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If you’re over the age of 25, you probably want to throw a minimal effort St. Patrick’s Day party if you’re going to celebrate at all. St. Patty’s Day is kind of a weird holiday. It’s fun for the drinking crowd, and fun for the kids who still get excited about leprechauns. For everyone else, it’s kind of eh. You have to remember to wear green and that’s about it. However, it is one of those years where it falls on a Saturday, which means you might actually want to have a party. Hooray! There’s 8 million easy decorating ideas out there, and all kind of wild desserts, but in my mind a minimal effort St. Patrick’s Day party doesn’t require much shopping, crafting, or complicated cooking. So, what can you do?
Minimal Effort St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas
Okay, so this is all super easy, but I do want to mention something before I tell you how to do this (as if you couldn’t figure it out from the pictures). I’ve had this party blog over a year now. I have vases galore, which you can see in this Easter post, food coloring of many different colors, and just a lot of party crap in general. For me, it really did only take ten minutes to get this all set up, and the only thing I needed was a new green tablecloth because I tortured the last one in a painting experiment. If you have to buy a whole bunch of stuff to make this “minimal effort,” you might want to make it easier on yourself. I’ll tell you how as we go along.
So, first off, that beer mug is not full of beer. It’s full of water with yellow food coloring. Who would waste a beer on that? The pictures make it look a little green, but it was quite yellow. Then I added some fake green flowers. Done. Easy.
The rainbow is also simple food coloring. I put the colors in the bottom of the glass first, then add water. I don’t even stir the primary colors. They sit an hour or two and it finishes mixing on its own. However, for the secondary colors, I do stir to see if I need to add more blue or red or whatever. Now, here’s where you might want to change things up. If you’d rather not buy vases, don’t. Pick up a set of paper cups in each rainbow color and set them up that way. You’ll likely spend the same amount on vases or cups (mine were less than a dollar at Walmart and Hobby Lobby – there’s two sizes there), but you won’t have to buy food coloring if you get the cups. Anyway, just set it up in the order of the rainbow.
The Pot of Gold
You will never believe me when I say this is minimal effort St. Patrick’s Day party decorating at its prime. I mean, look at that pot of gold! It’s incredible! Ha ha, just kidding. Clearly this is a black plate with a folded up napkin as the rim. The “gold” is slightly more time consuming, but the set up is very quick and then you have all your plates readily available. Nice!
Food & Drink
These cupcakes are part of the pot of gold, if you didn’t figure it out. There is absolutely not one thing special about them. They’re yellow cake with yellow frosting. I did not make the frosting because that would not have been minimal effort. I would link you to the frosting, but for some reason it’s $7 online, and believe me you do not need to pay that. I found the yellow at Walmart. I will link you to a mini-cupcake tin though – trust me, you will love it.
Everyone knows you can make green beer with a little food coloring, but I couldn’t find anything about green wine. I actually like beer just fine, but my best friend doesn’t, and I get curious. I had to know if green wine would work. And the answer is…. Yep. It’s exactly the same thing as with beer. Just add a couple drops of green food coloring to a white wine. Part of me really wanted to believe I could tell the difference, but to be honest I was using a cheap bottle and it tasted the same amount of mediocre either way. I still wouldn’t do it with your good wine… Just in case.
One Last Note…
I love the idea of a minimal effort St. Patrick’s Day party, but if you are going to exert a little effort somewhere, can I recommend the food? There are so many awesome Irish recipes we forget we can cook the rest of the year. Might as well use them when it’s time! I suggest Irish egg rolls if you feel crazy (or can find them pre-made somewhere). If those don’t interest you, here’s a list of St. Patty’s Day appetizers. Enjoy your slacker celebration and may you have the luck of the Irish!