Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right?! Well, at least everyone is an Irish enthusiast at least! And if you’re looking to have all of the Irish enthusiasts over to your place for a little shamrock shindig, hosting the party can be a lot of fun… but hopefully won’t cost a fortune. In case you haven’t found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — don’t worry, we haven’t either! And whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a full-blown bash, we’ve got the goods on how to make sure you have everything on hand to keep your guests feeling lucky.
Here are Fetch’s tips on how to save while hosting all of those lucky leprechauns and throwing a super St. Patrick’s Day party:
March may come in like a lion, but somehow the middle of the month, and the 17th in particular, always seems to sneak up on us. But it’s true that the earlier you start planning, the more time you have to shop around for deals on everything you need, from food and drinks to decorations.
Dream up Dublin… at home.
It’s ok if you don’t live in Dublin. Most cities have a few special Irish bars. These are great places to celebrate, but they are also usually quite expensive to reserve on Ireland’s traditional big day. So instead of an Irish bar or a similar venue that you’d have to rent, consider hosting your party at home to save money compared to renting another venue.
Ok, so it wasn’t the Irish who invented the potluck, but it sounds like it should have been! This communal meal where guests provide their own food just seems like the lucky offering your St. Paddy’s party guests would enjoy. And embracing the idea of sharing the cost of providing sustenance not only brings down food and drink expenses, but it also introduces an element of surprise for all attendees — including yourself!
If you’re going to ask your guests to bring a dish to share, you might as well ask them to bring their own libations as well. Not only will this save you some scratch on buying beverages, but it ensures everyone has their favorite drink on hand. And a St. Pat’s party is hottest when all of your guests are happy!
Do your own decorating.
Whether it’s as kitschy as an explosion of green, rainbows, clovers, or leprechauns, or as elegant as a palette of emerald and ecru, there are a lot of ways to decorate for a St. Pat’s party. And you can save a lot of money on decorations by making them yourself. We see a Pinterest planning board pre-party in your future… and maybe an Amazon wishlist on the way!
Irish magic your menu.
If you choose not to potluck, you’ll definitely want to infuse some Irish traditions into your menu for the party. The most notable St. Patrick’s Day fare here in America is corned beef and cabbage, but did you know that this actually originated from a money-saving strategy? (Fetch is super proud of that creativity and commitment to saving!). Early immigrants substituted beef for pork or lamb and cabbage for potatoes, and now this pairing is a perfect plate to serve at your St. Patrick’s Day party!
Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Soda Bread are also great classic and cultural offerings for an Irish event. But if you’re not a fan of corned beef or want to serve more general party fare, you can always stick to simple snacks and finger foods. Fetch partner brands almost always feature special offers on a variety of chips, dips, cakes, and other festive selections.
No matter what food you choose, just remember that it’s a St. Patrick’s Day party after all and you’ll do well to serve anything that tastes great with Guinness, any green beer or lime-colored libation, or soda! Fetch also partners with other iconic Irish brands that will put a jig in your jamboree, like Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, and Midleton Irish Whiskey.
Buying in bulk is always one of our favorite tips! Not only does this ensure you are prepared for anything, including any number of guests, but bulk buying can save you a bundle. We have Fetch partners, grocery stores like Whole Foods, and wholesale clubs like Walmart and Costco, which we love because they help us stock up for the big party in style and with serious savings.
Score legendary deals.
Don’t let all of the fun surrounding shamrock season set you back! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about the legendary luck of the Irish, it’s also about the legendary luck of finding steals and deals. Fetch partners are offering specials on party essentials including food, drinks, and supplies. And Fetch users already know that every purchase should include a receipt uploaded to the app to nab big rewards for all of the shopping — whether it’s for the big shindig or just for your everyday stuff. To take advantage, just download the Fetch app to your smartphone or use Fetch’s Digital Receipt Program to link your email accounts or digital consumer accounts to your Fetch account. As you stock up on party staples, upload receipts to earn points!
You’ll earn a minimum of 25 points for every receipt — though specific products you may have purchased could earn you even extra — and those points add up fast, accumulating toward a free gift card at various of your favorite travel destinations, restaurants, and stores.
So start by simply opening the Fetch app and after seeing special offers just for you, click “view all” on the homepage to discover new brands and products that could be earning you free gift cards to stores like DSW, CVS, Instacart, TJ Maxx, Target, or any of hundreds of your other favorite retails stores and shopping destinations.
Blow the bagpipes. Dance a jig. Get your leprechaun on. Upload your receipts and get lucky by combining your St. Paddy’s party purchases with Fetch bonus points to get the strongest deals of the season. Don’t forget to wear green, and if you follow Fetch’s best tips for hosting a St. Patrick’s day party, you can save some green, too!
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