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Published March 10th 2013
Get your Irish on this 17th of March
With Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, what are your plans? Here are the top 5 things to do on that day (or weekend).
Image taken from graphicsarcade.com
1. If you're having your own cóisir (pronounced koh-sir; party in Gaelic), go all out with decorations and party favours. A rainbow arch with a pot of gold at the end would definitely be a party favourite. If you're looking for something simpler, then cutouts of shamrocks, gold and leprechauns might be your way to go. You could also make your cóisir special for the small leprechauns with Irish themed party favours, such as these cute Leprechaun Hat Favours.
A balloon rainbow arch by balloonsensationscolorado.com
2. Prepare Irish food. Or, just green coloured food. Food is always a priority at celebrations so you definitely cannot go wrong here. You have the option of going the traditional Irish route and preparing Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty (a traditional Irish potato pancake) among many others.
If that is not on your mug of Guinness, then just green up your menu with a few drops of green food colouring. Or, you could go the healthy way and have naturally green food such as salads, dips and green pasta. For dessert, try out some Saint Paddy's Day cupcakes made with Bailey's (for the big leprechauns) or without (for the smaller ones). Do not forget to entertain your friends with green jello shots. You can find recipes for them on The Food In My Beard and Hub Pages - Dave Cald.
This Irish Food Pyramid should help you understand traditional Irish food better (taken from anutritionisteats.com/st-patricks-day-food)
3. Throw something green on. Liven up your day and get into the mood with green clothes, a green top hat or even green accessories like the flashing "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" necklace found on eBay or www.theirishgifthouse.com. Another idea would be to dress up as a leprechaun with a green vest and a top hat with a shamrock nestled in it's band (you may use the Lucky Charms mascot as your guide if you wish).
5. Last but definitely not least, attend the Saint Patrick's Day Festival. Look up your local Saint Paddy's Day Festival and go out and have fun! The festivals and parades are family friendly with activities for small and big leprechauns alike.