St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner—and it actually falls on a Saturday this year! Traditional Irish pubs will be packed with shamrock-clad revelers, but if waiting in line for hours for a giant green Bud Light sounds less than appealing, we’ve got four festive new ways for you to celebrate the holiday.
Pass on the Pub and Go for the Gastropub
Turn the Irish pub experience into something a little more upscale, and check out a local gastropub, which will offer high-end (and non-green) beers and gourmet menu items. Around St. Pat’s Day, you may even find creative twists on traditional Irish staples, like corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie. At the very least, you’ll avoid the chaos and still be able to sip a Beamish Stout.
Sham-Rock the House
Love the party, hate the crowd? Bring the green festivities home and host your own event. Ask guests to wear green—anyone who obliges gets a “Kiss me, I’m Irish” sticker, and anyone who doesn’t gets pinched! There’s no shortage of decorations for this holiday, so log onto Oriental Trading Company, fill your cart with pots o’ gold and leprechauns, and deck the halls. If you’re going for gold with this theme, the green beer is a must. Buy a light beer and add a drop of green food coloring per serving for a party in a cup! The only place to drop theme is the music—nothing kills a dance party faster than the Irish jig.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Tradition
St. Patrick’s Day started as an official feast day to commemorate the arrival of Christianity to Ireland, so keep with the tradition and invite your friends over for a traditional Irish feast. Serve corned beef brisket, baked potato soup, and Guinness-soaked cabbage, topped off with traditional Irish soda bread. (And don’t forget the Irish beer!) For added festivity, make your own Blarney Stone. The original stone, located at Blarney Castle in Ireland, is known to give the gift of eloquence to all who kiss it. Find a large stone or rock in your yard, place it by your front door, and have guests kiss it as they walk in.
Include Your Little Leprechauns
Kids love St. Patrick’s Day! So if you have kids or nieces and nephews, include them in the celebration. Have them decorate shamrocks to hang around the house, make cookies dyed green with food coloring and topped with green sprinkles, and let them pick out their own all-green outfit (hey, who cares what it looks like?). Finally, start a new tradition with “Lucky the Leprechaun.” The night before St. Patty’s Day, after the kids go to bed, rearrange certain things in the house. Place chairs up on tables, put toys in the refrigerator, anything that will make them laugh. Leave a note to the kids wishing them a Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Lucky, and have the kids point out each of his shenanigans.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate, may the luck of the Irish be with you!