A St. Patricks Day birthday celebration is a great way to have fun and incorporate a wee bit of the Irish tradition. Learn how to create your party’s theme and set the tone of your shindig with the use of traditional green decor, along with pots-o’-gold, leprechauns, and of course shamrocks. Here are a few ideas to help get you started in planning your St. Paddy’s Day birthday, which can also easily be converted to a traditional St. Patricks Day party minus the birthday emphasis.
Start by sending out shamrock-shaped invitations to help everyone get into the mood and start thinking green. Be sure to remind everyone to wear something green. You can even encourage a bit of outrageous green-attude. For example, green hair, green makeup, green nails, green body paint–you get the idea.
Outside Decor – Let everyone know where the party house is located by decorating the front yard.
Make or buy extra-large shamrocks, and staple them to yard stakes and insert throughout the front yard. You could also attach some leprechauns and pots-o’-gold wall decor to some stakes and intersperse them among the shamrocks.
Hang some green and white streamers from trees and shrubs.
Attach green and white balloons to some yard stakes and place them along the walkway.
Cover the front door with green foil and add either “Happy St. Patricks Day Birthday (Name)” or “Happy St. Patricks Day” in black letters made from card stock or construction paper.
Another option would be to either make or buy a larger banner and hang it over the garage door or front entrance area, whichever is more appropriate.
Balloons – Cheap and festive all in one fail swoop! A party can never have too many balloons. Go wild and balloon it up. Opt for green and white or green, white and gold. Create bouquets of balloons and accent corners, attach to the backs of chairs, hang from chandeliers, etc.
Banners – Make or buy some fun banners in various sizes to hang throughout the room. For example, hang one over the food table, gift table, favor table, or transform a large wall into St. Paddy’s Town. You can also jazz banners up a bit by adding some shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots-o-gold around the edges to frame the banner. Be sure to add a Happy St. Patricks Day birthday banner, if you haven’t hung one outside. In fact, another one would be just fine.
Cut-Outs – Be sure you have lots of fun St. Patricks Day theme cut-outs (shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots-o-gold) to decorate walls, coolers, baskets, punch bowls, attach to chairs, hang from the ceiling, use as placemats, jazz up tables, etc.
Garland – Make shamrock or rainbow garland or you could alternate the two shapes and create a rainbow and shamrock garland. Hang it from doorways, around windows, bannisters, down the center of tables, around table legs, etc.
Pots-O-Gold – Fill black pots with gold coins and decorate handles with a rainbow of ribbons. You can also use larger pots as serving bowls for things like chips, dip, crackers, potato or macaroni salad, nuts, etc.
Streamers – Streamers are an expensive way to add instant color, while creating a party atmosphere. Use green and white and perhaps gold streamers around windows, door frames, around the edges of a table, or swag them from corner to corner in a room or to a chandelier that might be hanging in the center of a room.
Another fun idea would be to create a large rainbow using streamers on a wall that is a focal point. Be sure to add a pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow.