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Wish guests "Slainte" at your best St. Patrick's Day Party ever

March is generally a tumultuous month for weather, with it being warm one minute and chilly the next. However, it's pretty much certain that St. Patrick's Day will fall on March 17, so why not plan a party around this well-celebrated Irish holiday. Before you start collecting up St. Patrick's Day party supplies and organizing your guest list, take a bit of time to get to know the holiday and plan your St. Patrick's Day party activities accordingly.

St. Patrick's Day History

You don't have to dust off all your history books in order to learn a little bit about St. Patrick's background. For starters, he is the patron saint of Ireland and while he was born in England, it was across the Irish Sea that he became devoted to Christianity and achieved sainthood. While in captivity and working as a shepherd - he was kidnapped by Irish raiders - Patrick used religion to help him with his troubles. Eventually, he escaped, and was encouraged by God to leave Ireland. However, once back on British soil, God told him it was his calling to become a missionary in Ireland, and so he returned, after being ordained as a priest.

St Patrick's Day Symbols

When you go shopping for St Patrick's Day party supplies, be sure to pick up everything and anything green. The color green represents Ireland itself, but is also the color of lucky Irish shamrocks, and the clothing of leprechauns. These tiny fairies dress in green and keep their treasures well-hidden, but legend has it, if you can capture one, he must tell you where his gold lies. To show this off at your St. Patrick's Day party, buy some large, chocolate gold coins to use as edible St. Patrick's Day party decorations and party favors.

St. Patrick's Day Party Food

Every St. Patrick's Day party needs some hearty food, and you need not be a master chef to try out some traditional Irish recipes. Why not bake some crusty Irish soda bread and serve warm with green butter? (Just warn your guests about the festive food coloring first.) The rustic bread will taste great with a warm Irish stew, served out of St. Patrick's Day party plates and bowls. Consider picking up bright green bowls or dishes decked out with shamrocks. In addition, you might want to start the day with a traditional Irish Breakfast, complete with eggs, bacon, toast, black pudding, fried tomatoes and baked beans. Green scrambled eggs sound a bit strange, so pick up some St. Patrick's Day party supplies in the form of bright green silverware instead.

Finally, an essential St. Patrick's Day party dish is corned beef and cabbage. Encourage your guests to make their own sandwiches at your St. Patrick's Day party or serve them steaming dishes of this traditional treat - on shamrock dishes, of course. And nothing says Ireland like a good pint of Guiness, so be sure to have some on hand.

St. Patrick's Day Fun

You probably won't have a St. Patrick's Day parade right through your living room, but many cities, like New York have extravagant St. Patrick's Day parties and parades. If you can't make it out, have a St. Patrick's Day party at the time of the parade and bring everyone together to watch. Serve beverages in green cups, or dye light colored sodas, beers and even milk green to really get into the St. Patrick's Day party spirit. Remember to say "slainte" to St. Patrick's Day party guests - the Irish Gaelic word means "Good Health."

From essential St Patrick's Day Party Supplies to everything and anything covered in shamrocks, you can find all the St. Patrick's Day party supplies you need at

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