On March 17, the Irish and Irish-at-heart celebrate the lively, joyous occasion of St. Patrick's Day. One of the patron saints of Ireland, St. Patrick is said to have chased all the snakes from the isle. Outside Ireland today, the holiday is more a celebration of Irish cultural heritage than a religious tradition. Of course, green is the color for St. Patrick's Day. Wearing green has become commonplace in much of the world, with some people even doling out pinches to those who fail to wear green on the 17th. The tradition of wearing this beautiful color, which is also symbolic of spring, has carried over into other arenas of decor and fashion as years have progressed. Today, many celebrate St. Patrick's Day by decorating their homes and businesses. In some cities, parades are held to celebrate Irish heritage and to kick off an evening of partying. Those who want to add an extra decorative touch to their homes for a St. Paddy's Day party can evoke the fresh, natural beauty of the Emerald Isle with flower arrangements and beautiful greenery.
Enviously Green: A Gorgeous Flower Palette
Perhaps the plant most traditionally associated with St. Patrick's Day is the four-leaf clover, which is said to bring good luck to anyone who finds one. Unfortunately, tiny clovers aren't really suitable for flower arrangements or bouquets due to their size and delicacy. Instead of relying on this traditional plant, florists draw on an exciting palette of green, yellow and white flowers to create festive St. Paddy's arrangements. Among the most popular flowers for these arrangements are green mums, whose vibrant coloring immediately excites the eye and evokes a springtime feel. White and green alstroemeria are also incredibly popular for these arrangements because they add color and contrast. Of course, gorgeous green mums, carnations, and poms can be paired with white and yellow lilies, roses and tulips for a perfect St. Paddy's look. Green is the color of the season, so it's no surprise that a wide variety of greenery is also favored for St. Patrick's Day arrangements. Among the most popular are ferns, whose lush fronds are reminiscent of Ireland's misty coasts. Other grasses, greenery and mosses add an earthy touch that speaks perfectly to the Land of Erin.