Although still several weeks away, it’s never too soon to start planning for the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day party. This party is the perfect way to give the upcoming year a truly “lucky” feel. Although it’s common to simply head to the nearest bar or restaurant for St. Patty’s Day, a personalized celebration is far more enjoyable and festive. This March, gather with friends and loved ones to enjoy the spring season with these easy party decorations, meal plans, and guest favors.
Your party invitations should offer your guests a tempting first look into the memorable festivities you have planned. Invitations are the first impression your party sets. It’s vital to give your party a great start with just the right invitations. For a memorable St. Patrick’s Day invite, focus on emphasizing the Celtic theme with the appropriate colors and patterns. Using beautiful Celtic proverbs or phrases gives your invitations a unique, historical tone. Invitations with eye-catching words such as Cara (“Friend; Our connection to one another”) or Pléaráca (“Revelry, boisterous merrymaking”) are perfect for instilling the festive, Irish spirit within your guests.
St. Patrick’s Day has a variety of traditional meals and treats. These popular feasts are a great way to pay homage to Old-World Irish tradition. Some of the biggest favorites include:
- Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Irish Soda Bread
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Roast Lamb
Although these mealtime favorites are easy party options, considering looking for fun recipe variations to create a truly unique meal. With a little investigating and planning, you can easily create an entire Irish-inspired meal, complete with appetizers, main courses, as well as dessert and drink options.
Decorations and Design
Memorable parties always include unique decorations and themes. Decorations with rich, Celtic-inspired undertones boost your party’s spirits and stay in your loved ones’ minds for months to come. With a little creativity and some DIY skill, you can easily find or create the perfect party decorations. Seek out decorations with common St. Patrick’s Day themes such as:
- Shamrocks and clovers
- “Lucky” pennies
- Treasure and pots of gold
- Tartan kilts
Possible decoration themes and variations are nearly endless. Look for ways to incorporate these traditional themes and objects into your party decorations.
If you’re planning to host a full dinner, always ensure your party table is properly accessorized. Even casual get-togethers should have the suitable table decorations.
Place settings and utensils are simple to purchase pre-made. However, it’s just as easy to create these unique place settings yourself. Select your napkins, utensils, plates, and glasses. For formal gatherings, strongly consider using china or other formal options.
Pair your plates and utensils with unique seating cards. Whether formal or casual, every guest will appreciate a cute “lucky” penny or shamrock paired with their name.
Formal Tables: Consider using elegant flower arrangements. Consider this eye-catching cabbage floral arrangement or similar bouquets to capture the charm of this holiday. White roses and delicate Lily of the Valley are Irish flowers of choice.
Casual Tables: Embellish the snack and drink tables with festive shamrocks or potted clover. Give the table a sparkle with flashy pennies or chocolate gold coins. Sprinkle Skittles or other colorful candies over the table for an easy rainbow effect.
End your evening with a special gift to every guest. These favors can be simple or elegant and extravagant. Regardless of the tone you choose, guest favors are the perfect way to show love and appreciation to all of your visitors. Some of the best potential favors include:
- Rainbow baggies (created with Skittles and gold-wrapped Rolos)
- Potted Clover (using mini-pots)
- “Lucky” horseshoe
- “Kiss Me I’m Irish” gift jars (mason jars with assorted goodies)
- Celtic Proverb pins
As March 17th grows closer, arm yourself with these easy party planning ideas and decoration tips. The perfect St. Patrick’s Day Party is just a few weeks away. With a little planning and preparation, both you and your guests can enjoy the “luckiest” party of the year!