Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. The one day a year where everyone pretends they’re Irish, drinks copious amounts of green beer, and hopes to get lucky. If you’re a college girl wondering what to do on this day, fear not! I’ve got you covered with some fun ideas to make your St. Paddy’s Day one to remember.
1. Dress up in green and embrace the spirit
This one’s a no-brainer. Dig out anything green from your closet, put on some shamrock earrings, and get in the spirit of the holiday. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, go all out and dress up as a leprechaun. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away with the green body paint, or you might end up looking like an extra from The Walking Dead.
2. Have a St. Paddy’s Day-themed party
Gather up your friends and throw a St. Paddy’s Day bash. Make sure there’s plenty of green beer (or green punch, for those who prefer a non-alcoholic option) and some festive snacks like shamrock-shaped cookies or Irish soda bread. Bonus points if you can find some decorations to make your place look like a leprechaun’s lair.
3. Take a trip to a local Irish pub
If you’re lucky enough to have an Irish pub nearby, why not pay them a visit on St. Paddy’s Day? You’ll be able to soak up the authentic Irish atmosphere and enjoy some traditional Irish fare like bangers and mash or shepherd’s pie. And of course, there’ll be plenty of Guinness flowing.
4. Participate in a St. Paddy’s Day parade
Many cities and towns have St. Paddy’s Day parades, so why not join in the fun? Grab some friends, deck yourselves out in green, and wave your shamrocks as you march down the street. Just make sure you don’t get too rowdy and end up getting kicked out of the parade.
5. Go on a green scavenger hunt
Create a list of green items and go on a scavenger hunt around your campus or town. Some ideas might include a green traffic light, a green hat, or a green plant. The first person or team to find all the items on the list wins a prize.
6. Make some St. Paddy’s Day crafts
Get your creative juices flowing by making some St. Paddy’s Day crafts. You could try making some paper shamrocks to decorate your room or make some rainbow-colored bracelets to give to your friends. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for all things crafty.
7. Watch some Irish-themed movies
If you’re not feeling up for a big night out, why not snuggle up on the couch and watch some movies with an Irish theme? Some good options include The Commitments, Brooklyn, or of course, The Quiet Man. Just don’t forget the popcorn (and the green M&Ms).
8. Cook up some Irish cuisine
If you’re feeling culinary, why not try your hand at cooking some traditional Irish dishes? You could make some corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, or soda bread. There are plenty of recipes online to get you started, and you’ll be able to impress your friends with your newfound cooking skills.
9. Go on a pub crawl
If you’re feeling brave (and over 21), why not hit up a few different bars on a St. Paddy’s Day pub crawl? Just make sure you pace yourself and stay safe. And remember, it’s not a race, it’s a marathon.
10. Attend a St. Paddy’s Day concert or show
Many musicians and performers put on St. Paddy’s Day
shows, so check out if there are any happening in your area. From traditional Irish folk bands to modern Irish rock groups, there’s something for everyone. You could also try attending a performance of Riverdance, the famous Irish dance show that has been entertaining audiences for years.
11. Host a potluck dinner with Irish-inspired dishes
Get your friends involved and host a potluck dinner where everyone brings a dish inspired by Irish cuisine. This is a great opportunity to try out new recipes and taste some delicious food. You could even have a competition to see whose dish is the most authentic.
12. Visit an Irish cultural center
If you’re lucky enough to have an Irish cultural center nearby, why not pay them a visit on St. Paddy’s Day? You’ll be able to learn more about Irish history, culture, and traditions. And who knows, you might even pick up a few words of Gaelic while you’re there.
13. Take a scenic hike to see some greenery
Take advantage of the beautiful scenery and go on a hike to see some greenery. Find a local park or nature trail and go for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some traditional Irish snacks while taking in the view.
14. Make some green cocktails
Get creative with your drinks and make some green cocktails to celebrate the occasion. You could try making a green margarita, a kiwi martini, or a peppermint patty shot. Just make sure you don’t overdo it and end up with a hangover the next day.
15. Volunteer at a local charity
Spread some St. Paddy’s Day cheer by volunteering at a local charity. You could help out at a food bank, animal shelter, or community center. Giving back to your community is always a good way to celebrate any holiday.
16. Host a “Shamrock Shuffle” dance party
Put on your dancing shoes and host a “Shamrock Shuffle” dance party in your dorm or apartment. Create a playlist of your favorite Irish and party songs and decorate the space with green and gold streamers, balloons, and confetti. Encourage your guests to wear green and offer prizes for the best dressed or best dancer.
17. Attend a virtual St. Patrick’s Day concert
In the age of COVID-19, many events have gone virtual, and St. Paddy’s Day celebrations are no exception. Check out if any virtual St. Patrick’s Day concerts are happening and attend them with your friends from the comfort of your own home. You could even set up a virtual watch party and celebrate together online.
In conclusion, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day as a college girl. From dressing up in green to hosting a potluck dinner, there’s something for everyone. Just remember to stay safe, pace yourself, and have a great time. Sláinte!
What do you think?
What do you think? Are you excited to try out some of these St. Paddy’s Day ideas, or do you have some of your own to share? Whatever you decide, make sure to stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the holiday with your friends and loved ones. And if you have any other suggestions or ideas, feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.