For many, St. Patrick's Day consists of visiting packed pubs, dressing in green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and wearing silly hats. If you're stuck at work while the rest of your friends party the day away, you can still celebrate the Irish tradition in the office. We've got a few office decorating ideas, some delicious recipes and an arsenal of exciting activities to help you create a memorable St. Patrick's Day office party for your co-workers.
Your Theme: Decorate the Place Green
Since St. Patrick's Day is an annual holiday that plenty of people look forward to — you can have fun with decorations to spruce up the office — even if it's for a short period of time. Consider going the DIY route: Cut shamrock shapes out of construction paper to hang on cubicle walls, and create green and gold paper chains to string up around office doorways. You can use felt sheets in a variety of colors to create a rainbow garland or wreath, and cover conference room tables with tablecloths in green and gold shades. If your office is open to clients and customers, consider filling the reception area with green balloons and streamers, and offer visitors gold-wrapped chocolate coins from a small black pot.
Invite fellow employees to dress in green for the holiday, and consider holding a contest in the office for the most festive outfit. If professional attire is required in your office, men can wear St. Patty's Day-themed ties and the ladies can choose shamrock-inspired jewelry. For office environments that are less formal, consider buying fun hats, glasses and bead necklaces so your co-workers can accessorize when they arrive at work.
Serve St. Patty's Day Treats
There are plenty of tasty food and beverage options for this Irish celebration. When the break room coffeemaker is finished brewing, add some sugar and whipping cream to each cup so your co-workers can enjoy an office-friendly version of Irish coffee to start their holiday off right. Bring in a blender and whip up green smoothies throughout the day so employees can re-energize.
Plan a potluck luncheon, and invite everyone to bring an Irish-inspired dish to the office party. Serve Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage and fill a slow cooker with Irish stew, and set out shamrock-decorated cupcakes. Combine sherbet, ginger ale and pineapple juice for a festive St. Patrick's Day punch.
Plan Irish-Inspired Activities
You can enhance your party theme by planning fun activities to coincide with St. Patrick's Day. Pop some Celtic music in the stereo, or tune into a radio station that plays Irish music. Create an inexpensive "Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun" game to play during breaks, or have an Irish jig dance-off contest while employees enjoy lunch.
Take breaks throughout the workday to play a few games of Lucky Shamrock Bingo or to ask trivia questions about Ireland and St. Patrick's Day. Award each winner small prizes, such as a bouquet of green carnations or a small clover plant in a decorative pot. Let employees add to the festive atmosphere by holding a desk-decorating contest. Have managers vote on the best cubicle, and award prizes to the winners.
Just because you have to work on St. Patrick's Day doesn't mean you can't enjoy the holiday and participate in your own office-appropriate party. Create crafty decorations to make the office feel more festive. Dig up some delicious recipes to enjoy Irish-inspired dishes with your co-workers, and find some fun games and activities to add to the merriment.
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