Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a way that is simple, stress-free and low waste with these easy ideas for festive decor and fun that might just leave you feeling lucky!
I don’t own a single St. Patrick’s Day decoration. Not. A. One. Going “big” for any holiday just isn’t in my wheelhouse. I don’t have knack for it, so it ends up feeling more like a chore than a treat.
If you’re all about lots of decor and celebration, that’s awesome! I envy the ease with which you can style your home in fun and festive ways.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend stopped by for dinner and brought a Shamrock plant. How cool, right? Not only was it perfectly festive but also thoughtful. I am kind of terrible at receiving flowers (if you can even believe that), so flowers are not the best hostess gift for me. We love when friends come over empty-handed. However, I know that’s not going to cut it for some people, so a plant is always a great choice.
This adorable plant got me thinking about how we could decorate for and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bit of flair but not a lot of pomp and circumstance (or wasteful “stuff”).
So here are several ideas for simple and sustainable St. Patrick’s Day celebrations that were right up my alley and might be your jam too. If you’re looking for something simple, try one of these ideas that give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day without a lot of fuss.
Bake Dessert with Green Frosting
A while back, I made a white coconut cake with green frosting and coconut shavings for the birthday of M’s grandmother. It took a bit of time to make and frost, so it might be for everyone. However, any fun dessert with green frosting will do.
Cookies, cupcakes, regular cake, pound cake, and donuts all love green frosting and become perfect festive St. Patrick’s Day desserts to spice up the holiday without a lot of waste. You can check out my Comprehensive Beginners Guide to Zero Waste Baking for lots of ideas about how to bake delicious desserts without creating a ton of waste.
Decorate with Shamrock Plants
As I mentioned above, our friends brought a Shamrock plant as a hostess gift. I didn’t even know these existed?! How awesome, right? Grab a couple of Shamrock Plants for your home to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
Clover Egg and Toast
You’re making breakfast anyway. Cut a shamrock hole in the toast, cook an egg in the hole, and you have a perfect breakfast. If your kids like avocados, spread avocado on the toast for bonus St. Patrick’s Day points.
Decorate With Library Books
Check out all the St. Patrick’s Day picture books. You can also decorate with a pile of green chapter books, especially if you already have them on hand. Add a nice pile of five or six books next to you Shamrock plant and you’ll have perfect minimalist decor.
Fill Apothecary Jars With Green Chocolates or Candy
Grab a fancy jar or vase and fill it with green candy or chocolates. Thrift and consignment shops have loads of decorative jars if you don’t have some already. Avoid candy wrapped in plastic. If you choose chocolate wrapped in aluminum foils, be sure to store all the wrappers in a tin can and recycle them at once time. Small pieces of foil can’t be recycled properly so they often become “wishcycling” instead of recycling. If combined in a tin can though, they can be recycled together properly.
Add Festive Pillow Covers to Your Throw Pillows
Instead of buying new throw pillows, make covers for the throw pillows you already have. I made these a couple of times for other holidays and seasons and they worked out great! They also take up far less storage space than actual pillows. If you can find fabric related to St. Patrick’s Day at a thrift store, that’s even better!
Do you decorate or celebrate the “little” holidays? If so, what are some of your go-to tips and tricks? Share all of your sustainable and eco-friendly St. Patrick’s Day decor and celebration ideas in the comments to make this post even better for everyone who sees it!