When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, do you envision decorations made of paper, flashing beaded necklaces, and green beer? We’ve seen the same tacky décor and refreshments all too many times. However, St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be cheesy. This Sunday, March 17th, throw a stylish get-together that your family and friends will remember fondly for years to come. Check out these simple tips!
1. Know its history. Since you’re the hostess (or host), you should know a little bit about the holiday that you’re celebrating. For instance, did you realize that St. Patrick's Day is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland? Or that St. Patrick was actually born in Scotland or Wales, not in Ireland? Learn more fun facts about this holiday at CNN.com, and you’ll impress your guests with your knowledge.
2. Keep it low key. Now’s the time to have a grown up get-together that doesn’t include neon green wigs or a “Kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt. Instead, plan something tasteful. St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday this year; what could be better than an early afternoon brunch that’s complete with Irish-themed food? Or you could have a chic St. Patrick’s Day dinner party with dimmed lighting and gorgeous place settings.
3. Incorporate green—sparingly. Forget about the plastic décor and garland. Instead, go for the real thing—use real plates, silverware, and glasses, and hang a blooming spring wreath on your door. Print formal menus and set the table properly, but use green glasses and touches of gold.
4. Go traditional. If you’re serving brunch, have a full Irish breakfast, which should include eggs, bacon, sausage, and Irish potato bread. For dinner, choose a delicious, traditional main dish, such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, or Irish stew, and accompany it with a side dish or two. Mashed potatoes, anyone?
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5. Have fun with cocktails. You can’t go wrong with Irish beers, such as Guinness, Murphy’s Irish Stout, or O’Hara’s Irish Wheat. You might want to have one or two signature drinks as well, like The Irish Maid and the Blackthorn.
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So, are you ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a classy, stylish way? These Tips and Tricks will definitely steer you in the right direction. If you have other ideas for putting together a memorable St. Patrick's Day event, please share them in the comments section below. We'd love to hear from you!