Shamrockin' Ideas for St. Patrick's Day
From recipes to crafts to decorating ideas, we’ve got your DIY projects covered for March 17.
Parades, shamrocks, beer, Irish dancing and green everything – what’s not to love about St. Patrick’s Day?
The holiday originated as a day of feasting to honor Saint Patrick, the primary patron saint of Ireland, and is celebrated on his reported date of death on March 17. Established as an official Christian feast day in Ireland in the 1700s, St. Patrick’s Day spread to the United States in the 1800s and has become a widely-celebrated religious and secular holiday around the world.
While my exact percentage of Irish heritage is unclear, I can totally get behind any excuse to feast, celebrate, share a drink with friends and wear the color green. And what's a celebration without festive food and drink recipes? First on my to-make list is this rainbow layer cake. Get the step-by-step instructions to make this easier-than-pie recipe >>
Apple amber is an Irish dessert of pureed apples topped with sweet, airy meringue. Many modern versions of the dessert, like this one, repackage the basic dish as a pie or tart, but with few ingredients and simple preparation, it remains a great way to celebrate the holiday with a traditional dessert from the Emerald Isle.
Although St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day of indulgence, we’ve got recipes for the health-minded, too.
Try our twist on the traditional shamrock shake that features more greens and less guilt. Get the recipe >>
How To Make A Healthy Shamrock Shake
If you wait impatiently each year for the arrival of the Shamrock Shake, but this year, you’re trying to eat healthier, have no fear. Blogger Ellen Foord recreated a healthy Shamrock Shake - all the deliciousness, none of the guilt.
After you've set your menu, set your table to fit the occasion. Instead of going with a more common all-green tablescape, make a rainbow table runner and floral arrangement the central features of your tablescape, and add hints of green and gold.
Take the decorations to the door and welcome luck into your home with a holiday wreath.
Last but not least, don't forget to have an outfit game plan that involves green to avoid any possible pinching incidents. Get wearabale craft ideas for you and the kids.