It's time to start planning for St Patrick's Day!
February 16, 2010
Though Valentine's Day is right around the corner, it's never too early to start planning for your St Patrick's Day party!
While Valentine's Day tends to exclude those who are not in a relationship, everyone gets to be Irish on St Patrick's Day!
Plan the perfect St Patrick's Day party for you and yours
Come up with a list of your favorite party people, and send out your St Patrick's Day invitations. Make the invites as fun and festive as the holiday itself by sending them out in green envelopes and filling the packages with shiny confetti or shamrock beads.
As you begin to put up your St Patrick's Day decorations, remember that this holiday is all about spending time with friends and having a blast, so get as many kooky and over the top party supplies as you can.
Have a table set up full of St Patrick's Day items for guests to pick over as they arrive. Things like green plastic hats, green beaded necklaces, green-sequined bow ties and green glow sticks will help them get in the party mood in no time.
Also make sure to fill up your home with plenty of fun St Patrick's Day decorations like green balloons and streams, table cloths covered in shamrocks and St Patrick's Day banners.
You could even pick up a St Patrick's Day decorating kit, which will supply you with all you need to make your party space look like it's ready for action.
Provide your guests with green party fare
In order to keep your guests full of St Patrick's Day cheer, fill them full of green food and drinks! Opt for sweet green confections like green-colored cupcakes and green cookies, and offer green-themed savory dishes as well, like pesto pasta and pizza with green peppers.
And, of course, it would be impossible to host a St Patrick's Day party without Guinness! Stock up on the frothy dark beverage - you could even buy a keg though it might be wise to provide your guests with other options as well. Consider purchasing Harp, Killian's Irish Red and Bass so that partygoers will have a variety of Irish-brewed options available to them.
Serve up the drinks in LED glasses that blink and flash for a fun touch that will make your friends feel like they're out partying in at a posh nightclub. Or, opt for pint glasses which will lend a pub-like vibe to your bash.
Party games will end the night on a great note!
To make sure that your guests leave with a smile on their face, organize a fun party game, like a scavenger hunt for a pot of gold, to end the night.
Fill up one of the plastic green hats with plenty of St Patrick's Day goodies, like a bottle of Guinness, shamrock-shaped sunglasses and festive sunglasses. Then send your guests off to search for the goodies while you begin the clean-up.