G.I. Joe: Retaliation--What You Need To Know

  • April 01, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

G.I. Joe: Retailiation

The second installment of the G.I. Joe franchise hit theatres this past weekend.  With all the hoopla surrounding the film, including an extended dose of media attention due to a somewhat disappointing delay in release, moviegoers are bound to be anxious to see what the Joe’s can finally deliver!  G.I. Joe: Retaliation has all the ingredients of a Spring Break blockbuster.   Before you grab your bucket of popcorn and settle in for what should be a wild, action-filled explosive ride, here’s a few things you need to know!

Hold On…and On.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation was actually supposed to come out last year.  The film was set for release in August of 2012.  Thus, any die-hard Joe fans have been waiting…and waiting!  Paramount decided at some point that the movie needed to be converted into 3-D so that it could be distributed internationally to a wider audience.  In countries such as China and Russia, 3-D technology is hugely popular. 

So You Think You Can…Direct?   Jon M. Chu known mostly for his recent dance-themed films directed this latest chapter of the G.I. Joe saga.  Although there has been some skepticism about what Mr. Chu will bring to the franchise, his different perspective is bound to put a new spin on the Joe’s.  Some characters will be portrayed a bit differently and some of the characters from the original film will not be returning.  Jon Chu wanted to take the sequel and the Joe’s in a different direction--let’s see what he’s got.

Heroic Return:  Some of the most favored characters from the first G.I. Joe film will be indeed returning for your viewing pleasure.  Channing Tatum will be reprising his role as Duke, while Ray Park will be playing Snake Eyes.  Lee Byung-hun will be back as Storm Shadow. You can however, say goodbye to Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller, as neither of them will be returning for retaliation.

Rock The Rock!  There’s nothing like THE ROCK (Dwayne Johnson) to inject some powerful mojo into an action-laden film.  In G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Mr. Rock plays the lead G.I. Joe, Roadblock, one of the most key players in the G.I. Joe franchise.  And as if that’s not enough…there’s more! Fans will surely die hard for Bruce Willis as he enters the Joe cast to play the role of General Joseph Colton.   Willis leads the Joe’s in their battle against the Cobra’s.  The Rock?  Bruce Willis?  The Joe’s just got really interesting.

G.I. Joe: The toys are back in action!  Much of the G.I. Joe toy line was pulled from the shelves when the Joe sequel release was delayed.  These G.I. Joe toys are now officially in stores and back in action, just in time to correlate with the G.I. Joe film release. 

Watch It, So You Can Pretend to Be It! 

If you are looking for an exciting way to spend your Spring Break, go see G.I. Joe: Retaliation!  To bring a little of that G.I. Joe spirit right through your own front door, check out our fantastic line of G.I. Joe costumes.   Perfect for dressing up as one of the more notorious Joe characters, these are the obvious solution for when you really want to get into an action-packed and exciting movie character!


Easter Trivia That Is Sure To Get You Hoppin’

  • March 27, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

Easter is this weekend and you have already likely been making appropriate preparations.  Easter bonnet-check.  Easter baskets-check.  Easter candy-check.  Easter feast-check. Easter eggs-check. Aside from having all your Easter list checked off and ready to go, there are a whole lot of fun facts out there about Easter that you might not know. 

  • 600 million eggs are sold in the USA during the time surrounding Easter.
  • Second only to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday!  A holiday that seems to be another perfect excuse to eat CANDY!
  • Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year for Easter in addition to 16 billion jellybeans! That’s enough jellybeans to fill a 9-story building!
  • Easter baskets were first introduced and designed to look like bird’s nests.
  • Americans will purchase over 700 million Peeps, making Peeps one of the most popular non-chocolate Easter candies.
  • Kids far prefer red jellybeans to all the other colors.
  • Over half of all kids will get up extra early on Easter morning in order to see what the Easter Bunny has left for them.
  • Over 80% of parents in the U.S. will prepare an Easter basket for their children, perpetuating the tradition of the Easter Bunny. Some parents even go as far as to dress up in an Easter bunny costume.
  • The Easter Egg Roll has been a White House lawn tradition since 1878 during the administration of Rutherford B. Hayes.  This year this celebrated White House event will be held on April 1, 2013.  Kids will participate in the infamous Egg Roll in addition to playing fun games and hearing stories.
  • When eating a chocolate Easter Bunny, over 76% of Americans prefer to eat the ears first.
  • Most adults prefer the taste of milk chocolate (65%) to dark chocolate (27%).
  • The vast majority of people would prefer to have a chocolate bunny (86%) to a real, live bunny.
  • Easter parades originated back in the mid-1800’s. High society folks used the Easter parade as a way of showing off their Easter hats and fancy outfits after they were finished attending their church services. They would strut their stuff up and down Fifth Avenue to show off their superb Easter finery!
  • The date of Easter changes every year because it is celebrated on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon.  Because of this tradition, Easter falls anywhere from March 22nd to April 25th.
  • Nearly 120 million cards will be sent or exchanged this Easter, which means it holds the #4 spot when it comes to card-sending celebrations in the U.S.
  • Like most holidays, there are songs heavily associated with Easter.  Some of the more popular “Easter Carols” include: “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”, and “The Easter Parade”.
  • The most common Easter symbols include: The Cross, Easter Lilies, Easter Eggs and Bunnies!

