Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is seminal for the month of March. From enjoying Stouts on tap to serving a full Irish breakfast with a midday brunch, throwing a St. Patrick’s Day celebration is easier than you think.
When thinking of what to serve at your St. Patrick’s Day party, there’s no easier option than that of an Irish breakfast. One thing the people of Ireland are renowned for is their hearty approach to the most important meal of the day. Whether you’re having it in the morning or later in the afternoon, let a full breakfast bar be the bedrock of your St. Patrick’s Day party.
Beans, Toast, Bubbles & Squeak
In the tradition of an Irish breakfast, you must include:
- Baked beans
- Full fat sausage & bacon
- Butter & marmalade
- Soda bread
- Fried eggs
- Grilled tomatoes
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Black or white pudding
- Bubble & squeak
Rather than pulling off the grill covers and cooking to order, an Irish breakfast is ideal for preparing ahead and simply heating up to serve pubstyle. The only hard part? Figuring out a table set up to ensure hints of the holiday are present throughout.
Top of the Table
Morning, noon, or night – a solid table spread helps tie the thematic essence of your party together. While you don’t have to be Becky Homeecky to pull off a flawless St. Patrick’s day table spread, it’s important to ensure your party embodies the spirit of the holiday.
Plaid it Up
Green is the obvious motif that comes to mind when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, but patterning it in a tasteful manner is quintessential in keeping the traditional embellishments of the holiday.
A plaid tablecloth or table cover is the key to capturing the flair of St. Patrick’s Day. Green and white checkered print offers a playful hint of the holiday and provides a neutral ambiance to build off of.
Go for the Gold
Who says you have to travel to the end of a rainbow to strike gold? Gold plating and serving utensils represent the golden motif of St. Patrick’s Day. With an off-white base color for the plates with a flaked or gold rim, you accent the green of your checkered tablecloth.
Want to take it a step further? Add gold accent pieces to your table for a centerpiece. This might seem like a stretch, but spray painting fruit gold ahead of time before arranging them in a basket with white orchids only adds to the tablescape.
Drink and Be Merry
Drinking beer has been a St. Paddy’s Day tradition since it was but a simple feast day in honor of the celebrated Saint. As the holiday grew around the world, so too did this tradition. Try adding a keg to your yard or a tap in your kitchen for those who wish to indulge this holiday.
Create your own bar and serve your friends their favorite drink, whether it be the traditional beer, a St. Patrick’s themed cocktail, or non alcoholic options that keep the non drinkers in the fun. Serve in green pint glasses or add green food coloring to your beverages for a festive feel. Lay down custom tarps to ensure that as the night goes on, spills won’t be an issue.
Pick Your Poison
Don’t settle for the usual brew! If you’re a novice when it comes to the different varieties of beer, here are just a few that will make your St. Patrick’s Day celebration authentic:
Stouts: The most popular choice for the holiday, stouts like Guinness are dark with rich and creamy textures that will satisfy anyone looking to drink as the Irish do.
Lagers: If your March has already welcomed the warm spring air, a light lager would be your best option. It’s sweet, cold, almost caramel taste will keep all of your guests cool.
Red Ales: The aptly named “Irish Ale” is a sweet and balanced brew made with malts and barley. They serve as a wonderful contrast to heavy stouts.
Black and Tan: Another way to balance out your beer’s textures is to try a black and tan. This cocktail is half pale ale and half stout. Pour the stout in carefully to avoid mixing the two for an impressive display of layering.
Give Out Party Favors
If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event, what better way to make the party memorable than having your guests bring something home with them. The Irish holiday opens up so many possibilities for keepsakes; the concept of lucky charms immediately coming to mind.
Something as simple as a gold coin, a cauldron, or a small, clover-shaped plush goes a long way in satisfying your guest. For a more practical approach, there are multiple items, such as mugs, sunglasses, pencils, and koozies, that can all be themed after the holiday, even if simply by being green.