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10 Fun Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Home

When St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday, everyone wants to celebrate, but no one wants to go out to do it. Instead, find out How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Home in this post.

To make this holiday the best, be sure to also read our other St. Patrick’s Day posts.

Kitchen towel from Ireland on an oven with the words "How To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day At Home" digitally written on top.

St. Patrick’s Day very often falls on a weekday, which means you can go out and celebrate. But do you want to?

No. Not really.

I bet you’d rather kick back and have our own St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at home. You can still wear your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin — and hope that your spouse or pet obliges.

If you’re looking for great ways for the whole family to enjoy the holiday, we have great options to help you plan the perfect holiday.

10 Fun Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day At Home

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A participant in the Wilmington, NC St. Patrick's Day parade.

Wear Green

If you’re going out to St Patrick’s Day parades to celebrate the holiday, you wear the color green to prevent a leprechaun from pinching you. Keep that green for good luck mentality at home too. Grab a green shirt or leggings and get into the holiday spirit. Just because you’re not on display doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part.

So grab a green shirt or leggings and get into the holiday spirit. Just because you’re not on display doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part.

And, quick side note: If you missed your town’s local parades this year, you can stream the New York City parade on YouTube. It was live streamed, but you can watch it any time when you’re at home.

An unfinished DIY "Lucky In Love" Shamrock Shiplap Sign.

Go Green … with your decorations

When large cities host a St. Patrick’s Day parade, the city goes green. Yellow traffic lines are tinted green and, in the case of the Chicago River, the water along the parade route is dyed green.

You (hopefully) don’t have a river running through your living room, but you do have a mantle that’s looking for some love.

So decorate with a punch of green.

You can purchase St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towels and hang them off your stove (like we do every year).

Or, you can make your own St. Patrick’s Day décor. I made this DIY “Lucky In Love” Shamrock Shiplap Sign that’s hanging in our living room, so you can make that and match us.

If you’d rather just purchase St. Patrick’s Day decorations online, you can find some at the following stores:

Don’t forget to look at a store’s cart minimum to qualify for free shipping. Also consider instore or curbside pickup to avoid shipping charges.

Shepherd's Pie.

Cook Irish Foods

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day a year when I make Shepherd’s Pie. I absolutely love it, but it’s a lot of work.

Most people will make corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day instead. Pete likes that, but I don’t. So if my parents are in town for St. Patrick’s Day, my mom will make that for the both of them.

Fun fact: Corned beef and cabbage isn’t actually a traditional Irish meal. It’s Irish American.

If you’re looking for a side to serve with either of those main dishes, these authentic Pureed Carrots And Parsnips are a great go to.

And of course, your meal wouldn’t be complete without Irish Soda Bread. Irish Soda Bread is a great breakfast too, so definitely make a loaf (or two) a couple days before St. Patrick’s Day to have it ready to serve that morning. If you didn’t, but you still want something for an Irish breakfast, our Irish Potato Bread is great.

Shamrock Pretzels.

Make Some Green Foods

Maybe you don’t want to eat anything Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but you still want to get into the spirit of the holiday. If that’s the case, just go with some green foods.

Salad, avocado, asparagus, anything green is a good choice.

And, for dessert, make a sweet treat like our Shamrock Pretzels or Pot of Gold cookies, which are a really cute festive treat. Or, you can make our Mint Chocolate Bark. And, if all else fails, just make some cupcakes with green frosting.

If none of those appeal to you, don’t worry. We have a great list of Irish And Green Food For St. Patrick’s Day. You’re bound to find something to make for St. Patrick’s Day dinner on that list.

If you don’t want to make dessert, you can get green doughnuts at Krispy Kreme. You can actually get one free on St. Patrick’s Day too.

Three green beers on a bar.

… And Some Green Drinks

If you just want to serve a regular, non-St. Patrick’s themed dinner, but you want to do something, go with green drinks.

Drop a little green food coloring into beverages to make green milk (like our Monster Milk) or green beer. We have a great list of Green & Irish Drinks For St. Patrick’s Day with drinks like Irish coffee and Irish cocktails for anyone of legal drinking age.

A drive through sign advertising a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's.

Order St. Patrick’s Day Food:

If you don’t feel like cooking a St. Patrick’s Day feast tonight, but you do want some Irish or green food to celebrate, you can just order with the following delivery services:

Don’t forget to add a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s or a Mallow Cream featuring Lucky Charms cookie from Crumbl to your delivery order.

Two Leprechaun hats made out of toilet paper rolls on skewers.

Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

You can go big and make a leprechaun trap with your little leprechauns, which is a really cute idea and a great way to kill a lot of time. You could make a leprechaun garden (like a fairy garden, but for leprechauns) too.

But if you don’t want to spend that much time of your craft, it’s okay.

Anything with a rainbow or clover can pass as a St. Patrick’s Day craft, so don’t overthink this.

To get your creative juices flowing, we have a nice list of St. Patrick’s Day Crafts. Our favorite easy craft is the Rainbow In A Jar, which is chocolate gold coins on the bottom, sorted Skittles, and then mini marshmallows on top. And then of course there’s our DIY Leprechaun Hats (pictured above).

Watch an Irish Movie

Pete absolutely loves The Departed, so there’s a 100% chance that we’ll be watching it on St. Patrick’s Day. He’ll use any excuse to watch it, honestly.

If you want to have a movie night, but you don’t want to watch all the blood and gore that is The Departed (I don’t blame you), pick something off Harper Bazaar’s list of the 22 Best Irish Movies to Watch on St. Patrick’s Day.

The only movie I’ve actually seen on that list, ironically, is The Departed. So I can’t exactly cosign it. But it was a lot easier to offer you that for suggestions rather than putting together my own list of Irish movies.

Two people at an Irish pub.

Read about Ireland

I’m Irish more than anything else, but I’ve never been to Ireland. Honestly, Japan is the only foreign country I’ve been to that doesn’t border the United States.

My parents went to Ireland a few years ago and my mom blogged all about their Ireland trip. You can read her posts about Irish culture and the country itself on Life Of 2 Snowbirds.

St. Patricks Day Indoor Scavenger Hunt Indoor Scavenger Hunt.

Play some St. Patrick’s Day games

If you want a fun way to spend some family time together, play some games.

You can purchase games, like the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt (above) as an instant download. Print it out and play with your family right away.

You can find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day printable games online, so you can play all night long.

Do you have any fun ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home? Let us know in the comments.

Rebecca Payne

Monday 15th of March 2021

Thank you for sharing this post.