Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern St. Patrick’s Day is here!I used to think that the arrival of the green themed holiday meant that spring was finally here and it was my first excuse to start wearing flip flops. I would go to the store every year and buy a new pair of green flip flops just for this occasion. However, my flip flop wearing dreams were shattered throughout the years with unpredictable weather, most notably the ice storm two years ago in March. I had to use a mallet to get into my frozen car. Regardless of the weather, St. Patrick’s still brings many of us outside for the first time in months after a long winter (this past year’s mild winter may be the exception to the rule) for outdoor parades and activities. To get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, there are a few steps to take. First you have to find your green clothing, it’s rare to see anyone wearing anything, but the color green on March 17th. The second is to plan how you will be celebrating the holiday. As I previously mentioned parades are a popular way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I usually prefer to host a St. Patrick’s day dinner party, either on or around the holiday (I’m not one to host in the middle of the week.) I love Irish food. I am always a fan of a hearty stew and basically anything made from potatoes. For St. Patrick’s Day dinner would not be complete without some interpretation of corn beef and cabbage. One of the simplest ways to make this St. Patrick’s Day classic is with the slow cooker. We have a few different recipes to choose from our Pinterest board as well as some nontraditional takes on the dish. The board also features a variety of side dishes and desserts that make for a very festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration. My personal favorites are the Traditional Irish Potato Pancakes, Irish Spiked Brownies, and Surprise inside St. Paddy’s Day cupcakes. As with most holidays, decorating my house for the holiday is one of my favorite activities. For St. Patrick’s Day I tend to keep it simple. A decorating scheme using burlap, muted greens, white, and a touch of gold is perfect not only for St. Patrick’s Day, but many of the pieces could be reused for spring or Easter (as long as they are not covered in shamrocks and yes some of your decorations have to have shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!) And don’t forget the kids! Keeping the little ones entertained can be a challenge, but there are a ton of fun craft and activities themed around St. Patrick’s Day! Many of the crafts are great pieces of art that can be then used to decorate the home! Everyone have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!