Here are ten ideas for throwing a vintage St. Patrick’s Day party including food, decor, and party games!
One of the things I like best about the United States is we will pretty much use any excuse to party.
Take St. Patrick’s Day. When I was growing up I was taught we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day because he was the guy who got rid of all of the snakes in Ireland.
Turns out this isn’t actually true.
St. Patrick was a priest who was very successful at converting the pagan Irish into Christianity and that is why there is a holiday for him.
But here in America, St. Patrick’s Day is essentially an excuse to go out and drink green beer and listen to House Of Pain’s “Jump Around“, which everybody knows is the ultimate Irish dance song. (That was a joke.)
When I lived in Boston, home to a huge Irish population, St Patrick’s Day was a bacchanalia of pure emerald excess. Here is a fun fact: Did you know there are more people in the United States that identify themselves as Irish then the population of Ireland! True story.
Even though I am not of Irish decent, my husband’s mother is Irish. She was born and raised in Ireland, but she is Protestant, so apparently that is kind of a thing. (Joking again). Even though my husband is Protestant Irish by decent I still consider my kids to be partially Irish, so I make sure to have some kind of shout-out to St. Patrick’s Day every year to teach my kids about their heritage.
This year I thought it might be fun to plan a vintage St. Patrick’s Day party. Here are ten ideas I am using as inspiration…
How adorable is this vintage St. Patrick’s Day party? This is the major inspiration for the party.
Here is a casual and yet glamorous St. Patrick’s Day table setting. I know my local Trader Joe’s sells potted clover around this time, which makes decorating much easier. Notice the wee pots of gold coins in the centerpiece! Adorable!
If you aren’t fortunate enough to live near a Trader Joes, you can also grow your own clover. These little black cauldrons are one way to go, but you could also spray paint regular terracotta pots gold and then plant clover from seeds to decorate your table. This can also be a party game if you have older children to entertain.
Love how festive these clover straws are! Click HERE for the free printable!
Be sure to serve Leprechaun lime punch. HERE is a link to the original vintage recipe. It will look gorgeous with the matching straws seen above.
If you look carefully at the picture of the vintage St. Patrick’s Day party, you will see a recipe for potato candy. I thought it would be fun to do a Google search, and it turns out this is actually a thing! I had never heard of it before, but apparently plenty of people make this every year. I thought this recipe sounded much easier and tastier than the original.
All you really need for food is a few St. Patrick’s Day themed desserts such as sugar cookies….
and a clover covered cake. Remember, you can always have a bakery make a plain cake for you and then you can decorate using the clover/toothpick method seen HERE.
For party games, why not use the one mentioned in the vintage St. Patrick’s Day article and have the children try a potato spoon race?
Or you could always have the ubiquitous potato sack race.
Using these ten ideas, it should be easy to throw your very own vintage St. Patrick’s Day party! Do you have any other suggestions that you have done in the past that were real winners? If so, be sure to let me know in the comments.
Here are three more parties for you to enjoy: