St. Patrick’s Day is coming up fast! (Have you ordered your Lucky Mystery Box yet? Time is running out!)
Everyone’s favorite Irish holiday falls on a Monday this year (March 17), but why not get the celebration started early? Here are some tips for throwing a fabulously festive party that are so easy, you’ll be able to put it all together by this weekend. That way, you can save Monday night for pints of Guinness at the pub… or on the couch. Your call.
Step one: Send an invitation
If you’re looking for a way to invite your friends that’s more fun and memorable than a mass email or text, try out one of JibJab’s interactive St. Patrick’s Day cards! When your pals open their email to find a silly video of you all dressed up as leprechauns doing an Irish jig, they’ll instantly be in the spirit to celebrate.
Step two: Make a menu
There are lots of delicious, traditional Irish dishes like Corned Beef, Colcannon, and Irish Soda Bread that you could make (Martha Stewart’s menu is particularly drool-inducing), but we’re focused on speed and ease today. So, with that in mind, here are a few quick and simple snacks you can serve your guests, with plenty of green and rainbows abound!
Lucky Charms Treats: They’re like Rice Krispie treats, but with Lucky Charms! Need we say more? [Ezra Pound Cake]
Bailey’s Chocolate Cookies: Combining the delicious powers of Irish cream and chocolate? Sign us up. [Love, Life & Sugar]
Ombré Green Veggie Tray: So many delicious green veggies in one place! Kick it up a notch by adding a little green food dye to your ranch dip. [Land of Nod]
Skittles: What better day to “taste the rainbow”?
Broad Bean & Mint Bruschetta: Lots of green and a hint of mint make this delicious, healthy appetizer perfect for St. Paddy’s! [BBC Good Food]
Cheddar-Topped Shepherd’s Pie: Both the filling and crust can be made ahead and refrigerated separately, and the whole prep time is only an hour. [Martha Stewart]
Step three: Don’t forget the drinks!
At least in my family, it wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day party without a little Irish beer and whiskey, and brands like Guinness, Harp, and Jameson should be easily accessible at your local grocery or liquor store. But there are plenty of fun beverage options for drinkers and non-drinkers alike!
Mint Lime Tea Cooler (non-alcoholic): This iced tea recipe sounds like the very definition of refreshing. [Baked Bree]
Homemade Shamrock Shake (non-alcoholic): Simple, sweet, and minty fresh! [Brown Eyed Baker]
Irish Julep: We couldn’t resist this drink because of its name, but its combination of whiskey and mint also makes this the perfect signature cocktail for a St. Paddy’s party. [The Intoxicologist]
Guinness Extra Stout Floats: Stout, ice cream, and chocolate?! Your guests will think they’ve died and gone to heaven. [The Fresh Fridge]
And what’s an Irish party without some traditional Irish toasts? Memorize one or two of these for when you raise a glass to your guests, or, even better, write them down on note cards and disperse them throughout the party so everyone has a chance to get in on the toasting fun. [Bon Appetit]
Step four: Decorate
No need to turn your whole house green, but a few strategically placed decorations will lend your party a fun, festive, and special feel.
Rainbow Streamer Backdrop: We love the way these inexpensive materials came together to create such a big, eye-catching decoration! [Creative Juice]
Shamrock Streamers: All you need are a couple inexpensive rolls of green streamers and a pair of scissors. [Studio DIY]
Chalk Leprechaun Trail: Use green sidewalk chalk to create a trail of leprechaun footprints leading up to the front door. Don’t forget the rainbow! [Inner Child Fun]
Step five: Set the mood with Irish music
Don’t have time to create your own soundtrack of Irish music? No worries—there’s an app for that. Songza hires music industry experts to create themed playlists just for occasions like this, and they’ve got four festive St. Patrick’s Day playlists at the ready. Depending on the mood you’re going for, you can also search by Irish Traditional, Irish Pub Rock, and Irish Pop on Pandora. And Spotify has its own expansive search that includes tons of Irish-themed playlists created by music blogs and everyday users.
Step six: Be a vision in emerald (with rainbow accents)
Everyone knows that half the fun of a party is dressing for the occasion! Don your favorite green dress, polish your nails with a bright, festive shade like Payton, and embrace one of spring’s biggest trends with a hint of pastel mint eyeshadow. If you’re looking for an accessory that’s truly worthy of the world’s greatest St. Patrick’s Day host, this DIY rainbow fascinator by Studio DIY is quick and fabulous.
In the words of another Irish toast, “wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day!