 

Happy Easter from your friends at Halloween Express!


Your Easter Candy: What it May Be Saying About You

  • March 25, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

Easter is March 31st

Easter comes a little bit early this year, (March 31) which leads me to a very important question.  Have you bought your Easter candy yet?  I know it kinda snuck up on most of us, but you may want to schlep yourself over to the store and pick up your Easter candy favorites quickly, because believe it or not, we are down to mere days before Easter Sunday is upon us.  Unless your favorite candy is store-brand jelly beans, buying Easter candy is not something you can really afford to procrastinate; especially when there is this much sweet and delectable fun to look forward to.  Here’s a little scoop on some of your favorites!

Peeps:  These sugary, chick-shaped marshmallow treats are an Easter time standby.  People who prefer “Peeps” above all the other Easter candy options, should be prepared for a little extra scrutiny, however, and might be considered slaves to candy fashion.  Peeps are fat-free (the good news) and indeed will provide a powerful sugar rush, but with nothing but marshmallow and sugar to offer a candy lover, anyone who prefers these sugary chicks is just a little weird.  If your motto is “the weirder the better” then go ahead and pretend to love Peeps.  The chocolate-covered variety might offer you a small amount of candy redemption.

Cadbury Crème Eggs:  The person who loves these babies is unafraid of personal indulgence.  You almost have to use your tongue in order to dig out the creamy filling from inside the chocolate shell, so just watching someone eat one of these delights can be a mildly sensual experience.  Cadbury Crème Eggs are filled with both yellow and white fondant, which although sounds pretty fancy, is actually a simple concoction of just sugar and water that has been beaten into creamy deliciousness.  Rich and decadent, a Cadbury Crème Egg is enjoyed by deep-thinking, soulful types who are unafraid to indulge their senses.

Cadbury Mini Eggs:  Anyone who has made the magical discovery of these Easter treats knows the meaning of quiet chocolate gratification.  In a word, these innocuous looking candy eggs are wicked, wicked, wicked.  These Mini Eggs are made of solid, creamy milk chocolate with a hard candy shell on the outside.   Because they are small you can eat these with a little less psychological damage (guilt) but be careful, they are pretty addicting and I’ve known people who’ve felt compelled to scour more than one store in hopes of scoring a few bags of these.  If you gotta have ‘em, get moving as they tend to disappear quickly. (Consider yourself warned…)

Pastel M&M’s:  You know who you are and you are a candy conformist.  M&M’s are classic candies loved by the masses but you might need to up your game a little as plain pastel M&M’s are just a little bit boring.

Robin Eggs:  These are malted-milk balls made into a pastel colored, speckled egg shape just for Easter.  If these are your favorite Easter candy, you likely march to the beat of your own drummer. 

Jelly Beans:  At Easter time everyone knows that jellybeans are no longer considered beans at all, but they are now “eggs”.  This colorful confection has actually been around since the 17th century and was marketed heavily to the Union Soldiers during the Civil war.  If jellybeans are your favorite you are not alone. They were also a well-known favorite of President Ronald Reagan.  Jellybeans are loved by candy traditionalists and based upon their unique history; this treat is arguably the most patriotic of the Easter candy line up.

Chocolate Bunnies:  The National Confectioners Association claims that kids prefer chocolate bunnies at Easter time above all other candies.  (Does this go for big kids, too?) The important thing you need to realize is that there is a preferred technique for properly devouring a chocolate bunny.  Ears first, followed by the feet, and then the tail.  After that, it’s a chocolate free-for-all.  Enjoy! 

