How To Theme a St Patrick's Day Party

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March by throwing a wild themed party full of Irish charm and saintly appeal. Give guests an occasion to remember with the full Celtic treatment from the first party invite to the final Irish coffee and plan ahead with our guide to St Patrick’s party greatness.

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Irish Invites

Irish people are renowned for their generosity and love of gatherings, so send party invites well in advance. Decide on a theme and go wild!

Traditionally St Patrick’s is green all over but take creative ideas and run with them. Try a rainbow or gold theme. Be more artistic and go with Irish literary figures or rock stars, or even favourite characters from Father Ted.
 
Invites a-plenty are available from online shops and print specialists featuring prominent Irish motifs such as shamrocks, tricolour flags and leprechauns. Try printing your own original card designs or customising those available through online or local print makers who can fulfil designs to order. 
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Tricolour Decor

Don’t spare the bunting. Whether the plan is to go first to a local parade or festival or to make this the main event, decorate the house with emerald bunting, shamrock cutouts and green, white and orange Irish tricolour flags. Arrange for coloured tablecloths, table runners, paper party plates and napkins with themed designs.
 
Shops and online sellers are well-stocked with ready-made cards, decorations and stickers to help deck out the house and garden. Added extras include table centrepieces such as miniature pots of gold to fill with chocolate gold coins or sumptuous floral bouquets featuring ferns, green carnations and zinnias.
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Celtic Feast

Irish food is rib-sticking stuff: rich Irish lamb stew or corned beef and cabbage with a side order of potatoes. Mop it up with wholesome brown soda bread. Scour the recipe books and online sources and find lavish Irish stout and beef pies and pasties, boxties (potato pancakes) and creamy colcannon mash with kale and bacon.
 
For desserts opt for fun shamrock cookies and cupcakes or go further afield and gather delicious recipes for stout and chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mint brownies or Blarney Stone bars – butterscotch flavoured and laced with crunchy pecan nuts.
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Drop of the Hard Stuff

Besides greening up pints of golden ale with one or two drops of food colouring (the results are striking), there are plenty of ways to create St Patrick’s Day celebratory drinks.

Whiskey and Guinness are staples, but why not try searching for themed cocktails like the Leprechaun, the Pot of Gold, Irish Kiss and Shamrock Shaker.
 
Recipes vary according to taste and if non-alcoholic drinks are preferred then virgin cocktails (or ‘mocktails’) substitute spirits for fruit juice and sparkling pop, or rich milk shakes topped with ice cream.
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Dressed Up Guests

Nobody should be left out of dressing up for St Patrick's Day. Green jackets, hats, shirts and dresses are the order of the day. Keep a good supply of party hats, scarves, rosettes, wigs and beards so any partygoer can join in.

Party packs can kit out any household with what they need. Get a green ribbon for the dog or cat so none of the family are left out.
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Traditional Greetings

Greet revellers with a traditional toast. Happy St Patrick’s Day in Gaelic is “Beannachtai na Feile Padraig”. If that is too much of a mouthful, “sláinte!” (pronounced “slawn-cha”) is a toast meaning “health!”. 
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Green Games

Plan fun activities for guests besides drinking games for the adults. Buy cheap plain t-shirts, fabric paints and themed stencils and get people to make their own St Patrick’s Tees.

Award the best fancy dress or try a ‘tell a tall story’ competition with a prize for the best tall tale (allow guests to prepare for it beforehand and give them five minutes each to impress the audience).
 
Create a spin on a popular game such as pin the shamrock on the leprechaun or an Irish themed Pictionary contest. Prizes are up to the host but a pack of Guinness for the adults and a fistful of golden coins for the kids always go down well.
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Dancing Eyes

No Celtic party would be complete without a playlist of Irish favourites – The Fields of Athenry, The Irish Rover, Danny Boy – so stock up on the classics.

It doesn’t have to be River Dance but clear a space for people to dance and get jiggy. Ask friends if they play an instrument and form an impromptu band. Live music is at the heart of Irish culture so leave plenty of time to prepare a mini-concert. 
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Fond Farewell

Finish off the evening with a treat. Make Irish Coffees – hot and sweet with a touch of whiskey to fortify them for their journey – and add a small gift such as a personalised green lollipop, mints or candy tins as a take home reminder of a great day.

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