Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with these Authentic Traditions

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with these Authentic Traditions

Saint Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, and to get you in the mood we’ve collected age-old traditions to celebrate with your family year after year. However you choose to observe the holiday, you’ll have fun decorating your dazzling Reunion home with shamrocks and whipping up Irish comfort food in your stylish kitchen.

Irish Coffee

As the story goes, a stormy night forced a Pan Am flying boat bound for New York City to return to Foynes, Ireland. A chef and bartender at the Foynes airport was asked to make hot food and beverages in hopes of warming the weary passengers — thus, the Irish coffee was invented. After adding strong Irish whiskey, cream filled the remainder of the glass and the rest was history. With the busy day that lies ahead, pour your kiddos a bowl of Lucky Charms and brew your own coffee by following this quick and delicious recipe. Stop by the Reunion Coffee House to grab your bag of beans. Sorry — you’ll have to supply your own whiskey.

Corned Beef & Cabbage

While Shepherd’s Pie and Dublin Coddle are tasty traditions, St. Patrick’s Day is all about the corned beef and cabbage. This classic recipe requires about 5 hours of cooking time and, luckily, your slow cooker will do all the work for you. Hearty ingredients like carrots, celery and potatoes were readily available to Irish farmers — thus creating the world-famous, unofficial national dish. Stew with thyme and garnish with grainy mustard for an authentic, delicious lunch or dinner.

All Green Wardrobe

The Irish honored their nation’s patron saint — Patrick — by wearing green ribbons and shamrocks on March 17. Irish-American immigrants popularized the tradition based on the belief that pesky leprechauns would pinch anyone in sight. They believed that by wearing green, they’d become invisible to the little terrors and therefore avoid being bothered by their relentless trickery. To avoid painful pinches this year, try these clever green fashions.

Crafty Decorations

At Reunion, you’ll find fetching floorplans ready for you to move-in immediately. Gather your family for craft night to create spectacular decorations for your new home. With a bit of paint and rocks from your garden you’ll have a blast turning stones into gorgeous golden nuggets. Wreaths aren’t just for the winter — a few pieces of paper and a glue stick can transform any pack of construction paper into stunning shamrocks or radiant rainbows. Stretch kid-friendly banners and garlands from room to room for a fun, festive look all month long.

When you buy a home at Reunion, you’re just minutes from stellar events in downtown Denver. Discover a unique lifestyle, amenities, and special floorplans that allow your family to come together to celebrate your favorite traditions. However you spend St. Patrick’s Day, share your photos with us on Instagram (@reunionco). Cheers to good health with the Gaelic saying, Sláinte!