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Almost everyone is a little bit Irish on St Patrick's Day. Whether you have it in your heritage or not, March 17 can be one of the most fun-filled celebrations of the year. Why not take advantage of the holiday in 2011 by hosting a lively St Patrick's Day party? Your friends and family will certainly love sharing in the revelry, and it's never too early to begin planning.

As is the case with most parties, you'll want to first address the invitations. In this instance, you should consider choosing invites that pay homage to the Irish history behind the holiday by including images associated with it. You surely cannot go wrong by sending out announcements that are complete with shamrocks and a pot of gold at the base of a rainbow. If you would like to take a more understate route, accenting plain invites with splashes of green can be an effective way to subtly include the colors of the day.

Once you've sent out your invitations, you'll want to turn your attention toward ensuring that your get-together has terrific decorations. For starters, you should set the tone by stringing some shamrock tinsel garland throughout much of your home. A good way to match this could be to affix a green metallic fringe to your table. Similarly, you can cover the table with an Irish flag cover to complete the look. While including tinsel is a good way to try to spread the luck of the Irish, you will certainly need to take it to the next level. Beer is most frequently associated with the holiday, so why not set up a 5-foot-tall cardboard beer mug? Guests will get a kick out of walking in and being greeted by a life size frosty brew. As a final touch, you should inflate some green and white balloons to place around your house. Having a few of these classic additions floating around your gathering is a great idea.

After you've gotten your invitations and decorations figured out, supplies are the next logical step. Of course, you'll need an ample supply of paper plates, napkins and cups for your guests. Selecting ones that include shamrocks and other such images is the best way to adhere to the rest of the theme. Although functional supplies are a necessity, you can definitely add some exciting extras that your guests will enjoy. Pick up a few green hats or shamrock beads and your friends and family are bound to wear them with enthusiasm. Finally, you should think about adding to the ambiance by playing some tunes to get your partygoers feeling festive. A mix complete with some classic Irish songs from the Kingston Trio or The Clancy Brothers will set the mood.

St Patrick's Day is usually one of the biggest parties of the year, so don't miss your chance to throw a fantastic get-together for all of the people closest to you. They will definitely have a ball!

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