Saint Patrick’s Day, named after the most well-known of the patron saints of Ireland, was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. St.Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday that for some, celebrates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. For most, St.Patrick’s Day has become more of a celebration of Irish culture. The day generally involves wearing green clothing, public parades and festivals, and shamrocks. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day )
With St.Patrick’s Day coming quickly, many of you are probably putting together your preparations to have a fun-filled St.Patrick’s Day party… and we’re here to help you with that!
A great party atmosphere starts the moment the guests walk in the door, with the decor! Greet your guests and get them into the Irish spirit from the moment they come into your home with this festive St.Patrick’s Day themed wreath!
What you will need:
- Foam wreath circle (We picked up a green one from Michael’s craft store.)
- Green ribbon
- Green felt
- Thin black marker
- Green thread
- Flat head pins (Make sure they are not too long, as you don’t want them to do straight through the foam circle.)
- Sewing needle & scissors
1. Start of with choosing a shape you like, whether it be leaves or perhaps shamrocks, whatever you think would suit your home!
2. Draw this shape several times, using your thin black marker, on one side of the felt. (We did 38 leaves on our wreath.) When you think you have enough to fill your entire wreath, start cutting out each shape.
3. If you are using the leaf shape, like we did, thread your needle with the green thread. Sew each leaf down the center in a straight line. (You can do this with a sewing machine rather than hand-sewing. We just liked the added handmade feeling it gave to the project.)
4.Then, pinch one end of the leaf together and sew both sides so that they are touching. This will give you the leaf shape rather than just having a flat piece to work with.
5. Fully wrap your foam wreath circle with the green ribbon. (We used a slightly see-through ribbon, and overlapped for an interesting looking texture.)
6. Using your flat head pins, start pinning your leaf shapes around your wreath. We pinned our leaves right near the top of the leaf – in the folded area – so that the pins are less visible.
7. Once all the leaves are pinned to your wreath, you can shift them around to give a prettier appearance and pine at the sides of the leaves so that none of them are left dangling.
8. Next, add a ribbon around the top and any other accoutrements to pretty it up, like a bow.
9. And you’re done! Hang the wreath up on your door and you are ready to greet your guests. You can even reuse this wreath for Springtime & Summertime! Just change up the ribbon, and any bows, and you’re set to go!
What else makes a great party you ask? The drinks, of course! Impress your friends with this thirst-quenching – and fun! – ‘Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail’.
You can find the recipe for a ‘Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail’ at Drinked In http://drinkedin.net/component/content/article/39-recipes/recipes/159327-tipsy-leprechaun-cocktail.html
And you can’t have a St.Patrick’s Day party without some beer involved! Add extra interest to your party with our Craft Beer Brittle. Made with local Steamwhistle beer, this delicious brittle melts in your mouth. Your guests won’t be able to stop after just one bite!
Do you have any great St. Patrick’s Day party ideas? Please share them with us in the comments below. Happy partying!