Saturday night I hosted a St. Patrick’s Day party. It was a blast getting lots of different groups of friends together and having everyone mish mash together into one fun-filled, Guinness-fueled evening. Most of my guests very kindly brought beer to the festivities; it’s safe to say Joe and I will not be buying any for quite some time (and on that note, I have to think of a savory recipe that incorporates Guinness. I’m thinking some kind of stew. Mmm…).
To make the space feel a little more festive, I hung up long strands of crepe paper streamers on the dividing archway between our living and dining room. Then, I used leftover ribbon to tie them back like curtains. The store was out of green streamers, but I think the combo of yellow gold and white ended up looking great. Less literal.
We also had an Irish Car Bomb station set up (for the uninitiated, that’s a shot of Baileys dropped into a Guinness). We bought the smallest size Baileys thinking we wouldn’t put much of a dent in it. Yeeeah, the whole thing was gone by the end of the night. Whoops.
Tons more party set up photos, after the jump!
This little vignette greeted guests at the top of the stairs. I used basic A6 sized cards from Paper Source to create fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day, which I scatted throughout the apartment.
I put together a simple dip of white beans, roasted garlic, and avocado. It was just green enough (and delicious with both pita and tortilla chips).
A cheese board, natch.
Along with the Car Bombs, the Irish Mules were also a big hit. We found that with this particular recipe, it needed just a touch more ginger beer. Once the proportions got figured out, they were delicious!
A mix of color separated Skittles and Starbursts for the “rainbow.” I got this idea from Lisa’s blog last week. I couldn’t find any gold coins for the end of the rainbow, but it still worked! Unsurprisingly, by the end of the night, these all ended up mixed together in a big bowl.
Such a fun time and amazingly enough, I felt okay on Sunday!! Maybe it was all the ginger beer — it settled my stomach, I guess!
Did you have a festive St. Patrick’s Day this past weekend?