Throw the most Irish party outside of Ireland
Whether you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Toronto celebrating in the city, or you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party at home, we have a few tried and true tips to help you facilitate the best March 17th since St. Patrick marched the gospel into the Emerald Isle.
Use this handy St. Patrick’s Day party checklist to get prepped for the big day.
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Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 1pm – 12am.
St. Patrick’s Day Party Checklist
Get Your Rides Arranged
Keep your celebration safe! Establish a designated driver, have a taxi/Uber on speed dial. Do what you gotta do to make sure everyone arrives home safely. No one wants to think about the party being over, but if you don’t have a safe ride home arranged for everyone, the night will be ruined regardless.
BONUS: If you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day Toronto-side, then rejoice! The TTC has free service on some routes from 4:30 pm March 17th until 2:30 pm March 18th. Just check the TTC site to see which routes feature the free rides.
Get Your Garb
Dressing in green from head-to-toe is part of the St. Patrick’s Day party tradition. While you could buy gear with kitsch St. Patrick’s Day designs, this sort of clothing has limited use. It’s much more economically and environmentally prudent to buy green gear that you can wear all year.
Go Green With Decorations
Obviously, we mean the colour green but also green in terms of environmental impact. Instead of painting your space in green glitter and dollar store litter that will end up in landfills and make baby leprechauns cry, opt for decorations you can recycle and/or reuse.
This St. Patrick’s Day, plan to decorate with items made of paper, wood or metal. While they’re not perfect, they have less environmental repercussions.
Another green St. Patrick’s Day party decor idea: decorate with plants! They’re green after all and will add to the ambience while also purifying the air in your home. You can actually buy shamrocks at most florists and even grocery store floral departments, so no excuses. Go green!
Get Your Jig On
Any St. Patrick’s Day worth its weight in gold needs a solid line-up of traditional Irish tunes. Check out our St. Patrick’s Day playlist for the ultimate foot-stomping showcase of Irish music.
Drink and Be Merry!
In addition to the obligatory green bottles of Steam Whistle, your St. Patrick’s Day party needs some more traditional Irish brews. Guinness is a great pick, as is Murphy’s, Beamish, and O’Hara’s. You can also have whiskey and some java on hand to whip up a traditional Irish coffee that’ll put hair on your chest.
Of course, also make sure you have plenty of water and at least a couple of other non-alcoholic options. A sparkling cider with a few drops of green food dye could be the perfect non-tipsy addition to your spread.
No St. Patrick’s Day party is complete without some Irish fare to feast upon. Since most St. Paddy’s parties are celebrated informally, you likely don’t want to serve up foods that require guests to sit down.
This said, your friends and family can still enjoy good, hot food, standing buffet style.
Here’s an example of a great St. Patrick’s Day party menu which can be served with minimal dinnerware and flatware. Best of all, everything can be made in advance and left out for people to enjoy.
- Soda bread with herb and garlic butter
- Crockpot Irish stew
- Boxty (potato pancakes)
- Rhubarb tarts
- Barmbrack (fruity tea loaf)
That’s it! That’s all you need to host the best St. Patrick’s Day party in Toronto or this side of Dublin town, for that matter. Just keep in mind that what really makes the perfect party is the atmosphere. To pull off a truly exceptional St. Patrick’s Day party, you need energy, enthusiasm and an attentive host. You’re reading this, so we know you’re attentive. Now, all you need to do is take these tips and put them into action.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, from all us Good Beer Folks!
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