If you want to make your St. Patrick’s Day party a standout celebration, these tips are sure to help you share the luck of Irish with your friends, family or coworkers. Take your soiree to the next level by infusing festive décor, tasty flavors and holiday-themed games.
Simple cupcakes topped with green frosting or green sprinkles will add instant St. Patrick’s Day fun to your party. Sugar cookies are always a favorite on the dessert table, and shamrock-shaped cookies topped with green sprinkles are a delightful treat to share with your guests. Brit.Co writer Nanette Wong suggests using Lucky Charms cereal instead of rice cereal to create colorful, gooey and sweet Lucky Charms Bars instead of traditional rice cereal marshmallow treats. If you prefer to leave baking to the professionals, pick up a box of Irish shortbread cookies from your local grocer. The subtly sweet cookies will add an authentic touch to your party while saving you time in the kitchen.
Although not exactly green, Irish coffee is definitely a must for St. Patrick’s Day. Take your favorite coffee, add a kick with a bit of whiskey and top with whipped cream. Martha Stewart’s recipe for Maple Irish Coffee is ideal if you favor extra sweet coffee. Combine heavy cream, vanilla extract, strong-brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, two tablespoons of maple syrup and one teaspoon of cocoa powder to create this delectable concoction. Another simple yet still delicious way to spice up your java is by adding a dash of Baileys Irish Cream.
Your favorite cold brew can get a St. Patrick’s Day makeover when you try Good Housekeeping’s recipe for green beer. To whip up a pint of green-hued beer, choose one bottle of your preferred light-colored beer. Grab a pint glass that’s been chilled and add two drops of green food coloring to the bottom of the glass. Pour the beer into the pint glass and watch the greenness take over.
St. Patrick’s Day provides iconic, picture-perfect symbols you can use for party decorations. Create a rainbow over your dessert table complete with fluffy white tissue paper clouds that arch over a pot of chocolate gold coins. Shamrocks are as lucky as they are pretty. You can decorate with real shamrock plants or use cutout paper four-leaf clovers to decorate your table or use as nametags for your guests. If little kids are on your guest list, provide markers, glitter or stickers for them to use to decorate clover-shaped cutouts.
Nothing will get your guests into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day better than a gold hunt. The Spruce writer Christine Gauvreau suggests hiding gold coins, whether they’re real pennies, toy money or chocolate gold coins, around your entertaining space. Divide your partygoers into teams and let the hunt begin. No St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without Irish music and dancing and a chance to see your guests bust out their best Irish dancing moves, adds Gauvreau. Make a traditional game of Bingo luckier by adding Irish elements and pictures, St. Patrick’s Day symbols and the word “Lucky” at the top of the card, she suggests.
With these tips, your St. Patrick’s Day party will be the Irish toast of the town.
This article is presented by Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.