I love St. Patrick’s Day.
Mostly because I’m Irish and Irish families have a way of passing pride for their heritage down from generation to generation, but also because I love any excuse to celebrate.
I’ve tried a lot of tricks through the years to make St. Patrick’s Day fun for my not-so-Irish husband, some of which have been pretty epic fails. (A particularly disastrous batch of green-colored cookies come to mind…) And while St. Patrick’s Day may just represent one giant excuse to drink a lot of green beer for some couples, for this couple, this year, that’s not really an option.
Hey world, guess what?
So this year, I’m on the hunt for a few more meaningful ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a couple, hold the green beer. (At least until next year, thanks.)
7 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a Couple:
1. Cook up an authentic Irish dinner together
I will admit that corn beef and cabbage is a hard dish to pull off romantically. (The after-effects may sort of kill the mood.) But for a more couple-friendly Irish meal, try an Irish stew with a side of beer bread. Nothing like a meal together to get the soul stirring — and isn’t there something rustic and romantic about a crusty bread and steaming stew?
2. Go out to an Irish pub
Brave the crowds on St. Patty’s Day to hit up a local Irish pub for some comfort food and beer (for those able to drink it). There’s nothing like an authentic Irish vibe to get you in the celebratory mood.
3. Learn an Irish jig
Ladies, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this one is mostly for your viewing
pleasure laughter. If you’re feeling up for it, YouTube has some instructional Irish dance videos and challenge your man to an Irish jig dance-off. I guarantee that results will be hilarious.
4. Plan a dream vacation
Call me crazy, but I daydream about going to Ireland someday. The call of the Emerald Isle is one I know I will answer someday and I love to plan my dream vacation to my homeland. I’ve even gone so far as to follow several of my favorite Irish B&Bs on Facebook and Twitter just so I can stalk their weekly specials and gorgeous pictures. Make a plan to visit Ireland this year by starting a vacation fund or downloading some travel brochures just for fun.
5. Wear green … on your TV
If you’re anything like me, going out on St. Patty’s Day doesn’t really sound that appealing. (Youths everywhere…) But you can still get in the Irish spirit by staying in and checking out a great list of Irish movies + shows that are available — you guessed it — right on Netflix.
6. Hunt for clovers
This is just a fancy way of saying, “Take a romantic stroll together.” Turn it into a more festive event by being on the lookout for those elusive four-leafed clovers. We do this every year, and I have yet to find one. Maybe spice the hunt up a bit by putting a little wager on whoever can find one first?
7. Go to a cheesy St. Patrick’s Day dinner
Murder mystery dinners for St. Patrick’s Day abound — do a local search to find one near you. (Confession: This is something I have always wanted to do, but they can be hit-or-miss and often book quickly.) Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try hosting your own DIY at-home murder mystery dinner as a couple. There are many online kits available to turn your home into an Irish pub gone wrong.
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