St. Patrick's Day Party Tips

Nicole SteegerContributor

St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest party holidays of the year, after all, on March 17th everyone can be Irish for the day! If you're going to celebrate Paddy's Day with a party - you have to do it right. That's why we're here to help you plan an awesome and authentic St. Patrick's Day party!

For a great St. Patrick's Day party, there are a few things you need to have on your checklist, and the most important is entertainment. Authentic Irish music will truly get everyone into the spirit and ready to party! Celtic duos, trios and bands are an obvious choice for music on St. Patrick's Day. You can pick the size and style of band that works best with your event. Bagpipers and Irish step dancers can add a more traditional Irish feel to your St. Patrick's Day festivities.

If you want some comic relief for your party, remind your guests about the luck of the Irish by hiring a leprechaun costumed character to work the crowd. An amazing food and drink menu is also extremely important for a St. Patrick's Day party. Irish soda bread and corned beef sandwiches are a must. You could also make some other Irish inspired dishes like this Irish Beef and Stout Stew or Cheddar-Topped Shepherds Pie. And you can't forget dessert. How about a Stout and Ice Cream Float or Irish Coffee Cupcakes? Delicious, right?

If you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen for your party, why not get the party catered or host the event at a local Irish restaurant? That means you will get to enjoy the fun instead of worrying about filling plates and checking the oven!

When you're done indulging in all that hearty food, your guests will want to wash it all down with some St. Patrick's Day cocktails. Irish car bombs, Guinness, and Jameson are perfect for the occasion! To keep things under control, you may consider hiring a professional bartender to make sure guests drink in moderation.

Decorating for St. Patrick's Day is easy - green is the go to color of course, but you can also go with orange and white (all three colors make up the Irish flag). Oriental Trading has lots of great party supplies, including tons of fun St. Patrick's Day party items. For example, a little Shamrock garland and cute table centerpieces are perfect for dressing up any room. And your guests will love these " Me I'm Irish" necklaces and Shamrock bracelets (everyone likes a little festive garb on St. Patrick's Day)!

Now you are ready to put together a shamrockin' St. Patrick's Day celebration! CHEERS!

How will you be enjoying St. Patrick's Day party? Let us know in the comments below.