St. Patrick’s Day, 5 Tips To Make It A Blast
This St. Patrick’s Day Attract the Luck of the Irish with Help from Town & Country Village.
Did you know, St. Patrick’s Day was first established to honor Ireland’s patron saint – St. Patrick? The holiday has since evolved into a cultural celebration where everything seems to turn green for the day. We like to wear green clothes, eat green food, and admire buildings lit up in green lights to commemorate the day. Celebrants hoist pints of Guinness and enjoy parades, bagpipers, step dancers, and marching bands decked out in Irish heritage clothing. Streets fill with revelers dressed in green to honor Irish heritage and customs.
You can get in on the fun too! Create your own St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with these 5 Tips to make it a blast for everyone!
1. Start the Day Off with Green Cuisine
Stock up on groceries at Randalls and start the day with some homemade breakfast. Make green eggs to power you through the day ahead. Skip the food coloring and add lots of finely chopped kale to your scrambled eggs. Eggs will not only turn out green, but they’ll be extra good for you too!
Need to bribe the kids to eat their green eggs? Serve it with a side of Lucky Charms cereal! Lucky Charms is a fun choice for a St. Patrick’s Day treat with the friendly leprechaun and marshmallow shamrocks.
If you’d rather pick up something special for breakfast, then head to Einstein Bros. Bagels. In years past, you could order green bagels on St. Patrick’s Day! This year, celebrate with Shamrock Shmear. For one day only, guests can spread a green plain cream cheese to any fresh-baked bagel for a festive breakfast.
2. Set the Mood for St. Patrick’s Day
Create a festive atmosphere in the house for St. Patrick’s Day by making your decorations. Get the kids involved too, and it becomes craft time!
Print out a large shamrock shape outline. Then cut up all kinds of green scrap paper and tissue paper. Glue the pieces of green paper onto the shamrock. Finally, cut out the shamrock shape and hang them all around to attract luck! Find glue sticks, scissors, construction paper, and other basic art supplies you might need at Walgreens.
Continue to set the mood with some cute St. Patrick’s Day themed children’s books from Barnes & Noble. You’ll find themed coloring books, activity books, picture books, and more. Read stories about Irish customs, tricky leprechauns, limericks, the luck of the Irish, and classic Irish legends!
3. Dress in Green to Avoid Being Seen
Everyone knows you’re supposed to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. But do you know why? One story is that people once thought wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns. If you didn’t wear green, those pesky creatures would see you and pinch you! In time, people began pinching those who didn’t wear green to mimic the impish behavior of these fairy beings.
So, don’t let your kids get caught at recess without any lime-colored threads on St. Patrick’s Day! Plan special outfits with themed rompers, t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and accessories from Carter’s.
Want to get in on the spirit of the holiday, too but not interested in dressing in green from head to toe? Pick out a cute blouse from Ann Taylor in shades like “bright jade” or “holly leaves.” If that’s not your hue, keep your green subtle. Head to Francesca’s for charming earrings that have just enough green in them to ward off the leprechauns while you look cute for your celebrations.
4. Hit the St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Houston
Head out to celebrate with the crowds this St. Patrick’s Day! Hopefully, there will be great weather for the Downtown Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 and the FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade on March 13.
With the luck of the Irish and some good preparation, you’ll have a blast at the parades. If it looks like a cloudy day, consider bringing along an umbrella. Walgreens has small collapsible ones that you can stash in a bag.
If it’s a sunny day, don’t be left squinting at the passing floats. Find some fashionable shades at Sunglass Hut to help you party in style.
5. Prepare a Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Meal
Cook a classic Irish-American meal at home to celebrate. The traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dish is always a winner, and not only on St. Patrick’s Day. Fans of this dish love how the soft and tender texture of the corned beef balances out well with the boiled cabbage. The briny flavors work nicely with potatoes as well. Take a look at Omaha Steaks for great quality meats for your special dish. Choose from various options and build your custom St. Patrick’s Day menu.
Make mealtime exceptionally cheerful for the kids by putting out a spread filled with green foods! Set out a snack board and fill it with green grapes, sliced kiwi, celery with artichoke dip, guacamole, tortilla chips, and avocado slices on crackers.
Then stump everyone at the table with some St. Patrick’s Day trivia:
- Where was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held? St. Augustine, Florida
- Where was Saint Patrick born? In Britain
- Patty’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, which is the anniversary of what? Saint Patrick’s death
- What are the odds of finding a 4-leafed clover? 1 in 10,000
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!
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