Parties and Inspiration

  • To create this Irish-themed dessert table, use packs of foam shamrocks from Michaels and glue them to a satin green ribbon to make this festive garland. Mount them to the wall behind the table using mini-clear Command hooks.

  • Soda Bread is a staple food in Irish households, especially on St. Patrick's Day. This super tasty, slightly sweet bread uses baking soda in place of yeast. Ina Garten's version is simple and so incredibly delicious. The slight sweetness of this bread is unexpected and divine.

  • This recipe comes from Be Envied Contributor, Anne Smith. These potatoes pair perfectly with corned beef and soda bread and are a must try if you like horseradish.

  • Looking for a festive and easy dessert that any kid will love? Try these chocolate-covered Oreos. They take less than 30 minutes to make and will be dry in a couple hours and ready to serve.

  • Custom place cards are easy to make and add a special touch to any party. For these, use white place cards to tag all of the food items. Glue these cute glittered mini leprechaun hats to the corner of each of the place bards to tie in St. Patrick's Day theme.

  • Beads are such an easy way to decorate for a party, because they are inexpensive, festive and kids and adults alike love to wear them. You can find all different styles at your local Joann Fabric store. These St. Patrick's Day-themed strands were draped on cabinet pulls and around vases. Once the kids arrive, let them collect and wear them around their necks, seeing who can collect the most.

  • The Shamrock has become one of the more recognized symbols of St. Patrick's Day and Irish heritage. Use these sparkly, large and small shamrocks from Joann Fabric to hang from the cabinets and ceiling to enhance the decor for the party.

  • These delicious cookies were found at my local Giant Eagle grocery store. Make it a habit to patronize your local bakery shops, but if you're in a time crunch, you can almost always find something holiday-appropriate at your closest super market. Adding store-bought treats to your homemade desserts for your dessert table is a great way to save time.

  • These Irish hats and vases can be used to flank the dessert table. To give them height, place the vases on top of boxes that have been wrapped in white craft paper. For extra detail, decorate the boxes with a sparkly shamrock on the front.

  • An easy way to bring color and coordinate with your theme for St. Patrick's Day is to use green and white flowers. You can find inexpensive baby's breath and green flowers at your local grocery store and arrange them with some sparkly shamrock floral sprays from Joann Fabric.

  • This icebox cake recipe is one of the easiest, most delicious cake recipes and perfect for a St. Patrick's Day theme. Use Pepperidge Farm's Mint Milano cookies instead of chocolate chip cookies for the base and top the cake with green chocolate chips and some dark chocolate shavings. The cake will definitely be a hit and something you will make again.

  • Place these shamrock wands from Joann Fabric in some vases on the dessert table for decor and for the kids to play with throughout the evening. These are also serve as great take-away souvenirs for the kids.

  • Use a traditional green, shamrock theme associated with St. Patrick's Day. Leading up to the holiday, you can find aisles lined with shamrocks, leprechauns, costumes, etc at your local Michaels, Joann Fabric, or other craft stores. You can even find some themed decor and candy in some drug stores, such as Drug Mart and CVS.

  • When hosting a party with kids and adults, make sure to have a few dessert options. If you are a parent, you know that the dessert table is usually the main attraction for the little ones. Having a basic chocolate-covered Oreo is a good decision and easy to make, but don't forget to have something decadent for the adults to enjoy as well.

  • Encourage the kids to dress up in green and white and drape the beads around their necks to get them into a festive mood. You can also find some shamrock wands for them at Joann Fabric.

  • Sugar cookies will always be a kid-approved party treat. Take some stress off your plate and purchase some store-bought items for your party. These cookies are super popular with not only the younger crowd, but the adults as well and take less than three minutes to arrange on a platter.

Kiss Me St. Patty’s Day

Every year on March 17th, everyone gets to be Irish for the day–or at least party like one–in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. What a great day to host friends for your own festive celebration of this Celtic holiday, with traditional Irish cuisine and scrumptious green-themed desserts. This American-Irish tradition, marked by shamrocks, leprechauns and good times, is a great time to celebrate Irish heritage and a perfect excuse to throw a party.

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