Updated: Jun 8
Another holiday is around the corner. For me, it's always a great excuse for having a fun party. So, why not have a wee bit of fun?
St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that every year is celebrated on the 17th of March honoring St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Celebrating this day is a way of recognizing and honoring Irish culture, heritage, and history.
Even if you are not Irish, this holiday brings a great opportunity to have a St. Patrick’s Day party that will bring friends and family together for a fun celebration. Hopefully, your party atmosphere will be lively, with people wearing green, dancing, and singing. Basically having a good old time. The occasion is a great excuse to catch up with old friends and make new ones while celebrating the holiday.
It is also a time to learn about and celebrate the traditions, customs, and history of Ireland. Your guests can try traditional Irish foods, drinks, and music, which provides a unique new cultural experience. Additionally, the party can also include games, such as the "pot of gold" game or ones that are specific to the holiday. Be sure to provide entertainment for all ages attending your party.
Having a St. Patrick's Day party is a great way to boost morale and bring a sense of community to your neighborhood or workplace. Think team building. Bring people together and celebrate regardless of their background or ethnicity. It's an ideal time to break down barriers and bring people together for a fun celebration.
So, gather your friends, family, and coworkers and celebrate the Irish culture in style!
Here are some helpful party-planning tips:
Decorate: Use green, white, and gold as the main colors. Decorate with shamrocks, leprechaun hats, and balloons. You could also use green lights to create a festive atmosphere.
Food: Serve traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, or Irish soda bread. You could also serve green beer, or other Irish-themed drinks like Irish coffee, Baileys Irish Cream, or green cocktails. I will always vote for Baileys.
Entertainment: Set up a traditional Irish music station or consider hiring a live band to play Irish folk music. You might want to organize traditional Irish dancing or arrange for a local Irish dance group to perform.
Costumes: Encourage guests to wear green and costumes inspired by Irish folklore, such as leprechauns or fairies.
Fun and Games: Check out the list below.
Gifts: Give guests traditional Irish gifts like shamrock pins or green scarves. You could also include small bottles of Irish whiskey or green candies as party favors.
Here are some popular games that you can play at a St. Patrick's Day party:
Irish Treasure Hunt - Create a treasure hunt with clues inspired by Irish culture and St. Patrick's Day symbols.
Pin the Clover on the Leprechaunun - A twist on the classic game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Have players try to pin a green clover on a poster of a leprechaun.
Leprechaun Toss - Not to worry, if you don't have a real Lepechaun (wink wink) you can create a cardboard cutout of a leprechaun and have players take turns trying to toss a ring or beanbag onto one of his arms or legs.
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt - Print out a list and give each player a list of items related to St. Patrick's Day. (e.g. a shamrock, a pot of gold, a green hat) See who can find them all first. You might want to make teams for this.
St. Patrick's Day Bingo - Print out St. Patrick's Day-themed bingo cards and play a few rounds.
Pot of Gold Toss - Fill a pot with gold-wrapped candy coins, then have players take turns trying to toss a coin into the pot.
Irish Jig Competition - Put on some Irish music and have a dance-off to see who can perform the best Irish jig. We always like Pandora's Irish Pub Music. Green beer is a "you can dance" helper!
Just remember to be creative, have fun, and embrace the spirit of St. Patrick's Day!
With a little bit of planning and effort, you can make this a holiday to remember and you as the hostess with the mostess. May the luck of the Irish be with you!
P.S. Get your party invitations our early enough so your guests can plan to be with you for a memorable party.