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One of the most classic ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is with a party. Whether you are having a work party, a small together with friends, a family gathering, or a huge event, there are so many great St. Patrick's Day party ideas out there. With everything from decorations to green drinks, once you get started, you won't be able to stop adding little details for your party. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to all things St. Patrick's Day related, but it is a great round up of party ideas to get you started. Happy celebrating!
Paper Shamrock Banner
I'm a sucker for things that involve words and buttons. Hopefully, other people reading this are, too. If not, you can customize this idea with other details that suit your own preferences. This tutorial includes a shamrock template link and size suggestions. If you do choose to use words and don't have a book you want to cut up, pick one up from a thrift store.
A yarn wreath is one of the simplest wreaths you can put together, and the result is still very satisfying. I've shown a St. Patrick's Day wreath above and linked a tutorial for a different yarn wreath below, as the link above is for a product listing. There are so many fun embellishments you can add for St. Patrick's Day: clovers, rainbows, gold, leprechauns, etc.
There is no tutorial here, but the picture is pretty self-explanatory. Once you have a bunch of these felt shamrocks finished, you can create a variety of garlands or hanging decorations with them. If you don't want to hang them, you can use them as small decorations on tables or bookshelves or on the mantel.
If you enjoy keeping a wreath on your front door all year round, this is a great option for March. I chose to include this link because of the perfect set of colors for St. Patrick's Day. However, this link does not include directions for making a rag wreath. Check this out for all of the basics. Once you get hooked, you'll be making these for every holiday. They make wonderful gifts, too.
"I'm Lucky to Have You" Rolo Baskets
Small favors are a great way to win guests over at any type of party. St. Patrick's Day is no exception. This great post has lots of printable options, including different variations for friends and teachers. It also includes the other instructions that you will need for assembling these little baskets.
Mason Jar with Goodies
There is no tutorial here, but the concept is pretty self-explanatory. Mason jars are easy to acquire and relatively inexpensive. If you're lucky, you may be able to pick some up at a thrift store. I love the little St. Patrick's Day card in the front. In addition to candy, think about other little gifts to include such as pens and other stationery/ office items.
"I'm Lucky to Have You" Rolo Variation
Rachel used the printable above from The Crafting Chicks with dollar store gift boxes to create her own variation of this idea. She created her boxes as a teacher gift, but as always, you can customize them any way you like. The combination of the decorated box, ribbon detail, and printed tag create a very professional finished product.
There are a number of shamrock cookie cutters available online. During March, you may be able to find them in the holiday or kitchen sections of dollar stores or big box stores as well. Decorating cookies is always a great kid-friendly holiday activity. Let them assist with rolling and cutting cookies and then let them go crazy decorating afterward with different colored frosting and toppings such as sprinkles. The first link below has decorating ideas. The second link has a great sugar cookie recipe.
- SugarChic: Shamrocks Go Chic!
- Jello Cookies - Eating on a Dime
Jello Cookies are fun to make with the kids. You can make them for a birthday party or for the holidays. Either way the kids will love them.
Lucky Charms Cupcakes
Who doesn't have some sort of nostalgia about Lucky Charms? Bake a batch of your favorite cupcakes, frost with homemade or store bought frosting, and add some Lucky Charms cereal to the top. The simple cereal addition is sure to get comments from your guests.
- Bake Your Own Fancy Cupcakes!
Cupcakes are the best because they let you have that moment of cake, but on a personal level. Learn to bake your own cupcakes and frost like a champ, no matter what the occasion!
Green Layer Cake
What would St. Patrick's Day be without a little (or a lot of) green food coloring? This baker went a little nuts with seven different green layers, each of which she mixed and baked separately before stacking and icing. Even she admits that this is a little crazy! if you're actually planning to throw a party and you have a few other things to do besides bake a cake (cleaning and decorating maybe?), go for 2-3 layers that don't necessarily have to be different shades of green.
Green smoothies are very popular right now. This is just one of many recipes available online. Typically a green smoothie base consists of spinach, frozen fruit, and water. You can customize them just about any way that you like to suit your tastes. They are healthy, easy, and a perfect color for St. Patrick's Day.
- Tropical Green Smoothie With Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut Smoothie - Rose Clearfield
- One Charming Party | Birthday Party Ideas: st. patty's day smoothie
This recipe is pitched as a Halloween idea, but there's no reason that it doesn't work perfectly for St. Patrick's Day, too. Green is not the most appetizing drink color, even for a punch, but hopefully the delicious flavor will distract from the color.
