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St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day or some call it St. Paddy's Day, St. Patty's or St. Pattie's Day. Whatever they call it, there's one thing for sure; it's a great time to party!

Get the party started with these ultimate St. Patrick's Day party ideas.

Party Decor Ideas

To have a festive vibe this St Paddy’s Day, you need some greens, pots of gold and other little Irish shenanigans and it doesn’t have to be expensive. We have collected some inspirational ideas for you.

Green Lucky Bottles

These green bottles are eco-friendly. You can recycle green bottles and turn into lovely lucky flower vases. Put some beautiful flowers or create some paper clovers and add some ribbons around the bottle's neck.

Check out the tutorial here Green Lucky Bottles

Shamrock Streamers

 

Get lucky with these St. Patty's Day streamers are easy to make and you just need a pencil, green crepe papers and scissors.

Check out the tutorial here Shamrock Streamers

Festive Shamrock Wreath

You don't have to buy a festive shamrock wreath to hang on your door, you can create one!

Check out the tutorial here Wreath for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day Magnetic Glass Markers and Charms

 

These wine charms make great St. Patrick's Day décor for your wine glasses or beer pint! These wine charms and the clever magnets will surely have your guests laughing all throughout the party! Also, check out our Luck of the Irish wine charms that will be a glass marker and ice breaker at your party.

Green Snacks & Treats

Go crazy with these green delicious snacks and treats for kids and adults.

Green-Pea Soup with Cheddar Panini

This green pea soup is a delicious dinner choice. This delicious pea soup is a delightful dish to usher in spring. Together with it, toasty cheese sandwiches with seasonal greenery from sliced scallions.

Recipe by Martha Stewart

Total time: 20 minutes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Here's what you need:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices rye sandwich bread
  • 4 scallions (white & green parts separated, thinly sliced)
  • 3 boxes frozen peas (10 ounces each)
  • 1 can reduced-sodium chicken broth (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar (6 ounces)
  • Coarse salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

How to cook it:

  1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add scallion whites, and cook. Stir until softened for 1 to 2 minutes. Add broth, peas, and 3 cups water. Reduce heat, bring to a boil and let it simmer. Cook until peas are tender for 5 minutes and set aside when done.
  2. In a medium container, make cheddar mixture by tossing cheddar cheese with scallion greens. Then prepare 4 mini sandwiches with bread and cheddar mixture.
  3. In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon butter on a medium-low heat. Put the sandwiches in and cook until golden for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add the remaining butter to cook the second side.
  4. To puree soup, work in batches. Pour in soup in a blender just halfway to prevent spattering until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding a little bit of water. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Cut each sandwiches into 4 fingers and serve with soup.

St. Patrick's Day Parfaits

These parfaits are delicious and easy to prepare.

Recipe by: Lennie

Prep time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

What you need:

  • 1 (3 ounce) box Jell-O instant pistachio pudding mix (4-serving)
  • 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • Cool Whip
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • green coarse sugar, for garnish (sugar usually used for Christmas cookies)

How to prepare it:

  1. Make pudding by following the package directions and use milk; chill until set.
  2. Layer in chilled pudding - kiwifruit - green-tinted Cool Whip in clear dessert glasses (you can also use wine glasses) – repeat the process and top it with Cool Whip.
  3. Sprinkle tiny amount of green coarse sugar on top of cool whip.
  4. Refrigerate and serve.

Arugula Pesto Chicken

This pasta is healthy and easy to prepare.

Recipe by: Stultz, Weir

Total prep time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

Here's what you need:

  • 4 cups fresh arugula or spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt (divided)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (skin removed and shredded)
  • 2 plum tomatoes (chopped)
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. Put in arugula, basil, pine nuts, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until chopped. Slowly add 1/4 cup oil in a steady stream while processing until mixture is smooth. Shred zucchini lengthwise into long strands in a shredder or spiralizer.
  2. In a large skillet, over a medium heat, heat remaining oil. Add chicken and zucchini strands. Cook and keep stirring until zucchini is crisp-tender for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove skillet from heat. Add tomatoes, pesto, pepper and salt; toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Drinks

Get the party started with these delicious Irish drinks.

Shamrock Sour

Recipe by: Courtney of Pizzazzerie

Get the green spirit this St. Paddy's Day with this delicious drink. This Shamrock sour is so good and I'm sure that it will quickly become everyone's favorite.

Here's what you need:

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 1 tiny drop of green food coloring
  • lime wedges for garnish

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. Mix ingredients, shake well and strain over ice.
  2. Each glass, relish with a lime wedge and a shamrock stirrer.

RECIPE NOTES

To avoid the drink to become too green, into the green food color, drop an extra wooden skewer; stir that into the drink to control the amount of color.

Green Beer

Yes! Green beer is the norm for Irish celebration. Green beer is fun and food coloring is cheap, so feel free to play with it.

Recipe by: Bryce Eddings

Total time: 1 minute

Prep time: 1 minute

Yield: 1 beer

Here's what you need:

  • 12 ounces beer
  • 1 drop of green food coloring

Here are the steps to make it:

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a clear glass, add one drop of green food coloring.
  3. Pour the beer into the glass.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Choosing the Right Beer

  1. In making green beer, any beer will work; but, some will have brighter green color than others.
  2. To have the greenest beer, start with a light-colored brew. It consists of any of the famous American lagers like Budweiser, Busch, Coors or Millers. These are the most drink beers and are also are the best choice.
  3. But don’t forget the great pale-colored craft beers, like the great German pilsners, and any of the other higher quality beers available today. The beer market is enormous and there are several more selections than those from the huge breweries.
  4. If you want to use darker beer, you will find an exciting effect. Other dark beers have rich colors that are not translucent enough to let the green food coloring to provide that signature emerald green beer appearance.
  5. However, the body of the beer will turn darker with a slight evergreen shade in the right light. The great part is, the head, the foam will pick up the food coloring, but it may not last long, take on that green color.

Ginger & Mint Lime Float

A non-alcoholic drink can be fun too! This minty drink is as festive as alcoholic gets.

Recipe by: Michael of Inspired by Charm

Here's what you will need (for four floats):

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 2 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups club soda (chilled)
  • 8 lime wedges
  • 4 springs mint (preferred pineapple mint), julienned
  • 1 cup lime sherbet

Here’s how to prepare it:

  1. Start by making the ginger syrup. Make a puree, by mixing water and ginger in a blender until pureed.
  2. In a small saucepan, transfer the mixture. Add the sugar. Let it boil and reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken slightly. Cool completely.
  3. For each float, pour into a glass about 1/4 cup of the ginger syrup.
  4. Squeeze in two lime wedges and garnish the glass with the wedges.
  5. Add a dash of julienned mint.
  6. Mix. Pour each glass with 3/4 full with club soda.
  7. Add one or two scoops or 1/4 cup of lime sherbet.
  8. Then garnish with a sprig of mint.

St. Patrick's Day is indeed a fun and magical holiday. There are so many fun things and delicious food and drinks to enjoy.

 

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