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5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home!

19 Feb

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day that’s celebrated by those who are Irish (and those who are a “wee-bit Irish” for the day!).  During the pandemic, parades have been cancelled and many restaurants/bars are closed.  You can still make the fun happen at home with some of our ideas. But who is St. Patrick and why do we celebrate this holiday?

St. Patrick. Photo credit: History.com

According to Britannica.com, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17.

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home

1. Make Irish Food

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Celebrate the day with traditional Irish dishes such as classic corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and Irish soda bread. We found great recipes on FoodNetwork.com to inspire you in the kitchen.  We are also inspired by the dessert/treat recipes we found on GoodHousekeeping.com.  You can bake shamrock cookies, whip up shamrock shakes, enjoy grasshopper bars or Bailey’s brownies.  So many fun ways to get the family together in the kitchen to celebrate.

2. Irish Party Supplies

Deck out the house with Irish decor!  Hang shamrock garland from the fireplace or in the kitchen.  Add green shamrock cut-outs on windows or on tables.  Add more fun with personalized St. Patrick’s Day party supplies like napkins, plates and cups.  Top off the day with fun hats, shamrock necklaces and wearing your favorite green top.

3.  Enjoy Green Beer

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You don’t need a crowded bar to enjoy this tradition.  Enjoy your favorite beer with some green food dye. Whether it’s a pint of Guinness or something else, why not raise your glass and say an Irish toast?

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.”

4.  Watch an Irish Movie

Brooklyn movie. photo credit: Entertainmentweekly.com

After enjoying a traditional Irish meal, why not relax and watch an Irish movie?  You can explore the 50 best Irish films ever made from the Irish Times to get ideas.  Some classics are The Quiet Man, My Left Foot and Brooklyn.   Don’t forget to make some green popcorn to enjoy during the movie!

5.  Celebrate Virtually

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While many parades have been cancelled, you can still celebrate virtually. Ireland’s 2021 St. Patrick’s Festival will run from March 12 through 17 on a dedicated TV channel and website. You can celebrate by watching musicians, artists, and of course, marching bands.

How will you celebrate this year?  Tell us in the comments below!

XO,

Jennifer

2020 Holiday Photo Card Ideas during COVID

16 Nov

2020 Holiday Photo Card Ideas

It’s that time of year when we start planning holiday cards.  2020 hasn’t proven to be very photo-worthy between trips being canceled and so many special events being postponed.  If you are planning on sending a holiday photo card, we have a few ideas that may help inspire you design your own.

 

Since we all have to wear masks, why not make it part of your holiday card?  It’s a fun way to capture the feeling of the year as well as a great way to remember 2020.  Card shown:  Let It Snow Flat Holiday Photo Card.

 

From Zoom meetings to online classrooms, you can capture the year with snapshots of your everyday life.  Card shown: Zoom Call Flat Holiday Photo Card.

 

With everyone being told to stay at home, a beautiful photo outside in nature speaks volumes this year.  A simple, sweet picture has more meaning as we’ve slowed down to appreciate the quieter moments.  Card shown: Merry Everything Vertical Holiday Photo Card.

 

If this year really threw you for a loop (and honestly – that would include everyone!), have some fun with a silly picture that can find the humor this holiday season.  Card shown: Foil Happy Holidays Flat Photo Cards.

 

Speaking of humor, have a LOT of fun like our Tastemaker Trae Bodge did with her holiday card.  She kept the mood light and fun this year.  Card shown: Colorful Bordered Holiday Photo Card.

What kind of holiday card do you plan on doing this year?

XO,

Jennifer

 

 

It’s a Wrap!

17 Nov

 

The holidays can be stressful!  We work so hard trying to buy the right gifts for everyone on our list and getting it all done in time so we can enjoy the time with friends and family.  I enjoy wrapping the presents with beautiful paper and ribbons so they look great under the tree.  I know that’s the part most people dread!  But it you plan and add some fun elements to your gift wrapping, you can really make if bearable (it’s true!).  Here are some gift wrapping tips that have worked well for me:

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  • Invest in one of those plastic bins or containers that let’s you organize your wrapping supplies.  It really helps when you’re ready to wrap!
  • Shop right after the holidays for great sales on gift wrapping supplies.  Store away for the following year.
  • Focus on one element that will really make your gifts stand out.  Maybe you choose personalized gift wrap and then a simple ribbon.  Or try simple paper and beautiful, bold ribbon.
  • Have the kids get in on the fun!  Give them a roll of kraft paper and they can doodle holiday pictures and messages.
  • Try personalized gift tags to save time and give presents a beautiful finishing touch.
  • Tie it all up with personalized ribbon.  It dresses up every gift!  Personalized ribbon is great for wine bottles and homemade treats, too.

What ideas do you have for gift wrapping that help you make it fun, creative or time-saving?  Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

xoxo,

Jennifer