Celebrate this Irish Holiday by having an adult St. Patrick’s Day party for your friends. Let this collection of simple ideas help make your party fun and have your guests going “green.”
St. Patrick’s Day color is green, but don’t forget that you can add in orange and white–colors of the Irish flag. Symbols for St. Pat’s Day are well known–leprechauns, rainbows, shamrocks, and pots of gold. You will be able to find most of what you need at a dollar or party store.
- Print out St Pat themed pictures and put inside of your current frames or buy cheap new frames at a dollar store. Over the Big Moon and Pizzazzerie have designs you can print out.
- Wine bottle decorations are trendy. Buy Irish themed ribbon and a St. Patrick’s Day wooden ornament. Apply both to the bottle using hot glue. Or you can place a short string of twinkle lights in a green bottle. Make a bouquet using various picks and decorate the bottle with stickers.
- You can’t go wrong with pots of clover. Put them in a boot; leprechaun hat turned upside down; St. Patrick’s Day theme vases or wrap in bright green foil.
- Make cute construction paper shamrocks following instructions at Sugar Bee Crafts.
- Another quick and easy idea is to put a pillar candle in a tall hurricane candle holder, then pour split peas into until about an inch or so of the candle is covered.
- Buy small birdhouses and spray paint green, using glitter is optional, to create a mini leprechaun village.
- Paint small terracotta pots green. Decorate with shamrocks and other St. Pat motif or make it look like a hat with a band and buckle.
Games for your adult St. Patrick’s Day party
Play Irish music in the background.
- Thrifty Jinxy has a print-out for the PIN THE SHAMROCK ON THE LEPRECHAUN game and instructions for HOT POTATO DRINKING GAME.
- Hot Potato Toss. Play this game outside. Divide guests into two teams. Place two hoops 10 feet from each other. Each team stands behind one of the hoops. The first player tosses the potato to the other team’s hoop. A point is scored whenever a potato lands inside the hoop. The opposing team player picks up the potato and tosses it back trying to get it into the other hoop. The teams continue taking turns at tossing at each other’s hoops until all players had a turn.
The potato will get squisher with each toss making it more difficult. You will need extra potatoes to replace any that explodes on impact-the reason to play outdoors.
- While you have Irish music playing, have a contest for the guest who dances the best jig or the one who can dance the longest before stumbling.
- Don’t say. Make a list of St. Patrick’s Day sayings. Display the list in various places throughout the room. As guests arrive have each take a clothespin or a button and attach to their clothes. If another guest hears someone saying a forbidden word they can steal their button or clothespin. The winner is the person with the most clothespins when the host calls an end to the game.
- Print out photo booth props and set up an area to take pictures.
Make green beer by adding a drop of food coloring to a light color beer. A search of Pinterest or the internet will give you many alcohol beverage ideas. Here is three to get you started
- Emerald Lady is a coconut, fruit and rum combination
- Fuzzy Leprechaun cocktail is fruit juice, peach schnapps, and vodka
- Grasshopper Jello Shot uses gelatin, Creme de cacao, and Mint Liqueur
There are many options for non-alcohol drinks including limeade —Think Green Limeade.
For more ideas– Best Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
You can have a sit-down dinner with traditional Irish food or serve finger foods that have an Irish theme or are green.
- Ireland is famous for its potatoes. Irish potato bites are simple to make and so delicious.
- Cheesy Reuben Appetizer
- Corned beef and cabbage rolls
- Create a vegetable tray with all green vegetables–snow peas, pepper strips, cucumber slices, etc. Or make Ireland’s flag by having stripes of green vegetables, cauliflower, and carrots.
- Avocado devil eggs
- Or ask your guests to bring their favorite grazing food.
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