St. Patrick's Day Party and Music Ideas

Well known traditions for St. Patrick’s Day are always the party and the music, or the the ‘pairti’ and the ‘ceol’. Many of us look forward to a night of celebrating the Irish culture. Below are some tips to make your St. Patrick’s Day party better than ever.

Let us start with some ‘themed’ party ideas. St. Patrick’s Day is known for its Irish beer, so a themed party idea is a ‘St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl. For this fun festive party, treat yourself and your guests to a traditional pub crawl through your town. Start from one end and make your way to other. You may end up crawling by the night's end, hence the name.

Another ‘themed’ party idea is an open house part. Now, the titled of the part seems like you are just moving in to a brand new house and you want your friends and family to stop, but that is not the case here. This type of party is for those that don’t want to venture out the festivities, but bring them into their home. For this type of party, decorate your house as if it were Ireland. Make your guests feel like they are visiting the real thing. Put up some green, pretend you’re Irish, eat lucky charms, find those four leaf clovers, and have a party.

Now what’s a party without music, some traditional Irish music? The most popular musical instrument is the fiddle. The fiddle is what we call a violin. Some other instruments used in traditional Irish music is:

  • Tin Whistle

  • Flute

  • Bagpipes and Uilleann Pipes

  • Banjo and more…
  • A great example of an Irish band is Flogging Molly. Some of Flogging Molly's most popular tunes are ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, ‘Light of a Fading Star’, ‘(No More) Paddy’s Lament’, and more… You can view some of their music here: www.floggingmolly.com.

    With these party suggestions above, please remember to designate a driver that will not be drinking. This is for your safety and those of your guests. If you cannot find a designated driver, remember to take a cab or call a friend.

    Have a happy and safe holiday!


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