It’s almost that time of year again—that time when we celebrate the luck of the Irish, party, and drink far too much. And if you’re hosting your own St. Patty’s Day party this year, it’s time to start planning. Here are a few must-have’s to make sure your party is successful.
Party decorations are the biggest detail used to set the tone in any party, regardless of the theme. For a St. Patty’s Day party, some of these decorations are simple. Obviously, you need a lot of green—particularly green streamers, balloons, and plasticware.
Beyond the obvious green theme, though, you also need to make sure you have at least one pot of gold in the room. If you really want to set the tone, set it up under rainbow-colored streamers and have a leprechaun cut-out guarding it. You could even make a token for your guests to remember the night, like an Irish charm. If some of your guests drink enough, that charm could be their only memory of the night.
Irish food is a must for any St Patty’s Day party. Regardless of whether your party is laid-back with only snacks as a bit of a refresher or if it’s a little more formal with actual appetizers, a main meal, and a dessert, there are some dishes that simply have to be included. Irish Soda Bread is one of these. Another is a delicious treacle tart.
One more fun food for any kind of St Patty’s Day party is dip—but don’t forget to serve it creatively. Cut a bell pepper in two so it resembles a four-leaf clover, then fill it with dip. It’s a simple trick, but it’s one your guests will love.
No Irish party could ever be complete without some Guinness beer, but if you don’t have access (or the funds) for the authentic stuff, you can go a different route, like through Houston Carton; put some food coloring into the beer to turn it green. However, you shouldn’t just plan for the alcoholic drinks (as important as those are). Another necessary drink is the delicious Irish coffee, which is great for those not as keen on alcohol as some of your other guests.
Your guests should come dressed for the party. This might just entail wearing a lot of green, or it could mean going all out with a green wig, party hat, and huge glasses. You could even request they come dressed a certain way or include a particular item in the wardrobe, like green socks or shoes. The most important part is that your guests come dressed ready for the fun that your party will be.
The entertainment is debatably the most important part of your St Patty’s Day party. It’s what will make the night memorable for all your guests. You could do something simple like painting shirts or you could hire a face painter to put a make all your guests a little more festive as they enter. Some sort of drinking game is a must, so make sure you have enough drinks to go around (that might even require purchasing a few customer beer caddies and boxes to guarantee you’re well-stocked).
St. Patty’s Day may be a month away, but it’s never too early to start planning. You want a celebration all your guests will remember, because there’s no better way to channel the luck of the Irish.