Throwing an Irish-themed party for St. Patrick’s Day usually involves one color and one color only: green. Green cake? Check. Green beer? Check. Shamrock-shaped party lights? Check. It’s enough to make you sick with all this clichéd “luck of the Irish” business! To set you on your own party planning path for March 17, we’ve collected a few of the most creative recipes, crafts and decor ideas we could find from our favorite blogs to help you plan your green day!

1. Give Your Party a Theme

As far as themes go, the shamrock is so yesterday. Inject some fun into your party this year with a fresh take on the holiday… like this “Kiss Me St. Patrick’s Day Party” from Hostess with the Mostess.

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2. Offer Them Something to Nibble On…Other Than Corned Beef and Cabbage

Hey, not everyone loves boiled meat, or meat in general.  This Lucky Leprechaun Dip from vegan chef Kathy Patalsky offers all kinds of creamy green goodness.

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3. If You Must Have Green Cake, Opt for Velvet

Swap the red food dye for green and you’ve got yourself a St. Patty’s Day twist on your favorite dessert from www.recipegirl.com.

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4. Ditch the Green Beer and Make Your Own Signature Cocktail

Your guests will forget all about green beer if you give them something memorable to sip…like these pint-sized “Dizzy Leprechaun” shots from HGTV.com.

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5. When in Doubt, Go Rustic and Chic for Your Table

Give your St. Patrick’s Day table a rustic touch with rough twine, raffia, cording, or ribbon on your napkin rings, and slip a clover into the tie—courtesy of www.bhg.com.

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6. Add Green…No…We Mean the Other Green

We seldom equate green florals with March 17 and we think it’s a shame. This year, Martha Stewart advocates bringing the real green into your party.

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7. Revive Your St. Patty’s Day Spotify Playlist

Give the Irish Celtic music a rest this year and celebrate the holiday with U2, My Blood Valentine and Celtic Woman with this Irish-themed playlist from Fuse.

8. Decorate Your Mantel

If you’re lucky enough to have a mantel, you’ve gotta give it a burst of burlap with this fun and easy DIY project from www.landeeseelandeedo.com.

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9. It’s All in How You Frame It

Print out some clever Irish sayings, frame them and set them on the table for easy DIY decor, courtesy of HGTV.

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10.  Keep Calm and Send Them on Their Merry Way with a Party Favor

Yes, you could send your guests off with a pot of gold. But if that’s too literal for you, try stuffing these chic favor bags from Etsy with gold.

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