It’s that time of year where the leprechaun’s come out to play and the town is painted green! St Patrick’s day can’t go without a celebration, especially for those who know someone or are Irish themselves! If you are skipping the pub this year and want to host your own party, we’ve sourced all the best information, tips and products that will make your party tiddley-terrific.
Deck the place out with green balloons. Simple, cheap, but have a huge impact at any event. Partycles have such a huge stock of not only green balloons, but every colour, shape and size you can think of.
Or you could try using tissue paper pom poms instead. You could even say they sort of resemble a green clover! Hip and Hooray have these on their site, along with so many other colours. We like mixing it up with dark and light green!
If you want the green theme to continue onto your table setting, try picking one or two elements. Don’t overdo it, as green can be a little overwhelming. Different shades of green with some neutral items on your table will suit really well.
St Patrick’s day has really transformed into a big celebration, especially in Ireland parades. For us in Australia, we have formed our own traditions based off these celebrations. We may not have huge street parades but we still choose to wear green, dress up as a Leprechaun, or even cover our skin in shamrock temporary tattoos.
We list a huge range of costume hire shops on our directory if you’d like to go all out with your outfit, just like Fancy That Costumes who have so many St Patrick’s Day themed costumes and props. These Green Sequin Bow Ties are a funny addition to any outfit.
Ah, an Irish feast! Organising food can go down two paths, cooking and preparing the food yourself or hiring a caterer to make everything for you. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s best to make this decision in the early stages of planning and weigh up your options.
Sticking to the theme, cooking traditional Irish food is a great place to start. Think baked potatoes, roast beef, stews, pies, and don’t forget the mushy peas! We found this delicious looking Irish Stew recipe that serves 6 people, but there should be enough to go around if you are also serving other food on the side.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
200g smoked streaky bacon, preferably in one piece, skinned and cut into chunks
900g stewing lamb, cut into large chunks
5 medium onion, sliced
5 carrot, sliced into chunks
3 bay leaf
small bunch thyme
100g pearl barley
850ml lamb stock
6 medium potato, cut into chunks
small knob of butter
3 spring onion, finely sliced
1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole. Sizzle the bacon for 4 mins until crisp. Turn up the heat, then cook the lamb for 6 mins until brown. Remove the meats with a slotted spoon. Add the onions, carrots and herbs to the pan, then cook for about 5 mins until softened. Return the meat to the pan, stir in the pearl barley, pour over the stock, then bring to a simmer.
2. Sit the chunks of potato on top of the stew, cover, then braise in the oven, undisturbed, for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are soft and the meat is tender. The stew can now be chilled and kept in the fridge for 2 days, then reheated in a low oven or on top of the stove. Remove from the oven, dot the potatoes with butter, scatter with the spring onions and serve scooped straight from the dish.
You could also ask everyone to bring their own plate, that way you have more time to prep the party and enjoy yourself on the day!
But if cooking isn’t your forte then hand over your troubles to someone who knows what they are doing. A caterer is a great idea because they have all the right experience and will help design the menu to suit your type of party, taking in all considerations for dietary requirements and requests. We recently used Bev’s Catering services at an event and she provided an amazing array of yummy food. She can also help out with other elements at events, such as cakes and beverage packages, and will travel to any venue/location within 100km of Syndey! You can check her out on our listing page here.
The Irish have been known to enjoy a drink or two (or four) so remember to stock up on some classic Irish drinks, such as Guinness. As per any party, you have to also serve some non alcoholic beverages. To make these guests feel included, try adding a little green food dye to the drinks!
But if you want to get fancy, try making some Irish themed cocktails! How about this Lucky Leprechaun cocktail. Super easy and sounds delicious!
1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
1 oz Mailbu Rum
6 oz Pineapple Juice
Mint sprigs for garnish.
Mix all of your ingredients in a glass or shaker with ice and pour over ice in a hurricane glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy.
St Patrick’s day is to be celebrated by all ages, so we have a few ideas to keep the little ones entertained too!
Send the kids out side to find a four leaf clover! The first one gets a treat or a $2 coin and good luck from a Leprechaun.
Keep the kids satisfied by making green themed food. How about these green fruit skewers, all you have to do is collect any green fruits such as grapes, melon, apple and kiwi fruit. If you are feeling creative, you could drizzle some melted chocolate on top.
Hosting your own St Patrick’s day event doesn’t have to be stressful if you get the planning and preparation down right. A little thought can go a long way, but just remember to have fun and celebrate the little Irish man inside of all of us!