St. Patrick’s Day! The day of green things, leprechauns, pots of gold, and drinking. This may be what you think of first when thinking of St. Paddy’s Day, but there is much more to this holiday.
St. Patrick’s Day occurs every March 17th, which was the death of Saint Patrick (the foremost patron saint of Ireland). St. Paddy’s Day celebrates this renowned saint who spread knowledge of Jesus, as well as the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the Irish culture/heritage.
The festive celebrations usually include feasting, drinking and the wearing of green or shamrocks since Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
With that being said, this is a holiday that can be tricky to decorate for. But you don’t have to let it go by without showing some Irish spirit. We’ve gathered several festive decoration ideas below that you can purchase to make you feel like the luckiest clover in the patch!
Make your neighbors green with envy with this beautiful 8”x12” Ribbon Sign you can hang in a window or on a wall. The sign states, “Cead Mile Failte” which means “A hundred thousand welcomes” in Irish. What a cute way to greet your guests!
Pine Wood Framed Shadow Box
An elegant decoration to display in your home is this pinewood framed shadow box that boasts Irish blessings. The blessing goes, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.” This is a universal decoration that you could leave up all year long. Check out taller pinewood framed shadow boxes with different St. Paddy’s Day sayings here.
Four Leaf Clover Pillows
Snuggle up to a cozy pillow with green four leaf clovers on it! Similar to the Irish blessing above, the pillow states, “May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May God and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.” If this saying isn’t your cup of ale, then check out other pillows here.
Cozy Blankets with Irish Blessings
If you are looking for something more cuddly and warm, then consider this Irish blanket. You can drape this over the sofa or cuddle up with the forest green blanket that features an Irish blessing. If it doesn't fit your decor, take a look at these other blankets. This is the perfect thing to grab when the weather gets cold!
Cute Shelf Decor - Small, Big and Bigger Options Available
If you’ve got a bare desk, side table, or other flat surfaces, check out these shelf signs. LifeSong Milestones has a wide range of different printed shelf decor signs handmade by skilled artisans. This 4”x10” sign would look great on a fireplace mantle or a ledge to greet guests. It says, “May your trouble be less and you blessing be more and nothing but happiness come through your door.” If you don’t have much space, check out this cute 6”x6” shelf sitter. The playful saying reads, “Irish kisses and shamrock wishes.” Next to the words shines a green rainbow with a pot of gold that gives this decoration a fun spunky flair. It has the same feeling as this Happy Go Lucky sign. This sign, “Too Cute To Pinch” refers to an old wives tale that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns who will pinch you if they can. If you want something a bit taller, check out this 5.5”x8” shelf sign that declares, “I’m the cutest clover in the patch.” If you are feeling frisky, check out this, “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” sign.
MDF Wall Plaques
If you don’t have many flat surfaces to place decor, consider getting a wall plaque like these. This sign displays an Irish blessing in a beautiful, fancy script. It’s speckled with several four leaf clovers and displays a large leprechaun's hat full of gold. Maybe he found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and will share his spoils with you. But then again you can never borrow money from a leprechaun. For some reason they're always short. 🙂
Other Ideas That Don’t Require Spending
Now you don’t have to spend money to decorate. Sometimes it’s the heartfelt homemade decorations that mean the most. Consider getting together with your kids to color shamrocks using paint, glitter, or markers. Then hang them on the fridge or wall. Many people know green to be the color that best represents St. Patrick’s Day, but honestly you can use more than just one color. You can use green, white, and orange, which are the colors that make up the Irish flag. Green is said to represent the Catholics who rebelled against protestant England, while orange represents the Protestants. The white block symbolizes peace between the two.
And actually, believe it or not, blue used to be the designated color for St. Patrick’s Day. It started back in the 16th century when Henry VIII, King of England, declared himself the King of Ireland. To commemorate the announcement, he created a coat of arms for Ireland that used the color blue. But over time green was adopted as the color of the Irish rebellion and the shamrock became a key symbol. So feel free to dress up or decorate in a combo of green, orange, and white (and possibly blue) to show off your holiday spirit.
Another idea is learn how to make a green ribbon wreath to hang or a paper bowl leprechaun at The Inspirational Board. The Inspirational Board has a lot of fabulous festive food ideas you can check out like leprechaun pancakes and clover rice crispy treats! If you decide to make a festive treat like shamrock cookies, you can make those your table’s centerpiece. But be warned they may quickly disappear! Those pesky leprechauns!
However you decide to decorate for St. Paddy’s Day, we hope you avoid the pinches and don’t forget to shake your shamrock!