How To Throw the Best St. Patrick's Day Party to Date!
March 29, 2012
On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish! Which means you’ll have no problem finding friends to help you celebrate when you decide to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party. Now the only thing left to do is use a little magic, and a lot of creativity, to find the perfect St. Patrick’s day accessories and throw a St. Patrick’s Day party that will make your Irish ancestors proud!
Although St. Patrick’s Day has been a religious observance in Ireland for more than a hundred years, in America, it is know as a holiday for drinking, eating, and the celebration of all things green! The planning process for your St. Patrick’s Day party can be just as much fun as the party itself if you do it right. Instead of being overwhelmed at the vast array of choices when looking at St. Patrick’s Day decorations and accessories, use them as a source of inspiration for everything from your menu to your St. Patrick’s Day centerpieces.
Let’s start with the menu. If you’re sticking with the traditional foods of St. Patrick’s Day, you could serve corned beef and cabbage. However, that may not appeal to all your guests, so you may want to choose other foods to serve and tweak them to fit the St. Patty’s Day theme. You could serve cakes, cookies, and cupcakes flavored with Bailey’s Irish Cream. Raisin scones are a tasty traditional Irish dish. Mint-flavored treats will delight your guests. And, when in doubt, just add a little green food coloring to whatever you decide to serve and add the word “Irish” to the name! As long as you serve your food on St. Patrick’s Day plates, whether you go with plain green St. Patrick’s Day plates or plates covered in festive shamrocks, your menu choices will seem all the more festive when served on these Irish themed plates!
Choosing the right St. Patrick’s Day decorations and accessories can be as simple as buying green streamers and balloons and draping them from every surface of your party space. Or, you with a little more imagination, you can use St. Patrick’s Day accessories that will wow your friends and convince them you are 100% Irish! To welcome your guests to the party, place a large stone, or create a fake rock using paper mache and chicken wire, near your front door. As your guests arrive, encourage them to rub the Blarney Stone for a little luck to last them through the coming year. For another festive St. Patrick’s Day accessory based on an original Irish tradition, present your guests with a green carnation tied with a green ribbon for them to wear during the party. Your guests will love these St. Patrick’s Day items and feel a little more Irish themselves as they wear green with pride!
You can make your own St. Patrick’s Day centerpieces to adorn your food tables and complement your feast of green goodies. If you decide to go with basic green St. Patrick’s Day plates, jazz up your table with more elaborate St. Patrick’s Day centerpieces. We have many centerpieces to choose from if you’re looking for something quick and easy. But, here are a couple suggestions if you’d like to stretch your creative muscles. One fun idea is to spray paint small pots and fill them with fake gold coins to represent the leprechaun’s pot of gold. Or, for something a little different, you could create an Irish themed centerpiece by filling a clear glass vase with Lucky Charms cereal, then arranging flowers in it. Silk flowers will stay looking fresh forever, or you can use fresh flowers held in water picks, just make sure you hide the water picks beneath the cereal.
Our St. Patrick’s Day necklaces are a fun St. Patrick’s Day party favor. Your guests will be delighted when you greet each of them by placing a necklace around their necks, much like they would receive a lei at a Hawaiian luau! Impress them even more by uttering the Gaelic phrase “T t go h-lainn,” which means “You are beautiful” as you adorn their necks with their St. Patrick’s Day necklace.
To keep your guests amused during your St. Patrick’s Day party, arrange a scavenger hunt. Hide a pot of gold, either in your home or somewhere in the neighborhood, and have your friends follow the clues. The first to find the leprechaun’s pot of gold is the winner!
Whatever choices you make for your St. Patrick’s Day decorations and accessories, your Irish eyes will be smiling when you see your guests enjoying their green beers, rubbing the Blarney Stone, and singing along to “Danny Boy” on karaoke machine. And with the help of Windy City Novelties, you won’t even need the luck of the Irish to make the party a hit!