Host a St. Patrick’s Day party and celebrate the wearin’ of the green! Find lots of ideas to help you host an Irish party with loads o’style! Read on for some great invitation ideas, free party printables, decoration ideas, activities, menus and more!
St. Patrick’s Day Party Invitations
Your invitations are the calling card to your event, so whether you make or buy them, they should set the tone for your party and make your guests feel special.
Here are some ideas for making your own unique invitations:
Bag of Gold Invitations — Let your friends know how sweet your party will be by sending your St. Patrick’s Day party invitation attached to a bag of gold coin chocolates. Hand write or use your computer to print your party information on a decorative tag, attach it to the chocolates, and hand deliver or mail this yummy invitation in a padded mailing envelope.
Green Carnation Invitations — Say it with flowers by using green carnations to invite your party guests. Print your party invitation on green or rainbow hued paper attached to a flower. You might even suggest that your guests wear their carnations to the party!
**Since this is a Saint Patrick’s Day party, don’t forget to ask your guests to wear something green or risk being pinched!
St. Pat’s Bunting Invitations
St. Pat’s Hat Invitations
St. Patrick’s Day Party Decorations
When you think Irish party, green should be the main color choice for your decorations. Green balloons, green streamers, green tinsel garland and green tableware can get you off to a great start in your decoration. Liven things up with accents of gold, white, and even orange. Here are some more St. Patrick’s Day party ideas for decorations:
Find a large rock (or make one out of styrofoam or paper mache) and put it in a central spot. Make a fun sign labeling it “The Blarney Stone” and have everybody kiss it for good luck.
Hang shamrocks cut from paper or glittery paper shamrocks for a touch of good luck!
Hang a St. Patrick’s Day banner for a festive Irish feel.
Shamrock Day Party Supplies
St. Pat’s Party In a Mug
St. Pat’s Argyle Party Supplies
Free St. Patrick’s Day Party Printables
We’ve created these free printables for you to use at your next St. Pat’s party. Use them as cupcake toppers, decorative accents, or tags for favor bags. However you feel inspired!
St. Patrick’s Day Party Costume Ideas
Dressing up for a St. Patrick’s Day party can be half the fun (and earn you some kisses, too!) If you want to go all out, use the Lucky Charms leprechaun as your fashion guide, otherwise, here are some ideas you might consider:
Think green! Green clothes, green hair, green socks, and even green face paint or small temporary tattoos are all good choices.
Green party beads are inexpensive, and if you wear a whole lot at once, you can always trade them for kisses.
St. Patrick’s Day buttons are a traditional wardrobe addition.
Here are some more fun options:
Fun Green Party Wig
Irish Derby Hat
Irish Princess Tiara
St. Patrick’s Day Party Activities
Often, drinking beer is enough of an activity for a successful Saint Patrick’s Day party. However, if you are looking for a few more ideas to liven things up, here are some suggestions:
Start with some great Irish party music — Jigs and reels are lively toe tappers, and there are some well-known Irish musicians such as The Chieftains, U2, and Sinead O’Connor, whose music you might also consider. “Danny Boy” is an Irish classic, and is fun to include as a sing-along.
Here are the lyrics:
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.
And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me.
And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
Have a Limerick Contest — As the party gets going, pass out papers and suggest that everyone come up with their own limerick. Guaranteed to get a few laughs…
Have a Scavenger Hunt — Before the party, hide a horseshoe, a four leaf clover, or a little leprechaun and challenge your guests to see if they can find the hidden treasure during the party. To make things even more interesting you might write up some clues to follow.
Play Some Drinking Games — A Saint Patrick’s Day party is a great excuse to play some drinking games. Quarters and beer pong are two well-known options. For a huge list of others, visit www.fundrinkinggames.com
Have an Irish Dance Contest — If things get lively as the night goes on, host an Irish dance contest. Play some lively music and choose three judges (the non-dancers in the group) to rate each participant on a scale of 1-10. Give the winner a fun prize that goes along with the Irish party theme.
Make an Irish Accent Rule — For a funny twist on the evening, impose an Irish accent rule at the front door. With this, everyone has to speak with an Irish accent all night, and if they are caught not using it they have to pay a penalty (take a drink, get a pinch, or maybe give the person who caught them a kiss!)
Go on a Pub Crawl — Find a great Irish pub in your area as the starting place to kick off a pub crawl. From there chart a course to all of your favorite bars and show your St. Patrick’s Day spirit! A fun twist on this is to host an Irish House Crawl where the hosts at each stop provide a different Irish themed drink and appetizer. (Make sure to assign a designated driver for these activities to keep things safe.)
St. Patrick’s Day Party Foods and Drinks
Every good Irish needs some great food and drinks. The type of party you are having should determine whether you decide to serve traditionally hearty Irish fare like soda bread, corn beef and cabbage, or simply go with appetizers and green party food. To find lots of recipes, visit www.littleshamrocks.com. Here are some easy party food options:
- Chips and green salsa
- Bowls of pistachios
- Hard boiled eggs with dyed green shells
- Bowls of green M&Ms or green jelly beans
Green beer (just add one or two drops of food coloring to a light beer)
Green jello shots
* 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
* 1 teaspoon brown sugar
* 6 oz. hot coffee
* (to taste) heavy cream
Irish Flag Cocktail
* 1/2 ounce Green Creme de Menthe
* 1/2 ounce Bailey’s Irish Creme
* 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
* Carefully pour each ingredient in the order listed into a shot glass. Each ingredient will sit on top of the other and look just like a little Irish flag
Irish Car Bomb Cocktail
* 1/2 pint Guinness
* 1/2 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
* 1/2 ounce Irish Whiskey
* Fill a Beer Glass with 1/2 pint of chilled Guinness. Let it settle. Fill a shot glass with Bailey’s and Whiskey. Drop the shot glass, glass and all, into the Guinness just before drinking. This surprisingly tastes a lot like a Dr. Pepper float!
Hope you found some St. Patrick’s Day party ideas that will help you celebrate the wearing o’ the green with style!
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