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Party idea submitted by BizGirl Mar 6th, 2009
St Patricks Day Celebration
I have a St Patricks Day party every year. I started it about 5 years ago. I love everything Irish (being of Irish heritage) and I used to find something special to do each year, then decided I would throw my own party.
I usually design and decorate it all myself. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot. You can even use most of the same stuff every year (storing decorations well is the key). I usually design the invitations myself and makeup my own trivia game. I also make some different food every year. This year, its Irish Nachos. Thats nachos like with chips, but with french fries instead. And all the same usual toppings of cheese, chili, sour cream, onions, etc. The first year I just made all green stuff (rice krispie treats, green cookies) but have gotten more creative as I have learned more about traditional Irish cuisine.
For the most part, everyone mingles for much of the party. I usually have extra buttons, hats and beads (I also like the green light up neon ones you get at the dollar store). The only real organized event of the evening is the trivia game. I usually don’t make it too hard, but have also been known to include hints for the harder ones on the invitations themselves. I make a different hint for each invitation and its not too hard to keep up with because I usually limit it to 10-15 people each year. I have a few regulars that I always invite, but its a hit every year so I may have to start expanding to a bigger place just for my annual party.
I also have a special addition this year. My 2 nieces always look forward to coming to this party. This year, I decided they are just the right age for the dramatic flair (and the right height—they are 11 and 12) of playing Lephrecauns this year. I have given them each simple outfits of green/gold vest and bowtie I got at a party supply store and they will also wear one of the many hats I have from previous years partys. They will welcome guests and help with the trivia game prizes. They are also memorizing a few cues from me. I will point to them at certain times and have them say “slainte” or the like. Its pretty sponteneous and will be mostly unrehearsed except for that.
The trivia game is very fun and everyone looks forward to it. I just ask questions to the group and whoever answers correctly first, is given a green or gold coin. Whoever has the most when the game is over, gets the prize. Its usually one of the pre-prepared goody bags that has smaller gifts in it. Last year it was St Paddys day rubber ducky or teddy bear or Green sno-balls (seasonal and like the pink ones). This year the prizes will be similar and I usually wrap them in cellophane bags so they look more substantial. You can also toss them across the room to the winner packaged this way, which can also be fun for the guests to watch. You never know who or what the prize might hit in the process!
This St Patrick’s Day party idea was brought to you by Meg Sawyer.
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