Last-minute St. Patrick’s Day ideas

Of all the holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most fun and easiest to plan for. So if you don’t have any solid plans yet, we share some great ways for you to have a blast.

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Throw a fun cocktail party

Although guests might expect you to put a lot of time and effort into parties for other holidays, such as Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day is about fun, not frills. So don’t be afraid to throw a party even if you don’t have much time to plan. Pick up some green cocktail napkins, a themed banner and maybe even a few St. Patrick’s Day mugs at your local dollar store to give your space a little holiday spirit. And of course, don’t forget the green food colouring! You can pour it in light beer, white wine, martinis and more to give all your friends’ favourite beverages some Irish flair. If you have time, whipping up some tasty St. Patrick’s Day desserts is a nice touch. But even if you don’t have time for all these extras, simply inviting your friends and family over for fun and drinks is enough to honour March 17.

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Visit an Irish pub

If you’re going to go out to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, you really must visit an Irish pub. Many Irish bars and pubs hold special events to celebrate the occasion, such as welcoming Irish dancers, presenting live music or throwing fun contests. Search online for an Irish pub near you, and call it up to find out how it will be commemorating St. Patrick this year. Then round up some of your best friends, and go grab a pint. You’ll be singing Irish songs and cheers-ing new friends in no time.

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Have an Irish movie night

Drinking the night away might be the most common way to spend March 17, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to spend the holiday. If you’d prefer a quiet night in over a raging party, then consider spending it with a few close friends, watching some great Irish movies. For a beautiful romance story that’s filled with gorgeous original songs, check out Once. Or for a dose of Irish history and culture, check out recent Academy Award winner and Irish citizen Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie that won him his first Oscar, My Left Foot. It’s based on the true story of famous Irish artist Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and learned to paint with his left foot. Or if TV shows are more your thing, watch a few episodes of the The Black Donnellys. It follows four close but headstrong Irish brothers who must deal with the dangerous world of organized crime in New York City. If none of those quite tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other incredible Irish movies to choose from. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best stories the Emerald Isle has to offer.

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