What to Celebrate this Week: St. Patrick’s Day!

by Stefanie on March 15, 2010

When: March 17th
Why
:
That is the day Saint Patrick died.
Who
:
Saint Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.

 

Whether you go all out and party ’till the top o’ the mornin’ the next day or take it easy with just a wee bit o’ celebration, PartyLand makes planning your St. Patty’s party easier than kissing the blarney stone! (Which doesn’t actually look that easy…)

 

Wearing o’ the Green for your Home:

Ireland’s nickname is “The Emerald Isle” because the grassy hills are so green. Well, that makes decorating easy! Anything green goes! Add in some gold accents, a couple shamrocks, some rainbow streamers, a paper cutout leprechaun and you’re in luck!

Place a big rock (or a fake paper rock taped to the wall) right inside the entrance with a sign that says, “BLARNEY STONE – KISS FOR GOOD LUCK.”

Wearin’ o’ the Green:

On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone wears green to honor Ireland. Decorate yourself and your friends with St. Patty’s hats, jewelry, pins, stickers, tattoos and more at PartyLand!
Buy inexpensive green beaded necklaces or green plastic leis and “Kiss me, I’m Irish” buttons to hand out to your guests as they arrive.
If someone forgets to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, those wearing green are allowed to give the offender a pinch as a gentle reminder; however, if you pinch someone that is wearing green, that person can pinch you back 10 times!

Eatin’ o’ the Green:
Break out the green food coloring and get ready to party!
Cookies with green frosting, cookies with green M&M’s, cookies with green sprinkles…!

Make sure you have some healthy options too; a veggie tray with broccoli, celery, carrots, green peppers and a pot of dressing for dipping. And a fruit tray with green grapes, green apples and a pot of caramel gold for dipping!

Raise your green glass and make a toast to good health and good friends!

Activities:

Legend says that anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone of Ireland will be blessed with eloquence. Help your guests or family make their own Blarney Stone to kiss on St. Patrick’s Day! Follow these fun directions! Everyone will be singing about how they kissed a Blarney Stone and they liked it!

Have your guests help put temporary tattoos on each other that say “Kiss Me! I’m Irish!”

FYI: St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass and March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the celebrating begins.

I’ll leave you with this Irish blessing:
“May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”

and
Éirinn go Brách!

(Ireland forever!)

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Jillian March 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Another fun saying is the second half of the phrase “Top of the mornin’ to ya” … You’re supposed to end it by saying, “And the rest of the day to yourself!”

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