Decorating ideas for St. Patrick's Day
If you’ve decided to avoid the St. Patrick’s Day debauchery at your local pub, and instead celebrate at home, we don’t blame you. St. Patrick’s Day is a great all-ages event, so invite your friends and family over this March 17th for an unforgettable green-themed bash. Check out our décor tips, ideas and inspiration to help you throw the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day party.
This is one event where the color scheme is already decided for you -- it's all about going green for St. Patrick's Day! But that doesn't mean you can't get creative. Shamrocks and leprechauns are the obvious choices, as are green plates and balloons. But we say why not go beyond the basics? Instead of grabbing a trunk-load of green streamers and tablecloths, add an element of style to your March 17th celebration. From home accessories to centerpieces, we have some elegant yet festive ideas for your party.
Bring the outdoors in
What better way to add greenery to your St. Patrick's Day celebration than see what you can bring in from the outdoors? Depending on your climate (ideally if you aren't still battling blizzards), see what's growing in your garden and bring some of it indoors to add some natural pops of eye-catching green to your decor. If your garden is far from in bloom, head to your local flower shop and pick up a few pots of fresh herbs (mint, rosemary and basil are all very aromatic). Pop sprigs of each into small vases or replant them into decorative pots and display on window sills.
The grocery store can also be a great place to pick up small potted plants, herbs -- and even leafy green vegetables such as kale or collards can add a dramatic splash of green to your home for St. Patrick's Day.
Accessorize all over
Wrap large white pillar candles with a length of green ribbon and secure the ends with decorative push pins. Remember to monitor the flame so it doesn't get too close to the ribbon.
Before the big day scour garage sales and antique shops for small green glass vases. Fill each with a single flower or a few blooms (depending on the size of your vases) and display them on your mantel or on various surfaces around the house.
Plant small clay pots with clovers or oxalis plants (also sold as shamrocks) and display throughout the house for a touch of Irish charm. Depending on how many you have and the number of guests coming, you can send everyone home with one as a garden-ready party favor.
Fill clear vases with green glass beads (found at craft and home décor stores). This makes a nice addition to the bathroom counter or adds a touch of green to end tables or the coffee table.
When you sit down for corned beef and cabbage, make sure your table setting coordinates with the rest of your St. Patrick's Day décor.
- Add Celtic patterns to tablecloths, napkins and placemats with a stencil and some fabric paint. Visit a craft supply store and choose a stencil in a pretty Celtic design. Lay fabric flat, place the stencil wherever you want a pattern (creating a border on a tablecloth is a nice touch) and fill in with the fabric paint. If you want to go more traditional, use a shamrock stencil instead of the Celtic pattern.
- Instead of traditional napkin rings, tie napkins with raffia or twine and insert a real or artificial shamrock. You can also tie napkins with dark green ribbon and add a sprig of baby's breath for contrast.
- Fill a tall glass vase with green ornaments for a quick and pretty centerpiece.
- A large wooden bowl filled with green apples adds a natural (and healthy) touch to your St. Paddy's Day table.
- Add instant ambiance with green tea-light holders clustered in groups of four or five on various tables and other surfaces.
Get the kids involved
Save the more traditional Irish-themed decor for the kids by allowing them to decorate their own table. Place a large sheet of paper (big enough to fully cover a table with overhang) and supply the kids at the party with green markers, glue sticks, sparkles, stickers and construction paper. Have them get crafty and create their very own St. Paddy's Day table covering. Not only will they feel involved, but they'll have fun and get into the festive spirit.
These decorating ideas for St. Patrick's Day are sure to get your guests in a festive mood. Make sure to continue the theme by serving Irish foods and drinks.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Arts & crafts idea
?St. Patrick's Day hat craft?
Keep your little person or people fashionable on St. Patrick's day with this fun leprechaun hat craft. Kids can craft an old ice-cream container into something magical!