Shamrock Shindig

Photo by Tiberiu Ana.

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and if you don’t have any set plans yet, consider inviting your friends over for a last minute get together. With easy-to-make recipes, cocktails and crafty decorations, all you need are some festive tunes and drinking games (think creating limericks a few cocktails in) to really get the party started.

1. Food: Nothing brings people together like good food, so make sure your guests have something delicious to snack on. For a festively green appetizer, try this pea pesto crostini shared by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Equally simple ideas include reuben rolls, hot artichoke spinach dip and corned beef spread. For dessert, the mouthwatering options are endless. I could barely keep from drooling over these chocolate mint sandwiches and chocolate shots.

2. Drink: Of course you’ll have plenty of Guinness and green-colored beer on hand. (Remember, you must use a light beer for the green food coloring to show.) To add a fun twist, try concocting a lime shandy. The recipe requires minimal effort, and your guests will love it. If you’re thirsty for more, The Cocktail Lovers share three other ideas here.

3. Décor: When decorating for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering, paper shamrock cutouts and leprechaun images are abused and overused. There is no surer way to look overly cliché than resorting to “Kiss me I’m Irish” paper dinnerware and pot of gold centerpieces. Naturally, the genius that is Martha Stewart has found a way to make the occasion a classier affair but still equally as festive. You can view her decorating suggestions here. Personally, I love the whimsical green flower arrangements.

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3 responses to “Shamrock Shindig

  1. I am going to push for the spinach artichoke dip, comboed with some mint chocolate chip something for afterwards! I think this sounds like a delicious plan!

  2. I had a fabulous first green beer. A good option for anyone who wants green beer but not too much of a wheat beer:

    A black and tan with Shocktop and Guiness (very Irish duh!) and add Blue Curacao to make the Shocktop green. The Black and Tan is an Irish mix and the Shocktop is nice to offset the Guiness if you don’t like it typically.

  3. Putting green food coloring in a light beer was a hit on St Patricks Day! Will keep the decorating ideas and chocolate shots in mind for next year.

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