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5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Kick Off the Spring Season
St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland – and when everyone embraces “being Irish for a day!” It’s also a great time of year to shake off the winter blues and kick off the spring season. What better way to observe both than to embrace that most beloved of Irish hues? Whether its shades of jade, juniper, emerald, seafoam, shamrock or mint…
here are five ways to embrace gorgeous and glorious green!
1. Grow Green Plants
Ireland is referred to as the “Emerald Isle” because of the amount of greenery throughout the country. Almost every corner of Ireland’s landscape is dominated by green hills, green vegetation and lush green foliage. A fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring is to get in the garden and grow something green.
Try Ireland’s beloved shamrock or another easy houseplant, such as philodendron, cactus, sansevieria, monstera, pothos or aloe. Or get dirty outdoors planting hosta, liriope, boxwood or ferns. Leafy greens to grow and eat include swiss chard, spinach, kale, collards or turnip greens. Gardening is known to have therapeutic benefits and reduce stress – just mix some enthusiasm with soil, sunshine and water and you have the perfect recipe for growing and enjoying your “greens”.
2. Make Green Drinks
It’s not St. Paddy’s Day without green drinks. Of course, there’s the traditional beers turned green beloved by pub-goers. Family-friendly “beer” alternatives include ginger beer and root beer – just add green food coloring!
For a shamrock-style shake or smoothie combine vanilla ice cream, whole milk, mint extract and green food coloring. Add whipped cream or green sprinkles for extra fun. For something with an extra kick, try an “Emerald Isle Cocktail” by mixing 1 ½ ounces gin, 1 teaspoon crème de menthe liqueur, and 2 dashes bitters. For a “mocktail” version try “St. Paddy’s Punch” by mixing lemon-lime Kool-Aid with pineapple juice and sprite.
Pro tip: any drink can be “greener” just by adding a slice of lime or sprig of mint!
3. Decorate in Green
Green is one of those colors that brings the outdoors in and evokes lush grass, fresh air, and feelings of renewal. Some ways to decorate in green include adding a bold piece of green furniture, painting a room green, adding green accents, or bringing a collection of green plants to a space.
Quick and easy “green” additions include accent pillows, wall art and unique décor that fits your personality and space. Change up any space in an instant with area rugs. They can be added to an entryway, outdoor space or as the centerpiece of any interior room for an instantly fresh and renewed look that welcomes the season.
4. Get “Greener” For
You can hail “green” another way by adopting some eco-friendly habits that benefit the environment. A few modest daily actions can make a difference in protecting the environment, and literally make things greener. Keep it simple – even small changes can make a big impact!
Consider switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs, using cold water for the laundry, or turning off lights when no one is in the room. You can conserve water by using reusable water bottles, turning off water when you brush your teeth, or collecting rainwater in a Rain Barrel to water plants, lawns and gardens and ensure they grow as GREEN as can be.
5. Wear Green
There’s no easier way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day and the start of spring than by dressing in the color green. It’s a cheerful color that celebrates nature and evokes a sense of well-being. Wear a simple green dress, t-shirt or sweater for the Irish holiday. Or add just a splash of green to your outfit with a scarf, bag, tie or socks. This way you’ll not only look fabulous but ensure you won’t get pinched!
Whether you’re celebrating your true Irish heritage or just embracing being “Irish for a day” enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and the coming of the spring season with a nod to magnificent green – the color of Ireland and the blooming season.