It’s almost time to ‘Go Green’ people, and no I’m not encouraging you to improve your environmental responsibility levels. (Though… of course we all should.) No, I’m referring to the all-important holiday of St. Drunk… er… I mean St. Patrick. Yes, St. Paddy’s Day (not St. Patty’s, FYI) is almost here, and Irish or not it is an invitation for all to dance, drink, paint your face green and drink some more. The holiday has become a worldwide celebration over the years and Canada is no exception; Newfoundland and Labrador even count the day as an official public holiday thanks to a hefty percentage of their population coming from Irish ancestry. And here in Toronto there is an abundance of options with pubs and bars taking full advantage of our love of the Irish.
But if you’d rather keep your costs (and public intoxication) to a minimum, you may opt to host a shindig at your abode this coming Monday. And, as always, we are here to provide you with tips on how to do it right… Sláinte!
It’s All in the Details
There is surely no other holiday other than Christmas that calls for such intense decorative attention! Go crazy with your green bling and provide some dress up equipment for an added kick. You will find offerings all over but don’t leave it too late as everyone will have the same idea! The Dollar Store is your best bet for cheap and festive follies. Think bouquets of green balloons, clovers, Leprechaun hats, green glasses and pots of gold with foil covered chocolate coins. If you want to class it up, make a centerpiece using traditional white calla lilies. Be creative and go nuts – it’s never too much on St. Patrick’s Day!
Buy Booze… Plenty Of It!
If there is anything St. Paddy’s is synonymous with it’s drinking. Be sure your guests don’t dry up by ensuring an adequate amount of libations… and then some. Be sure to include obvious Irish tipples such as Guinness, Harp and Jameson, and non-alcoholic options for the designated drivers (apply a BYOB to lessen the load on your pocket). Buy some green food colouring to squirt in drinks to keep with the theme. You can even get creative and create a green punch: just add some rum to a lime and lemonade concentrate, add a mix of green fruit such as kiwi, grapes and melon, and you’re good to go!
Fill Their Bellies with Irish Offerings
Much booze requires much food and if there’s anyone who does hearty and tasty tummy filling grub it is the Irish! Throw together a big pot of Irish stew that people can help themselves to as they please. For a more intimate sit-down offer your guests a carb heavy Shepherd’s pie to line their stomachs, or fix up a traditional roast with potatoes and tons of green veggies such as leeks, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and asparagus.
Make festive sweet treats by simply adding green food colouring to a vanilla cookie mix, cupcake frosting or vanilla ice-cream.
Make Like Michael Flatley
What is St. Patrick’s Day without some serious Irish dancing?! Make sure you keep your party flinging with an energetic playlist that features some traditional (and non-traditional) tunes. Need some inspiration? Here are some recommendations…
- “Home For a Rest” – Spirit of the West (my personal fave)
- “Irish Rover” – Dubliners with The Pogues
- “The Night Pat Murphy Died” – Great Big Sea
- “Traditional Irish Folk Song” – Dennis Leary
- “Rocky Road to Dublin” – Chieftains with The Rolling Stones
- “Drunken Sailor” – Great Big Sea
And Finally… Have Fun and Be Safe!
Eat, drink and be Irish… but be sensible and ensure that everyone in your party has somewhere to crash or a designated driver to get them home. Be sure to call cabs well in advance of kicking out time as it is sure to be a busy night!
If you have any tips on how you throw the perfect St. Patty’s Day house party, let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.