As soon as you think the numbers of COVID-19 are decreasing, another strain pops up, and people are getting sick again. As a result, it’s wise to think about ways to spend holidays at home rather than going out to party.
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Here are some fun ideas on how to have a great St. Pattie’s Day without going out.
Make an Irish Meal
Cooking at home has definitely been more popular thanks to the pandemic — in late 2020, a study found that 70% of Americans were preparing the majority of their meals at home. Why not continue the trend by creating an at-home Irish meal for St. Patricks’ Day?
The traditional meal is corned beef and cabbage, or you can make a beef stew with stout beer mixed in. You might also enjoy some Irish soda bread on the side and some shamrock cookies for dessert.
An Irish meal is a great way to enjoy the holiday safely and inexpensively at home.
Play St. Patrick’s Day Games
Playing games is a fun way to enjoy time with family or a few select friends on St. Patrick’s Day. Obviously, the goal is to avoid large gatherings, but having two or three friends over can be a great time.
There are a lot of fun choices, such as an Irish-themed scavenger hunt, St. Patrick’s Bingo, or even a variety of drinking games. You can have different prizes for the game winners, such as gift baskets, puzzles, or gift cards.
Of course, if you’re going to be drinking, stay safe — car insurance companies like Freeway Insurance report that St. Patrick’s Day shows a significant increase in DUIs and other car accidents. Instead of driving, stay home or call an Uber.
Watch a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Online
Parades are one of the biggest draws for families when it comes to celebrating a holiday. Fortunately, staying home doesn’t mean that you have to miss the fun! You can watch a variety of St. Patrick’s Day parades virtually.
Simply search online for “virtual St. Patrick’s Day parade” and see what comes up. You can also contact your local city government to find out if they plan to live stream the local parade. If your kids will miss the candy, get a bag of candy to enjoy together as you watch.
Make Crafts as a Family
Children love crafts, and there are a wide variety of options to choose from for St. Patrick’s Day. From cutout shamrocks to rainbows, you can do a lot with construction paper and glue. Wreaths and hats are also an option.
You can look online for ideas and instructions or just let your imagination take over. Either way, your family is sure to create amazing memories together.
Be Safe This St. Patrick’s Day
With new COVID variants sweeping the country, it’s a good idea to stay in this year for St. Patrick’s Day. That doesn’t mean you won’t have fun! Take one (or all) of the ideas in this guide and make it a St. Pattie’s Day to remember.