This week I'm killing two birds with one stone by hosting a half birthday St. Patrick's Day dinner party. It's my half birthday on Friday and St. Patrick's day on Saturday so I've combined the two celebrations and invited over a group of friends for dinner before we venture out for a night on the town together. I'm of Irish descent and love celebrating St. Patty's, so I am taking the steps to make my party fabulous, memorable, and successful. The drinks and menu are planned, and today I am decorating my house with shades and textures of green. Creating a look for St. Patrick's Day is quite simple because it's all about celebrating the color green and the rebirth that it symbolizes. To see how I'll transform my house with luck and leprechauns,
- When decorating your house for a party, try to look at the rooms where the event will be held from the point of view of your guests. My friend Emily comes over to my house several times a week, so I'll change the look so when she comes over for the dinner it really feels like a party rather than just any other day.
- Set appetizers in the kitchen and once all of the guests have arrived and dinner is to be served, ask them to join you in the dining room.
- The focal point should be the dining table. Dress it in a deep forest green tablecloth. If you can't find the exact green tone you prefer, head to your local fabric store for a large piece of fabric that you can easily turn into a tablecloth.
- Fill lots of low clear vases with groupings of bright, sunny yellow flowers (my daffodils are already starting to bloom so I'll cut some from the garden) with brilliant green stems.
- Light all of the candles in your house for a warm, glowing atmosphere.
- If it's a colder night, have a fire in the fireplace.
- Scatter your tables and your counters tops with shamrock confetti.
- At all of my parties I like to have little bowls of candies and luckily my days of sorting out the m&m colors are over because of a new specialty candy store with a wall of m&m's in every color!
- Use your best china and nice flatware - dinner parties are what you got it for.
- Don't splurge on expensive napkin rings when you can simply tie the linens with a pretty green ribbon.
- Green streamers and balloons can be festive but remember you want things to look jubilant, green, and chic, not tacky, childish, and overdone so use them with care. I like to hang two tones of metallic green streamers along my closed curtains giving the walls a candy strip effect.
- Check out the party supply store near you for last minute decorations, inspirations, and ideas.
- When guests arrive place a shamrock sticker on everyone's shirt to get people in the mood.
- Remember to keep everything light and fun, St. Patrick's Day is one of the most informal holidays so avoid making your guests feel uncomfortable with stuffy place settings.
How are you decorating your house for your St. Patrick's Day celebration? Please share your ideas below. Tomorrow the final leg of this plan: the music for my dinner.