Everything You Need to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2021

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Get Your Green On With These St. Patty’s Day Tips

Craic: noun. An Irish term used to indicate fun activities, entertainment, or conversations.

For a second March in a row, your St. Patty’s Day plans have been ruined by the COVID-19 pandemic… or so you thought. Put your green game face on and celebrate this Irish holiday with the perfect at-home party. Read below for a list of everything you need to celebrate and get your ‘craic’ on without having to crawl to a bar or a packed party.

What Actually Is St. Patrick’s Day?

You might associate this holiday with drinks and debauchery. But the Irish holiday actually has a rich history. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in honour of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. He lived in the fifth century, and built churches, schools, and monasteries before his eventual death on March 17. Since then, that day has been reserved to feast and honour him.

In the 21st century, people all over the world feast and party every time March 17 rolls around.

Drinks You Have To Try

Thinking about choosing themed drinks on St. Patrick’s Day? Check out our picks for the top St. Patty’s Day beverages below.

Irish Beer

There’s nothing quite like beer from Ireland. Pale ales, malty stouts, and creative flavours define Ireland’s palette of delicious beers.

THE BEER AND CIDER SET includes four mixers: Blackberry & Blackcurrant, Grapefruit, Ginger Vanilla, and Coffee.

Other Irish Drinks

If there’s one type of liquor you associate with the Emerald Isle, it’s probably whiskey. This spirit is used in plenty of creative Irish cocktails that use ingredients like molasses, orange bitters, cream, berries, and ginger beer. Browse the web for recipes, or try our set of mixers to unlock a ton of tasty options.

THE WHISKEY SET includes four mixers: Sour Mix, Rhubarb & Elderflower, Coffee, and Grapefruit.

Green Cocktails

Most of the cocktails you’d order at a bar or pub aren’t green. But on St. Patty’s Day, green is the name of the game. Some at-home bartenders choose to add green food colouring to clear spirits, but you can produce a natural green colour with the right ingredients. Melon liqueur, blue curacao, lemonade, lime juice, mint, and Split Tree Sour Mix are a few options.

Don’t Forget the Green Garnishes

Ditch the red solo cups – this is the day to bring out your green supplies. Consider green toothpicks, green sprinkles as cocktail rims, and green ice cubes.

Decoration Tips

Use Both Colours From the Irish Flag

Green is the most obvious colour to decorate with, but don’t forget that the Irish flag is just as orange as it is green! The colour scheme is pretty jarring, but strangely, it works.

Four Leaf Clovers

Legend has it that four-leaf clovers are one-in-a-million, but if you find one, you’ll be granted good luck forever. Make sure to use this lucky symbol as much as you can. You might even decide to decorate with traditional three-leaf clovers, and hide one four-leaf clover in for good measure.

Leprechaun Hats

There are two kinds of partygoers on St. Patrick’s Day: those who cringe at the idea of putting on Leprechaun gear, and those who embrace it. Why not join the latter category? Leprechauns are one of the most famous beings from Irish folklore, and those big, green hats are a top-seller every spring at costume and novelty stores.

Pot of Gold

Of course, you can’t have a leprechaun without a pot of gold. There are plenty of ways to incorporate this lucky vessel into your festivities. A punch bowl, a snack bowl, a prize bowl, or something even more clever – the choice is yours.

Must-Try Activities

Put a Virtual St. Patty’s Twist on Classic Drinking Games

COVID-19 has made it harder to party, but not impossible. Thanks to virtual chat software, you can still play most drinking games from the comfort of your living room. Challenge your friends to put on their best Irish accent, or replace certain words with popular Irish slang.

Try Irish Food

Odds are, you don’t live near that many Irish restaurants, delis, and bakeries. Now’s your chance to see what you’ve been missing. Try making or ordering some of the most popular Irish dishes, like soda bread, Irish stew, potato pancakes, and coddle.

Listen to Irish Music

Ireland is home to some of the best traditional folk music in the world – you’ll be tempted to sing along, even though you almost definitely don’t know the lyrics. If that’s not your style, there are plenty of great Ireland-based musical acts. Did you know that U2, the Cranberries, Hozier, and Sinead O’Connor are all from Ireland?

The pandemic may have ruined a good chunk of the last year, but nothing can ruin St. Patrick’s Day. With our party tips, you’ll be in the holiday spirit faster than you can find Dublin on a map.