Hard-Boiled Eggs:  I know, they aren’t even candy.  They shouldn’t even be a part of this list, except that I know people who say “I don’t eat candy” or “I don’t really like sweets” or “candy is for kids”.   Say what?  If you are one of these hard-boiled egg people, your purpose in life is probably to make the rest of us candy lovers feel really guilty and for that reason I might hate you.  Enjoy the protein as well as the ride on your high horse because you probably have no soul. 

Happy Easter and may all your candy dreams come true! 


From Bunnies To Pretzels- What’s Easter Got To Do With It?

  • March 20, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

Isn’t it funny how it is with any holiday.  Name any celebration, and you can bet there are a few crazy traditions that go along with it.  We don’t know where most of these rituals come from or why they even exist--they just do. This is just the way things have always been done, and so it goes.  Even still, with Easter right around the corner, we thought you might like to know where some of the more commonly known Easter symbols came from and how they hopped their way into the celebration of this favorite springtime holiday. 

Most people know that Easter is a significant holiday to Christians. Easter marks the day that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead after having been crucified and buried away inside a tomb. But what does this have to do with bunnies, chicks, lambs, and eggs? Believe it or not, many of the most common Easter symbols and traditions that we associate with Easter ironically stem from old pagan rituals and ceremonies that go deep into history, even long before the advent of Christianity. 

Oestra: In ancient days, there was a goddess of fertility, new life and springtime whose name was Oestra.  Every year during the spring at the time of the Vernal Equinox, the pagan people would hold various festivities, feasts and rituals in order to worship Oestra.  The symbol associated with Oestra was the rabbit, largely because it is well known for its prolific ability to reproduce and has abundant fertility.

Egg Laying Bunny? Around the 13th century, eggs were also an important symbol representing fertility, new life and rebirth--all things that were significant during springtime and the celebration of Oestra and all that she represented to these early pagan people. Later on in history as Catholicism spread throughout Europe, the symbols of eggs and bunnies were incorporated into the religious celebration of Easter.  By the 1500’s, tales and legends of an egg-laying bunny were being told throughout Germany. In the late 1600’s the first actual story of such a talented rabbit was published.  When German people immigrated to the United States, of course they brought with them their traditions and stories.  One of these obviously was that of the Easter Bunny.

Lamb:  The lamb has often been a Christian symbol closely associated with Jesus Christ.  In the ancient Hebrew religion, the lamb was often used as a sacrifice to God. In this sense, since Christians believe that Jesus’ life was sacrificed in order to obtain eternal life for humanity, Jesus became known as “the lamb of God”.

Chick:  The baby chick obviously has many close associations with Easter as well as springtime.  Some say also that the chick breaking out of the eggshell symbolizes Jesus Christ coming out of his rock tomb during his resurrection.  The baby chick represents rebirth and new life.

Butterfly:  The entire life process and metamorphosis of the butterfly has religious connotations to Christians.  The caterpillar and subsequent cocoon it forms around him symbolizes death as well as burial.  When the butterfly emerges in it’s winged form this symbolizes the resurrection of Christ or rebirth.

Pretzels:  Pretzels go all the way back to the 5th century where they were made by monks and then were subsequently given out to the poor just before Easter.  During later years, pretzels were the only type of bread eaten from Wednesday through Saturday during the week prior to Easter.  The twisted dough that forms the shape of the pretzel is thought to represent the folded and crossed arms in a prayer position, which is a reverent nod to Easter.

The Cross:  For Christians, the symbol of the cross represents Jesus Christ’s victory over death. 


Stuck At Home For Spring Break? No Problem!

  • March 18, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

Spring Break Ideas

It’s not always possible to go on a real vacation over spring break.  Work obligations, financial issues and other factors come into play and sometimes spring break comes around and we find ourselves with…no plans.  With most kids being off school for a solid week (with weekends tacked onto this as well!), it can easily mean kids sitting around with nothing much to do for up to 10 days!  Before you hit the panic button, we’ve come up with some fantastic ideas for you and your kids to do over spring break that are close to home for very little dinero. Your kids will be kept busy and more likely than not, you will have some fun, too!

Get Outdoors:  Hiking makes a great outing that will get you and your kids outside to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.  If possible, check out your local national or state park or whatever local spot seems fun for some good ol’ nature exploration.  Exercise in the outdoors is the perfect escape after being cooped up for most of the winter--get out and get in it for some fresh air and sunshine!

