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St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

With the early spring drab weather setting a gray mood, I decided that my family really needed a party to lift our spirits.  What better excuse than St. Patrick’s Day!  This wasn’t a big holiday growing up, but when I moved to New Haven, Connecticut, it became one of my favorite holidays.  Like many cities, New Haven boasts a great parade.  Even cooler was that it doesn’t have an open container law (Irish coffee while watching a parade in the cold is awesome!) and the Irish pubs pull out all the stops with corned beef and bagpipes post-parade.

Circa 2005 with friends Ledlie and Molly

Now that we have kids we won’t be part of the parade’s party crowd, and the town we live in now is a little more tame anyway.  Here are some ideas and recipes I pulled together for our family-friendly get-together.


I am not about green beer.  Go authentic instead.  And please make sure you don’t drive yourself or your family while buzzed or drunk.

How to toast:  Sláinte (meaning “health”); click here for the pronunciation.



Photo by Macheesmo


  • Wear something green
  • Potted clover
  • Green flowers and tall grass in vases
  • Green glass candle votives
  • Green table cloths
  • A husband with a flaming red leprechaun beard is helpful.

My husband, Red Thunda'

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  As the Irish say…

Here’s to your coffin….
May it be built of 100 year old oaks which I will plant tomorrow

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  1. Party Belle 03/13/2011 at 7:30 pm

    Not one of my favorites but a darn popular one is “Irish Car Bomb’ (I know I know, but that’s it’s name!)
    3/4 pint Guinness® stout
    1/2 shot Bailey’s® Irish cream
    1/2 shot Jameson® Irish whiskey

    Add the Bailey’s and Jameson to a shot glass, layering the Bailey’s on the bottom. Pour the Guinness into a pint glass or beer mug 3/4 of the way full and let settle. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness and chug. If you don’t drink it fast enough it will curdle and increasingly taste worse.

    recipe courtesy of

  2. Ledlie 03/13/2011 at 4:12 pm

    We really got into it with shamrock’s on our cheeks! What a great memory!

  3. amyallenjohnson 03/11/2011 at 11:34 am

    fun!! we’ll be hopin’ on a boat this year, so we’ll have to remember to make our own parade! I want to come to YOUR party!

  4. Mina Frannea 03/11/2011 at 10:44 am

    The rainbow doughnuts are a cute idea! I was thinking of doing rainbow cup cakes with my kids, but colored icing seems easier and more kid-friendly than trying to layer cake batter. 🙂

  5. Ron 03/11/2011 at 9:55 am

    My better “How to Pour a Black and Tan” video is my second try. Cheers!