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Lucky Libations

March 14, 2010

Over the past week I have been sharing with you the preparations for our St. Patrick’s Day bash coming this weekend. I’ve had a strict budget to keep to and I’ve been able to put together some great DIY ideas for decorations, food and last but not least, St. Patrick’s Day drinks!

Clearly one  choice item for Paddy’s day drinking is Guinness! Guinness can be expensive for a large party though. Instead, try mixing up a Black and Tan! A Black and tan is made by pouring a lighter beer over the back of a spoon and into a glass of Guinness. The spoon will keep your head of foam from deflating or the glass from bubbling over. If you buy a less expensive light beer you can cut the expense down on serving Guinness.

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Irish coffee is usually the combination of whiskey and black coffee, but another version is coffee with baileys. Although both of these will be offered for our party, plain ‘ol non-alcoholic coffee will be on hand. Here is a fun way to spice up an old stand by. I’ve rubbed down sugar cubes with mint leaves to infuse them with a touch of flavor and give them a fun green color. Try using cinnamon sticks, rose petals, and lemon rinds. All of these will add lovely color and flavor to your coffee! Save the shredded remains of the mint leaves for a simple syrup.

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Our fancier drink is going to be a Champaign cocktail mixed with green Cream de Minthe liquor. I bought plastic Champaign glasses at the party store and printed out little flags with Irish slang on them. Mostly insults…it will be fun to get everyone in the feisty Irish spirit! Download my St. Patricks Day Champaign glass flags here! StPatsFlags

I have decided to rim the glasses with green sugar and a mint simple syrup. Dying sugar is easy. Get a rubber glove or wrap a finger in plastic wrap to keep your fingers dye free. Fill a small bowl with sugar and add one or two drops of food coloring. Rub the sugar around until the lumps of dye disappear and your color is even. For the simple sugar, put in the left over shreds of mint from the sugar cubes in a pot with equal parts sugar and water. Dissolve the sugar and heat on low to make the sugar. Let the mint steep in the syrup to absorb the flavor. Strain it in a bowl and you can use it after it cools to rim the gasses!
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For the designated drivers and non-drinkers of the party, we are putting together a green punch. Sprite or 7-Up with lime sorbet and pineapple juice is an easy, inexpensive mix!

Please read more about all of the St. Patrick’s Day ideas and enjoy the holiday!

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How To (Shamrock Candy Pot)

March 12, 2010

One of many in a string of St. Patrick’s Day Party posts! This post will show you how to put to use the paper flowers I taught you how to make in my video tutorial. For St. Patrick’s day I changed the shape to a shamrock…but it’s the same idea.

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You can do this the easy way and just cover a box with pretty wrapping paper, but I wanted mine to hold candy. Cut four 6×6 squares of foam core and wrap them in pretty wrapping paper. I got this roll from Party City for 99 cents.

Glue all of the edges of these pieces together to make a cube. On the inside, to make it a bit stronger, use the hot glue like caulk on all of the joints.

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Set the cube down on top of some foam core and trace the cube on the inside to cut a shape that will fit inside the cube. Cut it out and wrap it with the wrapping paper.

Push this last piece down inside the cube about an inch from the top. From the bottom inside again use the hot glue like a caulking gun to secure it in place.

While holding that inside platform from the bottom, poke a hole in the top to insert the stem of your flower. Secure it with hot glue around the stem.

Fill it with candy!

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Decorate the box with ribbons or cut outs. I filled mine with skittles to match my rainbow cupcakes. I had looked into green M&M’s but they’re so expensive! Try dying jordan almonds in a bag with food coloring, or selecting Jelly Belly Jelly beans in the bulk candy section is even a little more cost effective.

How To (Party Poofs)

March 11, 2010

Here is a super easy party decoration that can also be used in beautiful baby room decor.

All you’ll need is:

  • 8 sheets of tissue paper
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaner or wire

To start, accordian fold your stack of 8 sheets of tissue paper together. Around the center of the stack of folded paper twist the pipe cleaner or wire.
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Cut the ends of the stack to either a rounded end or a point.

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Start to pull out individual sheets of the tissue paper towards the center fluffing them out.

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Fluff and round the ball as you go. I hung mine with thread from the metal twist in the center of the ball.

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Ta Da! Check out all of the St. Patrick’s Day party ideas in my “How-To” section. Menu ideas, decorations and drinks!

How To (Beer Mug Flowers)

March 10, 2010

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What I am showing you now is an unfinished sample, but I hate to buy my flowers so far before the St. Patrick’s Day Party!

Here is a cute and simple flower arrangement for your party this year. Ours will even be used as a prize for the guests that win our Limerick Contest! (party guests get a card with lines like; “There once was a man named Sheamus”  or “There once was a man from Cork”, and they get to complete the rest of the rhyme)

For this you will need the gel bead used in flower arranging. You can find them at JoAnn’s near the flower arranging supplies, just make sure you get the clear ones! You can also search for Water Smart Crystals which you can in larger quantities for a better price. I went with these because I will be making four arrangements. On the can it shows them being used in soil but they can also be used without. A little goes a very long way! Just keep adding water and they’ll keep getting bigger!

The glass beer mugs I managed to find at the dollar store. Look around for a good bargain!

Add water to the crystals and one or two drops of yellow food coloring. It wont take much but you do have to stir it in well.

The beer mug will be topped off with tightly packed white carnations…a budget friendly flower that in this case closely resembles beer foam! If you’re making and displaying them straight away you can just clip the flowers and tuck them in with the stems short enough to let them fit right on top of the rim.

If you’re going to put them together ahead of time, dip the ends of the stems in hot wax to seal them off. Otherwise your carnations will suck up the yellow food coloring!

Check out all of my other St. Patricks day tutorials under the How To link. Theres plenty more to come!