St. Patrick's Day Party
HERE ARE SOME FESTIVE PARTY DECOR SELECTIONS:
THE ‘WHAT GREEN THING AM I?’ GAME!
Objective: to be the first one to correctly guess the thing on your forehead and / or to not be the last one to figure out what thing you’re wearing on your forehead!
Affix tape to the back of each square and affix a random thing sheet onto their forehead. Do not show the guests the thing that is being affixed to their forehead and make sure that there are not any mirrors or highly reflective surfaces in the party room during this game. When all of the guests have a sheet attached to their forehead, the game begins. The guests are allowed to ask each person one and only one ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question (i.e. ‘Am I a person?’ or ‘Am I blue in color?.’ No lying is allowed – that would be cheating - so all guests must answer the questions truthfully.
The object is to figure out what thing is on the sheet that is affixed to their forehead. If a player has asked every guest at the party a yes/no question and still cannot guess the thing on their forehead, s/he may start the cycle over with the first person that they asked a yes/no question and continue until the player can correctly guess the thing. There is one winner in this game. The winner is the first to correctly guess the thing on their forehead.
Equipment needed: paper squares with 'green things' on them - i.e. grass, tree, spinach, leprechaun shoes, emerald gems, 'go' light, frogs, etc.
Playing time is approximately 5-10 minutes.
THE BLIMEY POT O’ GOLD TOSS
Objective: to land the most gold coins in the pot o’ gold.
Get any cardboard box and spray paint it gold and decorate the bottom of the pot with green shamrocks cut out of construction paper. Allow at least 24 hours to dry before playing. Purchase gold chocolate coins of various colors - or label each set of coins by taping small pictures of each guest on each coin. (You can also purchase toy coins instead of chocolate coins). Tape off a ‘toss line’ approximately 10 feet away from the pot o’ gold and allow each guest to toss either 5 or 10 coins into the pot o’ gold. The guest who lands the most coins - wins! There is a ‘toss off’ for any guests that tie. If they are making all of their coins into the pot - make it more challenging by moving back the toss line. Change it up and play again by blindfolding your guests before they toss!
Equipment needed: a cardboard box, gold spray paint, green construction paper and scissors, gold coins (chocolate or toy), and a Blimey Pot O’ Gold score card. Optional blindfold if you play the additional challenge.
Playing time is approximately 5-10 minutes.
SMASHIN’ SHAMROCK CHARADE CHALLENGE
Game objective: To earn a point by being the player that is first to guess the charade correctly! The winner is the player with the highest point total!
Game instructions: One player draws a charade topic from a hat and acts it out for the other players. The first one to correctly guess the charade topic gets a point. The next player will draw a topic from the hat and act it out until one of the other players guesses it correctly and this will repeat until all of the topics are guessed correctly. The actor of the charade may not speak, point to an object, or acknowledge the other players until they give a correct guess. Either type or write the charade topics on equally sized pieces of paper fold them and put them inside of a hat or other container.
The charade topics are as follows:
‘WEARING OF GREEN’
ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL
COAT OF ARMS
‘KISS ME, I’M IRISH’
U2 (ROCK BAND)
THE CRANBERRIES (ROCK BAND)
IRISH STEP DANCE
4 LEAF CLOVER
Equipment needed: Paper, pen (or word processing program and printer), and a hat (or any container to hold the pieces of paper with the charade topics).
Playing time ~30 minutes
IRISH JIG DANCE CONTEST
OBJECTIVE: to be the most awesome Irish Jig dancers at the party!
RULES: Pair the guests into groups of 2-3. Give the teams 10 minutes (or more) to create a unique 30 second dance routine to be performed to the song of your choice. Play the song repeatedly in the background so the teams have ample time to practice with the music.
When the time is up and / or the guests are finished creating their routines, one at a time, the guests are to perform their routines for the other guests. The host will judge or the guests will vote via a ballot for the best dance routine. In the case of a tie, the host will be the tie-breaker.
PROPS NEEDED: any type of music playing source and a dance song.
TIME NEEDED: approximately 30 minutes.
SPRINKLE OF IRISH MOVIE CHALLENGE
Game objective: To be the team that can answer the appropriate movie with the corresponding ‘tag lines.’
Game instructions: Pair the guests into groups of 4-5. Give the teams 15 minutes (or more) to fill in the correct movie in the blank next to the ‘tag line’ using the ‘Sprinkle of Irish Movie Challenge Answer Sheet’ (below). When the time is up and / or the guests are finished, collect the answer sheets and score them using the ‘Sprinkle of Irish Movie Challenge Answer Key’ (below). For younger teens, you can give them a movie word bank and have them match the answers.
Equipment needed: Printed copies of ‘The Sprinkle of Irish Movie Challenge’
Playing Time ~20 minutes.
