Tuesday, March 1, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day Party Planning

March is here and St. Patrick’s Day is the marquee holiday of the month. So take a green marker and circle the 17th on your calendar to be sure to celebrate with a fun crowd of friends, family and even strangers; for as they say, “everyone’s at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”

First thing’s first: you must think green. Decorations for a St. Patrick’s Day party definitely need to be centered on green. Props and pictures of shamrocks, leprechauns, pots-o-gold, and rainbows are perfect for your party’s theme.  Blow up some green balloons and of course don’t forget to wear green yourself. Mark your house accordingly so guests know where to go.

As for what you will serve your guests, once again think green. Food coloring goes a long way in turning your food and beverages green. Save the light beers and clear sodas for the green drinks while serving some traditional Irish beer (Guinness, O’Hara’s, Murphy’s); don’t forget the green Jell-O shots! Green M&Ms or cookies and chips with guacamole make for easy themed treats.

For entertainment at your party, you can play a CD of classic Irish pub songs, a Dropkick Murphy’s greatest hits album, or sing along to popular Irish songs like “Whiskey in the Jar”, “The Wild Rover”, “Danny Boy”, or “The Unicorn Song”. What may be even more entertaining is to hold a limerick contest or just have an open floor for people to have fun with humorously witty poetry that need not make any sense. It’s always fun to drink and be silly, for:

There are plenty who party in the States,
All with their guys and their gals on this date.
          When they gulp down their beers,
          Out come all the cheers,
And laughter along with all that they ate.

With a green house (not the kind you grow plants in), lots of green food and drinks, and entertainment as suggested above, you are sure to have a cheerful and fun St. Patrick’s Day party.

So as you begin planning your party: a “top of the mornin’ to you…(and the rest to me-self)”. “May the sun shine on your windowpane” and “the hand of a friend always be near you” on the day of your party; and “may the wind at your back not be from the cabbage and corned beef that you eat on St. Patrick’s Day!” Cheers!