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Selection of St Patricks day party ideas that are easy and fun. These ideas will give you everything you need to easily celebrate.
Add a bit of green with Irish humour and you are off to a good start for a fun filled day.
St Patrick’s day is held on the 17th March, recognising the day that the Parton Saint of Ireland passed away. It was officially made a feast day in the early seventeenth century.
Today, festivities have changed to a celebration of Irish culture.
People celebrate in different ways, ranging from simply wearing green and enjoying a traditional Irish meal to celebrating with a mass gathering with a big emphasis on dancing, eating and drinking throughout the entire day.
Regardless of how you wish to celebrate, this selection of St Patrick’s day party ideas will ensure you have something suitable to your needs.
How Do You Throw A Great St Patrick’s Day Party?
A St Patrick’s day party is probably going to be one of the most chilled out parties you will come across.
As long as you throw in some green, and ensure lots of fun and laughter you are on the right track!
The most important things to remember for a successful St Patrick’s day party are:
- The Food
- Decoration and atmosphere.
Luckily we will explore all of these St Patrick’s day party ideas below, so scroll to the section that you need and start your planning!
St Patrick’s Day Food & Drinks
Food and drinks are pretty much the norm at most parties, but they are essential at a St Patrick’s day party.
When planning your food, the first thing to decide is whether you are going for more traditional Irish foods such as stew, potatoes, soda bread, corned beef etc or simply foods that are green!
In terms of drinks, think beer, whiskey and cream liqueurs. Keep it simple and guests will be happy.
The good news is that there are plenty of options for all tastes.
St Patrick’s Day Party Decorations
It goes without saying that St Patrick’s day party decorations need to be green.
There are lots of things that can be incorporated into the decor such as Leprechauns, four leaf clovers, pots of gold and streamers.
You might also like to add some orange and white to replicate the Irish flag or use rainbows for the Leprechaun legend.
But one thing you can’t go overboard with is the shamrock. Cover walls, tables and literally anywhere you can think of.
St Patrick’s Day Printable’s
Printable’s are great to use for added simple decoration, but also for activities the kids will love. Use these printable’s to add to the fun at your St Patrick’s day party.
What Are Typical Activities For St Patrick’s Day?
Many people spend St Patrick’s day cooking up various foods, attending parades or church (as it is recognised as a religious holiday in Ireland). It would not be uncommon to attend church in the morning and enjoy festivities in the afternoon.
There is however really no right or wrong way to celebrate St Patrick’s day. When it comes to entertaining guests, you can do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.
If you are having people over, at the very least, ensure that there is some Irish music playing. There are various options of music available that would suit personal tastes and the atmosphere you are trying to create.
Music options include:
- Irish folk music such as the Dubliners or Paddy Reilly
- Irish music stars such as Sinead O’Connor, Enya, The Cranberries or U2
- Irish influenced rock bands such as The Pogues or The Horslips
The kids might enjoy undertaking some St Patrick’s day crafts whilst adults are talking. There are many fun crafts available that would keep the kids occupied for hours.
Perhaps you might take the opportunity to learn some Gaelic or step dancing!
If you need some more ideas, check out these 21 fun St Patrick’s day activities for a full day of fun.
Why Wear Green On St Patrick’s Day?
It has become traditional for people to wear green on St Patrick’s day, but do you know why?
According to folklore, if you don’t wear green on St Patrick’s day the Leprechauns will pinch you!
Yes you heard that right. The mischievous Leprechauns will pinch you.
Leprechauns are famous for wearing green and according to legend, if you wear green you are invisible to them. Leprechauns like to pinch everyone they see, but if you wear green you can avoid being pinched.
And so the tradition of wearing green on St Patrick’s day commenced, and whether you believe in Leprechauns or not, it now simply feels like a fun thing to do!
A St Patrick’s party is meant to be fun and full of laughs. Use these party ideas to either have some Irish fun with your immediate family or with a larger group of friends.
Whether you are Irish or not, you can still take part and enjoy everything that this holiday has to offer.
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