Everyone can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the patron Saint of Ireland on March 17th. It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to plan a festive fun day! All you need is some themed decor, menu, family and friends. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either! Since it’s just around the corner, here are some easy, inexpensive tips on hosting your own St. Patrick’s Day party.
Set the Stage (Your table)
1. Set the table with a green table cloth and white napkins or white table with green napkins.
2. Get some small “Shamrock” plants, put them in old beer mugs, place a green ribbon around the centre of the mug and place a few of them down the middle of the table.
3. Make green shamrocks out of construction paper, poke a hole in the top and bottom and place the straw through it. Make a bunch of them and stick them in a vase. These can act as your centrepieces.
4. Use white candles and tie a green ribbon around them
5. Play Irish/Celtic music (there are many beautiful celtic/irish CDs out there) or for those of you in the Toronto area, dial your radio to 88.7 FM
Decor – Make it Green
1. Use green construction paper, cut in small strips, staple or glue the ends and loop them through each other, to make a paper chain. Hang them from the ceiling, so easy.
2. Make additional green shamrocks or purchase them inexpensively from the dollar store. Staple or tape a piece of string to the back of each one and hang them around your home.
3. Place a large clear salad bowl filled with gold wrapped Rolos, gold chocolate coins, green M&M’s, green jelly beans etc. for people to enjoy. Place a scoop in it, so no hands are actually touching the open candies!
4. Consider a smaller bowl filled with “Lucky Charms” cereal for the kids.
Menu – A taste of Ireland
- Potato soup – add a couple of drops of green colouring
- Traditional Irish stew
- Irish soda bread – add a few drops of green food colouring
- Sheppard’s pie
- Corn beef & cabbage
- Green salad
- Dessert – mint frosted brownies, cupcakes with green icing, green jello, sugar cookies, with green icing
Beverages – Shamrock Green
- Green beer – regular beer with one drop of green food colouring
- Green fruit punch
- Green Irish tea
- Irish coffee – don’t forget the whipped cream, with green food colouring
- Green Kool-Aid, green Gatorade or green milkshakes for children
Attire – Leprechauns Green
- Green tie
- Green t-shirt
- Green socks
- Green hair
- Green jewellery
- Green tights
- Green scarf
- Green pants
Just use your imagination……you must have something green in your closet!
Other Ways to celebrate
Go to an Irish Pub and celebrate, they usually have a band for this special day! Consider attending a St. Patrick ‘s Day parade or even better, march in it!
Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day’s festivities however you wish to celebrate the day! What is your favourite thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day? I love getting feedback! And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv here on the site.
Until next time,