St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas


Ahhh St. Patty’s Day: the day dedicated to wearing copious amounts of green, drinking before 5 p.m., and pretending you’re Irish. St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th of every year and always brings an excuse to celebrate. The holiday has a reputation of being crazy, wild, and super fun. This means if you are hosting a party for the occasion, you have some big expectations to fulfill. Not sure how to turn your party into a pot of gold? Refer to our St. Patrick’s Day party ideas to make this a holiday your guests will never forget.


St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas


Host a Costume Contest

What better way to get into the St. Patty’s spirit than to dress up? At your SPD party, host a costume contest and give out prizes for the best look. The only guideline should be to bring your best and most festive St. Patrick’s Day look. This way, your guests will have creative interpretations and you will see a wide array of outfits. Some may come as a leprechaun while others will come head-to-toe in green and shamrocks. For the official contest, have all participants walk a “runway” (even if this just means clearing an aisle in your living room) and have the other party-goers vote on the best costume. The winner can win both bragging rights and an actual prize, such as a box of Irish potatoes or a bottle of Irish whiskey.


Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun

Give the classic “pin the tail on the donkey” game an Irish twist by turning it into “pin the shamrock on the leprechaun.” This is an easy and inexpensive way to add some fun to your party. You can either buy a game kit, make your own, or download and print one, like this example.The goal can be to pin the shamrock as close as you can to the leprechaun’s nose. Be sure to spin people around very well and get a sufficient blind fold. This mixed with the St. Patty’s Day drinks you’ll be serving will lead to tons of laughs and debauchery! 


Good Old Classic Drinking Games

Even the most innovative or fanciest of party ideas cannot breathe the same life into your gathering as some old fashioned drinking games can. Set up space for some college favorites such as beer pong or flip cup. If you want to get a little more complex, explain the rules of slap cup or civil war to your guests and watch the fun ensue. Just note, some of these games can get a little messy, so having an outdoor space or a garage to play in is ideal. 


If you are taking on the responsibility of hosting on St. Patty’s, the pressure is on to make sure your guests have fun. Following OFFSITE’s St. Patrick’s Day party ideas is a way to ensure you will accomplish this goal.