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St Patrick's Day Party Vault

Welcome to the St Patrick's Day Party Vault! We have lots of information here, and hope it helps you to plan the perfect St Patrick's Day for you and family!


St Patrick's Day History

St Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday celebrated all around the globe to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. 

When Is St. Patrick's Day?
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th.

Who Was Saint Patrick?
Even though Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most celebrated religious figures around the world, the factual information about his life and times is quite vague. Most information about St. Patrick has been twisted, embellished, or simply made up over centuries by storytellers, causing much ambiguity about the real life of St. Patrick. However, there are a some elements of his story about which most scholars accept to be true.

According to Coilin Owens, Irish literature expert and Professor Emeritus of English at George Mason University, Saint Patrick is traditionally thought to have lived "between 432-461 A.D., but more recent scholarship moves the dates up a bit." At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped from his native land of the Roman British Isles by a band pirates, and sold into slavery in Ireland. Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and turned to religion for solace. After six years of slavery he escaped to the Irish coast and fled home to Britain.

While back in his homeland, Patrick decided to become a priest and then decided to return to Ireland after dreaming that the voices of the Irish people were calling him to convert them to Christianity.

After studying and preparing for several years, Patrick traveled back to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Although there were already some Christians living in Ireland, St. Patrick was able to bring upon a massive religious shift to Christianity by converting people of power. Says Prof. Owens, "[St. Patrick] is credited with converting the nobles; who set an example which the people followed."

But Patrick's desire to spread of Christianity was not met without mighty opposition. Prof. Owens explains, "Patrick ran into trouble with the local pagan priesthood, the druids: and there are many stories about his arguments with them as well as his survival of plots against them." He laid the groundwork for the establishment of hundreds of monasteries and churches that eventually popped up across the Irish country to promote Christianity.

Saint Patrick is also credited with bringing written word to Ireland through the promotion of the study of legal texts and the Bible, says Prof. Owens. Previous to Patrick, storytelling and history were reliant on memory and orally passing down stories.

Patrick's mission in Ireland is said to have lasted for thirty years. It is believe he died in the 5th century on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is commemorated each year.

The first year St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in America in 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. The first official St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City in 1766. As the saying goes, on this day "everybody is Irish!" Over 100 U.S. cities now hold Saint Patrick's Day parades.


Party Planning

Countdown: Planning is the secret to a successful party. Once everything is thought out, your party will run smoothly.

One Month Ahead:  Decide on the date, time, place, and number of guests for your party. Start by buying or making your invitations. 

Two Weeks Ahead: Phone, email or mail the invitations.  If you're mailing them, be sure to ask for an R.S.V.P. so you'll know exactly how many to expect. Make plans for the menu, activities, gifts (or prizes), and decorations. If you're planning to include any games, be sure to plan more than you'll have time for. This allows you to go on to another game if your guests aren't having fun.

One Week Ahead: Make or purchase the party favors, prizes, and decorations. The big day will be here before you know it.

 Two or Three Days Ahead: Double-check the final guest list and make a tentative schedule for what you'll be doing at the party.  Shop for the food.

The Day Before the Party:   Decorate for your party.  Start early, as this always takes longer than you expect.  Same with the food.  Anything you can do ahead now will make the day of the party much more fun for everyone!


Decorating

Did you know?
  • We have a variety of beautiful candles, including tapers?
  • We have the Wilton Products for St Patrick's Day?
  • We have trays,
  • We have scented candles
  • We have decorative glass votive candle holders
  • We have a variety St Patrick's cello bags
  • Lots of small goodies for kids
  • We have a good selection of salt and pepper shakers.
  • We have beautiful St Patrick's lanterns in various sizes
  • We have St Patrick's treat boxes
  • We have St Patrick's Baking Cups
  • We have St Patrick's picks
  • We have St Patrick's snack servers
And that's just a sample of what we carry!  Be sure to come in to see it all! Here are some photos to whet your appetite!
 
 
 
 
   
 





 


















We also have a LARGE selection of Balloons!




St Patrick's Day Recipe

St Patrick's Day Ice Cream Jello

Mix together to dissolve:
2 large packages (6 oz each) of green Jello (or any flavor)
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
4 cups boiling water

Add:
1 quart vanilla ice cream (I would use less ice cream next time)
Stir til dissolved

Pour:
9 x 13 glass dish

Refrigerate overnight, cut and serve! The ice cream will float to the top of the jello.

St Patrick's Goodie Bags

We have LOTS of goodie bag ideas!  And, we're always adding more.  Stop by our stores to see it all


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