I think for a lot of us, March has come in with a roar. In Alberta we’ve certainly gotten what I hope will be our last blast of snow and chilly weather. But I’m not here to talk about snow. It is pretty, though, and keeps my winter driving skills sharp.
It’s March, so let’s plan a St. Patrick’s Day Party. (Bonus: the 17th is a Saturday this year.) The menu can be pretty simple, Irish stew, soda bread, maybe kick it up with a stout infused chocolate cake? Or whip out to your grocery store, because the bakery section is bound to have oodles of green cookies and cakes! Have fun with this, but let’s not knock ourselves out, okay?
Plan your guest list and get your invites out now.
Head to your craft/dollar store for the necessary decorations, green, of course! And while you’re there, if you like to hand out a goody bag, pick up a selection of cute containers or bags. I’m thinking pots of gold, those wrapped coins are obvious, or maybe something like this:
A popcorn mix would be a different take. If you’re planning a party for adults, why not get a few bottles of stout and tuck them into your goody bags? Maybe along with the candy, and some goofy St. Patty’s day trinkets. And always, always, always, safety first. There will be no drinking and driving! As for music and entertainment, there are scads of Irish acts out there, or Celtic musical groups. For something you can dance to, I would pick Derina Harvey, maybe some Great Big Sea. For something maybe a tad more traditional, there’s the Irish Rovers, the High Kings… really, just do a search and find what you like.
As for movies, if you want to go that route, Leap Year for a night with the girls. The Boys and Girl from County Clare if you want something more… musical. Or what about Waking Ned Devine if you want something funny, with heart. Again, there are oodles of options out there, so find something that works for you.
Most importantly, get a good group of people around you and have some fun. Community, out in the real world, that’s what makes life sweeter. Get your Irish on, and remember that you don’t need an excuse to celebrate.