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30+ Fun St Patrick’s Day Party Ideas and Decorations

Every year millions of people around the world dress up in green and celebrate the Irish Holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. From shamrock cookies, to leprechaun traps, to time spent with friends at the pub– there’s plenty of ways to celebrate St Paddy’s Day. But depending on if you’re hosting a get together for friends or for your kids, you may be looking for something specific to make your party one to remember. If so, check out our selection of St Patrick’s Day party ideas below to get started.

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When is Saint Patrick’s Day?

St Patrick’s Day is traditionally held on March 17th each year. The date reflects the anniversary of the passing of the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. Traditional activities associated with the holiday include attending mass or service, attending a feast, or more recently, throwing a party.

Children with mother doing decorations for St Patrick's day on kitchen table

How To Throw A St Patrick’s Day Party

When you’re ready to get started with your party planning, look to the checklist below:

  • Pick a Location. Finding the right spot for your party, whether it be your house, a park, or other, can be a little tricky. When deciding where to host your party take into consideration parking, how many people the space will fit, and how easy it is to get to.
  • Choose Your Theme. While most people simply choose to stick to a traditional St Patrick’s Day Theme of green colors, shamrocks, and gold coins– you may want to do something a little more creative. Look to our section below for help with finding the right theme for your party.
  • Make a Guest List. Making a guest list shouldn’t take too long, however it is important to check it a few times to make sure you’re not leaving anyone off.
  • Send Out Invitations. Once you’ve created your St Patrick’s Day invitations, you’ll want to send them out with plenty of time. Send out invitations at least three weeks in advance to make sure they get to where they’re going.
  • Pick Out Decorations. Whether you’re shopping for your lucky decorations or making them from scratch, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time. Starting the preparations last minute will only cause you stress and frustration.
  • Finish Food Prep. You’ll want to have all your food preparations finished the night before the party. This way you’ll have minimal work to do the next day and you can focus on enjoying the party.
  • Get Help for Set Up. Asking a friend or family member to help you with last minute set up makes a world of difference. You’d be surprised how quickly the games, music, decorations, and other entertainment setup can be accomplished.
  • Enjoy!

St Patrick’s Day Party Themes

Finding the perfect theme or design idea to carry out your party doesn’t need to be hard. Use any of the ideas below or let them inspire you to create one of your very own.

St Patrick’s Day Adult Party Ideas

Looking for the perfect adult friendly theme for your St Paddy’s Party? Look to our ideas below!

Smiling young people drinking craft beer in pub on St Patrick's Day holiday

1. All That Glitters is Gold

Throw an adults only party full of gold and glittery decor. Hang a rainbow over the entrance to the party and invite everyone to the “pot of gold.” Include plenty of food, drink, and music. Consider adding special holiday touches to decor, like personalizing shot glasses to spell out “Good Luck!”

2. Thank Goodness for Guinness

A Thank Goodness for Guinness party highlights the legacy of Irish craft beer. Make sure to get stocked up well before the party in different varieties of Guinness, and check out our beer tasting party ideas for more inspiration.

St Patrick’s Day Office Party Ideas

If St Patrick’s Day falls on a work day, there’s no reason you should have to skip out on the festivities. Here’s our idea for a festive work party:

3. St Patrick’s Day Feast

Have everyone bring in a different Irish or green themed food or dessert and have a grand feast, potluck style. Alternatively, you can have an Irish feast catered in and enjoy Irish music and food together as a company.

St Patrick’s Day School Party Ideas

Going to school during a holiday should be fun, and that’s what these school party ideas are! Find them below:

4. Lucky Game Day

It’s their “lucky” day! Fill the school day with games like Irish bingo, shamrock Hopscotch, or a gold coin toss. It’s sure to keep the kids excited and busy through the entire school day.

5. All Green Party

Have all students come to school dressed in their best all green outfits. Include plenty of green foods and drinks and throw a party at the end of the school day. Need food inspiration? Check out our ideas in the next sections.

St Patrick’s Day Party Ideas Kids

With all the magic in the air on St Patty’s Day, the kids are sure to look forward to a party. So if you’re looking for something to impress the little ones, check out our St Patrick’s Day party ideas for kids below:

6. Under a Rainbow Party

Decorate the party room as the place below the rainbow. Create rainbow decorations out of construction paper and fill plastic pots or leprechaun hats around the room with gold coins. If an outdoor space is available, rent a rainbow parachute for the kids to play with.

7. Catch a Leprechaun Party

A child's homemade leprechaun trap project.

Who doesn’t love making a leprechaun trap? Help the kids craft their very own traps out of shoe boxes, string, and other small materials. It’s great for their problem solving skills, and a lot of fun. Just don’t forget to leave behind “dropped” gold coins in the traps for the kids to find later.

8. Gold Hunt

Similar to an Easter Egg hunt, leave small stashes of chocolate gold coins hidden around the party. Send the kids with plastic pots or buckle hats to fill with the coins. Alternatively, you can lead the kids on a scavenger hunt with a large pot of gold and sweets at the end.

Fun St Patrick’s Day Decoration Ideas

Everyone knows that it’s the decorations that make a party look so fun. Along with banners, streamers, balloons, and other typically decor, check out some of our St Patrick’s Day Party ideas for decorations below:

9. Custom Coasters

Decorate these custom coasters with horseshoes, shamrocks, or phrases like “Happy St Paddy’s Day” for a special touch to your party everyone is sure to love.

