Tips to Enjoy a Great St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best days of the year, and you can make it even better with a few hints. Get your friends and family together for the day inspired by everything from the Emerald Isle and try the tips below to take this St. Paddy’s Day to the next level.

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  • Get Dressed Up

From an Irish-themed Oktoberfest beer wench costume to a bearded leprechaun costume, St Patrick’s Day costumes make the day even more fun. If you’re looking to make your mates laugh at your local Irish pub, go all out and try a Carry On suit. These inflatable suits make it look like you’re riding on the shoulders of a leprechaun and they’re absolutely hilarious. You’ll get so many laughs at the pub, you may even score a free Guiness or two.

If your mates are big beer drinkers, a Cheers N’ Beer costume captures the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with multiple pint glasses strapped to a belt, paired with a themed sweater. If the thought of beer strapped to you isn’t your thing, try a sexy leprechaun costume with thigh-high green and white socks, or a classic leprechaun look. By committing to an all-out costume, you’ll have more fun throughout the day.

  • Layer on Irish-inspired Accessories 

If St. Paddy’s Day falls on a workday, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. From emerald-hued shamrock hair pins to shamrock glasses, a red elastic beard, and a giant pilgrim hat, take your pick from dozens of fun accessories. Look for them in great costume stores, but get in early as these easy-to-wear accessories sell out quick.

  • Don’t Start Celebrating Too Early

Irish pubs and bars in every Aussie city offer breakfast packages, motivating customers to start drinking green beer early. While these breakfasts are great fun, it’s a good idea to start slow with just a couple of drinks before noon. Too many people don’t make it to the evening celebrations which are, by far, the highlight of the day, with Irish Dancing, fireworks and plenty of high-energy Irish music you’ll want to dance to. 

  • Skip the Corned Beef and Cabbage

While it may be a staple on the Emerald Isle, on St. Pat’s day, the dish is usually offered in busy pubs that haven’t had the chance to prepare them properly. If you’re keen for something Irish, though, try soda bread. This Irish bread is even better than sourdough, with its name coming from the use of bicarb soda instead of yeast. Plus, it will help mop up some of the Guiness you’ve been drinking.

  • Blare Some Celtic Music and Find a Live Gig

The Corrs, U2, The Pogues, and The Cranberries are all famous Irish bands with plenty of hits to listen to on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re at work, why not make a playlist and put it on the office’s audio system? If you’re in the mood for something more traditional, The Chieftains are one of the best traditional Irish bands around, and are sure to get you jigging underneath your desk.

If you’re heading to a pub, look for one with live Irish music. Irish musicians are almost always high-energy performers with excellent engagement with the crowd. Live Irish music is the perfect way to spend a St. Paddy’s Day—with great friends and great energy.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your day. If you’re at work, don’t skip the costumes; add a few accessories to keep the day festive. If it’s a weekend, your day is free to be as green-filled and fun as you wish. Go all-out on the Irish-themed costumes; dressing up makes any gathering more fun, and it shows you’re ready to have a great time.

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