Stellar Party Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

Throw an epic bash for your friends and family complete with shamrocks, rainbows and festive treats.

If you’re like me, you get overly excited about holidays and love any excuse to eat, drink and decorate. With St. Patrick’s Day a little less than two weeks away, it’s time to start planning out that ultimate party. And what’s a party without food and drinks?

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I’ve put together a delightful list of craft and decorating ideas along with food and drink recipes to ensure your St. Paddy’s Day shindig knocks the socks off your guests.

Bright + Festive Wreaths

Greet guests in style with a cheerful, St. Paddy's Day wreath. Go all green or incorporate a rainbow of colors into your design. Either way, it will be shamrockin'.

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Make a festive wreath for St. Patirck's Day

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Hang Wreath

Hang the wreath using the string.

Photo By: Ellen Foord

Lucky Green Arrangements

Deck out the porch, entryway and other main living spaces with an assortment of lush greenery to liven up the party scene. Once the night ends, you can send them home with guests as a parting gift.

Easy DIY St. Patrick's Day Flower Arrangements

Easy DIY St. Patrick's Day Flower Arrangements

Who says that flowers are reserved for Valentine's Day? With a variety of green-tinted blooms to choose from, St. Patrick's Day is prime for sending a sweet token of luck to a friend or filling your home with vibrant fresh florals. Read on to learn how to create a fun leprechaun garden, sweet DIY paper flowers, a lush vase of romantic fresh blooms or a unique fruit and vegetable arrangement from a variety of seasonal green florals.

Photo by: Chelsea Faulkner

Chelsea Faulkner

Make Your Own Arrangements

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Who says that flowers are reserved for Valentine's Day? With a variety of green-tinted blooms to choose from, St. Patrick's Day is prime for sending a sweet token of luck to a friend or filling your home with vibrant fresh florals. Read on to learn how to create a fun leprechaun garden, sweet DIY paper flowers, a lush vase of romantic fresh blooms or a unique fruit and vegetable arrangement from a variety of seasonal green florals.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Fruits and Veggies

With most of its materials sourced from the grocery store, this unique, punchy arrangement is not only super fresh, but is also a great low-cost alternative to a traditional fresh flower bouquet. Make your own from an assortment of Granny Smith apples, limes, ornamental kale, green hypericum, Bells of Ireland, Italian ruscus, Silver Dollar eucalyptus and lemon leaf greenery. 

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

What You'll Need:

To make this bouquet, you'll need a large glass beer stein, a Collins glass, thin wood craft dowels, floral leaf ribbon and a selection of fresh fruits, veggies and flowers (listed in previous slide). Place the Collins glass inside the beer stein and fill the space between the two glasses with thin lime slices. With remaining limes and apples, remove produce stickers and insert the sharp end of the wood dowels at an angle into the bottom of the fruit. Line the Collins glass with leaf ribbon, fill with fresh water and arrange flowers and produce as desired. Tip: Cut stems at an angle and place immediately into water for long-lasting results.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Leprechaun Garden

Wow your guests with this St. Patrick's Day take on the classic fairy garden. It's also a great project to do with the kiddos!

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Realistic Details

According to Irish folklore, leprechauns enjoy living in seclusion and are attracted to areas where they can bury their many treasures away from prying eyes. To create the ideal leprechaun retreat, surround a miniature fairy cottage with lush green plants, moss, river rocks and, of course, a pot of gold.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

What You'll Need:

For this project, you'll need two small wood planters, fresh mood moss, clear plastic wrap, small river rocks, floral tape or clear tape, miniature fairy garden accessories, faux gold gems and five to seven small green potted plants in a variety of shades and heights. Line the insides of both planters with plastic wrap, and secure with tape around the top rims. Fill the bottom of each planter with a handful of small river rocks for drainage, then stack the planters to add depth and interest. Create a custom design by staging plants and garden accessories before planting. Once you've achieved the desired look, remove plants from pots, loosen the roots and plant, filling any empty space with potting soil. Lightly water the soil before covering with moss and adding leprechaun garden accessories.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Pretty Paper Flowers

This whimsical paper arrangement will last all season long and its vibrant blooms are easily repurposed for future projects. Follow these simple instructions to make paper tulips, peonies and daisies. To make shamrocks, cut four heart-shaped petals from crepe paper, and bind the bottom 1/4 of the petals to a wire stem using floral tape. Gently pull petals apart until desired look is achieved. To make trailing vines, cut petal shapes from crepe paper, then stretch and crimp petals for an organic look. Attach petals down the length of a piece of bind wire using floral tape, and shape the wire as desired. Get materials and more instructions on the next slide.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

What You'll Need:

For this arrangement you'll need crepe paper in green, white and gray (I used party streamers), green floral stem wire, green floral tape, paper bind wire, plastic gold coins, moss and a block of dry floral foam. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions on the previous slide to make the paper flowers. Place dry floral foam in a vase, and arrange paper florals into a full, asymmetrical bouquet, placing trailing vines above and below for a whimsical look. Add St. Patrick's Day flair by hot-gluing plastic gold coins to floral stem wire and distributing throughout the arrangement. Finish the bouquet with natural moss and curly willow branches. 