Read a Book:  Oh, I know this idea sounds so parental and may even get a few eye-rolls, but trust me, once your kids start roaming around the library they are bound to get more excited.  Spring break is the perfect time to hit your local library and let your kids check out a stack of books that interest them and read--just for fun!

Visit a Local Museum or Attraction:  It’s fun to play “tourist” in your own city or locality.  It never ceases to amaze me how many cool places there are right under our noses that we don’t pay much attention to in our everyday lives.  Use online resources to track down the cool and perhaps lesser-known fun sites to see that are nearby and plan a fun outing. 

Make a Movie:  If your kids are a bit older, loan them your video camera and let them make a home movie.  You may be surprised at how much fun kids have learning basic editing skills and getting into some basic videography.  This is a great time to get out your old Halloween costumes and all those accessories so that your kids can be creative while they get into their characters. 

Go Crazy with Ice Cream:  Go get several flavors of ice cream, a few toppings, whip cream, bananas--you name it, and have a special ice cream creation day.  (Perhaps a reward for reading all those library books?)  Kids love ice cream (and so do us big kids!) so as a special spring break treat, go crazy with ice cream--don’t forget to take pictures of those sundae creations!

Movie Day:  Lots of big name films are set to come out this month, just in time for springbreakers on the loose.  Don’t miss these fantastic movies! Our top picks for spring break:

  • Jack The Giant Slayer
  • Oz, The Great And Powerful
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 28)

 

Hit the Swap Meet or Farmers Market:  If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where they have a weekend flea market or farmer’s market, take your kids and go check it out.  Kids love perusing the goodies, and especially will enjoy picking out fresh fruits and veggies that perhaps they can help cook later.  Always a great family outing!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game:  If it’s in your budget, there is nothing like a trip to the local ballpark to get your kids excited.  Between the game, the peanuts, the hot dogs--your kids are going to be in spring break heaven!

Staying home for spring break doesn’t have to spell disaster.  With a little bit of careful planning, you will be so busy that it will likely be over far too soon with great memories left in it’s wake.  Happy Spring!


St. Patrick’s Day Lingo: The Basics

  • March 13, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

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Every holiday can be made that much better when you take a little extra time to get into the true spirit and flavor that the celebration was meant to have.  St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.  By now, you’ve likely planned your Irish-themed festivities and your green wardrobe accordingly and are almost ready to go out and really rock this holiday.  All you need now is to learn a little bit of the language! Adding a little Irish-speak to your day is a quick and easy way to not only make you feel a little more Irish, but seriously, this lingo also goes perfectly with your leprechaun costume, too!

Blarney-Blarney is a type of speech that is intended to overly flatter or even to mislead.  Essentially, blarney is the Irish word for complete “bull pucky”!

Blarney Stone-A stone built into the Blarney Castle.  Legend states that kissing the Blarney Stone will give the kisser of it the gift of gab, his or her speech being then made very eloquent, humorous and even witty.

Banshee-In Irish legend and mythology, the banshee was a female fairy that would wail and clap wildly before someone’s death.

Brogue-A very strong accent usually associated with Irish or Scottish people who are speaking English.

Blessings-Traditionally an Irish Blessing is given as a toast at a wedding or other event-- yes, like St. Patrick’s Day! The most well known Irish Blessing of all goes like this:

      May the road rise to meet you.
      May the wind be always at your back.
      May the sun shine warm upon your face.
      And rains fall soft upon your fields.
      And until we meet again,
      May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Corned Beef- Corned beef is beef that has been through a curing process with salt.  Before refrigeration was available, curing meat with salt was a common practice used to help preserve it.  Corned beef has been traditionally heavily produced in Ireland.

Clover-A type of plant with leaves in three sections and dense heads of small flowers.

Green- Green is the color between blue and yellow on the color spectrum.  It is also the color most associated with the Emerald Isle. (Ireland) Wearing green is a huge part of all St. Patrick’s Day celebrating. 

Irish Eyes are Smilin’-This phrase has actually been adapted from a song that was written about Ireland.

     When Irish eyes are smiling,
     Sure ‘tis like a morn in spring.
     In the lilt of Irish laughter,
     You can hear the angels sing.
     When Irish hearts are happy, all the world seems bright and gay,
     And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.

