St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Ideas

Published 03/07/2022

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national holiday. It commemorates Saint Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland), the advent of Christianity in Ireland, and the heritage and culture of the Irish. Although it is not a federal holiday in the United States, widespread celebrations of Saint Patrick’s Day have been occurring here annually since 1601. The color green is usually displayed or prominently worn. Parades, religious observances, and heavy consumption of alcohol are also hallmarks of the festivities.

To enhance your food specials, try incorporating classic Saint Patrick’s Day menu ideas into your offerings for the day.

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  • If you normally serve pizza, concoct a Corned Beef Hash version.
  • Whip up a batch of one of the many Irish soup or stew recipes and serve it with Irish Soda Bread.
  • Offer green shamrock cupcakes on a bed of gold-foiled chocolate coins for dessert. You can find shamrock baking pans and green food coloring online.
  • Serve Shamrock Shooters and Lucky Leprechaun shots and have plenty of Irish Whiskey and coffee on hand for all the classic Irish Coffees you’ll be serving.

Saint Patrick’s Day Bar Games

Straight Face

Charge a fee to play. Pass out 3 pieces of paper and a pen to all players. Ask them to write one sentence on each piece of paper containing the word “green” with the objective of making the reader laugh. Have your DJ throw all the papers into a basket and mix them up. Then one by one, each player chooses a paper and reads its content over the microphone while maintaining a straight face for 10 seconds. If they fail, they’re out of the game. If they succeed, they get a chance to go again. Keep going around until all the sentences have been read. Last person standing gets a Lucky Leprechaun shot and a $20 gift certificate.

Twister

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Purchase a game of Twister on amazon or e-bay ahead of time and prepare a menu selection of green alcohol shots for the night. You can find lots of great Saint Patrick’s cocktail recipes online.

If you don’t already have a dance floor, move some tables off to the side and lay the mat down before your customers arrive. This works as a great promo because they’ll either want to play or they’ll be curious and will want to watch. Either way – they’ll stick around for the fun!

Charge up to $5 to play Twister. Prepare to give away one prize of your choosing per game and to play one game every hour. Designate your DJ to host the games and have another staff member standing by to give shots to the players.

Play normally but with one exception. Every time the spinner lands on “green” all players must drink a shot in whatever position they’re in. The last person on the mat wins.

Hula Hoop Contest

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As simple as this sounds, it’s not so easy when there’s alcohol involved!

Buy a batch of green or green-striped hula hoops. Ask your DJ to line up some great St. Patrick’s day songs to play while the contestants are spinning. Find out who’s got what it takes to stay in the hoop the longest. Play as many games as you like and give away prizes.

Here are some great songs for the contest:

  • I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
  • Irish Pub Song – The High Kings
  • Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly
  • The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
  • The Irish Rover – The Pogues featuring The Dubliners

Screen great Irish movies

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If you’ve got wide screen TVs rent a few popular Irish movies and play them on a loop with subtitles on and the sound off. Check the ratings for profanity and nudity if necessary.

Here are some well known Irish film titles:

  • My Left Foot
  • Accelerator
  • The Commitments
  • An Everlasting Piece
  • The Crying Game

For more great St. Patrick's Day food and drink ideas check out our sister company Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment's St. Patrick's Day Pinterest page.