Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for how to throw the perfect St Patrick’s Day party. We threw a small get together this past weekend to celebrate, since we’ll be out of town this coming weekend. If you know me, you know that I LOVE a themed party. I have the best time picking out food, decor, tablscapes, and more.
For our party, we did a potluck brunch. Everyone brought a dish, including quiche, potatoes, cinnamon rolls, and fruit. Tristan and I made green, shamrock shaped pancakes. We also made fun green cocktails and a cute candy board. I was inspired by This Worthey Life’s St Patrick’s Day party. I used their cocktail recipe, which was so delicious. It was really exciting putting together the candy board, since I already love a pretty charcuterie. Below I’m sharing my best tips for throwing your own St Patrick’s Day party!
Throw the Perfect St Patrick’s Day Party:
- Food: It’s always important to have a great selection of food at any party. Sometimes we make all of the food, but more often we like to do potluck style. Make sure everyone brings complimentary items so you don’t end up with multiple egg dishes or 4 bowls of fruit. Before guests arrive, prepare the buffet or table with trivets and serving utensils so that they can place their dish down and it’s ready to eat.
- Candy board – I got all of the candy from Publix and Amazon. Think anything green, rainbow, and gold, such as skittles, gummy o’s, airheads, lollipops, and chocolate coins. I also grabbed these cute sprinkles from Etsy and used those to fill in the gaps on the board.
- Drinks: I love making cocktails, especially when they go with the theme. I used Green Apple Syrup to make our cocktails green and served them in clear glasses. I also made a ‘mocktail’ version for those that didn’t want to drink, and served OJ, coffee, wine, and champagne.
- Decor: You can always find plenty of themed decor from Target, Amazon, and Etsy. Shop early so you get everything in time. I love to do a banner above the food table and confetti on the table (this time I did shamrocks and green/gold dots).
- Photo Backdrop – It’s always really cool to have a photo backdrop so guests can snap photos. Sometimes I go simple, sometimes I go all out. For this party I went all out with a full balloon arch. I got the balloon arch kit from Amazon. For Valentine’s Day last year, I did balloons framing a pink backdrop with a red carpet. This year on Valentine’s Day, I went simple with balloon hearts on the wall and the red carpet beneath.
- Tablescape – I absolutely love setting up the perfect tablescape, from the right plates, bowls, flatware, glasses, and napkins. For this one, I used my black stoneware from Walmart, with gold and black flatware, simple black napkins, and fun shamrock napkin rings. Sometimes I use paper plates, paper napkins, or disposable flatware. It’s great either way, as long as it goes with the theme.