Event Inspiration Board: {St. Patty’s Day}

Today’s event decor inspiration board challenge is inspired by St. Patty’s Day! Trish, from San Diego, requested ideas for a fun, casual get-together for friends this weekend.

{Here’s the breakdown for today’s challenge}

EVENT: St. Patrick’s Day BBQ

THEME: Every shade of green (of course!) and a few delicious holiday recipes

BUDGET: Under $150 for 25 guests (not including the BYOB)

My suggestions:

DECOR: Since the party is casual with an emphasis on good food and drink, let’s keep the decor just as stress-free. My favorite centerpiece options? Vintage green bottles on a simple tray, clean vases (the basic wood box is simple and stunning, as well as the white ceramic table vases below) filled with wheat grass, or how about the Irish favorite – Bells of Ireland? These green flower stalks (below collage, top left) are cost-effective and perfect for the holiday. They look wonderful with a few calla lilies and green kermit mums.

Another easy option? take advantage of stored Christmas ornaments in bright green, they would look lovely clustered in a bowl or hung from branches in the backyard. Better Homes and Gardens gives easy directions for sprucing up a standard tablecloth with Celtic designs (via stamps and stencils). I really love the look of these green apples cored out to hold small white votive candles by BHG – genius! And Green poms (very top) are always a winner.

WHAT TO SERVE: Save the corned beef and cabbage for another night, opt instead for potato pizza and green beer! Give this tasty flat pizza recipe a try, you’re sure to amaze guests (potatoes on pizza?) but I promise it’s so good you’ll use the idea again and again.

And for dessert, fill up on a hearty dessert buffet complete with slice-and-bake Shamrock Cookies and Chocolate Stout Shakes (yum!). This should be the attention getting decor item of the evening, so feel free to use green scrapbooking paper, crepe paper and ribbon to really bring it to life. (Amy Atlas dessert bar for inspiration, via Style Me Pretty, below).

And there you have it, a fun and easy St. Patty’s Day celebration with friends and family. Here’s the rough breakdown to make sure we’re in budget:

Cost breakdown:

-Food (plenty of potato pizza appetizer ingredients) for 25 people: $40
-Dessert Bar (slice-and-bake cookies, stout milkshakes, candy and paper products – like tissue poms, buffet labels and patterned paper to line display dishes – to decorate): $75
-Centerpieces/table decorations (wheat grass, bells of Ireland, vintage bottles and vases from thrift store): $25
-Handmade Celtic tablecloth (modifying an old tablecloth with a new stencil): $10


Still looking for more St. Patty’s Day inspiration? HWTM and Celebrations at Home have recently shared a few easy and fun St. Patty’s Day decor ideas – check them out here and here!

To peruse through PDB’s Event Decor Inspiration Board Challenges, click here. If you’d like to submit an inspiration board party request, visit the About PDB page for email information. Happy Tuesday!

{Giveaway} from Vintage Paper Parade!

I’d like to introduce you to one of PDB’s new sponsors. You may have noticed the new button in the left hand column with this adorable image:

Vintage Paper Parade is a wonderful little Etsy shop featuring whimsical, stylish and vintage-inspired illustrations perfect for a baby or bridal shower, children’s birthdays or holiday fun. 

Debra, the owner and designer, hand designs each image from children’s stories (and even stories told by her children) by keeping a notebook of sketches and choosing her favorites to add regularly to the shop. She calls Toronto home and launched A Spring Handmade Market to unite local Etsy artists earlier in 2009.

I adore the small, detailed tags! How perfect would they be for handmade party favors, gift packaging, or even to identify dessert buffet treats? The cupcake toppers and cards with elephants and circus tents follow as a close second (and did you see the fawn design?).

Vintage Paper Parade offers party packs and individual listings in most of the themes. You’ll definitely want in on this giveaway!


Vintage Paper Parade is offering one lucky winner:

*one set of personalized cards/invitations
*one set of gift tags
*one set of cupcake toppers
*$20 gift certificate for Vintage Paper Parade

In any theme or design of the winner’s choosing – perfect for your next celebration! (Valued at $55)

To Enter: Please visit Vintage Paper Parade’s shop and leave a comment here about your favorite item. If you’d like, share one of your favorite party themes, too!

Giveaway ends Friday, March 19th, at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday.


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