St. Patricks Day is a really festive holiday. Filled with bright shades of green, rainbows, leprechauns and good food. But what does this holiday represent? I had no idea. I grew up thinking that on this day you can drink, eat and party all night. So I did a little research of my own, and this is what the holiday really means. Thank You Wikipedia ….
Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
Saint Patrick’s Day, while not a legal holiday in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, eating and drinking, religious observances, and numerous parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century.
So we decided to offer this Free St. Patricks Day Printable Set so your party can be filled with leprechauns and a pot of gold.
Where shall we begin with our party display, I know, our Little Leprechaun. The star of the party… Let’s call him Blarney. We purchased our pot of gold cauldron from Hobby Lobby…We found these gold coins from The Dollar Store. Even though they are a dollar a bag, we would have spent 50 dollars filling up the cauldron. So we put a towel inside the pot and used two bags to fill the rim.
Here is another view of the cauldron. We made it the centerpiece of the table. Another good tip was that we purchased three green metal tin pails and put them upside down for height. Each one was a dollar. I would say you can buy one set and paint them the color you need to match. However, sometimes you have to think about your time compared to the cost of just buying the color you need.
We had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Cookies at Bash Conference this year and we purchased her book. So now we are not just candlemakers we are bakers as well…We made these Green Velvet Cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Amazingly delicious, you must buy her book immediately. We used our cupcake wrappers from the set to wrap around. We used the circles and taped them to black stirrers as a cute topper.
But seriously, the cake plate is that most precious thing on this table. It is over 80 years old. It belonged to my grandma who passed away at 101 years old. Her antiques were very precious to her and it was my honor to borrow this for the photo shoot. What you can’t see is that there is a fruit design in the center covered by the cupcakes.
One more view of the cake plate. So happy that it was part of a special occasion. Antiques need to be appreciated and displayed. We also met Eddie Ross at this conference. He opened up our eyes to not be afraid to mix modern and antiques.
These clear plastic tumblers came in handy to show the different shades of green. We made Mint Jello and Jello Vanilla Pudding with green food coloring. We attached our cupcake wrappers to the cups just for some added color.
We displayed the Jello on white serving plates. It’s a great idea to have a collection of white dishes handy. We purchased ours from World Market. They have a fantastic collection.
Here is a shot of the tent cards we used on the table. Super easy to print, cut and fold.
Another awesome dessert from Jenny Cookies. This recipe is also from the book. We are putting it to good use…We purchased this cookie cutter from Hobby Lobby. We dipped the sugar cookies in green chocolate wafers and it made this cool swirl. We piped gold gel around the edge of the cookies. Super easy and so much fun to get the kids involved. I had my kids help and when we were all done and the kitchen was a disaster zone, they said, “You know you could have just bought all this stuff from the grocery store”. How is that fun, was my reply…
Here is another view of the cookies. So happy how they turned out….
Ok the drinks, equally important as the deserts :-)….The center beer bottles have our water bottle wraps around them. The Shamrock Juice and the Irish Sparling Cider have our small postcard size invitation as the wrap.
We placed the beer on the right side and the non-acholic drinks to the left. We took our circles from the printable set and decorated the top and front of the drinks.
Speaking of the circles. We used it everywhere. We used it as table confetti, we glued them on this St. Patricks tinsel garland from The Dollar Store. We wrapped the tinsel around the table. We also wrapped it on the green tin pails and the handle of the cauldron.
Here is a closer picture of the circles in action. It’s really an inexpensive way to decorate the table without breaking the bank.
One last cute thing we did for the table. We purchased this St. Patricks Derby Hat from The Dollar Store. Also purchased was four bunches of green flowers. We put a hole on the top of the hat and placed the flowers inside. Hershey Kiss stickers are wrapped around the hat for our guests to munch on in between cookies and jello.
We took three lollipop sticks and placed them in the center of the hat and attached our circles as a centerpiece.
One last item to our St. Patricks Printable Set, the banner. It reads ” Luck Of The Irish”. We hole punched every corner and thread them through green twine. Again taking our circles we placed them on the edges of the twine. We love how this turned out. You can also make bows on the edge, however I am not very good in the bow department so this is a perfect way to keep it clean.
When we first purchased all the items for the party and started to put them together, our first impression was like WOW, this is so tacky, but I love it… We are thrilled with all the detail for this printable set. We hope we have inspired you to bring out that party stylist in you. Till the next big holiday….
Download our St. Patrick’s Day Printable set here: