St Patrick’s Day: Tuesday 17th March
Fill the house with the luck of the Irish and celebrate St Patrick’s day with family and friends.
If you want to make decorations with the kids beforehand, have a go at making a green ‘shamrock’ wreath from tissue paper blooms. Hang Irish flags above the door and in windows, and a banner where everyone can see it. Balloons in black and white as well as special St Patrick’s Day shamrock ones will complete the effect. For a touch of Irish legend for younger partygoers, a rainbow of streamers hung across the ceiling and down one wall could lead to a little pot of gold chocolate coins at its end.
Ask your guests to come in green fancy dress and provide hats and tiaras as they arrive, or at each place at the table. Paint shamrocks or Irish flags on their cheeks, or if you’re really advanced with the face-paints, transform children into leprechauns for the afternoon.
Tailor your party games to suit the theme; for a tray memory game, these could be objects that the leprechauns have collected on their travels for St Patrick’s Day – let your imagination roam! Instead of party bags, send guests off with hats, accessories and flags to keep.
St Patrick’s Day Food
For a St Patrick’s Day party tea for kids, dress the table Emerald-Isle style with a green cloth, green cutlery and green serving-ware. A platter of shamrock and stout (lettuce and marmite) sandwiches could start you off, with lemonade and a few drops of natural green food colouring or mint cordial for kids to drink, and pints of the black stuff or Black Velvets (Irish stout and Champagne) for adults. If you’re serving a proper meal, why not make an Irish stew with barley and lamb, or a St Patricks Day pie.
Sweeter snacks might include a stand of cupcakes decorated with green icing shamrocks, or little glasses of brownie sundae, topped with a ‘head’ of marshmallow fluff or whipped cream, made to look like little pints of Guinness. A bowl of green jelly and some rainbow fruit skewers will brighten up the proceedings.