“There are only two kinds of people in the world,” an Irish saying goes, “the Irish and those who wish they were.” Luckily for us, we all can be Irish for just a day on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Paddy’s Day will be celebrated around the world – Irish and non-Irish alike, with food, drinks and all things green. We’ve got some fun tips on how to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day like the Irish – right at home.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear green clothing or accessories. No, you don’t have to go all out and buy a sweater with shamrocks all over it, but you can get into the festive spirit by incorporating a little green into your attire. Try a green cardigan or polo, and a green or shamrock-dotted tie!
Irish 101: What’s the craic? This phrase can be interpreted as either “How’s it going?” or “What’s up?” and is used in casual settings. Craic can be used to describe an event or activity, ie: “How was the party?” “It was great craic altogether!” Use “craic” correctly and you’ll earn major points with the Irish.
Fun fact: In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is equivalent to North American Thanksgiving. On March 17, Irish families spend the day together and count their blessings. Take March 17th to spend some quality time with those that matter!
Start your day off with a St. Patrick’s Day-approved breakfast of green eggs and ham. While whisking the eggs, add some spinach leaves and green peppers or, if you have kids, add a few drops of food colouring to make green eggs and ham to give you a fun Dr. Seuss-approved dish. Similarly, adding a drop or two of green food colouring to your beer will turn it a beautiful hue of shamrock green. Pro Tip: as much as Guinness is necessary on St. Paddy’s Day, this only works with light beers.
If you’d like to enjoy a St. Paddy’s Day-inspired dinner, we highly recommend cooking our Irish Chicken Pot Pie today. Or, if you didn’t order that recipe, we have an easy potato recipe that is dead simple (but incredibly tasty):
- Place 2 pounds of potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of butter, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 cup parsley, 3 tbsp chives, 3 tbsp dill and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour over potatoes and toss to coat. Bon appetit!
How are you celebrating St. Paddy’s Day this year?