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Chic and Romantic

This charming bouquet makes a great St. Patrick's Day dinner centerpiece or a thoughtful gift for good luck. To achieve this high-end look, choose premium flowers such as fresh green hydrangeas, Green Trick dianthus, ornamental kale, green-tinted Mondial roses, white wax flower, Silver Dollar eucalyptus, Italian ruscus and lemon leaf greenery.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Make Your Own

Although this arrangement looks intricate, it's actually quite simple to make. Place a block of wet floral foam in a wide, low-lying dish, and secure with tape. Cut flower stems long at an angle and insert about 1-1/2 inches into the foam. For best results, place large flowers such as hydrangeas, kale, roses and dianthus first, then fill in with greenery and wax flower until arrangement is lush and full.  

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Display and Enjoy

Toast to your good luck (and great style) as you enjoy a gorgeous display of fresh handmade flower arrangements this St. Patrick's Day.

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Magical Table Runner

Instead of spending your hard-earned cash on a table runner, go the DIY route. This colorful table runner is made with paint and craft paper, so no need to worry about food and drink spills. As the finishing detail, make this glittery gold vase to center the table.

Fill with Flowers

Fill with Flowers

Fill in the grid with rainbow colored flowers and greenery.

Photo by: Ellen Foord

Ellen Foord

Four Leaf Clover Napkins

Finish the table setting with these stamped clover napkins. 

Stamped Napkins for St. Patrick's Day

Stamped Napkins for St. Patrick's Day

Set a lucky St. Patrick’s Day table with these easy stamped clover napkins.

Photo by: Ellen Foord

Ellen Foord

Emerald Attire

Dress the part and don't get pinched this St. Patrick's Day with an all-green wardrobe.

Buttery Irish Soda Bread

Go traditional with this yummy bread that's made in a cast iron skillet. Pair it with a classic Irish meal like corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.

Make it: Irish Soda Bread

Pub-Style Pretzels

Serve an appetizer that will satisfy guests before dinner. These puffy pretzels pair perfectly with a creamy beer cheese sauce for dipping. Plus, they're a great food choice for beer drinking. Get the recipe here >>

Pub-Style Pretzels With Beer Cheese

Pub-Style Pretzels With Beer Cheese

Pub-style pretzels with creamy beer cheese sauce make with Gouda are the perfect appetizer for adult Halloween guest.

Stout-Infused Dip

Make this tasty stout-flavored nacho dip for guests to munch on while they're drinking their favorite adult beverage. Get the recipe here >>

Irish Nacho Dip

Irish Nacho Dip

Photo by: Abigail Barnes

Abigail Barnes

Homemade Marshmallows

If it's still chilly on St. Patrick's Day, warm up with a cup of white hot chocolate topped with these homemade gold and green marshmallows.

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallows

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallows

If the weather is still chilly on St. Patrick’s Day, warm up with DIY white hot chocolate and a few DIY green and gold marshmallows.

Photo by: Ellen Foord

Ellen Foord

Delectable Irish Coffee Sundae

Treat your guests to a boozy ice cream sundae for dessert. Get the recipe >>

Boozy Irish Coffee Sundaes

Boozy Irish Coffee Sundaes

Enjoy a taste of the Emerald Isle with a dessert-style twist on traditional Irish coffee. Top coffee ice cream with rich, Irish whiskey-spiked hot fudge sauce, then top with whipped cream and a liberal dose of Irish cream liqueur.

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Healthy Green Shake

For your health conscious guests, offer this green shake that's both delicious and guilt-free.

How To Make A Healthy Shamrock Shake

How To Make A Healthy Shamrock Shake

If you wait impatiently each year for the arrival of the Shamrock Shake, but this year, you’re trying to eat healthier, have no fear. Blogger Ellen Foord recreated a healthy Shamrock Shake - all the deliciousness, none of the guilt.

Charming Cake

No party is complete without a cake. This rainbow layer cake is as scrumptious as it is visually appealing.

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Baking colored cakes can be tricky – the cake may go in one color and come out a very different color. Why not avoid the trial and error by using rainbow colored icing to create a rainbow cake instead? Add sparkling gold sanding sugar on the top as a special added touch.

Photo by: Ellen Foord

Ellen Foord

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