This year seems to be flying by so fast. And with March around the corner, it's time to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day activities. It's the best way to welcome the spring season with all things green and merry. Who knows, maybe it will even be warm enough to have a beer outside. Fingers crossed!
Even if you don’t want to go all out on St. Patrick's Day, you can still get in on the festive fun. From craft projects to reading novels by Irish authors, you can do a lot more than just drink beer. In fact, you can even combine all of the activities on this list for the ultimate celebration. Basically, it's another excuse to throw together a last-minute get-together. You can never go wrong with inviting over a few friends and celebrating the luck of the Irish. Something tells me a DIY Shamrock Shake party would be a hit. Count me in, please.
Regardless of what you end up doing, St. Patrick’s Day is a cheerful holiday that is full of good food and good times. As always, be safe if you decide to party; the last thing you need is a drunk leprechaun playing pranks on you.
1. Craft up a project
Every holiday is the perfect excuse to get in touch with your inner Martha. This St. Patrick's Day is no exception. It's the best way to add some festive cheer during the month of March.
Not sure where to start? Print out a free coloring page and color it in for a meditative activity. To spice up your St. Paddy's Day look, add green or gold glitter to sunglasses or top hats. Dress up a wreath with fake gold coins and green clover cutouts. Whatever you do, have fun with it.
2. Style a green outfit
St. Patrick's Day is all about the color green. This year, take some time to style an awesome outfit just in time for the holiday. It's the perfect chance to go all out and get really festive. Now, you can sport the neon green hair and sparkly headband that you've always wanted.
3. Go to a parade
Like Halloween and Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's Day is an awesome opportunity for everyone to gather together and celebrate. It's an excellent way to socialize with your community and bond over having a good time. If you're not sure where to go, check your local newspaper for the closest St. Patrick's Day parade near you.
4. Learn about St. Patrick
I mean, we do celebrate the heck out of this guy every single year. This St. Patrick's Day, take some time to look him up and learn about what the holiday stands for. This activity provides a wonderful learning opportunity for children, too.
5. Cook an Irish meal
No holiday would be complete without coordinating delicious food. On St. Patrick's Day, try your hand at cooking up some delicious Irish meals. I'm talking corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and shepherd's pie.
Personally, I've been eyeing this beer & rye Irish soda bread by Half Baked Harvest. The beer part totally won me over.
6. Make green pancakes infused with Guinness beer
Yeah, you read that right. Thanks to an amazing recipe at Public Lives, Secret Recipes, you can create green pancakes flavored with beer. They're also topped off with Lucky Charms marshmallows, making them the best kind of breakfast to wake up to. Dreams really do come true.
7. Make green beer
Green and beer... it doesn't get any more Irish than this. Because this green beer recipe is ridiculously easy, you can whip it up minutes before a party. And even if you don't serve Irish food, the green beer will instantly transform everything into a holiday-appropriate meal.
8. Go to the movie theater
There's a good chance that most people will be out partying on St. Patrick's Day. Take advantage of this and check out that movie you've been wanting to see; your local movie theater will most likely be empty. If you still want to go out, you can always catch up with your friends later on.
9. Eat your leafy greens
Keep the green theme going by fueling up on those healthy leafy vegetables. Think kale, spinach, and Swiss chard. After all, you're going to need those vitamins to keep you going after that green beer.
10. Read a book by an Irish author
Looking for a new book to start? This St. Patrick's Day, delve into a new book by an Irish author. If you don't know where to begin, check out this list of Irish women authors at Bustle.
11. Make a beer and cheese platter
A cheese platter is a must-have for any celebration. This St. Patrick's Day, consider trying out a few new beer and cheese pairings. After all, wine shouldn't be the only one that gets to have all the (cheesy) fun.
12. Make a Shamrock Shake...
The McDonald's Shamrock Shake has a cult following going on. This year, impress your friends (and yourself) with your very own homemade Shamrock Shake. Not only does this DIY version have less sugar, but it's easy to make in the comfort of your own home.
13. ...and give it a kick
The best part about being an adult is being able to make adult beverages. That happens to include that Shamrock Shake you just made. Score. Wondering what alcohol goes best with your Shamrock Shake? Here's a must-read list of options.
For more inspiration, check out Bustle on YouTube.
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