In case you forget, St. Paddy’s day is coming up on Monday; yes, it’s on a Monday.
Because of this, festivities will most likely be happening this weekend. I realize it’s really short notice, but if you’re anything like me and love celebrating Lá Fhéile Pádraig, then this is for you.
Modern St. Patrick’s Day festivities in North America usually consist of heavy drinking, music and games. So it’s a little difficult to imagine that St. Patrick was actually a saint and that St. Patrick’s Day is actually a Christian feast festivity. Oh, and St. Paddy’s Day is a holiday in Ireland; now that’s awesome.
So if you’re planning on throwing (or going to) an amazing party this weekend to avoid the $7/each special green drinks at the bars, here are some inexpensive St. Patrick’s Day ideas that will have you feeling Irish, even if you’re not.
Of course, I’m starting with the drinks:
- Your classic beer with green food colouring: not too creative but still gets the job done
- The Green Apple Martini (click picture for recipe)
- Irish Flag Shot
- Green Bailey’s: 2 oz Baileys, 2 oz Creme de Menthe, 1 oz Kahlua
- The Drunken Irish Potato
- The Dirty Leprechaun Cocktail
- Spin the bottle – Shots: This is basically your classic spin the bottle game, but it involves taking shots instead of kissing (I’m sure the kissing will come later.)
- Green Beer Pong: Classic beer pong, utilizing your abundance of green beer!
- Shot Potato: “Hot Potato” using shots. Have some green Jello shots nearby and have one person control the music while you pass around a shot. When the music stops, the person holding the shot must drink it. And of course, you should have some Irish music on in the background!
- Dropkick Murphys – really any songs of theirs will do. My favourites: “Kiss Me I’m Sh*tfaced” and “Shipping Up to Boston”
- Bloody Irish Boys – “Beer is good, beer is great,” “Get Drunk Tonight”
- Flogging Molly – “Seven Deadly Sins,” “Whiskey on a Sunday,” among others
- Traditional Celtic Music – for when you want to get into some traditional Irish dancing (or try to)
And of course, everyone must be wearing green. No exceptions. If you have to have a shirt painting activity for this to happen then make sure you are prepared with green paint (or green food colouring!)