Prepare a breakfast gathering, an afternoon party or an elegant evening gala with these St. Patrick's Day party suggestions. Our food and drink recipes can be dressed up or down to suit your taste and occasion, but no matter the type of bash you throw, it's sure to be as Irish as can be!
Easy St. Patrick's Day Decor
I'm embarrassed to admit that I never knew the meaning and lasting relevance of the Irish flag. I've held it high on many a St. Paddy's Day without even knowing what the three colors represented.
In case there are any others of you like me out there let me take this opportunity to share my newfound knowledge as well as my floral tribute to this piece of Irish hope and pride.
Its three equal stripes illustrate the Irish political landscape, as accurately today as in 1848, the year the flag was first unfurled.
orange " standing for Irish Protestants
green " signifying Irish Catholics and the republican cause
white " representing the hope for peace between them
To pay tribute to the national flag, I created this simple centerpiece for my buffet table by placing floral foam at the bottom of a short based wooden draw and filled with rows of green, white and orange blooms.
Green ribbons and shamrocks are worn in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. This tradition began as early as the 17th century to pay tribute to St. Patrick's teachings of the Holy Trinity to the Irish and to the national color adopted by the Irish people. Keep the tradition alive by having green carnations available for your quests to pin on when they arrive at your celebration.
Fill an interesting and appropriately themed container, such as the old Bailey's tin that I used here (which interestingly enough, was made in England), with green carnations that are cut short and ready to be adorned with a ribbon or pinned on a lapel as is.
The carnations I've used are a natural green variety called prado. It is one of my favorite flowers because of its beautiful pale green color and is available year round.
If you really want to impress your special Irish lad or lass, look into their eyes as you pin on their carnation and say "T t go h-lainn" (You're beautiful).
These raisin scones are Irish through-and-through, right down to the butter (it's Irish). They make the perfect breakfast served with jam and tea, as well as a great accompaniment to a dinner or even a delicious party appetizer. Just be sure to make plenty: These will go like hotcakes! Read More
This appetizer is perfect for St. Patrick's Day parties throughout the day. Featuring two of the most traditional ingredients in Irish cooking, salmon and potatoes, this bite sized app is easy, elegant and delicious. Read More
How can you go wrong with Irish whiskey, creme de menthe and heavy cream? You can't! These sinfully rich and delicious mint green cocktails are shaken with ice and served in goblets with mint sprigs for a garnish. It's like a grown-up Irish milkshake. Read More
Make an unusual vegetable centerpiece with the traditional crops of the Emerald Isle–cabbage, potatoes and bells of Ireland. Hide a glass filled with water inside the cabbage head and place the bells of Ireland within it, then surround the cabbage head with potatoes. For creative place settings, scoop out the insides of some potatoes, stuff them with green spider mums, and top with a name tag. Read More
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