St Patrick’s Day approaches as fast as his little Irish jigging legs will carry him, and this year he plans to step it up a notch. We’ve created this fantastic array of fun facts, information and games to make sure that your party plans go off without a hitch. So read on if you’re struggling for costume ideas, or just want to be able to whimsically recall a variety of St Patrick’s day themed anecdotes to enthral your intoxicated band of friends.
Are you prepared for St Patrick’s Day? Is it something you celebrate? Or something that sneaks up on you every year? If it’s the latter, then never fear, Smiffys have created a fantastic list to help you add a St Patrick’s twist to your day.
So that was a short list of some ideas to make your St Patrick’s Day a little more Irish, to be sure.
With the celebration just around the corner, the world is gearing up, and they’re gearing up in green! It’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be doing for St Paddy’s and more importantly, what you’ll be wearing whilst you do it. As far as “holidays” go, this one is a perfect excuse for a party and having fun, almost like a second birthday but it’s everyone’s birthday and everyone is Irish!
With so many Irish, it should be the luckiest day in the world right? But did you know that the largest consumers of Guinness aren’t even Irish! The content of Africa consumes more Guinness than Ireland, more than England and more than the USA individually. It accounts for 40% of sales! Over 10 million glasses of Guinness are sold each day and this doubles on St Patricks Day.
So if green is the theme then that’s probably the best starting point for ideas right? Although traditionally St Patrick is associated with blue. But shamrocks aren’t blue, and neither are emeralds after which Ireland is named (the emerald isle).
So will you be painting a shamrock on your face? Perhaps the Irish flag? Donning yourself in the finest set of flashing shamrock glasses knowing full well that you’ll have probably lost them by the end of the festivities? If you’re struggling to decide what to wear this year, then how about testing your luck with our “scientifically accurate” “I wish I was Irish – costume selector”:
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Traditionally, St Patrick’s Day was a quiet and religious event spent in church and thinking of the lifetime achievements and sacrifices of the saint himself. The joyous festivities are believed to have stemmed from the lifting of bans on eating meat, drinking alcohol and dancing for the day during lent.
So if you’re planning on really getting into the spirit, then at least have fun with old and new friends whilst you do! As a party company, we’ve got a few units under our belt so can safely say that the following top 5 list of quick and fun drinking games is probably more accurate than the music charts, probably.
This game requires skill, speed and agility and is great for lifting moods. The aim is to drink all the beverages and flip all the cups before the opposing team does.
Players split into two teams. Each face each other along a table, each with a plastic cup in front of them and an equal amount of refreshing beverage poured into each cup. The first players of the team must first touch glasses as a toast to each other and then place them back down before commencing. As soon as their cup touches the table they must then drink it as quickly as they can, place the empty cup on the edge of the table and flip it so that it lands upside down. The next player cannot begin to drink until the previous one has successfully flipped their cup. The last team to the end loses and must do a forfeit.
Excitement is sure to be supercharged throughout this game, so much that this is probably closer to a sporting event, so how about dressing accordingly, we’ve got fantastic fancy dress costumes which are great for teams! Sweat bands, anyone?!
This quick fire game requires luck and also a little bit of tactical thinking. An empty pint glass is placed in the middle and players proceed to fill the glass with their individual drinks until the pint glass is full. Each player then places a finger on the glass. The aim is to guess the correct amount of fingers placed on the glass in order to avoid drinking the pint, this is made more difficult as each player can remove their finger when a number is called.
e.g 5 players place a single finger each onto the glass, the first player counts down from 3 and calls a number between 1 and 5, at the same moment other players decide to keep or remove their fingers off the glass, if the player guesses right then they’re out of the game and safe from the pint. Players continue until there is only one person left, this player is the loser and has to drink the dirty pint.
As the name suggests, this is similar to betting on horses. Except you are using cards.
All aces are removed from the pack and placed face up on the end of a table, these are the horses. Line of cards face down are then placed perpendicular to the “horses”, this is the distance of the track and can be used for extra rules/forfeits/bonuses as you wish.
The “announcer” begins turning over cards from the remaining pile, only the suit of the card matters. The “horse” of the matching suit moves forward one space and the next card is turned and so on.
Bets are measures of drinks, place your bets on all sorts of things such as the first horse out of the gates, first horse to win etc. anything that can be applied in real horse racing. Winners can either nominate drinks or have to drink themselves, the rewards/forfeits are yours to decide accordingly. This novel game is lots of fun, but you can make it even more fun, yes! MORE fun! By looking the part, gear up like a real jockey. There’s only a nose in it this year!
As far as drinking games go, this is fairly simple, can be incorporated into other drinking games and shares similarities with beer pong. Aiming skills are highly valued in this game. The aim of the game is to get a penny into a shot glass or other receptacle after bouncing it off of a surface. If you successfully get the penny in within two attempts then you nominate someone to drink, if you miss then it is you who must drink.
If you’re bouncing into filled glasses, don’t forget that it then becomes a race against time to save the Queen from drowning! Make it a royal affair and adorn yourself in the finest regal costumes and accessories from Smiffys. Only a true marksman is deserved of the crown!
Ring of fire, is one of the most well-known and most versatile drinking games known to students. It was the first drinking game we ever played in our uni-days. This game offers a variety of opportunities for incorporating other mini drinking games.
Place an empty pint glass in the middle of the players, a deck of cards is then spread randomly and face down around the pint glass. Rules are set for each card number and face. As each player draws a card they must follow the rule linked with it, for instance if a player draws a 3, all players must drink. Rules can be as bizarre or extreme as you wish, however, when a king is drawn that player must pour some of their drink into the empty pint glass, this is done for all kings until the 4th. The player who pulls the 4th king must drink the dirty pint and the game is over.
If cards aren’t your thing, you can always mix it up and write rules on Jenga blocks and take turns pulling out blocks from a Jenga tower! If you’re playing Jenga, then why not bring some of your other favourite games into the mix via costume? Twister is always good for a little hands on fun, or feet…and what about Rubix cube?
It’s arguably the most famous drinking game, however it’s only included as a bonus as a nod to its popularity.
Two teams are pitted against each other in a battle of skill and hand eye co-ordination. With an array of cups filled with a selection of beverages at each end of the table, the aim is to take it in turns throwing ping pong balls into the other teams’ cups. If you get a ball in a cup then the opposing team has to drink. The game continues until all cups have been drunk and removed from the table.
You are now entirely qualified to enjoy St Patrick’s day to its full extent, to be sure. Make sure you’re drink aware and lean towards the fun rather than the foolery. No one likes a leprechaun that can’t stand up! Don’t forget to grab all of your essential green costumes and accessories from smiffys.com!