St. Patrick’s Day Party

Unlike Chicago (where Brian and I grew up) which has huge St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with multiple parades, the river dyed green, many authentic Irish bars, a large population of Irish immigrants and world-class traditional Irish musicians like the Narrowbacks, Paraguay doesn’t really have much of an Irish population and St. Patrick’s Day is not really a cause for celebration.

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Last night a coworker and I, both of Irish ancestry, tried to change that by organizing a party at a local bar to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. About 80 people from the Embassy gathered for the event and it was a smashing success!

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Although the bar wasn’t an Irish bar (it was, ahem, British), we did our best to give the party an Irish feel by decorating with green and shamrocks.

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Aside from the food and drinks served by the bar, we also had some Irish Soda bread and more of my mom’s crème de menthe cupcakes.

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Even more importantly, were able to get our hands on three bottles of Jameson Irish Whiskey (brought back from duty-free shopping at the airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina) and five cans of Guinness (purchased “to go” for $10 a piece from another bar here in town that had bought them at a restaurant in Brazil and then drove them to Paraguay).

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We shared the Jameson with our guests, one of whom sampled it from the tiny beer mug dangling off his beaded necklace.

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Since we only had 5 cans of Guinness, we raffled them off during the party.

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We had five very happy raffle winners.  

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One winner even made his Guinness into Irish car bombs with some Jameson and Bailey’s.

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We had a very cute and fun surprise announcement from two first-time dads-to-be with a fun t-shirt reveal. Their wives and a third coworker are all expecting babies within a couple weeks of each other this fall.  Their fourth coworker, from the same office within the Embassy, will be working overtime when everyone else in their office is on paternity/maternity leave!

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We sure had fun last night singing and dancing and celebrating, but not too much fun – after all, it was a Monday night!

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