Every year on March 17th, millions of people celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. The holiday was made official in the early 17th century and has since become an annual tradition for people all over the world, regardless of their heritage or religious affiliation. If you look back in time before the pandemic, people happily packed into pubs to celebrate with friends and family. Since then, people are less eager to gather in large crowds, especially in tight spaces. That’s why throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party at home has become a more attractive option for so many. If you’re planning to host a party in your backyard or in a public space, you’ll definitely want to consider using an outdoor event tent. After all, March weather is notoriously unpredictable.
Take the Party Outside
After a long, cold winter, almost everyone has some form of cabin fever. When March finally rolls around like a lion, we all begin looking forward to the start of spring. And what better excuse to celebrate the end of a gray winter than with a St. Patrick’s Day party! If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, you will probably want to give your guests an opportunity to enjoy the much anticipated warmer weather. Plus, by keeping your party outdoors, you’ll save yourself the trouble of cleaning the house before - and after - the party. Another advantage of hosting a party outdoors is that the host gets to participate in the fun. As we mentioned, March weather is quite unpredictable, so you’ll want to make sure you provide shelter for your guests. An outdoor tent is a perfect solution for this problem, especially since there are so many options available.
Set an Irish Mood
Once you’ve found the perfect tent for your event, it’s time for the fun to begin: choosing festive decorations! Obviously, you can’t go wrong with a green color scheme - which also happens to be perfect for a spring celebration. If you prefer a more natural look, moss and other greenery are perfectly acceptable. Here are some more suggestions for your Irish themed party:
- Green balloons, streamers, and green tablecloths will help establish the theme.
- Shamrock decorations also will add to the atmosphere. Look for paper shamrocks that you can hang or spread on tables.
- Purchase inexpensive leprechaun hats for your guests to wear at the party (bonus points if you can find some with attached red beards).
- Find St. Paddy's day t-shirts for your guests - our favorites have the classic “kiss me I’m Irish” invitation.
- Shamrock shaped fairy lights will keep the theme going after the sun goes down.
- Rainbow decorations are also appropriate for your St. Patrick’s Day party. After all, aren’t we all looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Plan a Saint Patrick’s Day Feast
It wouldn’t be a party, especially a St. Patrick’s Day party, without food and drinks. Make your party extra special by choosing a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day menu. Your guests will enjoy tasting old favorite recipes and maybe trying a new dish as well. Here are some classics:
- Soda bread is the traditional Irish side dish and pairs well with just about anything on your menu. For an easy and tasty appetizer, make a cheesy, fondue dip (made with Irish stout of course) with skewers of soda bread for dipping.
- Speaking of easy, sliders are the ultimate party finger food. Give your sliders and Irish twist by using corned beef and cabbage as your primary ingredients.
- For a more traditional dish, use your slow cooker to make a batch of corned beef and cabbage soup. Just set out a ladle and let your guests help themselves. Keep some of that soda bread nearby to sop up the Irish goodness.
- Shamrock shaped sugar cookies are the perfect ending for your Irish feast. Or make (or purchase) cakes or cupcakes decorated with rainbows.
- Don’t forget the drinks! Of course, you’ll want to have plenty of traditional Irish stout on hand, but there are plenty of other options too. For folks who don’t care for beer, consider adding Irish whiskey drinks to your bar menus, such as whiskey sour, whiskey smash, or classic old-fashioned.
Dance a Jig or Test Your Luck
The best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations include great entertainment, including fun Irish music. While Danny Boy is the classic Irish tune, be sure to add other upbeat songs to your playlist from popular Irish artists and bands and leave room for a dance floor. If weather permits, the usual outdoor games such as cornhole, croquet, or a St. Patrick’s themed scavenger hunt are good choices for guests of all ages. If the weather isn’t cooperating, play some Irish trivia or shamrock bingo under the protection of your outdoor tent. For younger guests, here are some fun ideas:
- For a twist on pin the tail on the donkey, try to pin the hat on the leprechaun instead.
- Let kids try their luck tossing gold coins into a black pot.
- Create a St. Patrick’s Day word find a game and set a timer - whoever finds all of the words first wins.
- Fill a jar with gold coins and let everyone guess how many - the winner takes home the jar!