When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, if you want to join in the celebrations it doesn’t usually matter whether you’re Irish or not. Many of us celebrate the most famous patron saint of Ireland by sporting green clothing (complete with silly Guinness hat), raising our glasses, and enjoying a good tipple or two in true Irish style. However, why stop the celebrations there? There are a few great Irish-themed party games you can play with your friends to keep the good times rolling.
If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day then the least you can do is learn a little bit of Irish history whilst you’re sipping on your Guinness. Before the party kicks off, do some research on the Web to find a few popular facts about the Emerald Isle that is Ireland, the more surprising the better. Concentrate on trivia that's interesting and not too difficult to guess -- remember it’s a party, not a history class. Nevertheless, splitting the party up into teams and trying to answer questions on Ireland’s past and present culture can be a great way to spend an hour or two.
Dressed in green
All you’ll need for this one is a stack of green clothes, a sturdy rubbish or bin bag and some appropriate music (Irish music always helps set the tone). When choosing clothes, try to include some funny items of clothing such as bras, boxer shorts, boob tubes or bandanas. Place all of the clothes in the rubbish bag, sit in a circle with the rest of your party guests and cue up your tunes (you'll need a volunteer to operate the music system). Start passing the bag around and whoever has the bag when the music stops has to close their eyes, reach in the bag and pull out an item of clothing. Whatever they pull out they have to wear for the evening. Repeat until there are no clothes left, and then laugh at how ridiculous everybody looks.
Leprechaun gold toss
You may be familiar with the mythical leprechaun characters, often depicted as a little old bearded Irish men. As the traditional story goes, leprechauns are busy fairy-like shoe makers that store all of their coins in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. With this in mind, you’re going to need a large pot or bucket and plenty of gold coins (chocolate coins work well) for this particular game. Place the bucket at one end of the room and spread out the gold coins equally between your guests at the other end of the room. Take turns to try and throw the coins across the room into the bucket. The person who gets the most coins in wins a prize, which, in true Irish fashion, is usually a pint of Guinness.
If you're celebrating St. Patrick’s Day properly, you would expect to include at least one drinking game. Be prepared to wet your palate and pad out your beer belly for this next game: best played in small groups, the Irish spinner game is simple yet highly amusing. Start off by giving a full pint or other alcoholic drink to each player, ensuring you all have the same size drink. Taking turns, you each have to spin a ten pence coin and drink as much as you can until the coin stops spinning. The person who drinks the most wins -- it’s as easy as that. How many rounds you have is up to you, but unless you want to risk double vision and distorted memories, please remember to drink responsibly. Have fun partying!