You don’t need the luck of the Irish to have a festive and safe celebration this year
In 2020, there were Covid-19 restrictions in many cities that coincided with one of the most fun days of the year: St. Patrick’s Day. If, like many people, you retired your leprechaun hat last year and drank Guinness alone on the couch, you’re probably eager to celebrate this year.
St. Patrick’s Day parties may look a little different this year – which can be useful if you hate getting pinched by many people for not wearing green – but it’s still possible to get in on the Irish-themed fun this March 17.
Whether you’re celebrating the luck of the Irish with a socially-distanced office lunch, close family, or friends from your bubble, here are ten ideas to ensure that your St. Patrick’s Day is as good as a pot of gold.
Ten Ideas for celebrating St. Patty’s Day
Greenify your drinks
It’s not St. Patrick’s Day without green beer, so buy a case of IPA, amber, or lager and add a few drops of green food coloring to your pint. Not a fan of beer? Have a different St. Patty’s day beverage, like Guinness, Irish whiskey, or Irish coffee.
Find an Irish-approved soundtrack
With the right music choice, you’ll feel like you’re in an Irish pub, even if you’re celebrating in your backyard. Make a Spotify playlist of some raucous Irish drinking songs, including hits from the Dropkick Murphys, The Dubliners, Flogging Molly, and more.
DIY your St. Patty’s Day décor
Stock up on green paper, gold glitter, and all things rainbow, and bust out the construction scissors. Cut out shamrocks and tape them up around your home or office. Print out limericks and hang a rainbow on your wall for guests to pose beneath (don’t forget the pot of gold). Take inspiration from landmarks like Niagara Falls, which always glows green on March 17, and string up some green lights outside.
Create a leprechaun treasure hunt for kiddos
While the adults are enjoying St. Patrick’s Day beer and music, give the kids a fun activity to do by creating a leprechaun treasure hunt. Using green paper, cut out little footprints and spread them around outside with clues along the way. At the end of the hunt, the kiddos will be rewarded with a pot of gold – gold chocolate coins, that is!
Irish step dancing lessons
Channel your inner Michael Flatley and become Lord of the Dance this St. Patrick’s Day with some Irish step dancing. Don’t worry; there’s no rhythm required, just a good sense of humor. Irish step dancing is a tradition that dates back to the 17th century. Still, these days, you can carry it on in a decidedly modern fashion by watching an Irish step dancing instructional video and following along with your family and friends.
Go for a St. Patty’s Day-themed run
Want to work up an appetite for all of that corned beef and cabbage? Look for a St. Patrick’s Day fun-run in your area, or organize one yourself. Grab your friends, put on some silly green outfits, and race around your neighborhood. At the end of the race, you can celebrate with Irish fare and green beer.
Stream a St. Patrick’s Day event
While St. Patty’s day may not be marked by parades and concerts this year, you can still enjoy the thrill of those events safely at your socially-distanced celebration. Stream a St. Patrick’s Day parade from a past year, such as the iconic Sligo St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with coworkers
If you’re stuck at work, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your coworkers by enjoying an Irish-themed catered meal. Think corned beef and cabbage, seafood chowder, and Irish cream cheesecake.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with family
Just as with your coworkers, you can get together with family and have a catered meal. Having an Irish breakfast with Irish Benedict is a delicious way to start the day.
Party it up safely
This year, look at face masks as another way to share your Irish pride (and remember, everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day). There are a considerable variety of St. Patrick’s Day options available. Buy a whole pack of ‘em and give them out to whomever you’re celebrating with.
Offer hand sanitizer (extra points if it’s in a green bottle) at your event, and put up signage encouraging social distancing with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. For example: “Please stay six leprechauns apart.”
St. Patrick’s Day catering from TooJay’s
When choosing the menu, go with a caterer that prioritizes your safety and your guests’ safety. TooJay’s catering is all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style without compromising your health. At TooJay’s, our team members wear face masks, food safety measures are followed, team health checks are implemented, and there’s even contactless pickup.
From March 8-21 this year, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a delightful menu of special catering options. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a TooJay’s catering. You’ll be glad you did.