Be A Sham-RockStar With These St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas
by Lindsey Paholski
St. Patrick’s Day is New Year’s Eve, Halloween and Mardi Gras rolled into one. It’s a day when everyone’s a bit Irish, and the time to start planning for it is now. Here’s everything you could want to know about St. Patrick’s Day to help make you this year’s sham-rockstar.
Little known facts about the Patron Saint of Ireland and the holiday named after him can be a terrific conversation starter. Did you know for example that St. Patrick wasn’t Irish at all, but was born in Britain? He was part of a well-to-do aristocratic family until he was kidnapped at age 16, taken to Ireland and made a slave. Seven years later he escaped aboard a pirate ship, went back to Britain and became a priest. He then returned to Ireland where he served the rest of his life as a missionary.
One well-accepted myth about St. Patrick is that he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland. It’s far more likely there were never any snakes on the island nation at all, as it’s surrounded by icy waters.
The day we celebrate his life, March 17th actually marks the anniversary of his death. It was observed mainly as a quiet church holiday in Ireland until Irish immigrants in the United States began celebrating it openly as a sign of national pride. Today it serves as a festive holiday for all.
Wearin’ O’ The Green
Of course it’s traditional to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and a little pre-planning will help. Green neckties can make a splash on a man or woman, as can a green garter belt. A green garter belt worn on a man’s sleeve can add a touch of panache’. A green handkerchief in the pocket of a business suit or shirt or blouse can also add some festive flair. St. Patrick’s Day is also an opportunity to show off some of your green jewelry.
Almost anything goes on St. Patrick’s Day, so if you’re the type that’s open to showing your fun side, consider a funky green hat or a green bow tie. Even clever little touches can make an impact, like green shoelaces. If you’re really feeling bold, lime Kool-Aid powder can make a quick, non-toxic hair coloring that’s attention getting and temporary.
A Sautéed Irish Cabbage and Noodles recipe is fast yet traditional. You can serve a family of six with just 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cooking time. If you want a side dish that everyone will love, check out these Guinness Stout Extra Dark Beer Battered Onion Rings.
Even snacks can get in on the St. Paddy’s Day spirit, with a fun recipe for St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn. Put a smile on everyone’s face with a delightful dessert. Pistachio Pudding Parfaits have just enough green to brighten the holiday.
Participating in one of your area’s St. Patrick’s Day events can add to the enjoyment. Start with a “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast. Many restaurants and pubs begin the day with this colorful meal, oftentimes to benefit a charity. Of course you could always cook some up at home or organize a potluck at the office. It’s a meal that won’t soon be forgotten, and may even become a tradition for you.
St. Patrick’s Day parades draw 10s of thousands in cities like New York, Boston and Chicago. If there’s one near you, join the crowd. You may even find an organized pub-crawl for St. Patrick’s night. If not, gather some friends and create your own.
The Irish Toast
There may be no better way to end the day than with a traditional Irish toast. Funny or heartwarming, invite your friends and co-workers to come up with their favorite to share during the festivities. Should you really want the night to get interesting, provide the first line of a limerick and watch the fun as they try to complete the traditional Irish poem.
Do you have some St. Patrick’s Day traditions or ideas of your own? Please share them in the Comments section below. Just as important is that you share this festive holiday safely with family and friends.