St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and it’s time to start planning the type of event you’ll throw for your friends and family members! What an exciting time – and, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time between now and the big party day.
Here are some tips to help you hack your St. Patrick’s Day party and create an event that nobody will soon forget.
St. Patrick’s Day: Attire & Costume Ideas
St. Patrick’s Day is as much about your attire as it is the party you throw. With this in mind, pay some attention to how you dress up.
While there are many simple, DIY options (like spray painting an old pair of shoes with green glitter,) there are also many more elaborate options to choose from, including purchasing a costume at a local costume store, dressing up in a large group costume with your friends, or coming up with something more creative (ever considered being a pot of gold?). If you can’t think of anything, there is always Etsy. Someone crafty is waiting to make something personal and festive just for you.
When it comes to your costume, you can go minimal or go all-out. The choice is up to you, and up to how much you’re willing to put into it.
From your wardrobe: Wearing all black with some green accent jewelry can do the trick. Incorporate some dramatic green glittery eyeshadow and /or some gold accents to your normal eye make-up and viola, you’re good to go. Purchase a green eye pencil for a hand-drawn face decal for the kids. Four tightly drawn circles and a stem at the bottom = a shamrock. It’s that easy.
Looking for a way to make a game of your attire? Consider having a costume contest with your guests and friends. Whoever dresses as the best leprechaun wins, for example. It’s a great way to promote some friendly competition and get everyone at your St. Patrick’s Day party in spirit.
St. Patrick’s Day: DIY Food & Drink Ideas
While DIY food and drinks will save you money and make the party easier to plan, they’ll also involve you being intentional about your approach. With this in mind, it’s well worth planning them ahead of time. Here are some things to consider as you put your menu together:
- Quick Irish-Inspired dishes. Corned beef and hash, anyone? Easy to throw in a crockpot and ideal for feeding a crowd, this and similar dishes are a great option if you’re planning to throw a party. Set it to cook about seven hours before everyone comes over and you’ll have a delicious (and filling) meal when your company arrives.
- Edible yet decorative snacks/treats. A quick Pinterest search will reveal dozens of fun and decorative Patrick’s Day snacks and treats for you to choose from. Whip up a few in your own kitchen or ask our guests to bring their favorites. Edible gold chocolate coins are fun and you can scatter them around your table for added pizazz.
- Drinks. This is St. Patrick’s Day, after all, and drinks are one thing you cannot forget. As you plan your menu, consider adding things like green cocktails, mocktails, and kid-friendly drinks. For the sake of simplicity, offer a signature cocktail and a selection of beers and other drinks for your guests to choose from. Make a big batch of green punch in the center of your table and add some scoops of rainbow sorbet right before the guests arrive.
St. Patrick’s Day: Activity Ideas
Next, it’s time to consider the St. Patrick’s Day game you’ll play with your guests. As you come up with the itinerary for this, consider games that will be popular with kids (options include cookie decorating, decorating clothing, and bobbing for shamrocks), as well as games that will be a bit more fun for your adult guests. Any game involving accuracy will get funnier as the night goes on.
By coming up with a mixture of attractions that works well for all your guests, you can create a well-arranged party that’s enjoyable for everyone who attends.
St. Patrick’s Day: DIY Home Decor
If you’re planning on having people come over to your house on St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll want to dedicate some thought to DIY home decor. One of the easiest ways to create a festive feeling and ensure your guests have a great time, DIY home decor can transform your space and create a welcoming and exciting place to party.
Here are some DIY home decor tips to help you get the space ready for your St. Patrick’s Day party:
Use Everyday Items. Think you don’t have anything to decorate with? Think again. If you look around your house, you’ll likely find a large assortment of items to decorate your space. Anything green, gold, white, black and rainbow colored can work as can decorative items left over from old parties or events. Repurpose your old banners by using the white side or paint over them. Make a clover stamp using four wine corks taped together. Got gold tinsel or garland left over from Christmas? That black cauldron left from halloween can become your “pot of gold.” These little creative touches can go a long way to creating a great-looking party space from what you already have.
Consider Splurging. If you’re throwing a large or high-budget party, it’s okay to consider splurging. This may mean spending some additional money on decorations, catering, drinks, or any area that is not your creative forte. Purchasing live green plants will fill out the green look and you can enjoy them long after your party is over. If you’re a quirky person, consider splurging on a costume to overhaul your look and become a host that the Irish would be proud of!
Set a Menu. It’s always a good idea to choose menu items that can be prepared ahead of time. This prevents you from scrambling or getting worn out. It will be easier to ensure that everyone at your party will get what they want to eat, and that you’ll stand out as the host of the year. Keep the menu planning process fun by keeping it Irish-centric and look for green or shamrock-shaped foods.
St. Patrick’s Day: Festive Playlist
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and exciting holiday. If you want to make the most of it, it’s time to start planning now. By deciding what you’ll do, who you’ll do it with, where you’ll go, and how you’ll feed and libate your guests, you can create an exciting and unforgettable party experience for everyone you invite.
As you plan your party, don’t forget to add your personal touch. You could do this by creating your own St. Patrick’s Day party playlist. You could choose a classic Celtic vibe or make a modern mix with Irish artists like U2, The Cranberries, Enya…or use Spotify’s Irish Pub Playlist, and you are good to go!
This is your party, after all, and it should reflect your personality and priorities. With this in mind, make it as fun, wild, whimsical, or laid-back as you see fit. Doing so ensures it stays “on-brand,” so to speak, and that your guests have a great time!