They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and with such a jovial celebration, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday most of us can agree with. (Green beer optional.) We gathered a few party ideas any lucky leprechaun would approve of:
Green! Without going overboard, add green accents throughout your party. Using real greenery such as shamrocks and bells of Ireland are natural additions. Peel labels off recycled green wine and beer bottles and fill with long stemmed white flowers like calla lilies. If you have any household items with Irish symbols like Celtic knots or clovers, put them on display! Look for vintage black and white photos of Irish rugby matches, or croquet games (both popular in Ireland) and frame them in green frames. Place different sized bowls and pots throughout your party space and fill with gold-foiled chocolates for pots of gold.
Irish food is hearty, un-fussy, and straightforward. When planning the menu stick to traditional, unmistakable Irish fare. Corned beef, lamb stew, beef pies, soda bread, and mashed potatoes are all good St. Patrick’s Day party options. Serve your guests family style, or set up a simple buffet. For desserts anything green goes: Chocolate mint cupcakes, clover cookies, or key-lime pie squares would make any emerald king or queen happy!
Beer is what St. Patrick’s Day is known for and sometimes that beer is dyed green, but for the real authentic Irish celebrators look for beers either from or inspired by the Emerald Isle: Guinness has long been the dark flavorful favorite beer darling of Ireland and with it’s surprisingly low alcohol content of four percent, Guinness is a good beer to drink over a long period of time. Other brew favorites on St. Patty’s are Boston’s Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Ale. This red ale is full in malt flavor and complex- perfect with any Irish meal! Irish Cream Ale from Ireland’s Kilkenney is a rich amber ale with a slightly sweet finish. This one is on the lighter side, as far as Irish beer goes, and a great go-to for someone who may not be a typical beer drinker—but, let’s face it, on March 17th, we all raise our pint glasses! Sláinte!
Other fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:
– The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
– On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout, are consumed around the world. On St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints.