Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Traditions on a Budget

You don't need the luck of the Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day traditions on a budget.

Having a festive St. Patrick’s Day on the cheap might seem difficult on one of the most celebrated and adored holidays in the world. But if you’re on a budget (perhaps after getting off track during the winter holidays), you’ll need more than luck to make sure you have green in your pocket the next day. Here are a few affordable options to consider if you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day traditions, no pot of gold required:

Make Homemade Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day can’t really be celebrated without some hearty Irish beverages, but you don’t have to go to a bar to toast the holiday. You can save a lot of cash by staying in and making your own St. Paddy’s Day drinks instead. A quick online search will yield a variety of Irish cocktail recipes for a fraction of the cost at a pub. From a Grasshopper to a Guinness milkshake, you have the opportunity to make beverages that will give bartenders a run for their money. Whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party or just celebrating with your family, your homemade beverages will make the day even more special.

Prepare Traditional Irish Food

Irish soda bread, ham, potatoes, stew, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness cake and other traditional meals are culinary staples for St. Patrick’s Day. Try cooking them yourself instead of ordering food at a crowded Irish pub. You can find an endless number of recipes online with a quick search. Invite a few friends over and make it a pot “luck!”

For a bit of foodie trivia, check out the real history behind the American St. Paddy’s Day meal, corned beef and cabbage.

Craft a St. Paddy’s Outfit

Get creative and make your own costume to celebrate instead of buying something from a store. Fashion some cheap four-leaf clover jewelry from decorations you can find at a dollar store. Paint your nails green. Decorate an old T-shirt with green paint or markers. Get crazy and bedazzle yourself with inexpensive green bows, headbands and other fun accessories.

Watch Irish Movies

Feeling anti-social? You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day traditions without hitting the town. Make the aforementioned homemade drinks and settle in for an inexpensive evening of Irish films or movies that star Irish actors. Some recommendations are “Brooklyn,” “In the Name of the Father,” “Waking Ned Divine,” “The Boxer,” “Hunger,” “The Field,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” and “The Secret of Roan Inish.” Or anything starring Liam Neeson. 😉


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