Kiss Me I’m Irish-Have you heard it said, “It’s the next best thing to being there?”  Well this phrase is sort of like that.  Kissing the Blarney stone is supposed to give the kisser good luck and the gift of gab.  If you can’t go actually kiss the stone, supposedly kissing an Irish person is almost as good!

Luck-Although today most people consider Irish people synonymous with good luck, it seems rather ironic, as historically the Irish folks have been rather unlucky.  Perhaps surviving hardship is what makes the Irish lucky or this term could be associated with some of the early Irish gold miners who, during the California Gold Rush, did indeed strike gold.

Lucky Charms-Symbols or emblems that are thought to increase good luck or fortune. In Irish culture, some of these would include the four-leaf clover, the horseshoe or a rainbow.

Lad-A boy or a young man.

Lassie-An unmarried girl or woman.

Limerick- A silly or very humorous verse that is often Irish themed, with a very distinct rhyming pattern.  Lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme with each other while lines 3 and 4 rhyme with each other. 

Leprechaun-In Irish folklore, the leprechaun is a mischievous and diminutive sprite that is a shoemaker by trade.  Leprechauns are money hoarders who are thought to store their pots of gold at the end of rainbows.

Plastic Paddy-This is a slang term used to describe someone with no ancestral connection to Ireland.

Shillelagh- A club or type of hand weapon used in Ireland.

Shamrock-A type of Irish clover that was used by Saint Patrick in order to teach the Irish people about the Holy Trinity.  Today the shamrock is a symbol representing Ireland as well as good luck.

Stout- A very dark, strong beer.  A stout is traditionally the darkest, strongest beer produced by a brewery.  Irish stout or “black beer” has an almost roasted or coffee-like taste.  The most commonly noted Irish stout is Guinness.

Wild Irish Rose-Cheap alcoholic beverages that still manage to pack a punch.

Top O’ the Morning to Ya-A traditional Irish greeting.  If someone says this to you, the appropriate response is “and the rest of the day to you!” 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  May yours be filled with good luck and lots of Irish fun!


St. Patrick’s Day: Why It’s Easy Being Green

  • March 11, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here lads and lassies, which means that at least for one glorious day, the world will be transformed into a virtual sea of green!  (Well, sorta…)  Of course you are going to show up in your green duds, and why wouldn’t you?  The color green has long been considered kinda mandatory on St. Paddy’s Day. Wearing green is a huge traditional part of this Irish holiday filled with lots of revelry, leprechaun-chasing and obviously, lots of good luck, too.  But did you know that green has many other virtues you may not have been aware of?

Green, The Color of Nature: Green has always been the color most representative of nature and the outdoors.  When ecologically inclined people speak of being “green” they are paying homage to practices that help to preserve our natural world and it’s inherent beauty.  Green is also the color of growth, health and wellbeing.

Green, The Color of Calm:  Green is the color that has the most calming effect on us psychologically.  For this reason, you will sometimes find hospitals decorated with green tones.  It is also a common practice in Hollywood to have guests who are waiting to make television appearances wait in a “green room”--the term stemming from the intention of this place being one to unwind and calm yourself in before going on camera. 

Green, The Color of Healing:  The color green is said to have healing properties.  Many foods that are naturally green are also considered the most healthful for our bodies.  Green is also said to improve vision and even reading ability!  The color green can also improve your mood, lift your spirits, relieve stress and promote healing.

Green, The Color of Fertility:  Green has long been associated with fertility.  Because green is the color of new life and springtime, it has always been considered to be the color representing the life force.  During the time of the middle ages, green was often the preferred color of wedding dresses as it had such a profound connection to potential reproductive fruitfulness.  Wearing green was thought to promote these qualities in the soon to be married.

It’s All About Green, Green, Green!  People who say their favorite color is green tend to be well-balanced folks who are affectionate, loyal and honest.  Sometimes green can also be associated with greed or money as well as jealousy and envy, but generally speaking, the color green promotes calm, restfulness, serenity and harmony.  We also happen to think that on St. Patrick’s Day, wearing all sorts of green stuff is just downright cool.  Be sure to check out our super green and very Irish collection of costumes and accessories that will light up any St. Patrick’s Day celebration you have planned.  You may also find that the wearing o’ the green does a little more for you than you had planned!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Halloween Express!


