St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, do you have everything ready to cater an amazing party? St. Patrick’s Day is a very popular holiday throughout the country, and poses a large opportunity for caterers, restaurants, event planners, bar owners, and more. It is a fun holiday that encourages people to socialize, eat, and drink during the celebrations. With such tremendous popularity, it would be a mistake not to invest much time and effort into your St. Patrick’s Day plans. Here are some tips and ideas on how to spruce up your St. Patrick’s Day plans!

  • Know Your History – St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that has a rich and deep cultural history behind it. This is something that is oftentimes overlooked and taken for granted during holiday celebrations. Many of those who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day may not understand the real history behind it. While your guests may not be interested in a lecture on Irish history, there are still fun and creative ways that you can incorporate some of the rich history behind this holiday into your events. This could be something that your guests will appreciate, should you choose to go this route, and also can be something to set you apart from the rest.
  • Cultural Food and Drink – With the deep, rich cultural history behind this holiday, it is only appropriate to celebrate with food and drink from the same culture. In honor of the Irish origins of the holiday, any and all types of Irish cuisine in any form will fit well. You can try the tried and true traditional Irish dishes of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, beef stews, and shepherd’s pie. In addition, you can even alter your current menu to add some Irish flair to each dish. Drinks are more than likely be a large part of your planning as well. Irish drinks like Guiness, Irish coffees, or Irish whiskey are always staples. Or, similarly to the food, you can add an Irish flair to current drinks you offer. Some add dye to their beers and mixed drinks to make them green. Use your creativity here!
  • Irish Colors and Decor – When decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, it only makes sense to use colors that honor the Irish. It can also be a time to begin celebrating the changing of the weather as well, from the winter into spring. This obviously means lots of green, but can also include combinations of white, orange, and gold, and even some softer pastel colors to represent the springtime. This color scheme can translate everywhere throughout your event, from the decor to the food to your staffs clothing. Using fresh grasses and other flora can also help contribute to the color scheme while also introducing a freshness that is reminscent of the transition into the spring season.
  • Take Advantage of Other Events – St. Patrick’s Day is a very popularst-patricks-day-ideas holiday throughout the country, so chances are there are already planned events and celebrations near you in your local city. Depending on your particular situation, taking advantage of the crowds from these events can be very beneficial. If you are going to be situated near a gathering place for the local city parade, consider going down there to promote your business. Given your situation, the possibilities here can be endless, so use your creativity here as well!
  • Stand Out From the Crowd – Sometimes, the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day can also mean that you have more competition. This can be an unforseen challenge for you and your business. Because of this, it is always important to go the extra mile to make yourself stand out from the crowd. These can include live entertainment, interactive stations, or raffles and giveaways. Another often overlooked asset to any St. Patrick’s Day celebration is the security. Given the nature of the holiday, there may be a higher risk of security issues during the event. Whether it be belligerent drunks or guests getting sick, it can be a very good idea to have sufficient security presence at your event, just in case something was to turn sour.

Try these ideas out for new inspiration on how to make your St. Patrick’s Day events that much better. If you ever need any of the supplies needed to make anything happen, be sure to check out Caterer’s Warehouse, your source for catering supplies!

Creative Food Station Ideas

 

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Food stations are quickly becoming a big trend in food service and catering. Break away from tradition and make your next event stand out with a creative and interactive food station for your guests! These are great alternatives to employing traditional servers, and buffet style layouts. Food stations will not only differentiate your event from others, but it will also give your guests an opportunity to socialize and interact with each other, the staff, and the food as well. This also allows your guests to pick and choose how they want their food prepared and served, which will leave everyone happy. Here are some of our favorite food station ideas that we love.

  • salad-food-stationAppetizer – Appetizers are by definition a great fit for foodstations.Oftentimes, appetizers are already set up this way, whether it be aveggie or fruit plate with dips and sauces. But with a little creativity, this can be taken a step further, allowing for further customization and interaction among your guests. Using the trend of smaller, miniature sized portions will work great here as well. A couple of our favorite ideas include a salad bar, a build your own nachos food station, or a cheese, fruit, and wine pairing station.

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  • Main Course – Unlike the appetizers, the main course needs to be insushi-food-station bigger portions. Because of this, preparing a main course food station may require a bit more planning, but there is so much flexibility with the main course that your possibilities are endless. You can prepare a main course food station for anything from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to an asian inspired rice bowl. Some of our favorite ideas include a raw seafood bar including a variety of sushi, a build your own sliders station, a taco bar, and a baked potato food station. Don’t be afraid to use your creativity and do something different. When done right, your guests will really appreciate the unexpected choices!

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  • Dessert – Desserts are also a great fit for this style of food service.smores-food-station Desserts are often in smaller portions, making it easier to build a plate with a variety of options. Candy food stations were always popular and could be seen as a precursor to this food station craze. Try building your own candy station for your guests. Some other great food station ideas that we love include a s’mores station, a build your own ice cream or yogurt station, a cotton candy machine, and even a coffee or espresso bar.

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Give your next event a unique flair and use these creative food station ideas for your next event. These ideas will add a new and fun social element to food service at your next event. If you need any catering supplies to help you turn any of these ideas into reality, you can find everything you need at Caterer’s Warehouse!