St. Patrick's Day Party Planning With A Guinness Vintage Vibe - DIY Decorations
Most people who attend my parties are well aware that I love a signature cocktail almost as much as I love a good theme. So … when St. Patty’s rolled around this year I got to combine them with my Guinness theme, win-win! Instead of the bright greens and plastic beads that I normally decorate with for St. Patrick’s Day I put together a party that had a more subdued and vintage vibe, reminding me of the time I spent in Dublin and the tour I took at the Guinness brewery after college.
For every party I like to choose one area that has a statement for everyone to see when they walk in. Someday I’ll have a fireplace and this will be my mantel, but for now I use the buffet in my living room. My color scheme for the party included rustic galvanized metal accents, green boxwood florals (which I thought looked a little like shamrocks), and darker greens & browns. This backdrop included two of my favorite party hacks: 1) use a shower curtain for a backdrop, they are so cheap - I found this plaid curtain on amazon for $15, 2) take an old picture frame and wrap fabric (or a flag in this case) around it for a more finished look.
I have a friend who is much better at DIY crafting than I will ever be, and last year she used these jugs in her St. Patty’s decor. She graciously lent me the jugs (which were plain at the time) and didn’t mind if I used her work for inspiration. I used my cricut and removable vinyl to print Guinness labels for the jugs and they ended up being my favorite piece for the whole party. If you want to checkout more of her stuff go to legallcraftyblog.com.
For the focal point of my display I also used my cricut to make this DIY sign. The sign itself was a chalkboard from the clearance bin at Target. I spray painted it green and added gold vinyl letters. For less than $5 it ended up looking like a fun vintage pub sign. A hot tip - if you want a specific font like this one, dafont.com is a great site for downloading free fonts.
Another cheap and easy DIY party hack I’ve been obsessed with is making my own napkin rings. I found these gold shamrocks in the Target dollar spot and hot glued them onto a plastic napkin ring from amazon. I loved the way table turned out - keeping with the more subdued green and brown tones. And of course, I had to feature vintage Guinness tumblers!
The most important part of any St. Patty’s party is the bar! Mine was stocked with Guinness and Jameson - is there really any other choice? The Guinness sign was borrowed from Legally Crafty Blog, but I made the Irish Food Pyramid sign with the same spray paint and cricut mentioned above.
I have yet to prep for and throw a party without a hitch. This year there was a big one. Two days before my St. Patty’s party my ENTIRE basement flooded with water (about 5 inches). It was stressful, exhausting and put a damper on my party vibe, but when the day came I decided to trudge forward with the party and poke a little fun at myself and the situation. Letter boards are great for last minute and personal signs - you can change them on a whim and reuse them over and over.
At the end of the day, we had a blast. Everyone came to the party dressed in their green and orange. Toasts were given, Car Bombs were drank, and I busted some karaoke to Rattlin’ Tree. While we all looked adorable, I think Marvin and Rufus won best dressed of the evening!