Shamrocks & Bagpipes – St. Patrick’s Day Fun Guide 2018

St. Patrick's Day Guide

Time to break out your 4-leaf clovers! Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and that means turning your world into a sea of green. From decorating your new construction home to preparing tasty drinks and traditional Irish fare, Taylor Morrison has got you covered. We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to turn your master planned community into a magical carbon copy of the Land of Eyre!

Fill your pot o’ gold, pour a green beer and put out treats for the Leprechauns, it’s time to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in style.

Thanks to Stephanie, St. Patrick’s Day Party Planning is Somewhat Simple

Imagining your life in a brand-new Taylor Morrison home doesn’t need to be complicated. Not when Stephanie from Somewhat Simple was kind enough to chronicle her entire new home buying experience right here on our Second House on the Right blog.

But if you’ve been following along with her journey, you already know that she’s published loads more ideas than just being a guest poster for Taylor Morrison. Her blog, Somewhat Simple, is packed to the gills with fantastic advice for holidays, special events and just everyday tips.

Thanks to Somewhat Simple, piecing together a St. Paddy’s celebration to remember will be a breeze.

Get Crafty with DIY Home Décor Projects

No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the famed Blarney Stone. According to legend, he or she who kisses the stone will be granted the “gift of the gab” – making one an instant master in the art of flattery. With some paint, glue, creativity and googly eyes, your kids can make a Blarney Stone of their own.

And while you’ve got the craft room warmed up, here are four more ideas to flex your art muscles:

  • Wood Block Message Board – A fun project that’s both holiday themed and a great way to display photos of all your favorite little Leprechauns.
  • FREE Printables – From thought-provoking limericks to the Old World wit, it’s easy to inject a hint of Irish wisdom into every room of the house.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Garland – Christmas isn’t the only time of year to hang something special from the mantelpiece.

Learn More about St. Patrick’s Day Legends

Ever wondered where the idea of the Leprechaun came from? The Celtic word luchorpan means “wee one” and the legend says if you capture one he’ll take you to find a pot o’ gold. You needn’t put your hands on him, though. Lock him into your sights and he’s magically bound not to run away.

Unfortunately, Leprechauns are known for trickery and deceit. They’ll do anything to wriggle out of taking you to the gold.

One such trick, is to tell you that the gold will be found at the end of the rainbow.

You chase off to discover your fortune, only to find that it’s impossible to reach the end of the rainbow. All the while, you’ve lost sight of the Leprechaun, allowing him to escape!

To commemorate this ingenious hoax, make these Pot o’ Gold Rainbow Treat Bags or these gorgeous St. Paddy’s Bag Toppers.

  • Wearing Green: The color green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640s. Oppressed by British rule, it was forbidden to wear green and supporters of a free Ireland were persecuted for doing so. During the 19th & 20th Centuries, the tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day grew.

Cheers! Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

If you’re not old enough to enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness or a green beer at your local Irish pub, why not guzzle a Shamrock Float? They’re easy to make and deliciously green!

The shamrock has been a symbol of Ireland since the 1700s. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is said to have used the three leaves to describe the Holy Trinity.

And to warm up by the fire in the evening, sip a glass of Jameson’s famed Irish whiskey.

  • Did you know? Around 3 million pints of Guinness are downed by Americans on St. Patrick’s Day. This is approximately 5 times as many as the average Saturday night.

Eat Up – St. Patrick’s Day Snacks and Meals

Food is a big part of any holiday celebration. Explore general holiday recipes or stick with traditional Irish grub.

Start of your St. Patrick’s Day with a breakfast worth remembering. A cup of coffee and these Shamrock Parfaits are a match made in heaven. Parfaits are also a great choice for parties.

  • Corned Beef: Unable to get traditional Irish bacon in America, immigrants from Ireland found a suitable replacement in corned beef. Try this tasty recipe from America’s Test Kitchen in video or written form.
  • This delightful Irish Beef Stew is also another great choice, brought to you by The Wooden Skillet.

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Have fun testing out your baking skills with Irish Soda Bread Muffins. Designed for fast leavening, soda breads are made with baking soda instead of yeast.

Parades near Taylor Morrison Communities

When shopping for land to purchase and develop, Taylor Morrison always takes into consideration the surrounding area. We search for vibrant communities offering parks, shopping & dining opportunities, nature, culture and plenty of action-packed fun.

St. Paddy’s Day is no exception. Find parades, block parties, events and plenty of green near you!

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