St Patrick’s Day
Born inÂ Roman Britain at the end of the 4th century,Â St Patrick was kidnapped at 16 & brought to Ireland as a slave. After 6 years, he managed to escape but later returned to Ireland as a missionary, then bishop, spreading Christianity to its people.Â By the 7th century, he was known as the patron saint of Ireland. He used the locally growing 3 leaf shamrockÂ to explain the holy trinityÂ of the Father, SonÂ & Holy SpiritÂ & hence this plant became associated with him & laterÂ became theÂ national flowerÂ of Ireland.
St Patrick’s Day is observed on the date of his deathÂ & celebrated not just in Ireland but in countries all over the world where the Irish have settled. Originally a religious feast, celebrations now also take the form of parades, dancing, drinking Guinness & generally embracing all things Irish. Watch out for the leprechauns!
St Patrick’s Day Invitations
Lucky four-leaf clover designed invitations are available ready printed from Honey Tree Publishing.
St Patrick’s Day Decorations
Green is usually the predominant colour for St Patrick’s Day celebrations but can be teamed with white & orange to replicate the Irish flag.Â Loosely plait or twistÂ streamers of crepe paper together in the 3 colours & attach around the room in a scallop effect UUUUU. Finish off with green balloons.
Use the shamrock templateÂ to make wall decorations. Print onto green card, cut out & attach to the wall with blu tac. OrÂ tape onto a length of string or ribbon,Â alternating with irish flagÂ printouts, to make bunting. If you don’t want to make your own bunting or decorations, check outÂ theÂ decorations at Party Packs & Party Pieces. Â .
For a dinner party, decorate the table with green candles, green napkins & table confetti. Use mini cauldrons filled with gold coins as place settings & favours. For a more informal party, serve food on green paper plates or these shamrock plates with matching cups from Party Packs.
St Patrick’s Day Fancy Dress
Ask guests to wear a green item of clothing but if they want to be more adventurous, there are plenty of fancy dress options available:
St Patrick’s Day Party Food
Boxty (potato pancakes) with bacon & vine tomatoes
beef & Guinness stew
St Patrick’s Day Games & Entertainment
St Patrick’s Day Irish Quiz
End of the Rainbow
Another team event. For each team you will need 7 paper cups, each a different colour of the rainbow – if you have trouble sourcing them, you could always just write the name of the colour on the side of a paper cup. Place the set of cups on the floor in separate piles with the teamÂ member in a line behind them, one behind the other.
On the word ‘go’ the first person picks up the first colour of the rainbow & passes it over their head to the person behind who passes it between their legs to the next person, This over & under pattern continues to the last person who puts the cup on theÂ floor behind them before rushing to the front of the line to pick up the next cup in the rainbow sequence & passing it over & under. The last personÂ places the cup upside down on top of the first cupÂ to build a tower. This continues until all the cups have been used. The teams can then check if they have the correct colour sequence &Â amend if necessary. The first team with their tower in the correct colour order wins.Â
The colour sequence should be red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. If playing on a carpeted floor, you may need to use a tray or hardback book to build the tower on.
This leprechaun would make a great prize & comes in different sizes.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Or these pretty drop earrings Both would be suitable as raffle prizes too.
For chocolate fans, fill a mini cauldron with gold chocolate coins.
St Patrick’s Day Music
Many a chart-topper has come out of Ireland & there are plenty of musical genres to choose from too. Decide if you want to go for traditional tunes, folk ballads, pop or rock or maybeÂ mix it up over the evening. Here’s a small selection to get you started
The Boomtown Rats