Saint Patrick's Day is the ideal holiday to go all out with party decorations. When friends visit for some festive drinks, be sure they are impressed with a few well-placed decorating details.
The origin and symbolism for wearing green on Saint Patty's can be explained a few ways. Ireland is a naturally lush place due to heavier than average rainfall. More than half the year has some sort of precipitation daily, which causes a beautiful rich green on the hills and valleys of the entire island. Secondly, in 1798 when the English were in control of Ireland they forbade the Irish to wear green, and offered the English colors of red. Wearing green became defiant, and part of a national pride that lives on today.
With all this rich history, the decorations will take on a more meaningful role in your party. Get candles and wrap them in a green ribbon. Be sure that the ribbon does not come near the flame. You can also put vases of shamrocks around your home. Buying Shamrocks from your local florist is an option, or you can order from Ireland direct. They are relatively inexpensive, and you will be helping Ireland while celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
If you are in need of a centerpiece, try green apples in a glass jar, or simply green apples on their own. Anything natural and green is a safe bet, but you can also get celtic designs for your table cloth and on the party invitations. Most designs are complex interwoven pieces that draw the eye and look beautiful if tastefully done. If you have the time, a Notre Dame Fighting Irish flag would be a lovely compliment to your living room. Most of all, just enjoy the celebration, and toast to Ireland.