Everybody in the U. S. knows to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day if you don’t want to get pinched. But, are you ready for the celebration? To make the most of St. Patrick’s Day, just follow the tips below.
According to the U.S. Census, there are seven times as many Irish in the U.S., or those claiming Irish decent, than the total population of Ireland. My mother was a Murphy and I have the privilege of Irish citizenship through my grandfather. So, of course, my first born is named Patrick! And, this gives me even more reason to celebrate the holiday.
Tip #1: Prepare Cheerful Irish Mood & Food
Just put a shamrock on your outfit, a smile on your face, and get yourself and your friends in the mood! To get your Irish eyes smiling add a little cheer to your home or office.
The decor can be bought on the cheap at the Dollar Tree , at Michaels and any number of other places. Then stock up on your favorite Irish fair. Mine includes some Irish cheese (Kerrygold Dubliner cheese melts in your mouth), corn beef and cabbage, and my own easy and wonderful Irish Soda Bread. Recipe is available on request to subscriber, just leave a comment below and it will come to your inbox. Then, I top off the meal with a wee nip of Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Tip #2: Line up the Irish Music & Put on Your Dancing Shoes
Get out your Irish music, tune up your voice or your violin and be prepared to entertain family and friends. Or play music available online, like the Fields of Athenry, The Wild Rover, or Whiskey in the Jar. Of course, my personal favorite is Danny Boy.
Tip #3 – Get your Irish Humor Ready
Be prepared to spread a little Irish cheer at the dinner table, at the office, the grocery store or at the bar while you drink a pint of Guinness Stout. Here are a few that put a smile on my face.
“As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.”
“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”
“Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter. I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.”
“May those that love us, love us. And those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; if he can’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we know them by their limp.”
“May the enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whiskey, but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching.”
Click here for more good Irish Humor and pick your own.
Tip #4 – Know Your St. Patrick’s Day History
Here is the three-minute clip notes version to refresh your memory or educate the young ones.
Tip # 4 Great Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
There are St. Patrick’s Day parades scheduled all over the United States and Canada and other parts of the world. But, be sure to check in your area as many events are running on days other than March 17.
In my neighborhood of south Kansas City, known as Martin City, the festivities are set for a great weekend of celebration on Sunday, March 12! So, check your calendars. After a 5K run/walk at 8:30am, then church services, we should have had enough exercise to allow some indulgences later in the day, no?
Now, for anyone not familiar with the Martin City area, this is a great time to visit. For more detail on the St. Patrick’s Day events, go to irishpalooza.com.
The Martin City Brewing Co. will be adding Irish food and beer to their regular menu. There is also Jim & Jessie’s Steakhouse which is a great south KC treat.
Or, try the Mexican joints at Margaritas Restaurant or Dos de Oros if Irish fair is not your favorite. Traffic and parking are not as big of an issue as you sometimes find in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
But, Kansas City’s big annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. March 17 at Linwood and Broadway and go south along Broadway to 43rd Street. And, festivities abound all over Kansas City for the two weeks leading up to St. Paddy’s Day. Click here for a great list of ways you can join in the celebration with this 2017 guide by the KC Star.
Tip #5 Prepare to Give a St. Patrick’s Day Toast
Here is another favorite and the one I wish for you –
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Are your Irish eyes smiling? Share with us how you like to celebrate in the comments below.