6 ideas to bring Irish fun into the workplace for St Paddys day

In hono(u)r of St. Paddy’s day, I figured I would give some inspiration for spreading Irish cheer!

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Are you “that person”? You know- the one who likes to bring in treats to the office, or spread some joy by leaving smiley-face post-its on your coworkers’ monitors or occasionally writing inspirational quotes on the coffee room white board? Or do you just like any reason to celebrate?   Well- rather than dressing up like a leprechaun and handing out lucky charms, here are some ideas to bring some Irish cheer into your workplace!

 

 

1. Ireland-inspired decorated cupcakes!

irish cupcakes

Who doesn’t love cupcakes in the office? I love decorating cupcakes (as you may already know)- but I don’t have the patience to make them perfect (nor do I use icky fondant- which is much prettier).

Use some of these design ideas to decorate your own!

- Shamrock

- Celtic knot-work  Or click here to learn how to draw your own.

- Irish flag – Irish phrases (see #2 below)

- Leprechaun hat

- Celtic cross

-Pot of gold

- pointillism icing painting of St. Patrick banishing all snakes from Ireland

 

 

2. Irish phrases

http://www.flowinglass.com/art/cards.html

http://www.flowinglass.com/art/cards.html

Learn some Irish sayings or phrases to say or write and leave around the office. I’ve listed some examples below; note that I call the language Irish. Yes, it’s Irish Gaelic, but every Irish person I know just calls the language “Irish.”

Sláinte- “health” in Irish. It is what to say when clinking glasses as a drink cheer.

Phonetically= Slancha

Éirinn go Brách- “Ireland forever” in Irish. Often seen as “Erin go bragh” which is the anglicised spelling.

Phonetically= Erin guh brawkh

Céad mile fáilte- “A hundred thousand welcomes” in Irish.

Phonetically= Kayd Meelah Fallchaa

Go raibh maith agat- “thank you” in Irish.

Phonetically= gu rav mah ugut.

Póg Mo thóin- “kiss my arse.” I don’t recommend you tell this to everyone at work…. but it’s an important phrase to know, just to be sure that an Irish person isn’t pulling your leg by telling you “Póg Mo thóin” is how to say “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” in Irish.  Phrasebooks could be wrong, you know.

Phonetically= poag mah hone.

What’s the craic? (pronounced “crack”)= “what’s up?” or “what’s going on?”

 

And a few other fun quotes and sayings:

  • May the luck of the Irish be with you!
  • “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” -Oscar Wilde
  • Here’s to women’s kisses, and to whiskey, amber clear. Not as sweet as a woman’s kiss, but a darn sight more sincere!
  • A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.
  • Better good manners than good looks.
  • “A life making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.
  • There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.

 

 

3. Limericks!

Writing a limerick is not too hard
Just get a pen and paper or maybe a card
Use your rhyming ear
And drink a pint of beer
And you too can write limericks like a bard

One year, I wrote a personalized limerick for everyone in my office.  To this day, I believe only two of them knew it was me.

A limerick is written with the following rhythm and rhyme (say it out loud):

Rhythm and rhythm and rhythm and A
Rhythm and rhythm and rhythm and A
Rhythm and B
Rhythm and B
Rhythm and rhythm and rhythm and A

Or for you musicians/dancers:

1+a 2+a 3+a 4(rhyme A)
1+a 2+a 3+a 4(rhyme A)
1+a 2(rhyme B)
3+a 4(rhyme B)
1+a 2+a 3+a 4(rhyme A)

The rhythm does not need be exact, but should fit in the rhythm relatively well.  (You should be able to fit the words with emphasis on the down beat comfortably).

The following limerick – which won an Irish ‘Listowel Writers Week’ prize in 1998 – exemplifies the structure:

Writing a Limerick’s absurd,
Line one and line five rhyme in word,
And just as you’ve reckoned
They rhyme with the second;
The fourth line must rhyme with the third.