Lucky Charms

  • March 06, 2013
  • Jenna Maxwell

4 leaf clover

Throughout history, human beings have been a bit obsessed with the acquisition of good luck.  This time of the year, with all the St. Paddy’s day celebrating soon to be going on, there is a particular emphasis on good luck and good fortune. This St. Patrick’s Day, you might be thinking about how you can get some of the luck o’ the Irish for your very own. Here’s a little bit o’ fortuitous scoop on some of the more popular good luck charms that are floating around out there in the world.  Whether for St. Patrick’s or any other day, having a little extra good luck around certainly never hurt!

Four Leaf Clover:  St. Patrick himself used the shamrock to teach the Irish people about the Holy Trinity.  Finding a 4-leaved clover added a rare bonus and has traditionally been a symbol of Irish good luck. The 3-leaved shamrock represented the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The fourth leaf was said to represent a strong blessing, or as it were, good luck.

Horseshoe:   A horseshoe is another well-known symbol of good luck.  If a horseshoe is placed with the open end up, it is said to be particularly lucky as good luck will supposedly flow right into it and be held inside.  Blacksmiths who made horseshoes were working with fire and iron simultaneously, this combination of elements being considered powerfully lucky.

Lady Bugs:  Because ladybugs have the reputation of eating garden pests and other harmful insects, they have also become associated with good luck.  If a ladybug lands on you, you should quickly make a wish and then blow it gently away!

Rainbows:  The legend of the leprechaun likely has something to do with the good luck associated with the rainbow.  Legend states that a leprechaun will hide his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, thus making the rainbow lucky by association.  Rainbows are somewhat rare but are always a beautiful thing to behold.  Pots of gold aside, seeing a rainbow in the sky should always be considered lucky indeed.

The Rabbit’s Foot:  Rabbits have for a long time been considered to be a lucky animal. They are traditionally considered symbols of prolific fertility, as well as of springtime and new life. Obviously these furry critters are very lucky when it comes to love, too!  Because of all these reasons, carrying around a rabbit’s foot is thought to bring good luck to its bearer.

Coins:  Pennies in particular have been associated with good luck.  There is an old saying that many of us learned as children that goes like this, “Find a penny, pick it up and all day long, you’ll have good luck!”  It certainly seems worth a try!

Wishbones:  Come Thanksgiving or any other poultry-centered feast, it’s a common practice to break the wishbone after the meal.  Whoever gets the larger bit of the wishbone after the break is said to get their wish or will have increased good luck or good fortune because of it. 

Now that you know a little bit more about all things “lucky” you might want to consider what might be the luckiest bit of Irish magic ever-our St. Patrick’s Day collection of costumes and accessories. Bring out your best inner Irish self with one of these fabulous and oh-so-green looks!  Make your St. Paddy’s day not only positively lucky--but simply unforgettable, too! 


INFOGRAPHIC: Mean, Green Drink Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

  • September 12, 2015
  • Jenna Maxwell

INFOGRAPHIC: Mean, Green Drink Recipes for St. Patrick's Day.INFOGRAPHIC:  Mean, Green Drink Recipes for St. Patrick's Day.

Welcome the Greenest Day in March In Style!

In case you haven't been paying attention, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner — Sunday March 17th. The traditions and folklore that surround St. Patrick’s Day go deep into history. The legendary patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, actually lived way back in the 5th century. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland can be traced back as far as the 9th or 10th century and these festivities were then, as now, a time of great revelry amongst the Irish people. The dietary restrictions that were put upon by Lent were lifted just for St. Patrick’s Day so this truly could become a time of great feasting, dancing and of course, drinking! If anyone knows how to throw a good party, it’s likely the folks of the Emerald Isle. The traditions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day continue to this day and are enjoyed by many, of Irish descent or not. Here in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day has become a day to embrace all things Irish, even amongst those who are not actually Irish themselves. So, in honor of St. Patrick's Day 2013, we've put together this handy graphic of Mean, Green Drink Recipes for the occasion. Any of these recipes along with your favorite St. Patrick's Day attire are ideal for a St. Patrick's Day parade, an Irish party, or just great fun down at your local pub. May the Luck O' the Irish always be with you!

What to do after St. Patrick's Day?

What's that you say? It's not St. Patrick's Day but you still want to party? NO PROBLEM! You don't have to ask us twice. We're all about celebrations. So whether you're looking for unique party supplies, St. Patrick's Day ideas or an unusual Halloween costume that's sure to get attention this Halloween, you won't find more costume options or party ideas than here at Haloween Express.





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