Looking to throw together a fabulous last minute St. Patrick’s Day party? Here are some tips and tricks from Hello Production’s event planners!
Before you start with the shamrocks and green food coloring, let’s find out exactly who St. Patrick is …
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. While we think of gold coins and shamrocks, Saint Patrick is probably most known for driving snakes out of Ireland. While there are no snakes in Ireland today, many believe the snake was more a symbol for driving out pagan practices at the time, not the actually reptile.
So how did we get from Saint Patrick and snakes to green beer and luck? Thanks to the home country of Saint Patrick, the holiday is now closely associated with anything Irish: green and gold, shamrocks and good luck.
Some theories suggest Saint Patrick died on March 17, which is why the holiday is celebrated that day each year. Saint Patrick’s Day may have started as a religious holiday in Ireland, but today it is recognized throughout the world.
Now let’s get to the fun part …
Whether you’re having a few friends over for a casual get together or want to have an Irish-themed dinner, make the day all about the details.
Pick up a bottle of green food coloring and go to town! Add one-two drops to a fun Irish Beer or a several drops to a homemade punch. If you’re planning on baking something with green food coloring, stop by a specialty cooking or craft store for gel food coloring (such as Wilton’s Icing Color). Gel allows you to easily control how much you’re using and produces a richer color. If you’re not feeling up to baking, place an order for delicious cupcakes at one of the Dozen Cupcake locations (dozenbakeshop.com).
For the main course, plan on having traditional Irish dishes such as Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew or Shepard’s Pie. Have Irish Whisky or Crème de menthe for (adult only!) after-dinner drinks. We love these Emerald Eggs as an easy appetizer from the Food Network Kitchens.
While there are some beautiful green flowers and plants available this time of year, if you’re looking for an easy and low cost centerpiece ideas why not get a bag of green apples and several bunches of green grapes? Pile them up in a glass bowl or stack them on a cake stand. A few gold springs from a craft store will add an eye-catching sparkle. Not only can you pull it together at the last minute, but it’s edible once the evening is over!
To set the mood with some Irish tunes, iTunes has you more than covered with groups such as The Chieftains, The Irish Rovers, the Irish Tenors and The Corrs.
A few more ideas …
Have kids to entertain at your party? Most party stores have gold-wrapped chocolate coins right now. Pick up a few bags and hide them around the space. Have the kids (either individually or in teams) try to find all the “gold”.
Having a girls’ night? Add a drop of green food coloring to your favorite white wine and rent one of these “Irish” movies (think: Far and Away (1992), Once (2006) and Leap Year (2010)).
Have fun because on Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish!
Want help planning your St. Patrick’s Day party? Call us at (412) 298-7333 or visit www.helloproductions.com.