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St. Patrick's Day Gift Ideas and Party Decorations
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St. Patrick's Day is one of the most commonly celebrated holidays. In modern society most people celebrate it by having parties, attending parades, or spending the day at a bar. Of course, the original intent of the holiday was to pay tribute to the life of St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland. He lived during the 4th and 5th centuries and became a priest after being saved from slavery by God. He was not actually Irish, but spent a great deal of his life there. He died on March 17th, 461, which is why we celebrate his holiday and that day. While the holiday began as mainly religious, it has evolved over time into a fun day in which to gather with friends and celebrate life.
If you're thinking of throwing a St. Patrick's Day party this year or if you know someone who is a fan of the holiday, you'll find lots of great ideas for decorations and gifts on this page. From practical and useful to just plain fun and whimsical, there's something for everyone. Along the way, you'll learn a bit more about the traditions and symbols of St. Patrick's Day.
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St. Patrick's Day Party Set Up
If you're throwing a St. Patrick's Day party this year, one of your top party supplies has to be plates and cups. You certainly don't want to wash dozens of dirty dishes and it's a lot more fun to have the theme incorporated into your dishes. I'm normally not a fan of using disposable dishes, but when it comes to a party, it's usually your best choice. It's also a great, cheap and practical way to decorate for your party.
Of course, paper cups are also a big necessity, probably even more so than plates. These plaid green cups are great for St. Patrick's Day and are neutral enough that you can use them for future parties. After all, it's better to have left over cups than to run out party way through the night.
The Catholic Church began to recognize St. Patrick's Day in the early 1600s, though the day had been celebrated in Ireland for several hundred years before that.
More Party Decorations
Of course, you can't rely just on your plates and cups to make the atmosphere festive. To really create an impression, you want to make your place as green as possible. You don't need to go so far as painting the walls and buying new furniture, but adding green to your walls, ceilings, and anywhere else you can find is a great way to make your guests get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit.
Who says lights are just for Christmas? If your party is taking place at night, these are an especially great decoration. They can help people find your place and make everything more festive.
Garland is always a great party decoration and this shamrock garland is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
History of St. Patrick
This fantastic video gives a brief overview of St. Patrick and his life. It's done in a semi-cartoon fashion and keeps you entertained at the same time as educating you. The author also has other history videos, so if you're in the mood to learn, take a look at the rest of their work!
St. Patrick's Day Traditions
One of the most common and popular traditions of St. Patrick's Day is wearing green. Some people go all out and dress in green from head to toe, even dying their hair or wearing silly hats. But, you can still take part in this tradition by just adorning a green shirt or jacket. I'm lucky enough to have an old high school "Fighting Irish" sweater that I can wear if the weather is cold enough (though, oddly, I didn't actually go to that high school and I don't have any sweaters from the schools I did attend). Shamrocks are another popular tradition and many people wear them on their clothes to symbolize the day. The tradition of wearing green has even reached outer space--astronaut Chris Hadfield (who hails from my hometown) dressed up for the holiday while manning the International Space Station and posted a recording of himself singing "Danny Boy."
St. Patrick's Day Serving Dishes
Every party needs food, and it's so much more fun (for you and your guests) to have themed dishes. It's really not enough to have just green dishes, especially when there's so many fantastic and fun St. Patrick's Day themed serving dishes out there. You can collect one or two every year and add to your collection, and you can always bring them out other times of the year just for fun.
This cute shamrock serving dish is great for tons of different appetizers. Again, you can get a few and then serves different food on each one, spreading them around the table or room.
I love this leprechaun candy dish. Maybe it will bring you good luck! At the very least, it'll Irish up your place for St. Patrick's Day.
The shamrock isn't a symbol of St. Patrick's Day just because it's green. St Patrick used to use the shamrock to teach people about the Holy Trinity.
St. Patrick's Day Gifts
It's hard to narrow down the choices if you're trying to find a St. Patrick's Day gift for someone. There's tons of options, from praticial to silly. Here's a few of my favorites and with some good variety, I'm sure you'll find something to suit anyone's taste.
What I love most about this salt and pepper shaker is that each half is different from the other. They're a matched pair, but unlike most salt and pepper shakers, they aren't identical.
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