Drinkn 'til You're Irish! A party for Adults.
March 07, 2011
St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas
O’, ‘tis nary a day as pleasant as one spent celebrating the cheer of the Emerald Isle. This is the one holiday that truly reaches beyond its basic religious history to become something everyone can enjoy: Drinking. That being said, you should be aware that this is the party guide for having a 21 years old and older St. Patrick’s Day celebration. A more suitable version for kids of all ages can be found here.
St. Patrick’s Day Invitations
Before you can begin pinching your friends who aren’t wearing green, you’ll need them to come over to your place. To make sure that yours is the St. Patty’s day event they attend, try sending these invites their way. There is a wide variety featuring leprechauns, pots of gold, four-leaf clovers and plenty of green.
Of course an invitation wouldn’t be special if it didn’t pour out a pile of shamrock confetti on you. You can also make use of any green markers or crayons you have lying around and put an extra touch of green to your envelopes. There is certainly no such thing as, ‘too much green’ when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Decorations
Unless your house is painted green (and just how cool would that be?) you’ll probably need to put up some St. Pat’s décor to get the Irish feeling flowing. Start by tying some green balloons to your mail box or even to your car (windshield wipers, antenna, etc.). There is a big selection so feel free to mix-n-match. Balloons have long been the sign of a party and yours will be a good one.
As your guests approach your door, have this waiting for them. This door cover will let them know they truly have arrived at the right place and that shenanigans are afoot. And who says wreathes are only for Christmas? Shamrock Wreath!
Once they are inside, don’t stop with the onslaught of green! Hang fun shamrock ceiling decorations and whirls with beer mugs on the end. You’ve got a few choices when it comes to lining your walls: garland and tinsel, more garland and tinsel, or shamrock party tape. Any are a good choice to compliment your St. Patrick’s Day pennant banner.
If you have a patio or are hosting your party in an outdoor setting, try hanging St. Patrick’s Day light up lanterns. Both stylish and green, you can’t go wrong stringing these up. And hang some Irish Flag bunting along your fence or patio railing.
For added indoor lighting look no further than our 8’ strands of shamrock electric lights. Just link a couple together to surround a room with Irish spirit.
Another fun source of light can be found in the amazing Lumi-Loon. With multiple fun designs to choose from, the St. Patrick’s Day Lumi-Loon will let your spirit shine.
If you want to streamline your party decorating, check out these fully equipped kits: complete kit one & complete kit two.
St. Patrick’s Day Food
To be sure you can satisfy the hunger of your “Irish for a Day” friends, make the table with the food on it easy to find. Make that table STAND OUT. Start with a table cover of your choosing: vinyl shamrocks, lucky wishes plastic, Irish flag plastic, or really green plastic. And yes, the ‘really green’ table cover is aptly named.
Stack up some plates and napkins and let everyone dig in. Load up your Shamrock serving bowl with snacks and cover a green tray or two. If you don’t have green beer (And why don’t you? Just add a little food coloring) you can at least have a green beer pitcher. Between flashing green ice cubes for mixers and green sticky bottoms to light up bottled drinks, your guests will have no problem finding the St. Patrick’s Day spirit in their spirits!
To help keep your guests in good cheer, place some Irish Beer Mug Inflatable Coolers around your party. No one is going to complain when an ice cold beverage is just an arms-length away.
For the food itself, you can always set out modern party snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc.). But for your Irish gathering to really tug at the hearts and get some green blood pumping, try setting out some traditional Irish food.
I am a stout lover of Corned Beef and Cabbage. Not a snack at all, but you could always get creative and slice up the beef into small pieces and do the same with the cabbage. Now serve that with a selection of crackers and people can make snack sized corned beef and cabbage sandwiches.
This website has an excellent list of traditional Irish recipes and can help you get some ideas for foods you can turn into snacks using your own creativity!
When it comes to the alcohol of choice to be served on this day, everyone is likely to be eager to raise a pint of green beer goodness. Most stores and brewers will make some select green beer batches available for purchase around the holiday and it can be fun for your guests see green in their cups and bottles. If you can’t get your hands on any, just pick up some food coloring and test out a few drops in a beer or two to get the right color you are looking for. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Green is green in the end.
You can also make mixed drinks green without having to add food coloring to every glass. Just provide green colored alcohols or green colored mixing liquids. Midori is a melon flavored liqueur with a wonderful green color that can be added to most basic drinks (non-spiced rum and vodka based) which will give the desired green color. It may not pair well with whiskeys and tequila, but in that case you can use green mixers. Try whipping up a batch of green sour mix and your set!
Remember: the best parties are the ones everyone can remember. Please Drink Responsibly.
St. Patrick’s Day Necessities
If your guests haven’t arrived wearing any green (Pinch Them!), you can help them out by providing some party supplies.
Most necessary would be a hat, beer mug beads, and some green glowing bracelets. But there are many items to choose from. If you want to make things simple for your guests, just pick up either of these party packs (pack one & pack two) and let them grab the supplies they want.
There’s even something for the dog! Hope they don’t mind wearing this . . .