A St. Patrick’s Day party brings the luck o’the Irish to your home, offering costumes, crafts, and food to keep Irish eyes smiling and joys unending. Host a St. Patrick’s Day party and encourage guests to take part in traditional customs, including dressing in St. Patrick’s day costumes and quoting Irish blessings. Emerald green and bit of good fortune can help turn your party into a pot-luck of memories, filled with laughter and cheer.
The Legend of Saint Patrick and Shamrocks
St. Patrick’s Day is a religious celebration in honor of the life of Catholic missionary and patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The celebration began as a feast, and occurs annually on the date of his death, March 17. In more recent years, the day has become a celebration of Irish heritage and culture. Tradition places an emphasis on wearing something green (a pinch if you don’t!), and eating corned beef and cabbage with themed desserts and Irish drinks.
The legend of Saint Patrick says that he drove snakes out of Ireland when they attacked him during a 40-day fast, although there is no evidence that there ever were snakes in Ireland. Legend also claims that his wooden walking stick turned into a living tree during an evangelical trip, when it took so long to get through to the people of the land that the stick he drove into the ground eventually grew roots.
The shamrock is perceived as the symbol of the holiday. According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock as an illustration for the Holy Trinity. Shamrocks and green ribbon were worn to celebrate the holiday as far back as the 17th century.
The shamrock should not be confused with its less common variant, the four leaf clover, which is believed to bring good luck to anyone who finds it. Did you know that clovers can have more than four leaves? According to Wikipedia, Shigeo Obara of Japan found a 56 leaf clover!
St. Patrick’s Day Costumes
Dressing in Irish costumes brings festivity to parties and pubs. Popular St. Patrick’s Day costumes to wear include beer girls, flirty shamrock dresses, and leprechauns. The leprechaun is a trickster in folklore who hordes a pot of gold. If you catch him, he is required to take you to his stash of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Even if you wish to wear only green tshirts or other secret items of clothing, you can enhance the look with a fake red beard and a tall Irish hat. No matter which St. Patrick’s Day costume you choose, you can add some leprechaun magic to it.
St. Patrick’s Day Decorations
Enjoy creativity with St. Patrick’s Day crafts and create some truly unique St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Take colorful streamers and arrange in a rainbow pattern around the room. Cut out green construction paper shamrocks and hang around the rainbows. Add gold coins to bowls and green mini lights to wine bottles to really put the holiday feel into the room. Allow children to create shamrocks by cutting an apple in half and, using green paint, making print paintings, invitations, and placemats.
Make St. Patrick’s Day Food
Food and drink complete the St. Patrick’s Day party. Unique ideas allow gummy worms, Skittles, sour fruit rollups, chocolate coins, and even breakfast cereal to be incorporated in desserts. Go Green March 17th by topping colorful cupcakes with Lucky Charms, and offer green punch with an Irish kick.
Lucky Charms Cupcakes
Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe:
- In a large bowl, blend 1 box of cake mix, 3 eggs, 3/4 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and drops of green food coloring until desired color is achieved
- Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter and bake 18-23 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean
- Take cupcakes out and let cool completely
- Place white icing atop each cooled cupcake. Top with green sprinkles and a Lucky Charms marshmallow when ready to eat
Make this green punch by mixing the following ingredients:
- 1 bottle of rum
- 2 cans of frozen limeade concentrate
- 2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate
- 2 bottles of lemon-lime soda
- 2 quarts lime sherbet
- Garnish with lemons and cherries to taste
Chill and serve for one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties around!
“Lets all put our dancin’ shoes and wear our shamrocks green and toast our friends both here and there and everywhere between.”
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.”
For each petal on the shamrock.
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
What’s your favorite Irish blessing?