Irish birthday party ideas

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Irish birthday party ideas
Have an Irish-themed birthday celebration. (Tai Power Seeff/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you're of Irish descent or just enjoy shamrocks, host an Irish-themed birthday party. Lots of green, good luck and good friends will make an Irish party shine. Celebrate Ireland, leprechauns and just having a great time with a party dedicated to the land of the lucky.

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Invitations

Make invitations yourself by tracing a shamrock shape onto green construction paper or card stock. Write a phrase on the invitation such as, "Come celebrate another lucky year for John." As an extra touch, attach a shamrock cookie cutter to the paper and hand-deliver the invitations. Alternately, create leprechaun invitations or make invites in the shape of a pot of gold. Don't forget to request that guests wear green.

Decorations

Green is the primary colour to use when decorating for an Irish birthday party. Streamers, balloons and tablecloths that are green are a good start for an Irish party, although you can incorporate colours of the rainbow if you like. Hang shamrock garlands, scatter shamrock confetti on the table, and hang posters up that you have made featuring rainbows, gold pots and leprechauns. Chocolate gold coins can serve as a decorative accent on the table as well.

Activities

As guests come to the party, give them a green bowler hat and a pin that says, "Kiss Me I'm Irish" or some other funny slogan. Have someone there to paint designs on each guest's face as they arrive. Play some Irish-themed games, such as the classic Hot Potato, but use a real potato and Irish dance music during the game. A variation of this is to pass a rock and call it the Blarney Stone. Play Toss the Coin by letting guests take turns tossing a coin into a plastic black pot and awarding a silly prize to whomever wins.

Food

Green food would be a hit at an Irish birthday party. Use your imagination and serve fun foods like lime gelatin, green grapes and green vegetables if you're having a sit-down meal. Serve lamb stew if you want to add a traditional flair. Instead of having a birthday cake, make cupcakes, frost them with green frosting and decorate them with gold sprinkles. Make punch by mixing lime-flavoured sherbet with lemon lime soda.

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