Committed to throwing a St. Patrick’s Day bash and now stressed about being a host? Not to worry; as long as you focus on the essentials, your party guests will enjoy themselves. Food, drinks and decorations are really the keys to any themed and festive celebration—focus on these items and the party-planning experience can be just as fun as the party itself.
When creating your party menu, you’ll want to serve some St. Paddy’s Day staples, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own style to these tried and true favorites.
Corned beef and cabbage is the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal, and no proper Irish party is complete without it. Preparing this dish may seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time, but luckily there are several crock pot options to ensure that you can focus on other aspects of your party planning as it cooks up to perfection. Try your hand at Miss Annie’s Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage via Food.com.
For sweet treats, you have the freedom to simply serve a personal favorite dyed a festive green – think green cookies – or you can add Irish liqueur to the recipe to bring it up a notch. For something a little different, try Bailey’s Irish Cream Bread Pudding. Or maybe introduce the Bailey’s to the other Irish staple, Guinness, with this recipe for Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting.
Alcohol usually play a major role in most St. Patrick’s Day festivities, so be prepared with the age old go-tos, but also ensure that you have plenty of tamer drinks for the young guests and designated drivers.
When building your party bar, be sure to stock up on Guinness, Bailey’s, and a good bottle of Irish whiskey. Those three ingredients also happen to be just what you need to create the Irish car bomb. If you want to take a cheesier, albeit easier approach, you can create some pitchers of green beer using the brew of your choice.
For your “virgin” drinks, there are many options. For a drink much like a milkshake and modeled after the well known, “Shamrock Shake,” try the Copycat Mcdonald’s Shamrock Shake. Or if you want something a little lighter, the green lemonade is a refreshing choice. Sometimes simply tweaking a typical alcoholic beverage with non-alcoholic ingredients will do the trick. The emerald champagne cocktail (virgin) replaces Creme De Menthe with the non-alcoholic version and champagne with sparkling cider.
From table settings and centerpieces to banners and balloons, there is a plethora of St. Patrick’s themed décor available to ensure your party looks as festive as it feels. Shamrocks are an iconic favorite, and come in a variety of different items. For a decorative and fun idea, try some paper lanterns like these Light Up St. Patrick’s Day Lanterns 15 in. 3 ct. ($15.99, Party City). For classier decor spruce up your home with some green floral arrangements and green stemware.
Any party will feel thematic and special with matching table settings, so grab a variety of colors of green and mix and match. Party City offers several shades of green to make it easy to create a beautiful table.
Regardless of how you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to plan your bash with delicious food and drinks, all spiced up with some themed décor.