How to REALLY celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (From a Half-Irish Girl)

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So everyone’s favorite annual drinking day is almost here, and we all know how everyone is going to be celebrating. Beer, beer, more beer, and green shirts. Does that sound familiar? Well, even though I am only half irish as stated in the title, I come from a family who has always treasured Irish tradition. My father has always really loved the culture (he even teaches the bagpipes) and my parents somehow forced me into taking Irish stepdancing classes when I was a kid (when I wanted to do ballet). But now that I’m older I have grown to love my family’s traditions and respect St. Patrick’s Day so much more because of it.

So I would love to share some of those traditions with you, as well as some awesome recipes, music and fashion ideas that will help make your St. Patrick’s Day extra memorable. (And not just for the red solo cups and green shirts.)

Fashion

We all want to look cute on St. Patrick’s Day, whether we are bar hopping, having a party, or just hanging out with friends and family. But instead of the classic “Kiss me I’m Irish” (because everyone is on March 17th) T-shirt, here are some ways to look trendy and stay in the holiday  spirit.

Spring is on it’s way, but don’t put away you’re oversized sweaters yet! Cable knit sweaters are Irish fashion traditions. A warm knitted sweater paired with edgy shorts and knee high stockings, or high waisted jeans if you wish makes a cute and comfortable ensemble for any St. Patty’s Day party. Also, you can still go green with a green crop top or baggy t-shirt.

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Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but plaid has been all over the place this season. It also happens to be a popular Celtic trend! The girl above is doing it right.

Beauty

If you’ve never jumped on the dip dye or hair chalk band wagon, now is the time! (Doesn’t Kate Bosworth look amazing?) You don’t even have to dye your hair for real, hair chalking is super easy with a simple set of pastels, which you can get at your local crafts store. And it washes right out!

Or if you’re not feeling too hot about hair coloring, you can rock a hair knot with adorable green bows.

And I couldn’t  resist putting in this Irish flag nail art idea. You don’t really have to be a nail art expert to achieve this fun look.

Don’t be afraid to have some fun with your eyes March 17th! When else can you go all out with green and gold eye shadow? Have fun with it!!

Recipes

Irish Coffee

This is an actual picture of the Irish Coffee my dad makes for us every year. It’s basically just as delicious as it looks, and honestly...what is better than coffee and alcohol all in one?

Ingredients:

  • Coffee (already brewed)
  • Irish Whiskey
  • brown sugar
  • Redi-whip Whipped Cream
  • cinnamon

In a large coffee cup, place a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar, a shot and a half of Irish Whiskey and stir!  Squirt approx. 3 tablespoons of whipped cream into it.  Stir again!   Add coffee, leaving about 1/2 from the top.  Stir well.  While it is still spinning, squirt more whipped cream on the top, mimicking filling an ice cream cone with soft-serve ice cream.   Sprinkle cinnamon on the top!  Serve with a stirrer.

Mini Corned Beef Reubens

Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes are a traditional Irish meal. However, you can make these mini reuben sandwiches as a delicious party snack for any occasion. My mom has made them before and they are delicious, I promise.

Ingredients 

  • 5 oz. shredded swiss cheese
  • 8 oz. sauerkraut (drained)
  • 1 lb. pre-cooked, sliced corned beef (from the deli)
  • 1 cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 package of small mini rye bread slices (party size, approx. 2"x2" slices)

1) Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

2) Cut up the corned beef into small little pieces.  In a large bowl, combine the corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and dressing.  Mix thoroughly.

3) Spoon one heaping tablespoon of the mixture onto a slice a bread and place it onto a cookie sheet.  Fill up the cookie sheet with the prepared slices.

4) Bake for 20 minutes.  Serve Hot!!

As for what beer to drink…...the answer is Guinness. That is the beer of Ireland after all!

Movies

There are many Irish themed. movies out there if you look hard enough. I thought I would post a few that I’ve enjoyed over the years, and are worth giving a shot.

The Matchmaker is a very cute romantic comedy if you are looking for something light and fun.

The Quiet Man is a classic that has been a tradition to watch every St. Patrick’s Day with my family for years. It stars the legendary John Wayne and Maureen 0’Hara, and although it is a little before our time,  it is romantic, dramatic and actually extremely hilarious. I highly recommend it.

Music

Classics

Irish Rock bands like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly have been around for awhile. The use of a mixture of fiddles and other Irish influences against punkish rock vocals create a sound that have boosted these bands to fame. They will get you pumped and in the mood to party (or simply jump up and down and scream with a beer in hand.)

Up and coming

Did you know that Two Door Cinema club is an Irish band? True Story. There are so many up and coming amazing Irish bands that more people should know about. I suggest checking out Villagers (awesome fresh indie rock sound) and Lecs Luther (He’s an Irish rapper...need I say more?).

Fun

Unicorn Song Drinking Game

Since unicorns have been all the rage in the magical land of the internet lately, my dad used to play this song for my sister and I when we were kids and I was weirdly obsessed with it. It’s called “The Unicorn Song” by The Irish Rovers. Now I just find it hilarious. But try drinking every time they say “unicorn”. Either way the song will make you laugh regardless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EPsuOEH1fY

Or  if unicorns aren’t your cup of tea, you can just listen to this song and drink every time they say “beer”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwgx7EvUuZE

Have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!!!

Stay Lovely,

Kelly McCarthy

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