How To Spice Up Your St. Patrick's Day Party

When the 17th of March rolls around, every American with even a microscopic amount of Irish blood (remember dear old great-great-great granddad Paddy?) dons their greenest outfit to prepare for an evening of revelry, ribaldry, and pint after pint of tawny Guinness. If you're an aficionado of all things Irish, throwing a St. Patrick's Day party is a great way to celebrate your love of the Emerald Isle. But don't let your party become a boring rehash of every St. Patrick's cliché. You need your party to stand apart. Here are some great ways to spice up this year's Paddy's Day.

Casino Party

You've got the green hat, the green vest, and the green glasses, but do you have the greenbacks? Your party will be truly unforgettable if you hire a company that specializes in mobile casino parties. A mobile casino party company brings the games, the tables, the cards, the dice, and the dealers right to you. You don't have to worry about anything other than the guests. Costs to hire a casino party company usually vary depending on the number of tables you rent. But don't make the mistake of trying to budget by slimming down on the amount of tables or you could lose guests. The number to shoot for is an amount of tables that will allow half of your expected guests to be able to play at a table at any one time. That will keep people in rotation so as to avoid boredom, the number one party killer. Visit a site like for more help.

Murder Mystery

Maybe you're seeking a more refined St. Patrick's Day rather than a Guinness-induced drunken brawl. What you need is a murder mystery dinner. Invite all your closest friends with thespian inclinations to dress up in period gear and meet you at the dinner table for a night of murder and intrigue. Work together to find out who among you is the murderer. You can hire companies that specialize in providing the ultimate murder mystery experience, complete with costumes, actors, props, and plots. Or you can go for a simpler option. Some online sites will allow you to download a murder mystery plot that you can supervise yourself. Just don't forget the Guinness.

Create Your Own Irish Pub Lock-In

In Ireland, there's a longstanding tradition of something called a pub lock-in. Because it's illegal to keep a pub open on a weekday after 11:30 in Ireland, a bartender may invite a few select folks to remain behind after closing time and then the trusty barkeep will lock the doors. At that point, it becomes a private party and the drinking and revelry can continue. In many Irish pubs, that also means traditional music will be played long into the night. To create your own pub lock-in, invite your most musically inclined friends to bring their instruments to your home and serenade your guests while you all drink a Guinness.