Everyone’s favourite Irish holiday, St Patrick’s Day, is fast approaching. On the 17th March, people the world over come together and celebrate the emerald isle and Irish heritage. But who was this saint and why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day? The truth is, very little is known about him. What we do know suggests he was born in Britain in the late fourth century but at around the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped, sold and enslaved in Ireland for six years. After escaping, he went to France and joined a monastery. Twelve years later, with the pope’s blessing, he returned to Ireland, where he converted the Gaelic Irish to Christianity and travelled the country setting up monasteries and schools. His teachings were such a success that by the seventh century he had become a legendary figure. Indeed, there are many stories told about St Patrick, including one about driving all the snakes out of Ireland. Since his death on 17th March 461 AD, St Patrick has been commemorated on that day. After 1,500 years, it has become more of a secular holiday and a day when everyone is Irish! It’s all about good cheer, good food, music and partying. This year, instead of heading out, why not bust out the green and clover and throw your own Paddy Party? Follow our ultimate St Patrick’s Day party guide for tips and fun ideas for all the family!
St Patrick’s Day Sendables
Gather your guests with St Patrick’s Day invitations. On Zazzle, you’ll find fun designs with everything from clovers to leprechauns to St Pat’s hats. To glam up your invites, why not add some shiny green shamrock or gold confetti inside your envelopes!
Go green but also white and gold with your St Patrick’s Day decorations. Then just add rainbows, shamrocks and leprechauns for fun features, especially for the kids. Bunting makes a great alternative to streamers and balloons – not only can it be hung on any surface from walls to doors to ceilings, it is less messy and fully reusable for next year’s party. At the door, why not welcome your guests with an Irish themed poster. Decorate your tables with themed tablecloths and lay with Patrick’s Day plates, cups and napkins, all available on Zazzle!
Food & Drinks
Make the food and drinks fun and green. There are some great novelty St Patrick’s Day recipes out there, from shamrock chips to leprechaun cake pops to lucky charm crispy cakes. Why not try our shamrock Rice Krispy treats recipe below:
- 113 g butter
- 200 g mini marshmallows (make sure they’re soft)
- 250 g Rice Krispies
- Green food colouring
- Shamrock cookie cutter
- Melt the butter over a low heat in a large saucepan.
- Once the butter has melted, add in the marshmallows and stir until they have also melted.
- Add the food colouring and stir until the entire mixture is green.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir until the cereal is coated.
- Place the Rice Krispy mixture in a buttered tray. Press down with a buttered spatula.
- Press the cookie cutter down on the mixture to cut out shamrock-shaped treats.
- Place the treats on baking paper and refrigerate until set.
- Eat and Enjoy!
No party is complete without a game or two. For little kids, hide some gold chocolate coins around the house and garden and set clues for a scavenger hunt to find the pot of gold. Involve all the family and play ‘In the Leprechaun’. Simply hang a poster and taking turns blindfolded, try and place a clover on the leprechaun. Love bingo? Have fun with a game of St Patrick’s Day bingo with the winner receiving a pot of gold chocolate coins.
Before the party starts, you need the right outfit. If you don’t have time for anything elaborate, just pull on a St Patrick’s Day t-shirt with a fun slogan or Irish saying. Make your guest green with envy and complete your outfit with matching themed leggings, hats and more accessories.
So, you’ve got your outfit, the food and décor, now it’s time for the party to begin. But before we go, we’ll leave you with a St Patrick’s Day wish:
“For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck and happiness
For today and every day.”