Irish/St. Patrick's Day Theme Party Ideas and Supplies

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St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

A FULLY designed Leprechaun Gold Treasure Hunt - all ready to be download and set up by you!

A Complete Irish / St. Patrick's Day Themed Bingo Set CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD it NOW!

Hand-Antiqued Paper - PERFECT for a leprechaun treasure hunt!

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These look REALLY great…but you'll need someone who has a very simple computer graphics program and the basic knowledge to use it. Download some nice photos from the Internet of Ireland (you should be overwhelmed by the selection you find on the Internet) and load them into the graphics program. You can do this by 'right clicking' with your mouse on any picture you like, then selecting 'Save As' among the options. Save these to a disk or your hard drive. Across the top (or in any other place, depending on how creative you want to get with it…) put the words of the location (i.e. Irish countryside, Dublin, etc.) Then, in one of the corners put a large number…essentially, you are making a large stamp. Once you have the image the way you want it, print it out and decorate cut the edges all around in the fashion of a large stamp (fiskar scissors do a great job.) These look great just about anywhere. HINT: These can be done in assembly-line fashion and can be cranked out relatively fast once you get into the 'groove' of it.

Plan a fun treasure hunt for leprechaun gold! Either design one yourself or download one from the Internet. For a pre-designed leprechaun themed treasure hunt, CLICK HERE

Play a game of Irish themed Bingo - to download a complete Irish themed Bingo set, CLICK HERE.

Name your location. Invite your guests to Dublin or O'Malley's Pub, etc. By naming it and referring to that name you'll create a definite place and time for your guests. It's amazing the credibility that is given when it is given a name.

Have some live characters roaming around, mingling with the guests. How about a travel guide pitching his/her newest tour all over Ireland? Or how about a crazed Irish peasant going on and on about how he's searching for leprechauns and that they aren't as fictional as everyone might believe? These characters do not need to be present for long periods of time. In fact, it is best if they are not. Let them come…and then go. Your guests will be incredibly impressed.

If you want to paint with a faux rock/stone finish (without spending an arm and a leg on those craft store kits) buy a few cans of spray paint instead. This is especially nice if you are making some old Irish castle ruins as part of your decorations. Gray, black and white should do the trick. With a hobby razor blade, lightly score the nozzle hole of the spray can. This will cause the paint to sputter rather than spray. Make sure the surface is covered first in the gray, then add some sputtering of the white and black.

For inexpensive Irish castle brick walls, use brown postal wrapping paper and a new rectangle sponge. With any water based paint (try not to dilute it too much) use the sponge as a stamp to imprint bricks onto the paper. Although not very realistic, it 'works' for areas that are not meant for high profile places. A great way to blanket an area.

At the entrance to your party/event, station a live person in character to greet them as they enter with some traditional Irish music playing in the background. A few examples are described below:
......A flight attendant welcoming everyone ‘off the plane’ and to enjoy their stay in Ireland (or better a specific city in Ireland that you’ve chosen to ‘host’ your party.)
......Anyone dressed in traditional Irish clothing ready to welcome your guests ‘into their country’
......Someone dressed as a leprechaun wishing your guests a ‘lucky time’ as they enter.

Hang fabric for simple decoration. Near larger metropolitan areas one can always find some type of ‘garment district’ or wholesaler shops for fabric - otherwise consider saving that Joann's 40% off coupon they send out to those on their mailing list once a month. These are great for finding a high variety of prints for prices that are a steal. Have fun searching for appropriate prints to hang like pinched tapestries on the walls. This simple trick does wonders for decoration (especially when the decoration supply is pretty thin.)

This game would work for older children as well. Look up at your local library (or online) how to say the following words in Gaelic: Yes, No, Please and Thanks. (I say look them up because spelling them in Gaelic won’t help pronouncing them with a native tongue.) Provide these words and translations for each of your guests and explain that the English versions of these four words are not to be used (either for a specified period of time or for the duration of the party/event.) Additionally, arm each guest with three markers (coins, fake jewels, etc.) If a guest uses one of the four English words in any way (even in casual conversation) the first other guest to notice gets to ask for one of the markers. At the end of the specified time, the one with the most markers wins.

Plan a fun treasure hunt for leprechaun gold! Either design one yourself or download one from the Internet. For a pre-designed leprechaun themed treasure hunt, CLICK HERE

Play a game of Irish themed Bingo - to download a complete Irish themed Bingo set, CLICK HERE

Make sure that every guest has a sticker-tag with the name of a fictitious stereotypical Frenchman/woman on it (i.e. Fifi the Can-Can Dance, Jacques the Painter, etc.) Then, below that name, write a small fact about that fictitious character (i.e. Got lost in the Louvre, Has never been to the Eiffel Tower, Loves to eat croissants, etc.) Then, give every guest a pencil and piece of paper. Explain to your guests that they must write down the names of every ‘character’ present in the room while they are having conversations and meeting others (a great way to initiate mingling.) Be sure to tell them ahead of time how many guests there are so that they know when they’ve found them all. Throughout the evening, call out at different times ways to cross names off their list. You see, one of the characters in the room has just stolen a painting from the Louvre Museum (for example) – but which one? At some point you might give a clue “The character loves the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower” – then everyone would cross those names off their list. A half hour later, you might say “The character hates croissants” – then they would know to cross off the name who had that detail (they may need to go searching again among the other guests to remind themselves who had that fact on their sticker…) Again, it’s a casual game that can keep the party moving, without asking a lot from your guests.

For a great refreshment, consider serving Shamrock Shakes! Although it might not be a traditional Irish dessert, it can be fun for westerners and kids will LOVE them. Make milk shakes using your own personal recipe, just make sure to substitute the vanilla ice cream for mint chocolate chip ice cream! If the color isn't green enough for you, feel free to put in a couple extra drops of green food coloring!

If you have a large stone in your backyard, clean it off and bring it in as a Blarney Stone for your guests to kiss for good luck before the big Fighting Irish game!

For fun snacks, pass out licorice shaped Irish pipes. These are a standard shape for many candy companies. Check online if you aren’t able to find any at your local nice candy store.

If you are planning to have a pot gold as part of your table centerpiece, consider this rainbow trick. Get several colors of the rainbow in party streamers. You'll have to decide the specifics on how it will look depending on your own party space, however it goes like this: Attach one end of each colored streamer to the pot itself and the other end to the ceiling. When all of the colors are lined up side by side, it will look like a rainbow coming down and ending at the table...with a pot of gold sitting at the END of the rainbow!


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