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  • Writer's pictureCathy Borg

13 Lucky Ways to Celebrate a Fun and Sustainable St. Patrick's Day!

Updated: Mar 10

Mother and Son dressed in green with party hats


13 Shamrockin' Ways to Celebrate a Fun and Sustainable St. Paddy's Day!

Ever seen the iconic green stripe light up the Niagara Falls on St. Patrick's Day? It's a dazzling sight, but the energy used to power that spectacle adds up. This year, why not celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a way that's kind to the planet instead?  Ditch the disposable decorations and create a fun & sustainable festive atmosphere. Here are 13 ideas to inspire you, no matter the size of your gathering or your personal preferences:


1. Fun and Sustainable Party Magic:

DIY Delights or Thrifty Finds: Feeling crafty? Whip up some shamrock garlands from recycled materials! Not the crafty type? No worries! Look for festive decorations at local thrift stores – you might just score some unique treasures!

Foodie Feast or Simple Spread: Love to cook? Impress your friends with a traditional Irish feast of corned beef and cabbage. Prefer something more relaxed? A cheese and cracker spread with green grapes and Irish soda bread is just as delightful. No matter the menu, remember to use reusable plates and utensils (point 11) to keep things eco-friendly!

cheese tray

2. Celebrate Under the Emerald Skies - Fun and Sustainable Style:

Pack a picnic basket filled with delicious treats (think potluck contributions, point 4!), and head to your local park for a festive get-together! Don't forget your reusable plates, utensils, and napkins to keep things green. Check local listings for lively Irish music performances – the perfect way to add some extra cheer to your fun & sustainable celebration!!

picnic basket on blanket on the grass

3. Embrace the Reusables:

Skip the disposable plates, cups, and utensils! Opt for reusable alternatives made from durable materials like glass, bamboo, or stainless steel. It's a small change that makes a big difference for a sustainable St. Patrick's Day.

4. Potluck Power with a Green Theme:

This is a perfect way to enjoy a fun & sustainable feast with a variety of dishes. Encourage your guests to bring local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. This is perfect for a larger group, but you can easily scale it down for a cozy get-together. Whip up a pot of Irish stew (vegetarian option available!) or bake some festive shamrock cookies (point 5 - adaptable) for a smaller crowd.

5. Give Back and Volunteer Together:

Feeling the spirit of giving? Participating in a park cleanup or tree planting event is a fantastic way to combine a fun activity with giving back to your community in a sustainable way.

Mother and father with son doing a park clean-up

6. Support Local Businesses, Cheers!:

Skip the mass-produced green beer and support a local brewery. Opt for organic options if available, and remember to recycle the bottles! Look for breweries that embrace sustainable practices – a great way to celebrate a truly eco-friendly St. Patrick's Day!

7. Get Your Game On with a Green Twist:

Organize some fun games that don't require a lot of materials. Test your knowledge with an Irish trivia night or learn a simple Irish jig – it's sure to bring out the laughter!

8. Gifts with a Difference:

Instead of traditional gifts, consider donating to an environmental organization in someone's name. It's a thoughtful gesture that benefits the planet and makes for a unique St. Patrick's Day gift.

9. Travel Green and Keep it Clean:

Minimize your carbon footprint by opting for public transportation, biking, or carpooling to your St. Patrick's Day festivities. Every little bit counts towards a sustainable celebration!

10. Plant a Shamrock (or a Tree!) for Good Luck:

Planting a potted shamrock or a tree symbolizes new beginnings and your commitment to a healthy planet. It's a small act with a big impact, making your St. Patrick's Day celebration truly fun & sustainable.

planter filled with shamrocks

11. Learn About the Emerald Isle:

Immerse yourself in Irish culture by watching a traditional Irish dance performance or learning a few basic Irish phrases like "Sláinte" (pronounced slawn-cha), which means "cheers!"

landscape hill overlooking ocean in Ireland

12. Ditch the Single-Use Plastics, We Insist!

We mentioned this earlier, but it's an important reminder! Avoid using single-use plastics such as straws, cups, and plates. Opt for reusable alternatives to keep your celebration eco-friendly.

13. Share the Fun and Inspire Others):

Snap photos of your eco-friendly St. Patrick's Day celebration and share them on social media using hashtags like #SustainableStPatricksDay or #GreenCelebration! Seeing how others are celebrating sustainably can inspire your friends and family to do the same.

Bonus Tip: Embrace the Learning!

St. Patrick's Day is a great opportunity to learn more about Irish culture and traditions. Research the history of the holiday, the symbolism of the shamrock, or even some traditional Irish recipes. The more you know, the more you can appreciate the spirit of the day!

By following these tips, you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a way that's fun, festive, and good for the environment. Here's to a happy, healthy, and sustainable St. Patrick's Day for everyone!



Feeling overwhelmed by planning an eco-friendly St. Paddy's Day bash? Reach out to Brad at In and Out Organizing for expert tips on sustainable decorations, local sourcing, and waste-free celebrations! They can help you throw a party that's as green as a shamrock!

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