When you live in Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day is an absolute must-celebrate. And we’ve gathered some of our favorite ways to get festive right at home this year.

We’ll start with the most important rule of St. Patrick’s Day: wear green! If you’re not looking to get pinched, pile on the emerald. And you don’t have to stop at your clothes. Decorate the house with DIY shamrock ornaments and St. Patrick’s Day-inspired garlands that you can make with the family. When it comes to green, the more the merrier.

Now you may have heard of Elf on the Shelf, but do you know How to Catch a Leprechaun? It’s a fun read to learn a bit about St. Patrick’s Day and get the little ones excited to build their own leprechaun trap. The best part about this idea is that the kids can stay occupied with all the creative heavy lifting. And all you have to do is add chocolate gold coins once they’re asleep so they can wake up to a leprechaun’s treasure!

The traditional Irish meal is what really makes the day feel festive. You might’ve made every other bread recipe in the book by now, but have you tried to bake Irish soda bread? It pairs perfectly with the classic savory feast of slow-cooked corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. And don’t forget about the green beer! A light ale and food coloring will give you that perfect festive sip, and the little ones can enjoy a refreshing shamrock shake.

Delicious food and a glass of beer make us happy, and we like to sing when we’re happy. Irish pub tunes are vibrant, lively and so much fun to sing along to. Learn some of the classics, like Whiskey in the Jar or The Black Velvet Band. See who can sing The Rattlin’ Bog the fastest without getting tongue tied. It’s bound to put some tap in your toes and a smile on your face!

What’s more, the City of Dublin is throwing a week-long St. Patrick’s Day bash! Add some virtual community events to your at-home celebration or reserve a spot for some of the in-person activities around town. Visit the website to learn more, sign up for the Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk and get ready for everything Irish that this festive event will bring.

When you live at Boulevard, it’s easy to jump right into the St. Patrick’s Day fun and have a shamrockin’ good time. So get excited, get your green ready and practice your Irish toast. Sláinte!