How to throw a St Patrick’s Day party – complete with playlist
If you’re one of the many people suffering from recessionitis and not heading into town, then stay home and have a party. Get your friends round, watch the parade, watch the match, then dance the night away in a haze of green listening to our festive YouTube playlist.
Disclaimer: Please drink responsibly, no one wants to be holding your hand while you’re sick. Starplus takes no responsibility for any text messages sent to exes while intoxicated.
Starplus St Patrick’s Day playlist
Our playlist was compiled by the good people at the Irish Daily Star and Starplus. Everyone submitted their favourite songs that, to them, represents ‘being Irish’, and it’s quite an epic mix. Everything from Christy Moore and The Dubliners to B*Witched and OTT are represented here, so there’s something for everyone.
Decorations – everybody get crafty
Decorations don’t need to be fancy – a bit of PVA glue, glitter, an old washing up liquid bottle and you’re laughin’. First on the list is to make stick men/women paper chains. You know the thing you used to do when you were in primary school where you cut out folded paper and are left with lots of stick figures holding hands.
If you do it right, you can make it look like they’re holding pint glasses. Also, if no one turns up to your party, then at least you’ll suddenly have 100 little friends to keep you company while you drink alone. Mary Fitzgerald would be proud.
The televised parade – now in drinking game format
Every time someone mentions our or anybodies Irish heritage take a drink. It may not be fancy but it sure is fun.
Watching the rugby – now with Paddy’s-Day-specific unofficial drinking game rules
1: Everyone guesses final score
2: Every time there’s a scrum, take a drink
3: Every time Brian O’Driscoll’s absence is mentioned, add some of your drink to The Vessel – a communal cup/punch bowl.
4: Who ever guesses the final score CORRECTLY has to drink the entire contents of the vessel – preferably in one go.
The only recipe you’ll ever need – Irish Flag vodka jelly shots
This recipe involves three separate steps. Each layer needs at least an hour in the fridge to set, so you’re best bet is to start them the night before.
Layer one: Orange
Follow the usual instructions to make orange flavour jelly. Dissolve the jelly in half the amount of boiling water then top it up with ice, vodka and pineapple juice, which stops it setting fully.
Fill a tray with lots of plastic disposable shot glasses. Fill each one about a third of the way with the liquid and leave to set in the fridge.
Layer two: White
Take some gelatine sheets, disolve them in hot water and milk. DO NOT add vodka to this layer. Trust us, vodka and milk are not the best combination. Slowly add a thin layer of milk jelly on top of the orange jelly. They should stay separate if the first layer has set.
Layer three: Green
Follow the same instructions as for layer one, but with lime jelly. Your finished product should look like the photo at the top.
This recipe isn’t about to win any Michelin stars, but that’s not exactly the point.