Celebrated around the world, March 17 is famous for one thing and one thing only - St. Patrick’s Day.
Here in the UK, we love to celebrate the national day of one of our near and dear neighbours. If you’re planning on having friends and family over, there’s a host of things you can do throughout the day to unleash your Celtic side.
Check out our tips on how you can get all the St. Patrick’s Day craic you need at home this year.
Get the flags and clovers out
To get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, you need to deck your home out with all-things Ireland. An easy way to decorate your home is by getting the kids to work on some arts and crafts. Creating some green or shamrock shaped posters that can be put up around the downstairs of your home to welcome guests. Add a few Irish flags into the mix and you’ll have your very own St. Paddy’s Day paradise.
You can start by getting in the spirit by diving into your wardrobe and simply picking out green. It doesn’t matter what, but wearing anything from socks and underpants, to a shirt or jacket will be sure (to be sure) to get you feeling green and ready to start the celebrations. For some extra Irish bonus points, wear a Gaelic football, hurling or soccer shirt.
The grub of the Irish
The kitchen can be a great friend to you this St. Paddy’s Day, as you can get the kids involved and you can keep your guests happy with delicious recipes from the Emerald Isle.
To really impress, try your hand at some authentic Irish dishes, such as warming Irish stew, potato cakes or soda bread. These traditional meals are guaranteed to leave your party-goers with plate clean and belly full.
Everyone loves a sweet treat so channel your inner-Mary Berry and be a bit more adventurous with baking for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you go for an Irish barmbrack, a whiskey and stout chocolate cake or a traditional coffee cake, these cake recipes will give you the inspiration to really push the boat out!
If you want to go back to basics, a batch of simple cupcakes can win the day. Top them with green icing, or add some green food colouring to be on theme.