It will come to you, this love of the land. There’s no getting away from it if you’re Irish.
Planning a St. Patrick’s Day dinner party? If so, sláinte (which is pronounced like this) and read on for some quick and easy St. Paddy’s Day party ideas that are sure to help you and your guests have a whale of a time.
The Signature Cocktail: Shamrock green cocktails aren’t that inviting, so opt instead for a pretty and delicious on-theme recipe like this one, called The Pot of Gold. For a more classic touch, offer glasses of dry stout and Irish whiskey at room temperature or with ice.
Your Toast: What better way to toast your guests than the way the Irish toast theirs: May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold and, at the end of all your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold.
The Menu: There’s nothing as hearty and delicious as classic Irish stew. The epitome of comfort food, Irish stew is relatively easy to make, with just a few key ingredients—mutton or lamb, carrots, onions, potatoes, and fresh herbs, like rosemary, thyme, and bay. For dessert, try this traditional Irish Trifle and, for late night snacking, some bowls of Connemara Kitchen chocolate shamrocks.
The Décor: Celebrate the emerald isle by placing copies of Ulysses, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Picture of Dorian Gray on your coffee table, along with clusters of festive green votive candles.
The Flowers: For the dinner table, create arrangements that include Spring Squill, a blue star-shaped flower that is native to Ireland. In the powder room, opt for a fragrant Easter Lily or two—they’re a symbol of peace and remembrance for those who fought and died for Ireland.
What to Wear: For the gals, try a “Blarney Stone” of your very own in the form of this chic necklace in emerald green or these splurge-worthy earrings. Guys, stash one of these green-and-white silk squares in your jacket pocket to show your dapper Irish style.
Music: Give our ShamRock n’ Roll Playlist a spin. You can download it here.
Party Favor: Set up an interactive make-and-take whiskey station and let your guests take their hooch home in one of these cute mini flasks. Or give your guests the chance to create their own luck by giving them one of these four-leaf clover kits.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day Story Welcome Mashup
Welcome photo: Mia Farrow
Welcome quote: Gone with the Wind, 1939
Photos: Pinterest, The Pantsless Bear, Simply Recipes