Throwing a St. Patrick's Day Party: Tips and Tricks

Throwing a St. Patrick's Day Party: Tips and Tricks

Milena Kukurekovic

St. Patrick's Day is a festive holiday celebrated for centuries in Ireland and worldwide. It is a time when people come together to honor Ireland's patron saint and celebrate Irish culture and heritage. One of the best ways to celebrate this occasion is by throwing a St. Patrick's Day party. 

Whether planning an intimate gathering with family and friends or a more significant event, there are many tips and tricks to ensure your party succeeds. So put on your green and get ready to throw a party that will make your guests feel lucky and festive all night!

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene is essential to throwing a successful St. Patrick's Day party. Here are some tips to make your venue look and feel like a true Irish celebration:

Choosing a Venue

When choosing a venue for your St. Patrick's Day party, consider the size of the guest list and the type of atmosphere you want to create. For example, hosting a party at home might be the best option if you prefer a more intimate gathering. On the other hand, a rented hall or a park might be a better choice if you're planning for a larger crowd. Alternatively, consider hosting the party at a bar or pub if you prefer a more social atmosphere.

Decorating with St. Patrick's Day Themed Items

Decorations are essential to any party, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. The most popular decoration items include clovers, leprechauns, and gold and green-colored items. You can use these items to decorate the party venue, tables, and walls. You can also consider incorporating traditional Irish items such as horseshoes, rainbows, and Celtic knots.

Creating a Festive Atmosphere with Music and Lighting

Music and lighting create an ambiance that sets the mood for your St. Patrick's Day party. Consider playing traditional Irish or modern music with an Irish twist to set the mood. Use green or gold-colored lighting to add to the festive atmosphere. You can also consider adding sparkly lights or candles to enhance the cozy ambiance.

Food and Drinks

St. Patrick's Day is an occasion to indulge in traditional Irish food and drink. Here are some tips on how to provide a perfect St. Patrick's Day feast for your guests:

Serving Traditional Irish Foods

Irish cuisine is hearty and delicious, perfect for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Some traditional Irish dishes include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and soda bread. You can also consider serving Irish stew, bangers, mash, or colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage). Remember to label the dishes with the names, so your guests can know what they're eating.

Offering a Variety of Drinks

When it comes to drinks, there are many options to choose from for your St. Patrick's Day party. Green beer, Guinness, Irish whiskey, and non-alcoholic options such as sparkling water, lemonade, or limeade are the most popular. Also, consider serving Irish coffee or an Irish cream liqueur to add variety to your drink menu. Make sure you have enough disposable glasses and ice available for your guests.

Providing Snacks and Desserts

Provide snacks and desserts with a St. Patrick's Day twist to add a festive touch to your party. For example, you can serve Irish soda bread with butter or cheese, shamrock-shaped cookies, and cupcakes with green frosting. You can also add a fruit platter with kiwis, green apples, and grapes to your table for a healthy option.

Serving Food with Disposable Plastic Dinnerware

Consider serving food with disposable plastic dinnerware to make the clean-up process easier and less time-consuming. You can find fancy plastic plates, party cups, and disposable utensils at the amazing Smarty Had A Party online store in various shades of green and gold to match the theme of your party. This will save you from the hassle of washing dishes and give you more time to enjoy the festivities.


Entertainment is a vital part of any party, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. So here are some ideas for entertainment that will keep your guests engaged and create lasting memories:

Planning Games and Activities

There are many games and activities that you can plan for your St. Patrick's Day party. For example, you can set up a green-themed scavenger hunt, host a trivia game about Ireland or St. Patrick's Day, or plan a treasure hunt with clues about Irish history and culture. You can also set up a craft table with materials to make shamrock-shaped wreaths, leprechaun hats, or paper chains in green and gold.

Hosting a Costume Contest

Hosting a costume contest for the best St. Patrick's Day outfit is a great way to get your guests involved and create a fun and competitive atmosphere. Encourage your guests to dress up in green, gold, or anything related to Ireland or St. Patrick's Day. You can offer a prize for the best costume, such as a St. Patrick's Day themed gift basket or a gift card to a local pub.

Setting up a Photo Booth

Setting up a photo booth is a fun way to capture the memories of your St. Patrick's Day party. You can set up a backdrop in green or gold and provide props such as leprechaun hats, green glasses, shamrocks, and even a pot of gold. Encourage your guests to take photos and share them on social media with a specific hashtag for your party.

Safety and Etiquette

While planning your St. Patrick's Day party, keeping safety and etiquette in mind is essential. Here are some tips to ensure that your guests have a good time while staying safe and respectful:

Encouraging Responsible Drinking

St. Patrick's Day is often associated with alcohol consumption. As a responsible host, it's crucial to encourage your guests to drink responsibly. You can do this by providing non-alcoholic options, monitoring the amount of alcohol your guests consume, and offering transportation options for those who need them. Consider hiring a professional driver or setting up a designated driver program to ensure everyone gets home safely.

Respecting Cultural Traditions

It's essential to respect the cultural traditions of St. Patrick's Day and avoid stereotypes. While it's common to wear green and celebrate with friends, it's necessary to recognize the historical and cultural significance of the holiday. In addition, avoid stereotypes such as leprechauns, pots of gold, and excessive drinking, which can be disrespectful to Irish culture.

Being a Gracious Host

Being a gracious host means showing appreciation to your guests and making them feel welcome. Make sure to greet your guests as they arrive, introduce them to others, and offer them a drink or snack. Check-in with your guests throughout the party to ensure they are comfortable and having a good time. After the party, thank your guests for coming and express your gratitude for their attendance.


Throwing a St. Patrick's Day party can be a fun and exciting way to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. By incorporating the tips and tricks outlined in this blog post, you can create a festive atmosphere that your guests will remember for years. So remember to have fun and enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Whether you're hosting a small gathering at home or throwing a large celebration, St. Patrick's Day is an opportunity to come together and celebrate Ireland's rich culture and history.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Party on, Smarties! With love, Smarty had a Party!

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