St. Patty’s Day Party Prep

March is here! I am looking through my closet for my one green sweater so I don’t get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. Private painting parties are truly fun and easy to host, and Ashlie has created some brand new painting classes for March.  Here are some St. Patrick Day party decoration and food ideas to make your party planning quick and easy.
PARTY DECOR
Do you like rainbows? I do, here is one way to add a rainbow to your home. Start by collecting different colored streamers and some masking tape (scotch tape doesn’t stick well to streamers.) Also, purchase a foam poster board to attach the rainbow to be able to hang it up easily – this also helps if you want to move it to another area after the party. Lay a long piece of tape sticky side up on your work surface. Secure the tape temporarily in place by turning the ends under to stick on the work surface. The length of your piece of tape should match the size you want your rainbow to be. Take your first roll of streamers (red for an accurate rainbow-this will be the top color of the rainbow,) attach it to the tape while unraveling it and bunching it up a little bit as you go to create a ‘ruffle effect.’ Take the taped streamer and lay it on the foam poster board in a curved ‘rainbow’ shape. Add small pieces of tape every 6 inches or so to keep it in place while you shape it. Repeat the steps for each color of streamers you have. Layer each streamer next to each other with a slight overlap so the white poster board stays covered. The ends will be uneven, so trim them and secure each one with a piece of tape. Cut out a ‘pot of gold’ using black cardstock. Attach the pot to the poster board at the end of the rainbow. If you can find very lightweight gold coins you can add them to the pot using tape. If you cannot find any light enough, you can create your own gold coins out of cardstock. Ball up some white tissue paper and tape the back to secure it on the foam poster board to look like clouds.
Another way to add a rainbow is to gather some glass dessert cups or wine glasses. Place the glasses next to each other in a row. Add a different color of Skittles or M&M’s to each glass to create an edible rainbow that is sure to make your guests smile.
Do you love the color green? A green tablecloth on your table can be dressed up in many ways. You can take plastic gold necklaces (found at many Dollar stores and Party stores) and gold coins and lay them directly on your table to add color. And if the gold coins are chocolate, your guests will enjoy eating them too! Or you can add a white or gold table runner in the middle of your table for an elegant look. Green and white candles make lovely accents, as well as, green napkins. Many stores carry St. Patrick’s Day décor now, so you may be able to purchase a tablecloth with shamrocks on it.
PARTY FOOD
Yes, it is time to talk about food! Here is a lovely St. Patrick’s Day Truffle recipe that is served in a glass like a parfait. You will need a box of brownie mix, a box of vanilla pudding, a little green food coloring, whip cream, and some Andes Mints.
Simply follow the directions on your brownie mix of choice and bake. Make the vanilla pudding according to the directions on the package and add about 3 or 4 drops of green food coloring. Store it in the refrigerator.  When the brownies are cool enough, cut them into even pieces. You will need two full brownies for each serving. Alternate layers of brownies and green pudding in individual glasses. Add a layer of whipped topping when your guests are ready to eat. You can also top them with Andes Mints for an added touch. This makes approximately 5-6 small glass servings.
If you have read my blogs before, then you know I love marshmallows dipped in chocolate and other lovely ingredients. But today I am not going to give you any marshmallow ideas. Instead, here is a Green Candied Popcorn recipe! Your ingredient list: 4 quarts of already popped corn, 1 ½ cups of sugar, ½ cup light corn syrup, 2 tablespoons butter (don’t use margarine,) ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and green food coloring.
In a heavy saucepan melt the butter on medium heat, then add the sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Increase the temperature to medium high and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Once it boils, add in the food coloring and stop stirring. Boil it for 5 minutes without stirring it. The mixture should be about 250-260 degrees (if you have a candy thermometer I recommend using it.) Remove it from the heat and carefully stir in the vanilla and baking soda. Work quickly and while the mixture is foamy, pour the mixture over the popped corn and gently stir to coat the popcorn. Line a rimmed baking sheet or large roaster with parchment paper, pour the popcorn into the roaster and bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour while setting your timer to stir it every 15 minutes. It is yummy!
These ideas and more can be found on our Pinterest site. I recommend looking at the dipped Oreos recipe.
Until we meet you for the first time or see you again in one of our studios, here is an Irish blessing for you:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home,
And may the hand of a friend always be near.May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
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