick’s Day is a drinking holiday. So make sure you have plenty of beer on hand, as well as non-alcoholic options for designated drivers and people who want to pace themselves. And though we’re not saying you have to serve green beer, here’s how to do it if you just can’t resist.
Serve a Signature Cocktail
We are saying this one should be green. We don’t make the St. Patrick’s Day rules, we just report on ‘em. Cosmopolitan has a bunch of suggestions we love for emerald-hued libations. If you want to keep it simple (and not overly boozy) a Sparkling Shamrock is the way to go as you can easily make big batches. The below recipe is for one cocktail, so just do the math accordingly.
1 ½ parts vodka
½ part elderflower liqueur
2 parts juiced cucumber
½ part lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
lemonade or club soda (or half and half)
mint leaves, cucumber slices, and lemon zest for garnish
Mix all ingredients (except lemonade/club soda) in a cocktail shaker. Strain. Pour over ice. Add lemonade or club soda. Top with garnish. Enjoy!
Break the Rules and Serve a Signature Cocktail That’s Gold
[Pot of Gold Cocktail via Celebrations]
Go All Out with the Food
St. Patrick’s Day is your chance to be inventive and do things with food you might not otherwise. Of course, you also want it to taste (magically) delicious. Here are just a few recipes to consider:
[Photo: Irish beef hand pies via Pillsbury]
Don’t Forget the Sweets!
Dessert doesn’t just taste good, it looks good on the table. Some tasty St. Patrick’s Day-inspired treats you may want to offer your guests, include:
[Photo: Chocolate Mint Brownies via Betty Crocker]
Give Your Guests Wearables
Green beads, green top hats, sparkly green bowties, shamrock stickers, shamrock headbands, and buttons that say “kiss me” will all help get your guests in a festive mood and will make for cute photos later.
If there are going to be kids at the party, you can do things like have a coin hunt where all of the kids get a black pot they fill with hidden gold coins. Musical chairs with Irish music is another fun one. You can also play hot potato, or if you’re a grownup… SHOT potato. (Same concept, only the last one holding the potato “loses” and therefore has to do a shot.)
[Photo and more Irish games via LA Times]
Hand Out Party Favors
Keep with the theme and give your guests bags filled with green, gold, and rainbow goodies, like gold chocolate coins, mini bags of Skittles, shamrock stickers or buttons, mini bottles of Baileys for Irish coffee, green nail polish, and Advil. Whatever you do, don’t forget the Advil.
[Party favors via PopSugar]