St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration originally founded to recognize the patron Saint of Ireland who is said to have driven the snakes right out of the emerald isle. Today, Ireland is a celebration of all things Irish that people from all over the world take part in. While St. Patrick’s Day might be synonymous with Irish beer and raucous partying in the most places, you don’t have to get too crazy to enjoy this year’s festivities.
You don’t have to decorate your home or office in a bunch of bright, tacky green colors and leprechaun cutouts, either. Use this guide to learn how to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day without all of the tacky accessories you’re going to see everywhere else.
St. Patrick’s Day Mason Jars
Ah, the lowly mason jar – is there anything you can’t use it for? While pickling vegetables and preserving lemons is one option, neither of those exactly scream St. Patrick’s Day. However, that doesn’t mean your mason jars can’t go to good use and get your space into the spirit of the day. You’re just going to need to get crafty! Here’s how you can make some seasonal mason jars that are great for St. Patrick’s Day:
- Give your mason jars a thorough wash. You’ll want to dry them off with a clean towel and then let them air dry. It’s important that your jars are bone dry before you move on.
- Set up a work area outside with proper ventilation. Covering a folding table with newspaper or plastic is a great way to get started.
- Use green spray paint to coat your mason jars. You can work in steps or flip them upside down and move around the jar as you spray.
Looking for a little more color? Try creating the Irish flag by using painter’s tape to spray your jars in a green, orange and white tri-tone pattern. Once you’re done, you can use your painted mason jars for table décor or vases for flowers.
Just don’t drink out of them since all that spray paint can’t possibly be good for you!
Green Succulents and Plants
Too much bright green and your space starts to look like you’ve taken over by a gang of rowdy leprechauns. That’s not a good look. Instead, try adding some more contemporary greenery to your space with succulents. Here are a few ways to use succulents:
- Use them on your table for a St. Patrick’s Day meal. They’ll look great with basic white or more colorful dinnerware.
- Decorate your bar with succulents. You can even give wooden box planters a light coat of gold spray paint for that classic pot of gold look.
- Place succulents around your office. Most succulents don’t need a ton of light, so they’ll last for a very long time. Best of all, nobody will think about St. Patrick’s Day when they’re still around in mid-April.
Okay, so we said we’d go easy on the party decorations, but balloons? Come on! You have to have those if you’re throwing a party. Here’s how you can make some super-easy shamrock-shaped balloons in just a couple of minutes:
- Blow up your heart-shaped green balloons and tie them securely. You’ll need four for each shamrock you want to make.
- Tie the balloons together in pairs of two.
- Push two sets of the balloons together and tie them on the back with simple twine. Leave extra twine to hang your balloons.
- Place and enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day Wreath
Need a little more décor than mason jars and balloons? We hear you. Try this incredibly simple St. Patrick’s Day wreath. You can even repurpose it for other holidays with a few minor adjustments. Here’s how you make one:
- Shop for a plain or DIY wreath. You can find a variety of these at most craft stores. Typically they’re wrapped in burlap or another pliable, soft material.
- Look for green flowers, shamrocks and any sort of gold decorations you like. Add these to your shopping cart!
- Use gold tacks to secure your green flowers and accessories to the wreath.
- Hang your St. Patrick’s Day wreath. Yep, it’s really that simple.
St. Patrick’s Day Bar Cart
Celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day tend to be a little heavy on the drinking. Maybe that’s because Ireland produces some of the finest beer and spirits in the world. Maybe it’s just because people love to celebrate and having a few too many seems to go hand-in-hand sometimes.
Whatever the reason, you don’t have to get wild on St. Patrick’s Day. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cold beer, a sip of whiskey or a glass of champagne though. If you’re hosting a party, having spirits and libations is also a must. Try your hand at creating a stylish St. Patrick’s Day bar cart for your festivities:
- Use your handmade decorations to adorn your bar cart! What better place than your bar cart to showcase that stylish wreath or shamrock balloons? You can even use those colorful mason jars to hold bar spoons, straws and more.
- Look for colorful items when you’re doing your shopping. Orange straws? Green napkins? They’re good to go for St. Patrick’s Day and they won’t even look tacky since they’re totally useful.
- Be smart with your garnishes. Who needs lemons when you’ve got Irish green limes? You can even work “Irish” elements into your cocktails by using ingredient’s like Rose’s sweetened lime juice. It’ll look great on top of your bar and it tastes downright delicious, too!
St. Patrick’s Day can be a ton of fun even if you don’t have the luck of the Irish. Whether you’re planning to celebrate at lunchtime with your co-workers or you’re planning a big party at home, you can skip the green beer and the tacky decorations. This year, enjoy a classy St. Patrick’s Day that’s about more than corned beef, potatoes and ugly streamers.
Use the tips above to whip your home or office into shape so you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.