As a kid, we knew St. Patrick’s Day as the holiday to wear green to school or you would be caught pinched by a classmate. St. Patrick’s Day has been around since 1631 and is a holiday that has brought joy and laughter for hundreds of years. While so many of us are still working from home, here are a few tips on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
Keep those winter blues away with a splash of green decor on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Decorate your fireplace mantel with a St. Patrick’s Day banner
- Hang some green ribbon and a paper shamrock on your front door
- Put out a bowl of chocolate coins and Rolos
- Buy a green succulent for your kitchen table
- Put in a green-toned light bulb for the day
St. Patrick’s Day at home meals
Breakfast: The full Irish breakfast is hearty which includes potato cake or scone (also known as tatties in Ireland), meat (ham, sausage, or bacon), eggs, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and tea. This breakfast was originally created for hard-working farmers on their way out the door for a full day of manual work. Great Americanized St. Patrick’s Day breakfast options can include, Green eggs and ham, lucky charms, green pancakes, spinach smoothie, and celery juice.
Dinner: Traditional Irish CornBeef Potatoes, and Irish Sodacrackers.
Desserts: Chocolate Guinness cake topped with chocolate coins and Rolos, Shamrock sugar cookies, and Lucky Charm Rice Krispies.
Whiskey: Irish love their Whiskey! Check out how to make your own Irish Coffee at home.
Fun for kids
- Make Green Slime
- leave a pot of chocolate gold coins, dollar bills, and cut out little leprechaun feet moving away from the treasure left
- Decorate Shamrock Cookies
- Make Lucky Charm Rice Crispies
- Have your tot find all the clovers in the lucky charm box
- Put green food coloring in the toilets
- Make them an all green lunch
- Read St Patrick’s Day stories (A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski)
To top off your day turn on some Irish Celtic music or any of your favorite Irish bands such as U2, The Dubliners, The Cranberries, Clannad, The Corrs, or The Script.
May you feel lucky and joy in your home this St Patrick’s Day!