It’s time to take your St. Patrick’s Day party planning skills to the next level. You have all kinds of questions. Where will you start? What will you do? Who will you invite? How will you ensure you maximize this fun and festive Irish celebration? If you’re still trying to figure out the details for the upcoming holiday, you’re not alone. Here’s what you need to consider as you plan your party.
The First P: Plan
Planning: What Type of St. Patrick’s Day Party Will You Throw?
This is the first question that will guide your party planning: what type of event are you planning on throwing? Do you want it to be a family-friendly affair or an adults-only party? An intense celebration or low-key with a close group? Your decision on this question will depend, in large part, on your energy level and budget. The good news is you can have a great time no matter what you choose.
If you’re considering a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Party, you’ll need to put systems in place to ensure both the adults and kids you invite have fun. This means safe activities for kids and plenty of tasty libations and snacks for parents. If, on the other hand, you’re planning on throwing an adults-only party, keep in mind that lots of your friends will have to get sitters, so give more advance notice or it could cut down on your guest count. That said, though, it’s off to the races once everyone arrives.
Will You Go Out or Stay In?
Next, it’s time to decide if you’ll go out or stay in for your St. Patrick’s Day Party. There are pros and cons to both.
If you go out, you won’t be worried about cleaning up or keeping an eye on your grandmother’s piano in the corner. It could also be more expensive, though, which is a consideration for people who are looking to throw a party on a budget. St. Patrick’s Day is a major public event so consider crowds and the rowdy celebrators you may or may not want to encounter at parades, festivals, bars and restaurants.
This may be enough to drive you to stay in. If it is, though, you’ll need to consider elements like budget, guest list, catering, and everything else you’ll need to keep people happy and comfortable at your big get-together.
On the fence? Make a list of a few places where you could go out. Get prices for each, poll your closest guests, and make a decision from there.
It’s also a good idea to inquire in advance about the restaurants and bars’ reservation policy on this high-traffic holiday, especially if there are six or more in your St. Patrick’s Day party.
The Second P: Prepare
Now that you’ve come up with a plan of attack for your big St. Patrick’s Day party, it’s time to prepare and get ready. There’s a lot to do, and starting early is the best way to ensure it goes as well as possible.
Once you’ve decided how you’re going to celebrate, it’s time to research local events (a quick Google search will bring up plenty of options in your area) and come up with a plan to get everyone to your event of choice. Consider carpooling to the event to save on parking, cabs and to strengthen your safety.
If, on the other hand, you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party at your house, suggest that friends ride together to free up parking space in your driveway. Take advantage of online recipes you can make in advance and have a few extra snacks on hand that can be easily prepared if you unexpectedly run short. Grab a few cheap Tupperware boxes to send extra food home with your pals.
Don’t forget: Make it clear whether the St. Patrick’s Day Party is adults-only or kid-friendly!
If you’re throwing a DIY party at your house, there are a few preparation tips to keep in mind. First of all, you’ll want to ensure you’ve got a selection of green foods and drinks to party it up with your guests. Check out Pinterest or a similar site for recipes to prepare for your St. Patrick’s Day Party.
A low-budget option is always a potluck. Have at least one activity in mind that get people mingling. Keep it lively and authentic with a fun Irish-Inspired playlist.
If you’re heading out on St. Patty’s day, don’t forget that it’s a little bit like going into battle. The day is a busy one for downtown bars and eateries, and you’ll fare better if you pack ahead of time. With this in mind, don’t forget the following items:
- Your wallet
- Extra cash
- A sweater or warm layer for when the temperatures dip
- Your green gear!
- Hand Sanitizer
The Final P: Partake!
It’s finally time to enjoy all your hard work! Now that you’ve put everything in place, you can partake in your good time! If you’re going out, there’s nothing left for you to do but kick back, relax, and have a great time.
Reminder: Enjoy each adult beverage with a glass of water.
One of the last things you’ll have to think about is DIY outfit ideas. If you’re not one to dress up frequently or don’t have an extensive costume closet, dig through what you DO have to find something green and toss it on. You’ll look great and your guests will appreciate your approach.
If you’re throwing the party at your place, don’t be afraid to delegate a few tasks to closest friends/significant other. Once the food is on the table and drinks are served and your only duty will be welcoming and enjoying your great group of party-goers.
Remember: Low-Key St. Patrick’s Day Parties Are Okay
If you’re considering throwing a low-key St. Patrick’s Day Party, you don’t need to feel guilty about that! While it’s a holiday that tends to go over-the-top at times, staying low-key can also be safe and financially responsible. Anytime you can surround yourself with festivities, food and friends, is a time to consider yourself LUCKY…and that calls for a celebration!