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You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, either. When planning a St. Patrick’s Day party, the important thing is to have fun and create a festive event. Pick up party supplies at the discount store instead of buying them for full price. Set a strict budget and use some staple items you already have at home to keep costs low. Here are some other ideas for planning a St. Patrick’s Day party for less.
Festive Decorations – Decorations set the tone for the party. They don’t have to be extravagant, but they should be mostly green. Put themed window clings or tinsel shamrocks on the front door so that guests will know they are in the right place when they arrive. Hang crepe paper streamers from corner to corner in the main room, twisting them as they run across the ceiling. Use a doorway or a chandelier as a central focal point to help the streamers hold their shape. Coordinate white or yellow intertwined with green for variety. Keep in mind that the centers will hang lower the longer they are up, so make sure you plan ahead. Accent your holiday party decorations with balloons. Let some lie loose on the floor while others are tied in clusters with curling ribbon and stationed in doorways and on windows. Use matching plastic plates, cups and utensils in keeping with the theme.
Food – There are several options on how to handle food. Serve light refreshments at early afternoon or after-dinner parties rather than spending money on a main course. If you want to serve heavier food but still want to spend less, a fun idea is to make it pot luck. Ask your friends to bring something Irish or green for a luncheon or dinner. You will no doubt wind up with a variety of dishes and snacks, from potato soup to green cookies. Perhaps offer a small prize for the most creative dish.
Party Favors – Keep party favors simple. If you have a lot of guests, buy them in bulk to cut down on the cost per guest. Pick up discount party supplies like plastic green mugs and mini party hats. Fill them partially with tissue paper and the rest of the way with green and white hard candies to minimize the amount needed. If you have leftover green tissue paper or construction paper from the Christmas holidays, this is a good time to use it. Run tissue through your paper shredder at home for a different effect. Smaller containers can be filled with plastic necklaces, pretzels or stickers, depending on the age level of your guests. Another option is to pick up some St. Patrick’s Day scarves in fun prints. These can be handed out to guests as they arrive or used as a blindfold for games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey or for a piñata game.
When you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, don’t forget to keep with the theme and make sure your guests are having fun. The rest will fall into place.
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