SPRINKLE OF IRISH MOVIE CHALLENGE ANSWER KEY
‘More than a wee bit of magical shenanigans!’ OR ‘Walt Disney spins motion picture magic!’ OR ‘A touch O’Blarney…a heap O’Magic and a Load O’Laughter.’ Darby O’Gill and the Little People, 1959
A tale of Jimmy Rabbitte making the ‘World’s Hardest Working Band.’ The Commitments, 1991
When Dan O’Grady steals some Irish Leprechaun’s pot of gold, he returns to the United States to enjoy his newfound wealth…but things don’t go as planned. Leprechaun, 1993
“One Man Trapped by Destiny, and Another Bound by Duty. They’re about to Discover what they’re Willing to Fight and to Die for." The Devil’s Own, 1997
"Pray for Michael Sullivan.” OR “Every Father is a Hero to his Son." Road to Perdition, 2002
"He’s Big, He’s Blue, He’s Smoochy…and He’s got to DIE!” Death to Smoochy, 2002
"Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it? OR “Cops or Criminals. When you’re facing a loaded gun what’s the difference?" The Departed, 2006
“Saving the World is a Hell of a Job.” OR “Believe it or not - he’s the good guy.” Hellboy II: The Golden Army, 2008
2 lbs. of grated cheddar cheese
½ pint of Guinness, stout
7 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
Bread chunks for dipping
1-2 drops of blue food coloring to turn the cheese green.
In a fondue dish, pour the grated cheese and melt slowly over medium heat - stir continuously. Add remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly until the fondue thickens slightly. Use fondue forks for dipping bread chunks.
IRISHMAN’S FAV - CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
1-3/4 pounds onions
2-1/2 pounds carrots
6 pounds corned beef brisket
1 cup malt vinegar
6 ounces Guinness beer, stout
1 tablespoon mustard seed
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon dill seed
1/2 tablespoon whole allspice
2 bay leaves
3 pounds cabbage, rinsed
2-1/2 pounds small red potatoes
Using an extra-large 4 gallon pot, divvy up the onions and carrots and dice enough to fill 1 cup of each, keep the rest aside. Put the corned beef in the pot and add the chopped onions, carrots, malt vinegar, beer, mustard and coriander seeds, peppercorns, dill seeds, allspice and bay leaves. Add water to cover the beef and stir to combine the seasonings. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer about 3 hours until meat is done - check with a meat thermometer. While the corned beef is cooking, cut the reserved onions into eight wedges and the carrots into 2-inch pieces and slice the heads of cabbage into 8 wedges. Add onions, carrots and red potatoes to the cooked corned beef, with the cabbage on top. Cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes and cabbage are tender. For serving, cut the beef against the grain into thin slices and accompany with the cooked vegetables.
POT O’ GOLD DUBLIN’S CODDLE
1 pound of bacon, sliced
2 pounds of pork sausage links
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, whole
2 large potatoes - sliced thick
2 carrots, sliced thick
1 cheesecloth bag full of fresh herbs
Lightly fry bacon until done and drain the fat. Crumble the bacon, place into a large pot. Brown sausage, remove and add to the pot with the bacon. Soften sliced onions and garlic cloves over medium heat in a skillet and then add to the pot along with the potatoes and carrots. Place the cheesecloth of herbs in the center of the mixture. Add the pepper and cover with cider and cook ~ 1.5 hours over medium heat and do not boil.
LEPRECHAUN JUICE (disregard for teens)
1 oz. southern comfort
1/2 oz. Midori melon liqueur
1/2 oz. Malibu rum
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
A dash of blue curacao
Mix in a shaker with ice, pour over ice in a hurricane glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
SUPER ST’ PADDY’S CAKE
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
White frosting with green food coloring (to make green frosting).
Any type of St. Patrick’s Day cake toppers / figurines
Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Butter the bottom of two 9-inch round or one 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. Line bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and beater often.
Pour the batter into prepared pan(s) and smooth top with metal spatula. Bake cake(s) about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.
Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack, remove paper and let cool completely.
If you are using white frosting, in a bowl, add one drop of green food coloring and mix thoroughly to make a deep green color. When cool, cover the cake with the frosting and then place the cute cake toppers on it. Save some white frosting and write a festive St. Paddy’s Day message on the cake!
THE GREEN TIME MACHINE (disregard for teens)
4 oz. Hypnotiq® liqueur
2 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass and serve.
THE GREENTASTIC ENDING (disregard for teens)
1/2 shot Godiva liquor
1/2 shot Bailey’s Irish cream liquor
Fill the coffee mug with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 milk to taste
Green food coloring
Top with whipped cream (put 1-2 drops of green food coloring into the whipped cream and top with green sprinkles)
Mix the liquors together in a shaker and strain into a coffee mug. Fill the mug with coffee and milk to taste and top with green whipped cream.