When it comes to celebrating St Patrick’s Day, it really doesn’t matter if you’re Irish or not. The day is celebrated by people from all over the world, using St Patrick’s Day as a great excuse to let their hair down, adorn green clothing, enjoy a few alcoholic beverages, and rejoice in the company of good friends. If you plan on joining in the fun but don’t know where to start, adopt a few party ideas to bring your St Patrick’s Day celebrations to life in true Irish style.
If there’s one colour most people associate with Ireland, it’s green. After all, the country isn’t called the Emerald isle for nothing. So, you’re going to have to get your green fingers out and be prepared to go green crazy for your St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Green light bulbs and fairy lights can be easily purchased and help create an Irish green glow. To continue the Irish theme consider buying green streamers, green balloons, and green table covers, glasses, and napkins for serving food and drinks. You don’t have to stop at the green theme either. Other Irish inspired decorations that work well are pots of gold coins (leprechaun inspired) and a painted foam boulder (Blarney Stone inspired).
Being without alcohol on St Patrick’s Day is like being without presents at Christmas; it just doesn't make sense. Of course, you’re expected to drink sensibly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good old tipple or two. Without a doubt the most widely consumed drink on St Patrick’s Day has to be Guinness, hailing all the way from its brewery home in the Irish capital of Dublin. Irish Coffees -- coffee mixed with alcoholic “Irish Cream” -- also go down well during St Patrick’s Day celebrations. If you really want to branch out, consider making green cocktails to honour the Irish colour. Don’t forget to buy a few green non-alcoholic drinks too -- such as limeade or mint milkshake -- to cater for any guests who may not be drinking.
You’ve probably already got a good idea of the dress code colour for St Patrick’s Day. Yes, you’ve guessed right, it’s green. However, green isn’t all you can do to set a fun dress code for the celebrations. The classic “Guinness hat” is always a firm favourite, usually worn by many of the pub-goers on St Patrick’s Day. Also guaranteed to provide a barrel of laughs is having your male and female guests turn up dressed as leprechauns. This works especially well if you decided to use the pots of gold coins in your decorations.
No St Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without a few fun games for everybody to enjoy. Put your Irish music CD on to set the mood. You can now test everyone's knowledge with some Irish trivia. Another great game that everyone enjoys is the “hunt for gold.” For this, you need to make several pots of gold coins and hide them all over your house before your guests arrive. Your guests have to find all of the pots of gold before the celebrations are over. As most St Patrick’s Day parties involve a drink or two, it’d be rude not to include a drinking game. “Irish Spinners” is a game where each player starts with a full pint. Then, taking it in turns to spin a coin, you all have to drink as much as you can from your drink while the coin is spinning. As soon as the coin stops spinning, you stop drinking. The person who drinks the most wins. Just be warned that this game can get you very drunk very quickly. So be responsible and remember not to spin too many coins.
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