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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without Leaving Your Room

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and we know that many of you probably get exhausted just thinking about going downtown to celebrate. We feel you. This year grab some friends and have a mini St. Patrick’s Day party in your room with these tips.

Wear Green

Obviously this is a given. Make sure you all are decked from head to toe in green (underwear doesn’t count) and of course pinch anyone that dare show up without. BUT just dressing in green isn’t enough for a festive party! Make sure your room is decked in green as well! Pinterest (of course) has a ton of ideas for decorations, but you can do a lot with little money as well. Examples: green crepe paper, cut outs of four leaf clovers from construction paper, crepe paper rainbow, chocolate gold coins, etc. It’ll be fun decorating and brightening your room as well as getting you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Make a playlist

What party is complete without a good playlist? Again get creative here. It can be some Irish jig type music or something entirely different. Hint: think of songs that talk about luck. If you’re still struggling, I found a pretty good one here: http://www.sunglasswarehouse.com/blog/st-patricks-day-songs/

Food

Obviously most everything should be green. That means a lot of mint! Brownies with Andes mint topping are super easy and super delicious. You literally put the mint pieces on top of brownies and voila! If you want to get fancier, however, you can always search Pinterest. There are TONS of Andes mint recipes and almost all are green. Don’t forget mint chocolate chip ice cream either (it’ll go good with your brownies.) And bonus, if the brownies were too much for you, pick up the ice cream and Andes mints and you have an awesome combination. And what would St. Patrick’s day be without a Shamrock Shake? Not the ones from McDonald’s. Those are not good. Here’s one that has way less ingredients and probably tastes a lot better than the ones from Mickey D’s: http://backtoherroots.com/2011/03/17/thirsty-thursday-shamrock-shake/. Last but not least, what would a St. Patrick’s Day party be without Lucky Charms? Eat them with milk, without, or even as a variation of a Rice Krispie Treat: http://www.ladyandtheblog.com/2014/03/01/lucky-charms-treats-recipe-grea… just make sure they’re there as your finishing touch.

*Note: I am aware that these are all desserts. Are you complaining? If so, order a pizza with something green on it.

Movies

There are lots of options here for movies to watch. First the obvious choice is Luck of the Irish. Disney Channel was so on point when we were young. My next favorite option is Brave (Disney kills it again). If it were me, I wouldn’t need to read any further. I’d be set with those. HOWEVER if you still are not satisfied, come up with your own list. Pretty much any movie set in Ireland will do. Alternately, you could watch St. Patrick’s Day episodes of your favorite shows. I recommend How I Met Your Mother season 3 episode 12.

Entertainment

Personally, all my gatherings with friends include endless games of Cards against Humanity. I firmly believe it would really add some hilarity to the game if you only read the cards in an Irish accent. If that’s not for you, well then I guess you could play pin the beard on the Leprechaun.

There you have it. Your perfectly low-key, stay in your room St. Patrick’s Day party. Enjoy! If you are planning on going out Tuesday, please be safe! Happy St. Patty’s Day, everyone!

Junior Integrated Marketing Communications major and Psychology minor. Fan of Netflix and her smartphone.
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