Find Inspiration for a Fun St. Pat’s Day Party
Throw an easy St. Patrick’s Day Party at home this year with a couple craft items, some printables, and flowers. Add some delicious Irish eats and drinks and you’re all set!
St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with F-U-N! What kind of fun is up to you. *wink* For many years now, we’ve celebrated St. Pat’s at home with family — my Dad installed his own Irish pub in his basement! They’ve since moved, so unfortunately, we can’t belly up to his bar anymore.
This year, we’re giving a little nod to Dad’s old pub and throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party at our kitchen island — a la Sip + Sanity style. You can do the same at your home with just a few festive touches and some Irish inspired food and drink!
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The bulk of my holiday decorating is limited to Christmas, as in: I don’t have totes full of decor for every season or occasion. Instead, I prefer to incorporate festive elements into our gatherings by repurposing everyday items from around my house, adding plants or flowers to inject color or using consumable items that we can enjoy long after the celebration is over.
Another easy way to give your tablescape, walls or displays a festive touch is simply by adding themed art to simple frames. You can switch these out for every holiday or easily store them away when you need to.
My friend Natalie, at One Simple Party, created some beautiful St. Patrick’s Day art prints perfect for framing. I chose her buffalo check art print because it goes perfectly with my black and white striped napkins. Popped into a classic black frame (that I can use for practically anything), it instantly adds some fun to our St. Pat’s theme.
QUICK TIP: Natural colored ribbon is a versatile item to have on hand! I purchased two large spools when they were on sale and have used it for autumn wreaths, on a modern farmhouse holiday tree, and for gift wrapping all year round.
Do I even need to mention that flowers can instantly dress up your party? In every color imaginable, you can find one, or a variety, to fit your needs. In this case, Bells of Ireland are the perfect addition to our party decor. I have a set of small white bud vases that come in handy for any occasion — they blend in with nearly any decor and are a great way to disperse lots of little bouquets around.
Straw toppers are another easy way to add some fun to kid’s drinks or cocktails. Again, Natalie came through with some cute printables — don’t worry if you don’t have a giant hole punch (I don’t!), scissors do the trick.
St. Pat’s Party Food + Drink
Whether you plan to have a hearty sit-down meal or finger foods, you can create a little something special for your place settings by putting out gold coin chocolates or individual charcuterie cups. Here’s how:
- Place some gold wrapped candies in the bottom of small container (yes, those are Oui yogurt containers! I bought them just because I thought they were cute and I use them for so many things…including bud vases!)
- Add two or three grissini breadsticks for height
- Fold a few slices of salami into triangles and spear them on a pick
- Spear some fresh cut veggies or add a couple of veggie sticks
- Add a slice of Irish cheddar and a shamrock cheese cut out on the end of a short skewer
Set up a designated space for drinks and don’t forget the glasses so everyone can help themselves. Green lemonade and a variety of Irish beer are perfect accompaniments to our pub food. I dare say, though, this is where you can have a lot of fun making a pitcher of green tinted cocktails or mocktails to please your guests.
When it comes to a themed party, I like to keep things classic with more authentic dishes or recipes that pay homage to the occasion. If cooking isn’t your thing, then have fun putting together a spread with naturally green foods like a veggie tray with spinach & artichoke dip, chips and guacamole, mini spinach quiches or toss together a simple pasta with pesto or peas.
We are going with an Irish pub inspired appetizer bar displayed on a three-tiered server (it’s a great space saver). On the menu:
- Cashel Blue Cheese + Pear Tarts
- Dublin Coddle Egg Rolls with Mustard Caper Sauce
- Mini Steak + Stout Pot Pies
A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Can be Easy
You don’t need to make a massive haul from the craft or dollar store for decorations that you’ll toss or will fall part before next year! Keep it simple with items from around the house, take advantage of free printables, incorporate flowers or other consumable items that you can enjoy after the event and save your effort for good food and festive drinks. After all, it’s the fun company and the happy belly that people will remember most!