1. Clover Cookies
Use a small, round cookie cutter to shape your favorite shortbread dough. Roll the edge in green sugar. Arrange three circles in a clover pattern, overlapping slightly. Use dough scraps to form a small stem. Dip edges in green sugar. Bake.
2. Shamrock-Shape Appetizers
Use a shamrock cookie cutter on bread, dough, cheese, or any other pliable food to form festive appetizers. Try topping tortillas with shaved corned beef, carrots and, sauerkraut for a homage to a traditional Reuben.
3. Festive Tableware
Set your table with Ireland in mind. Check out local party and thrift stores for napkins, plates, and silverware in hues of green, orange, and white. Or use food-safe paint to turn basic ceramic plates into the Irish flag.
4. Succulent Display
Arrange succulents and other greenery into a flower pot or shallow container for a natural centerpiece. Weave in fresh (or faux) shamrocks for extra luck. After the big day, plant the greens in your garden or create a modern succulent container garden.
5. Irish Beer Flights
Mimic a pub crawl at home by serving guests customized beer flights. Have six or seven options of Irish beer on hand—think Guinness, Harp, or O'Hara's—and serve four-ounce pours. Guests can sample a variety of brews without committing to an entire bottle.
6. Pot of Gold Poker
Set up a poker table so guests can truly test their luck. Cover a card table with green felt, fabric, or even an oversize scarf. Instead of cash, play for a pot filled with gold coins and candies. Have younger guests? Stock an exclusive spot with kid-friendly card games.
7. Sweet Sips
Forget about Shamrock Shakes—try a Guinness float. Layer vanilla ice cream and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur into a pint glass. Slowly pour in half a bottle of Guinness stout beer while titling the glass on its side to prevent the beer from foaming over.