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Planning Your Next St. Patrick's Day Party

Nothing says "party" like St. Patrick's day. Embrace this excuse to get together and celebrate with your friends by throwing an unforgettable St. Patrick's Day party. Not sure where to get started? Use these tips to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

  1. Set the Mood: Let's be real here: St. Patrick's Day and "elegance" generally don't go hand in hand. It's up to you to decide just how refined you'd like to be. Decorate for a quiet dinner party with a green and white floral arrangement and gold-colored table settings. If your party is more about drinks than dinner, go all out with shamrock confetti and streamers. The 17th of March is one of the few times you can really get crazy with your decorating, so don't be afraid to have some fun.
  1. Make a Meal: Embrace Irish culinary traditions by treating your guests to beef stew or a cabbage and corned beef dinner. Not planning a sit-down meal? Try corned beef and cabbage sliders or mini Shepherd's pies. End the meal with something sweet (and preferably green). Key lime pie or "green velvet" cake are great choices for a sit down meal. Try whiskey truffles or chocolate stout cupcakes for a more casual affair.
  1. Bring on the Drinks: Depending on the type of party you're throwing, beverages may be the star of your show. Go classic with Guinness and Irish Whiskey, or mix things up a bit with a few house cocktails. If you're looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, Bailey's Irish Cream makes the perfect starting point for floats. Go with the green theme with Green Apple Sangria, or create a boozy version of the iconic Shamrock Shake. Don't be afraid to ask guests to bring their favorite beverage along with them: you'll get to sample drinks you may not have tried while saving some serious cash.
  1. Be Safe: As with any party where drinking tends to happen, it's important to stay safe. Make sure your guests have a way to get home when the festivities are over, or be prepared to offer guest bedrooms and couches. Consider serving drinks in break proof glasses: glass shards and tipsy guests are not a great match. Depending on how rowdy your friends and loved ones tend to get on St. Patrick's Day, it may even make sense to stow away a few of your more breakable knick knacks.

However you choose to approach your St. Patrick's Day party, be safe and have fun. Don't forget to wear your green!

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