10. Irish Flag

Whether your party is hosted at a pub or your house, hanging up an Irish flag is just tradition during this holiday,

11. Bottle Openers

Including a festive design on these custom bottle openers aren’t just great party decorations; they also make perfect party favors.

12. Shamrock Cutouts

Using construction paper or similar materials, cut out shamrocks to hang up or leave on party tables.

13. Custom Can Coolers

These can coolers are both useful decorations during your party, as well as fun mementos to remember this St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day Centerpieces

Whether for your food or snack table or to display anywhere else in your party– you’ll want a standout center piece. And we have a few fun suggestions for you below:

14. Pot O’ Gold

Happy St Patrick's Day card, March 17, Shiny Pot of Gold Leprechaun, clover trefoils, Greeting card with text ?Lucky?, tobacco pipe and green ale on wooden stump.

Include a classic pot of gold, filled to the brim with chocolate gold coins. This timeless St Patrick’s Day centerpiece is a delicious star to any party.

15. Fresh Flowers and Green Balloons

For more elegant parties, consider tying green and gold or green and white balloons to a vase of seasonal flowers.

16. Green Cupcake Tower

Whether the party is full of kids or grown-ups, cupcake towers are appreciated by everyone. Get creative with your cupcakes and encourage everyone to take one before they go home.

17. Guinness Tower

Adult St Patricks Day party goers are sure to love a centerpiece made out of an array of Guinness cans and bottles. Include accents of gold coins or green beads to help make this centerpiece stand out even more.

St Patrick’s Day Accessories

Don’t spend so much time planning your party that you forget to get into the spirit yourself. These accessories will help get you into the Irish spirit and ready for St Patrick’s Day.

18. Green Beads

Little girl with Saint Patrick necklace.

Green beads make up one of the most classic accessories for this green holiday. Layer up with plenty of different designs, or bring extras to give friends for good luck.

19. Shamrock Ears or Leprechaun Hat

While slightly silly looking, these headwear accessories are classically fun. Don’t be afraid to make your own set ahead of time.

20. Green Shirt/Sweater

For those who need a last minute outfit, most usually have something green in the selection of their closet. A simple green sweater or shirt will do fine in a pinch– that is, if you don’t want to get pinched.

21. For Dogs: Green Bandana

If you’re bringing a pet to the party, don’t leave them out of the holiday spirit. Help them dress up with these customizable pet bandanas.

St Patrick’s Day Party Food

One of the biggest staples to Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations is food. Including the right mix of festive desserts and main courses will help ensure your party is a success. Check out some of our favorite ideas below:

Irish Appetizers For St Patrick’s Day

Looking for Irish themed appetizers to hold your guests over until the main course? Look to the ideas below or use them to inspire a menu all your own.

22. Mint Jelly Clover Biscuits

Saint Patrick's Day shamrock biscuits with green jelly and gold knife

Mint Jelly and biscuits are a classic Irish combination, although rarely enjoyed in the United States. Include them in your menu for a fun twist that’s sure to thrill your guest.

23. Irish Nachos

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots with Cheese and Bacon. Also called Irish nachos, these make one of many great St Patrick's Day party ideas

While Irish in name, this appetizer is actually believed to have been invented in Texas, but your guests don’t need to know that. Bake potato slices, crisps, or fries with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onion for a classic twist on nachos.

St Patrick’s Day Children’s Party Food Ideas

Kids might love dessert more than parties, so it’s important to include the right sweets on your Saint Patrick’s Day menu. For inspiration, look to the choices below:

24. St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes on green background

Green frosted cupcakes are a classic for Saint Patrick’s Day for a reason. They’re delicious, and relatively easy to make, as long as you’re careful with the green dye.

25. Clover Cookies

Green Clover St Patricks Day Cookies Ready to Eat

These frosted clover cookies almost look too pretty to eat, but they’ll probably be quickly devoured by a party of hungry children.

Green Food For St Patrick Day Potluck

Some people love turning their menu green for Saint Patrick’s Day. If you’re trying to do the same, we’re here to help with our St Patrick’s Day party ideas for green food mentioned below.

26. Green Beer

St. Patrick's day party ideas featuring green beer

A classic for pubs and house parties everywhere, green beer looks as distinctive as it tastes. And if you choose to feature some at your party, make sure to match it with a holiday themed custom pint glass.

27. Matcha Clover Cake

shamrock green matcha cake, homemade dessert for saint patrick's day

Love Matcha? Consider making this cream filled clover matcha cake. It’s sure to impress guests and tastes as good as it looks.

28. Green Trifle

Several tall glasses filled with parfait style lime green and white colored mousse and vanilla cake dessert.

Made of custard, green gelatin mousse, and ladyfinger cookies or vanilla cake, these mini trifles are perfect for any Saint Patrick’s Day.

Irish Foods For St Patrick Day

If you’re searching for more traditional Irish foods to serve at your party, look no further. We’ve added our two favorites to this list.

29. Corned Beef and Cabbage

Homemade Corned Beef and Cabbage with Carrots and Potatoes for a St patrick's day party

Corned beef and cabbage are perhaps the most classic Irish dinner. If you’re planning a dinner party or even serving buffet style, this might just be the right option for you.

30. Beef Stew

Irish stew made with beef, potatoes, carrots and herbs. Traditional St patrick's day dish

Beef stew is made up up beef, vegetables, and potato, seasoning, and sometimes, beer. This classic Irish meal is a great party food to bring out to impress your guests.

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