New post coming soon!  I promise.  I’m sorry I’ve been so neglectful. 😦  As most of you probably know, with exactly 2 months to go from today (!), I’ve been kinda busy planning this event thing happening in May. 😉  But I’ll try to post something here very very soon.

In fact, one post I’m waiting on putting up is a result of all this wedding planning … while good things can come out of it – like finding amazing vendors (Joe, Deb, Ron F, Em, Stephanie, Carol, etc…), bad things also do too – like finding not-so-amazing vendors (ahem, Kay’s!).  So I’m waiting on this particular situation to FINALLY come to an end … but when it does, oh boy, believe me, you will get to hear all about it …

In the meantime – planning a St. Patrick’s Day party this year?  Check out my post with some very clever ideas to help you host a lucky event. 🙂

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St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17 every year, and it’s the most popular holiday in March.  Most partygoers head for the Irish pubs on this day; however, if you are planning on celebrating at home, I’ve come up with a variety of themes to make your party that night’s “lucky” destination.

Here’s a quick history of St. Patrick’s Day from the History Channel: The modern secular holiday is based on the original Christian saint’s feast day also thought to be the date of the saint’s death. In 1737, Irish immigrants to the United States began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in 1766. [MK note: Way to go Boston, my current city of residence, and NY, my former home!]

March-ing and Spring-ing Into Party Planning, Part II-A
St. Patrick’s Day Party Themes:

St. Patrick’s Day
Date: Monday, March 17, 2008
Best days to celebrate: Friday, March 14; Saturday, March 15; and Sunday (brunch), March 16

Traditional Theme

  • Description: Standard, by-the-rules celebration – lots of Guinness, “I Love Ireland” shirts, “Shipping Up to Boston” on repeat
  • Decorations: iParty or Party City
  • Attire: All green, all over
  • Food: Everything green (of course!)
    • Sugar cookies – use a roll of sugar cookie dough and add a few drops of green food coloring before you bake them in the oven, or cover with white frosting and green sprinkles when they’re done
    • Green M&M’s, jelly beans and Skittles – handpick from the bag or select from specialty candy stores like Dylan’s Candy Bar
    • Irish soda bread
    • Lime flavored Tostitos and lime salsa
    • Green veggies & dip – cucumbers, broccoli, and green peppers with ranch dip
  • Drinks: Guinness, Bass, and Killian’s.  To make a festive punch, in a large bowl pour 1 gallon of Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush, a few splashes of Absolut Raspberri, and a splash of Absolut.  Add ice.  Slice a lime and float the slices in the bowl.
  • Music: Make a mix of Irish favorites – the Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, the Corrs, U2, Elvis Costello, the Cranberries.  Rent a Michael Flatley “Lord of the Dance” DVD and have it play in the background.
  • QUICK TIP: Go to a fabric store (such as Joann Fabrics) and buy a few yards of green fabric.  Many places will have a sale bin or shelf with marked down fabrics.  Hang the fabric sheets on any large, empty wall for a quick splash of color.  If you use blue painter’s tape between the wall and the fabric, it won’t damage the paint or wallpaper when you remove it.  Fabric or craft stores may also sell long strands of green or shamrock-accented beads that you can hang in doorways.

“Get Lucky!” Theme

  • Description: Festive St. Patrick’s Day party with a hint of flirtation
  • Attire: Ask guests to wear their sexiest green threads.  Have them bring 1 lucky item to wear or carry with them (see Quick Tip below).  Purchase green Hawaiian lei’s and drape on guests as they arrive so they get “lei’d” the moment they walk in the door.
  • Decorations: iParty or Party City standard decorations work fine.  Buy giant cardboard or paper clovers or print them out from a Google image search and hang them with string (or floss, on a budget!) in doorways to pose as festive mistletoe.  Buy fake lucky rabbit’s feet and spread them around tabletops or hang them around your home.
  • Food: Same as “Traditional Theme.”  But add lots of Lucky Charms cereal!
  • Drinks: Same as “Traditional Theme.”
  • Music: Same as “Traditional Theme.”  Toss in romantic crooners like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Marvin Gaye, Michael Buble, and ballads by U2
  • QUICK TIP: Set out ice breaker games to set the mood, like poker (a great game that sticks with the lucky theme – you can even use the Lucky Charms marshmallows for poker chips)!  Recruit one friend to be the judge to determine whose lucky charm is the most original.

Dubliner’s Brunch Theme

  • Description: Who says it has to be evening to drink?  Brunch it up in the way do it in ole Baile Átha Cliath!
  • Attire: Cable knit and isle sweaters, lots of scarves.  Have a little fun and pick up some red wigs for guests to wear.
  • Decorations: Think comfy Irish pub.  Set out large pillows for extra seating.  Set up large white pillar candles in different heights around the living room.  Add woolen blankets & pick up some Celtic crosses from a party store.
  • Food: Go traditional.  Corned beef & cabbage, bangers & mash, and shepherd’s pie.
  • Drinks: Irish coffee and Irish-blend coffee.  Set out Guinness & Killian’s if you’re feeling up for it at that hour.
  • Music: Classic Celtic tunes.  Check out a CD from your local library or download from iTunes.  Or put on a Frank McCourt (“Angela’s Ashes”) or James Joyce novel on CD.
  • QUICK TIP: Rent a classic Irish flick like “The Secret of Roan Inish,” “Waking Ned Devine,” “Circle of Friends,” or “In America.”  Get books on Irish poetry to set out and have guests write their own limericks

Up next: Spring Equinox and Easter party ideas. . .