5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Without Drinking

by Jeannieinabottle

Do you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, yet you are not a drinker? That is OK. You don't need to go to the bars to have fun on St. Patrick's Day.

Plenty of people like to party hard on St. Patrick's Day. Every March 17th they drink green beer all night until they can't take it anymore. Some of us would prefer a quiet day instead. For those that do not intend to party too hard this St. Patrick's Day, there are plenty of other fun activities for us. Let's explore five ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day without drinking.

Wear Something Green!

This is pretty simple.  Tradition says if you don't wear something green on St. Patrick's Day, you are going to get pinched.  If you don't want to get pinched this year, you'd better find something right now to wear.  Even if you don't have a green shirt or green pants, you can wear something not as obvious.  Most stores are selling green St. Patrick's Day socks for a very low price right now.  You can even get plain green socks if you are not feeling that festive.

So basically, get in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day and buy something green to wear.  It is the easiest way you can celebrate.  Even if it is only socks, at least you've got something on.  And don't give me that line about having green underwear on.  No one believes you!


Green St. Patrick's Day Socks

Green socks!
Green socks!

Eat Something Green!

Do you know how easy it is to find green food to eat?  If you are on a diet, you can eat a salad or eat some broccoli.  You can also eat other green healthy items like avocado, asparagus, green beans, or peas.  Not feeling so healthy?  OK, then have some lime jello or pistachio pudding.

Perhaps you want to take your St. Patrick's Day to the next level.  That is a great idea!  You can make just about anything turn green.  Add some green food coloring to some potatoes and really celebrate the Irish this year.  You can also add green food coloring to a cake if you want to really have a great time.  You could just bake a Jello Poke Cake and use only lime jello.  The possibilities are unlimited.  So have fun discovering all the green food items you can possibly find on St. Patrick's Day.

Please keep in mind, you will want to avoid foods that started out another color and turned green without your assistance.  That sandwich that has been sitting in the back of your fridge for three weeks is now no longer edible.  It did not turn green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Throw it out immediately!

Drink Something Green!

Oh, yes!  There are many non-alcoholic drinks that are green.  For instance, Gatorade makes a lovely Tropical Blend drink that might interest you.  Even their Lemon-Lime drink is almost green, too.  You can always try some green Kool Aid.  Perhaps some Kickin Kiwi Lime or Lemon-Lime will help quench your thirst.

If all else fails, yes, the time honored "add some green food coloring" technique works for just about any drink.  Can't get your kids to drink milk in the morning?  Maybe some green food coloring will make it more exciting.  You can also add green food coloring to other fun drinks like Sprite, Ginger Ale, and Mountain Dew.

Drink a Non-Alcoholic Green Drink

Green Drink
Green Drink

Look For a Four-Leaf Clover

Depending on where you live, the climate may not allow clovers to grow in your area.  However, if you are lucky enough to live in a place with patches of clover, you can look for four-leaf clovers!  It will be lots of fun.  If you are lucky enough to find one, legend says you will have good luck.  Who couldn't use that? 

So go out there and hunt for those four-leaf clovers on St. Patrick's Day.  If you find one, maybe you should play the lottery that day since you are so lucky.  Of course, maybe you shouldn't try that either.  Perhaps an article about not drinking on St. Patrick's Day shouldn't encourage you to gamble instead.  Sorry!

Learn More About St. Patrick's Day

Did you know St. Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the 17th century?  Did you know the color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue, but over the years it changed to green?  Yeah, I didn't know this stuff either.  Hey, thanks Wikipedia!

If you want something educational to do on St. Patrick's Day, you can learn more about the holiday.  You can learn more by researching the old-fashioned way and go to the library to check out some books.  You could also look through some encyclopedias to learn more about Ireland, it's history, and the history of St. Patrick's Day.  You might also want to be lazy like me and just do your research online.  Either way, it is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

I hope you've enjoyed all these tips on celebrating St. Patrick's Day without drinking alcohol.  You can totally have a fun time without drinking.  If you do decide to drink, be safe and have a great St. Patrick's Day!

Updated: 02/29/2012, Jeannieinabottle
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/21/2022

Jeannieinabottle, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
Last week, I began going through wizzley articles relevant to St. Patrick's Day. I got to your article in time to put in effect a green-colored rice dish with asparagus, avocado, green beans and peas. I also opted for green potatoes and lime-flavored jello poke cake.

Everything was delicious, everything was a crowd-pleaser, and there were no leftovers!

Jeannieinabottle on 03/21/2012

I like to keep a low profile on St. Patrick's Day myself. It is just enough to wear green... I don't need go all out. Thanks for reading my article, Valeed!

Tehreem on 03/13/2012

Nice bunch of ideas for a non alcoholic person like me to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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