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Ask the Expert: Coryanne's Tips for Hosting a Golden St. Patrick's Day Party

This year, skip the endless amounts of green and put a sophisticated twist on your soiree by embracing the gold!

If you want to take a break from leprechauns and clovers, here are some tips for throwing an adult-friendly St. Patrick’s Day shindig that will still have you worthy of that treasure at the end of the rainbow.



What Touches Can I Add to Give My St. Patrick's Day Party a Grown-Up Twist?

–––• Fine dusted glitter offers sparkle without the garish impact of course glitter, use it to adorn vases, candles, place cards and table accents for a more sophisticated twist on this popular trend.

–––• Look for fresh Irish alternatives when selecting your party menu, like mini bangers and mash cups, stout brownies and mini beef pies.

–––• Build a cocktail menu around Irish whiskey, stouts and ales and skip the green colored party drinks.

–––• Opt for natural décor like ground-cover clover as a table runner, adding natural décor with a hint of green offers color that is big on style.

–––• Embrace gold décor and skip the traditional green. Gold is very much on trend right now, and it gives an unexpected element to your party style.



How Can I Add Trendy Pops of Gold to My St. Patrick's Day Party?

–––• White paper and fabric artificial flowers spray painted with gold allow you to be as delicate or concentrated with gold accents, while also creating a stylish gold impact.

–––• Pairing gold with black or white creates a color palate that is both stylish and on trend. Using this as a backdrop for green accents allows you to play with the traditional colors without being too green focused.

–––• Filling glass bowls or vases with chocolate gold coins is a festive way to tie in the pot of gold when both time and money are an issue.

–––• Buying a length of gold fabric and using that as a table runner adds impact and anchors the gold theme around your table. For a no sew option, use a binding web an iron on the seams to create a stunning finished look.

–––• Spray-painting vases with gold paint is a cost-effective and stylish way of incorporating a handmade golden element to your party.



How Much Alcohol Should I Serve to Keep it Festive & Mild?

–––• If you are serving beer, consider the alcohol percentage, traditionally Irish Stouts and Ales have a stronger percentage. Serving a 4-ounce Irish beer every 30 minutes is a great way to keep the party festive without going overboard.

–––• Whisky drinks don’t have to be heavy, consider pairing them with mixers like soda water and ginger ale to offer a party drinks without too much of a kick.

–––• Party punches make great mild party drinks, and allow your guests to serve themselves. A good rule of thumb when making a party punch is 1 ounce of booze per 4 ounces of mixer.

–––• Keep the party buzzing with a boozy coffee drink. Serving a hot Irish coffee with a dash of booze allows you to enjoy the party without the big party impact.

–––• Consider the drivers and non-drinkers, offering a mocktail allows those not focused on drinking an opportunity to enjoy the festivities alongside the drinkers.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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