St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most festive holidays of the year. It’s a time to get together with your friends, blow off some steam and have a good time, even when you’re not entirely sure what you’re celebrating exactly. So to get you into the partying mood, I put together a list of my favorite characters (book, television or otherwise) that I know I’d want to party with this weekend. And I’m sure you would, too.
From Jay Gatsby to Alice’s wacky Wonderland friends, these nine characters know how to make the best of a good time.
1. Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby
Reasons to invite: Does anybody know how to throw a party like Jay Gatsby? During the course of The Great Gatsby, Jay proves himself to be the greatest host of the decade. His house is constantly filled with bizarre guests, the music is always blasting and the parties last well into the early morning. No matter the occasion, people can’t seem to get enough of Gatsby’s stylish shindigs, making him the best person to arrange a St. Patrick’s Day bash for you and your friends.
2. Beowulf, Beowulf
Reasons to invite: If you’ve ever taken a college English course, chances are you’re familiar with Beowulf. The titular warrior doesn’t just save the Danes from two giants and a fire-breathing dragon, he has a good time while doing it, too. Not to mention, the Danes spend basically every night hanging out in the mead hall, drinking and eating. Sounds like some serious St. Paddy’s Day partygoers to us!
3. The Hobbits, The Lord of the Rings
Reasons to invite: The hobbits from Lord of the Rings know a thing or two about parties, specifically feasts. Famous for their “second breakfasts,” the hobbits would be the ones with the best snacks for the party. You’d never go hungry or left bored or alone at an event hosted by hobbits. For these guys, every occasion is a chance for a feast!
4. The Mad Hatter and Gang, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Reasons to invite: When Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole, she lands in a world that is quite different from her own; it’s also a lot more fun than her own. Who remembers that mad tea party? Just think about how wild the characters Alice encounters in her journey would make for a (really) good St. Patrick’s Day spectacle. The Mad Hatter and his ridiculous friends would totally be the ragers, decked out in green and ready to have a mad time.
5. Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean
Reasons to invite: Of course, you saw this one coming. We know how much Jack Sparrow enjoys his rum, so it’s a no-brainer that he would be one to celebrate on the greenest of holidays. Really, he’d be the one to celebrate on any day. Besides pirating, Sparrow’s favorite pastime is drinking so you’re guaranteed to have a good time either way—though he may not remember it the next day.
6. Tony Stark, Iron Man
Reasons to invite: Billionaire playboy Tony Stark would be awesome to party with. With his kind of money, it would certainly be a wild and memorable night. Just imagine all the ridiculous things he would splurge on! And if we’re lucky enough (wink, wink!) he might even let us try on that cool super suit of his.
7. Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother
Reasons to invite: Even though he isn’t necessarily a book character, Barney Stinson is a character in his own right–so he had to make it on this list! Barney goes out of his way to make every night out a celebration, and plus, he would make the best wingman. He’s all about having a good time and will make the night LEGENDARY.
8. Lydia Bennett, Pride and Prejudice
Reasons to invite: Though Jane Austen is often stereotyped as being prim and proper (a product of her time, some would say) people often forget how wild some of her characters really were. Take Lydia Bennett for example, she was a total flirt and a complete party animal in disguise. So can you image how much she’d let loose at a modern-day party? She’d be so much fun and you know she’d get you hooked up with the cutest guy (or girl) before the night is over.
9. Ginny Weasley, the Harry Potter series
Reasons to invite: In case you forgot: Ginny wasn’t just a badass in the Harry Potter books; she was a total prankster. Obviously, it runs in the family, she was Fred and George’s little sister after all. And remember her bat bogey hex? She would surely bring the entertainment to any party, jokes that will make you ROFL and all the pranks on the clumsily intoxicated.