You can have just as much fun enjoying the holiday at home.

I usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by going to my city’s parade and grabbing a green beer (or two) with friends at a local bar shortly afterward. But with St. Patrick’s Day parades around the country canceling due to the coronavirus, it looks like a quiet holiday at home is on the agenda this year. I get it: Staying in probably isn’t what you had planned, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day while you’re practicing social distancing. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, here’s what I’ll be doing on March 17. Spoiler alert: It involves corned beef and homemade green beer.

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1 Cook an Authentic Irish Recipe

Whether you’re home by yourself, celebrating with a partner, or just trying to keep the kids entertained, everyone needs to eat. And who says you can’t make a festive meal at home? We’ve got all the St. Patrick’s Day recipes you need for a scrumptious Irish-inspired dinner, including a cheesy beer and bacon soup, a delicious Irish soda bread, and of course, some tasty potato recipes.

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2 Mix Up a Green Drink

If you want to make your own green beer, we’ve got you covered: our staff tried six different methods to make a festive beverage with whatever brew you’ve got on hand. If beer (or alcohol) isn’t your style, celebrate with one of our other green drink recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.

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3 Wear Green

If you’re one of the many employees working from home due to the coronavirus concerns, you can still celebrate by wearing green. No matter what your office situation is like these days, we’ve picked a handful of green outfits for every occasion.

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4 Make a Festive Dessert

Once you’ve made your traditional Irish meal, you’ll need a tasty dessert to round out your celebration. Whip up one of our St. Paddy’s Day desserts; we promise you’ll like these more than a pot of leprechaun gold! Try your hand at a decadent rainbow cake, or opt for something a bit more simple, like leprechaun bark.

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5 Create a Leprechaun Trap

If you’re home with the kids due to school cancellations, set up a fun craft they can do on their own. Leprechaun traps are one of this year’s biggest holiday trends, and the photos all over Instagram are incredibly creative. Most of these, like this one from from The Suburban Soapbox, can be made with materials you already have laying around the house, no trips to the store required!

Comments (2)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 13, 2021
BAH HUMBUG 🍀 Most do enjoy St. Pats to have Corned Beef and Green Beer ... Many traditions are not "traditional" ....
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 13, 2021
If you recommend cooking authentic Irish dishes, corned beef and cabbage is not one of them. Nor do they drink green beer.