Each year, millions of people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, named after Ireland’s foremost patron saint. Over time, celebrations have incorporated a strong emphasis on Irish culture, marked with global festivities like parades, consuming of traditional Irish food and drink, and wearing the trademark clover green.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has shuttered many of this year’s usual St. Patrick’s Day events… but who says we can’t celebrate anyway? Grab your best shamrock gear and keep festivities going with these five COVID-friendly activities you can do at home!
#1: Plan a Green-Themed Spread
This is something the entire family can enjoy! Think chips with guacamole, green spaghetti (Delish has a great recipe!), and for dessert, mint chocolate chip cookies or ice cream. Don’t forget to sip on your green beverage of choice all day — whether it’s a pint of dyed Guinness or a green juice smoothie (an Irish Coffee works too…bonus points if you sprinkle in some of those edible gold stars!).
For the adults in the room: add as much green food coloring as your Irish (or Irish-loving) heart desires to your favorite beer for a quick and simple festive addition. If you’re looking to create special cocktails for the occasion, try this Golden Irish Mule from Lovely Indeed! A twist on the beloved Moscow Mule, this special drink needs:
- 1 oz. Irish Whiskey
- Ginger Beer
- Lime wedge
- Ice (optional: those edible gold stars we mentioned!)
Swap your traditional Moscow Mule glass for special green or gold ones and you’re set… don’t forget to squeeze in the lime juice and top it off with a wedge!
#2: Host a Shamrock Scavenger Hunt
If you’ve got kids, get ready for some healthy competition! Create a list of St. Patrick Day-themed items around your home; if you’re feeling stumped, here are some ideas:
- A four leaf clover
- A penny
- A potato
- A green snack
- A green book
- Green clothing item
- Anything with a rainbow
The first person to find all the items on the list is the winner, and you can always up the ante with a special prize!
#3: Bring a Boston Tradition Right to Your Living Room
It’s rumored that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston in the 1700s, and this city certainly upholds the tradition! Every year, the city’s Celtic punk band, The Dropkick Murphys, plays multiple shows in Boston the week of St. Patrick’s Day. For the second year in a row, they’re offering a free recording for the rest of the world to enjoy! The livestream will start at 7:00 p.m. EST, so make sure you tune in!
#4: Don’t Forget the Decorations
The only requirement: green and gold! From Irish flags to hanging shamrocks on the walls, don’t forget to add festive decorations around your home. You can find (or order) several decorations from Amazon or your local craft store — here are some of our must-haves:
- Green and gold garland
- St. Patrick’s wreath
- Tiny shamrocks to scatter around — pssst….we have great tips for making your dining room table decked out in green!
#5: Attend a Virtual or COVID-Friendly Festival
Some cities have created virtual St. Patrick’s Day events in place of their usual live ones, so check with your hometown for local details.
Our favorite? Dublin, Ohio, opted for a “reverse parade” this year, and we’re giving them so many bonus points for their creativity! Known as the city’s greenest and grandest day of the year, Dublin decided that, instead a typical parade, the floats, entertainment and giant inflatables will stay in one designated spot, and parade-goers can drive through them!