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Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day
happy st. patrick's day

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and it is a day for wearing green and celebrating other Irish traditions. But, did you know the patron saint, St. Patrick, was not born in Ireland?  It is believed that he was born in the Roman province of Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family.

It is further believed that at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”.  As the story goes, God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

The people of Ireland have celebrated St. Patrick, every year since his death on March 17, around 461 A.D. Over 1200 years later, the celebration of Patrick was carried across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. In 1737, the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston among its many Irish immigrants.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Gifts & Food

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday for all ages. Here are some entertaining ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Everything that is “green”, which symbolizes spring and the prospering of the crops, fun and Irish can be worn or used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

What better way is there to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than to celebrate with food?

A few drops of green food coloring goes into anything you might want green, even a mug of draft beer. Anything made with Irish cream or Irish whiskey has the Irish spirit, too.

Favorite Irish Recipes

What would St Patrick’s Day be without some Irish recipes? Here are two of my favorite Irish recipes.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
Photo by Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons
Photo Source: Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) corned beef brisket (seasoning packet included)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1-14 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 green cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Trim corned beef of excess fat and place on top of carrots and potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning packet.
  4. Add apple juice, vegetable broth and water.
  5. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.
  6. Add cabbage and continue cooking another 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until beef  and cabbage are tender.
  7. Remove beef, potatoes, and vegetables to a platter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don’t forget an Irish toast to bless the meal!

Irish Scones

Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons
Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Note: You can add raisins, dates or other dried fruits and even chocolate chips, if desired.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and flour until crumbly.
  3. Add baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk.
  5. Mix into dry ingredients to make a dough.
  6. Turn onto floured surface and roll to one-inch thickness.
  7. With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2-inch rounds.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.

Makes about 18 scones

Gift Baskets to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Another great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with gifts. After all, when you think of a holiday, don’t you think of gifts?

So what types of gifts do you associate with St. Patrick’s Day? Well, anything green and Irish of course!

A great gift idea might be an Irish themed gift basket filled with lots of treats. Here are  a couple of great gift baskets perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. A great way to celebrate this special and fun holiday at home with your family or at the office with your co-workers.

St. Patrick's Day Luck of the Irish
Luck of the Irish

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold

 

However you decide to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, enjoy this very fun holiday!

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Bridesmaid Gifts

Ideas for Bridesmaid Gifts

With everything on the bride’s agenda, she must think about bridesmaid gifts for the special ladies she as chosen to be in her wedding party.

A wedding day is full of memories, especially for the bride and groom. They, of course, are the key players, whether it is a formal or informal wedding. With a formal wedding, the months of planning may build up a high level of anticipation in not just the bride and groom, but also others who will also play key roles on the big day. To bridesmaids in particular, the lead up to the wedding day may be an exciting time. The bride and groom will undoubtedly want to commemorate the day for them with bridesmaid gifts.

For sure, bridesmaids will appreciate at least a token gift to help them remember the day. As with any gift, what you choose as a bridesmaid gift will depend on budget and age. If anything, “older” bridesmaids are easier to choose for, as personalized silver or crystal, for example, and other more adult products, are more likely to be appreciated.

Younger bridesmaids, though, may turn out to be easier than you thought, whatever your budget. It is a matter of thinking about their tastes and interests and finding something appropriate. While it is traditional to give all bridesmaids the same gift, that does not necessarily have to be the case. After all, they have probably been forced into a uniform dress for the occasion, and if you have several, or many, bridesmaids then no doubt one or more were not too happy with the color or design, even if they are too polite to tell the bride.

Choosing the bridesmaid gifts may be a good time to redress the balance, and do something individual, a unique bridesmaid gift for each bridesmaid; unless, that is, you know the bridesmaids well enough to know that all will be happy with the same thing. At least by having the same gift, there is no danger of one bridesmaid being jealous of the other.

How, then, can you make each bridesmaid gift unique, without having to go out seeking an appropriate gift, the like of which you and your bridesmaids have never seen before? There are a couple of ways to add an individual and personal touch:

Personalized Gifts

Many items, including popular bridesmaid gift items such as jewelry, candles and candle holders, goblets, can either be engraved, embossed or have a medallion attached that can be engraved. Personalization gives you the opportunity to add an individual touch for each bridesmaid, thus acknowledging that each has played their own important part.

Bridesmaids of any age will appreciate something personalized with their name, plus of course your personal message. If you have a wide variety of ages among your bridesmaids, then why not give each a different gift, appropriate for their age, but also personalized with their personal message.

Here are a couple of great examples of gifts that can be beautifully personalized for each bridesmaid.  You can find these and many more personalized gifts on my website at:. http://www.debrasgifts.labellabaskets.com

bridesmaid gifts frame
Bridesmaid Frame
bridesmaid gifts pashmina scarf
Pashmina Scarf

If you have chosen jewelry, then you have a gift theme that can be applied to all ages and be personalized, too.  Even young girls usually like jewelry, so you could be making your bridesmaids very happy, commemorating the occasion and making each gift choice unique.

Gift Baskets

Like jewelry, gift baskets can be made suitable for all ages of bridesmaid. If you choose an attractive and unusual basket, then even if the contents are consumable, such as chocolates, the girl will have the basket left as a memento of the wedding and her role as a bridesmaid.

With gift baskets, you can choose appropriate contents for each of your bridesmaids, whether they are 2 years old or 18; and you can even include an engraved gift inside to personalize it for her even more. So, baskets do really give a lot of scope for individuality and addressing the age problem. There are a good selection of customized gift baskets online for you to choose from.

For example, here are a couple of beautiful gift baskets from Labella Baskets that would make perfect bridesmaid gifts. http://www.debrasgifts.labellabaskets.com

bridesmaid gifts Elegant Orchid Spa Sensation
Elegant Orchid Spa Sensation
bridesmaid gifts Because You're Special
Because You’re Special

Planning the wedding will be a big task that will preoccupy you if you are a bride or groom. But don’t forget to give a bit of thought to those bridesmaids for their part in your big day. They are sure to appreciate it.

Bridesmaid Gifts from Labella Baskets

Please visit my website to see our full line of beautiful themed gift baskets and personalized gifts.
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Bridesmaid Gifts from beau coup

Here is another great website with a nice selection of bridesmaid gifts and other gifts, too.

bridesmaid gifts from BC-bridal-gifts

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=603342&u=1069426&m=15302&urllink=&afftrack=

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