The addition of the Irish whiskey to this mojito recipe makes it just Irish enough (like you needed an excuse to make this, right?). This is another drink with a perfect color for St. Patrick's Day. Don't put this recipe away after the holiday. The refreshing mint, citrus, and kiwi will carry this drink right through to summer.
- Fashionably Bombed: Irish Mojito
- Benign Objects: Free Lucky Brew Printable St. Patrick's Day Beer Labels
St. Patrick's Day T-shirts
Put together some shirts for you and your family with Silhouette Studio software and heat transfers. This link has everything you need to make your shirts using Silhouette, but if you can take this concept and create your own shirts with other types of software and transfers. Check out this tutorial for other options. Make sure that your designs aren't too large so they can easily fit on shirts of varying sizes.
Pulling an Outfit Together
Whether you're going casual or dressing up for your party, there are lots of great green options out there. If you love green, go all out with a bright green dress. If you just want a little touch of green, go for an accessory instead like a green bracelet or purse.
A manicure is a fun way to celebrate any occasion. Even when you are selecting fun colors like green that you may not wear as often as standard colors (red, pink, etc.) and neutrals (champagne, cream, etc.), take the time to buy quality brands. A high-quality polish will ensure a lasting look for the entire day.
Get some manicure tips on YouTube.
Even More St. Patrick's Day Printables and Ideas
- Blooming Homestead: St. Patrick's Day Printables
- eighteen25: You Gotta See This (St. Patrick's Day Ideas)
- Free St. Patrick's Day Scrapbook Papers
- St Patricks Day Food | For the Kids! | Thoughtfully Simple
Get some inspiration for designing beautiful St. Patrick's Day cards.
More St. Patrick's Day resources from the author.
- St. Patrick's Day Greeting Cards: Lots of Free Printables
This article contains ideas for St. Patrick's Day greeting cards, including lots of free printables. There are photo examples and tutorial links for all of the cards.
- St. Patrick's Day Painting Craft Projects for Kids: Rainbows, Shamrocks, and More
Crafts are a simple way to make holiday celebrations more fun for kids of all ages. These tactile projects include rainbows, shamrocks, and other fun St. Patrick's Day themes.
- St. Patrick's Day in Milwaukee: Parade and Other Irish Events, Festivities, and Celebrations
Are you looking for ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Milwaukee? Stake out a spot for the St. Patrick's Day parade and plan to attend other Irish festivities.
answers-questions on October 25, 2012:
Thanks fro this hub,
I didn't know that we could do St-Patrick cookies :).
Best regards, Atyq
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 13, 2012:
That's awesome! Thanks for the great suggestion.
anna on March 13, 2012:
Today I made shamrock french toast using a shamrock cookie cutter! The kid loved it-
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 12, 2012:
Thanks so much Marina! High quality photos can make all the difference.
Marina from San Francisco, CA on March 12, 2012:
I love the felt shamrocks and lucky charms cupcakes. You picked some fantastic photos for this Hub!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 25, 2012:
Jamie Brock from Texas on February 25, 2012:
wow! You covered everything here.. thanks for sharing :0) Cute stuff!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 13, 2012:
Thanks you for the feedback ladies! I'm so glad that so many people have found useful ideas here.
Haha Ardie, no you don't!!
Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on February 13, 2012:
I think I may have to tackle that cake! ;)
Up, useful, awesome, & shared!
Sondra from Neverland on February 13, 2012:
Bookmarking! This just became one of my favoritest Hubs ever and it has nothing to do with the fact that I look like a leprechaun
Tammy from North Carolina on February 13, 2012:
I love this holiday! Well done with wonderful suggestions, photos, and ideas. I love it!
cardelean from Michigan on February 13, 2012:
As always a complete list to draw from! Thanks so much for the great ideas. I love the rag wreath in particular.
Tina Truelove on February 13, 2012:
You have given me lots of great ideas! Thank you!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 12, 2012:
Great ideas and tips on how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. What I like most are the cupcakes. Voted up and thanks for SHARING.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 12, 2012:
Thanks Louise! They definitely are. There are a number of similar felt projects out there like that. You just cut the same piece several times and sew them up!
Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on February 12, 2012:
I loved those felt shamrocks, they seem so simple to make and yet look so effective! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas for St. Patrick's Day. Voted up and awesome :)