St Patrick’s Day is a festive holiday for all ages. Celebrating the culture and history of the Emerald Isle is tons of fun whether you have Irish heritage or not! If you are throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party this year, check out the tips below for decorating and snack ideas that your guests will love!
1. Greet Guests with Door Decorations
Before your guests even get into your home, welcome them to the party with some St. Patrick’s Day outdoor decor! Add a pop of green and gold with a fun and festive St. Patty’s Day wreath or a green and white swag on the front door. Opt for a cute leprechaun kitty on your porch, fence or light fixture, or a pretty green wreath for a more subtle look. Get the most bang for your buck with a “Welcome” sign with interchangeable ornaments and hang the shamrock for St. Patty’s Day!
2. Spice Up Your Garage with Outdoor Magnets
Adorable door magnets featuring kittens, puppies, or a wee leprechaun are a fast, easy, and durable way to decorate the exterior of your home. By the time your guests get inside, they’ll be in the party spirit!
3. Decorate with Pretty Plants
Decorate with pretty seasonal topiaries to give your home a classy party look. While your holiday decor should be festive, you may want to use more subtle decorations and save the four leaf clovers and leprechauns for the kids’ parties.
4. Give Out Party Favors
Wrap up green candy-dipped strawberry or Oreo cookies and place them at each table setting as a thank-you favor for your guests. For a kids’ party, place a loot bag full of treats with green or gold packaging at each child’s table setting for them to take home. Some good examples are green apples, Rolo candies, and apple Juicy Juice boxes.
5. Serve Irish-inspired and Green Foods
Potato soup, beef stew, or corned beef sandwiches are good choices. Complete the meal with a delicious dessert like donuts or cheesecake featuring Irish cream! If that is not to your taste, give your guests a festive final course with green dyed cupcakes or chocolate mint brownies. Lime Jell-O and sherbet make fun green snacks for a kids’ party. For a more involved treat, make shamrocks by dipping pretzels in green candy melt, then arranging them end to end to look like a clover and letting them harden. For a cocktail party, set out green fruit kabobs (with honeydew melon, green grapes, kiwi, and green apple), Irish nachos, mint fudge, and other festive nibbles and mingle with your guests!
6. Create Craveable Cocktails
Have lots of beer, whiskey, and Irish cream on hand to create tasty drink concoctions for your friends and family. Serve something refreshing like sparkling green sangria or make your own signature drinks for the party.
7. Light Up the Room with Linens
Cover your snack tables with green and white clover tablecloths for a classy nod to the holiday. Add a few more Irish touches to your home with decorative pillows and throw blankets featuring shamrocks to really set the St. Patrick’s Day mood.
8. Throw a St. Patty’s Day Barbecue
If the weather is nice enough where you live, a cookout is a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. Set your guests up with Irish beer and a green veggie tray with broccoli, celery, and sugar snap peas with dip while you grill the main course.
9. Punch Up Your Patio
Entertain kids and adults alike whenever the wind blows by decorating your garden with a hanging “Luck of the Irish” spinner or a St. Patrick’s shamrock double spinner stake. Set the mood for when darkness falls with pretty green and clear tinsel string lights that will keep your party going well into the night. Choose four leaf clovers for a more festive feel or round green and white lights that you can keep up all summer long.
10. Hide Treats for Little Leprechauns
Hide small pots of gold (chocolate coins) around your home for little guests to find. You can also set up a scavenger hunt around your home following the rainbow to get to the pot of gold at the end.
When preparing for a St. Patty’s Day party, don’t forget to decorate yourself! Wear lots of green, white, and yellow clothing for a festive look. You can even add a piece of pretty shamrock or pot of gold jewelry to complete your outfit. If you really want to go all-out, rent or buy a leprechaun costume to keep your guests laughing.
What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than with a St. Patrick’s Day party? Whether you are planning a cute celebration for your little ones, a fancy dinner party for your friends, or a rowdy cookout for the whole neighborhood, the ideas above will make you a star hostess! With a few creative snacks and lots of fun holiday decor, your party will be one all your guests will remember for years.