Sunday, March 11, 2012

Let's Have a Party: St. Patrick's Day

Discussing my St. Patrick's Day agenda with friends over the weekend got me thinking about all the necessities (and fun extras!) for hosting a festive and fun St. Patty's Day bash! Here are some highlights...

  • Letterpress Clover Stationary: If your St. Patty's festivities are of the classy sort, this letterpress clover stationary from Papersource is a lovely option for invites.
  • Leprechaun Cupcake Kit: How adorable are these cupcake papers and toppers!? Make a batch of cupcakes using the papers and add the toppers after you do the icing. These will look great on your food table - on a tray or a tiered cupcake stand.
  • DIY Decor: This (free) St. Patrick's Day printable and simple DIY banner are cheap and easy ways to transform your party space!
  • Shamrock Centerpiece: I always love fresh flowers for a party, but in the case of St. Patrick's Day, you'll need plenty of shamrocks for good luck! Put a potted shamrock plant in the center of your table or buffet for a festive touch. (I saw these at Trader Joe's for $4.99 this week.)
  • Party Favors and Supplies: Attention to detail makes all the difference when you're hosting an event. Special extras like festive cocktail napkins, plates and cups are always a nice touch. After all, a green striped straw is sure to make any beverage festive at a St. Patrick's Day party! Fun favors like these "Irish-ish" buttons and Irish flags are sure to please guests. I love to suggest the Target-dollar asile for fun and cheap holiday novelty items. Craft stores like Michael's and online party stores like Oriental Trading are also awesome sources to check out. 
  • Beverage Tub: Nothing ruins a good tablescape like a bright red Igloo cooler. Am I right? Be sure to put beverages out for guests in a beverage tub. I enjoy this large copper number, but have also seen some monogrammed tubs available. And I do love a good monogram. Regardless, beverage tub those brewskies. While it pains me to say it, we're not in college anymore. 
  • Festive Table Covering: (Am I using the word "festive" enough in this post?) A well-put together table for food and drinks should always have a decorative element - florals, candles and tablecloths/runners being my favorite options. This green lattice tablecloth is the perfect backdrop to your St. Patty's Day spread. I love this tablecloth (and the color green!) because it works well for parties throughout the year. Pair it with pastel details for easter, bright colors in summer, reds+browns for a fall get-together and red+silver+gold over the holidays. Bonus points for versatility! 

Got any other ideas for an inspired St. Patrick's Day party? Be sure to let me know in the comments.

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