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Party idea submitted by BizGirl Mar 5th, 2009
At Home St. Patrick's Day Party
I am party planner in the Barrington area and would love to share my ideas for a successful St. Patrick’s Day party…out of a home. Last year, I planned a St. Patrick’s Day party for a client and their 50 guests.
All guest received a personalized concert ticket as their invitation, (white ticket w/green font). The ticket set the stage for Drew’s Famous St. Patrick’s Day music (download for free off the internet) and the fun everyone was about to experience.
Green luminaries outlined the sidewalk and as guests reached the front door they kissed the Blarney Stone. (A boulder with the word Blarney painted onto it.)
There are no boundaries when it comes to decorating for St. Patrick’s Day. Best part, it can be done economically. We used clear beer mugs filled with green water and fresh green carnations with baby breaths. (Clear beer mugs are at the dollar stores.) To help the mug illuminate throughout the night, I added green-glow-in-the-dark ice cubes in each mug. (Glow-in-the-dark novelties can be found just about anywhere.) Small four leaf clovers were scattered around the center pieces. To help their family room feel as if they were at a pub I rented a couple of “pub” tables ($10.00 each also known as highboy tables) and covered them with rented white linen. Clusters of green balloons are always festive for this type of party, just arrange them in corners of the family room and kitchen.
Having a line at the bar is my pet pieve, so I had signature drink waiting for all guests. This really helps the party get started. The following was served:
St. Patty’s Midori
1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz whiskey sour mix
2 oz Sprite soda
Throughout the night you were able to drink a variety of beers, white wines, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and/or Irish Coffee. Have all the drinks listed onto a menu card. This will help your guests know what’s available. Knowing what drinks you’re serving ahead of time will help figure out your budget for the party. If you’re not worried about budget, by all means serve it all, it’s St. Patrick’s Day!
Along with the corn beef and cabbage, I also served artichoke and spinach dip, cucumber canapes, green grapes, caprese on skewers, guacamole, green salsa and chips, a variety of white cheeses, mixed nuts, just to name a few. Be creative when serving your food. I used small martini glasses for the nuts and chocolates. Find an old slate to serve the cheeses and make sure to add color to the cheese platter with grapes, green melons, and nuts. Try serving the corn beef and cabbage onto platters lined with the potatoes and carrots.
Using upscale plastic and forks definitely fits into this party….remember you’re running a pub for the night….put your china away!
Lastly, entertainment and games. I asked our local Irish Dancers to come and perform a 20 minute routine, half into the night. (By that time, most dancers have finished performing at the parades/schools.)
For my client’s party we asked each guest to participate in a Limerick competition. Give each guest paper/pen and ask them to make up a limerick. You may want to give them some ideas for topics like leprechauns, maidens in distress, four leaf clover, dragons etc. I found some original limericks on the internet and had the host read them out as examples. The winner of the competition walked away with a gift basket. The gift basket was filled with everything you would want for the morning after: aspirin, muffins, tea, etc.
As host of your party, make sure to toast and wish everyone a little luck of the Irish with wee bit o’fun!!!
This fabulous St Patrick’s Day party idea was brought to you by Christina Currie of Party Partner, Inc
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- poolgirl - Mar 5th, 2009
Great ideas! Thanks Party Partner, Inc.
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