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! Here are some ideas and recipes I pulled together for our family-friendly get-together.
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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 Leslie and Molly

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.

Drinks

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d15lJn1r0Mk

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

Dinner

Dessert

Photo by Macheesmo

Photo by Macheesmo

Decorations

  • 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'

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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