Here’s the plan for a St. Patrick’s Day party that’s sure to be leprechaun-approved!
First, understand why it’s a joyous day
For more than 1,000 years, the Irish have been observing St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 to honor the man who introduced Christianity to the Emerald Isle. While that’s certainly cause for celebration, the real reason people may be so happy on St. Patrick’s Day is that although it falls during Lent, the lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat would be waived for the day. Yay for being able to eat corned beef!
Green your theme
The Emerald Isle is, of course, famous for its lush, green foliage. And green has been synonymous with Ireland since the Irish Rebellion of 1798, when the Irish wore green uniforms to fight the Brits. You can green your St. Patrick’s Day party by using the color in your invites and your decor, or you can “green” your party by sending out evites and otherwise keeping it eco-friendly.
Or, don the …blue?
While green is now synonymous with Ireland, prior to the 17th century, the official color of Ireland had always been blue. If you want to teach your party guests a little Irish history, surprise them with a blue-themed invitation. If you decide to go with a paper invite, here are some beautiful blue-themed invitations from which to choose. Be sure to include a brief note explaining why you’re using blue, rather than green (you can put it on a shamrock-shaped note pad).