Below are a few examples of ones I’ve written for co workers.

There once was a lass from New York
Whom, I doubt, would listen to Bjork
This next part is random
You can say it in tandem:
The sweedish chef says “bork bork bork!”

 

There once was a lass who did crafts and things
She treated all people as if they were kings
She liked apples that weren’t mealy
and learning Swahili
and the joy that each day brings”

Hints:

– feel free to use “there once was a lass/lad….” as your first line:

“There once was a lad from HR

Who enjoyed spending time in a bar…”

-or-

“There once was a lad who liked bacon

A lot of ruckus he enjoyed makin’…”

 

– think first of what words you can rhyme easily.  I don’t recommend “there once was a lass from Ohio” or trying to rhyme the word “orange” for example.

-If their name is easy to rhyme, consider using “there once was a lad named ____” as your first line.

– when you can’t figure out what word to use that rhymes, go throughout the alphabet:

Trying to rhyme the word “small”?
All?
Ball?
Call?
Dall?
Fall?
Gall?
And keep going until something makes sense in your limerick

 

 

4. Traditional food

Research some traditional Irish food to bring in to share!

http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/vegan-irish-soda-bread-2/

Irish Soda Bread with honey butter is always a great idea. Sadly, as I am currently on the road- I cannot make Irish soda bread and share the recipe and photos with you.  I CAN however, link you to a few recipe suggestions (even a gluten-free and a vegan one).

 

Also, making honey butter is always more impressive than it should be (it’s just what it says guys- honey and butter).  Let a stick of butter sit on the countertop and soften.  Put the butter in a bowl, pour honey over the top and mix it (I use a knife, just because I don’t want to dirty more dishes).  Keep mixing until smooth and all the lumps are out.  Do a taste-test and be sure you like the sweetness.  If you want it more sweet, add more honey.  If you want it less sweet, add more butter.

 

Click here for St. Paddy’s day recipe ideas!

You could always do an Irish office potluck for lunch.  Food ideas include: potato-leek soup, Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, steak and Guinness pie, black pudding, pork pastie, Guinness cake, and whiskey cake.

 

 

5. Figure out everyone’s Leprechaun names and use them ALL DAY!

http://girlsguideto.com/articles/what-s-your-leprechaun-name

Because being a little ridiculous is always fun!

 

 

 

6. Contests!

Organize or host an office contest for St Patrick’s Day. Ideas include:

– Encourage everyone to dress up for the occasion and give an award for the most green or best Irish spirit.

– Hold a limerick contest (call it an Irish poerty slam?) and have everyone vote on the best one.

– Challenge everyone to some Irish trivia.

– There are a large number of famous Irish authors and playwrights. Pass out a sheet with the authors and a list of famous quotes. See if everyone can pair the quote with the proper author.

– See who can perform the most convincing jig. You might even have a coworker who actually knows some Irish dancing! Perhaps they will teach a dance to the group!

– Do an Irish singalong, or see if a group can perform an Irish drinking song “Whose Line is it Anyway?” style:

If you want to skip to my favorite part, go to 7:04.  It’s worth it.

If all else fails, you can just dress up a bit too much, bring your Irish whistle to play a few tunes, talk in and Irish accent most of the day, and keep asking folks if they’re heading to the pub after work…which may or may not be what I did last year ;)

 

 

Speaking of which, be sure you all go out to the pub afterwards for a pint, or some Jameson, neat.  And tune in- or subscribe, because the next post is dedicated to Guinness!!!

 

pass me a pint!

 

 

  • Do you have any Irish cheer ideas for your office/workplace? Think you might try one or more of these ideas? Share your stories with us!
  • Oh! Oh!   – and what is your leprechaun name??
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2 thoughts on “6 ideas to bring Irish fun into the workplace for St Paddys day

  1. Mirth says:

    There once was a lass truly nerdy
    Who made songs as sweet as a birdie
    Bold and shiny as brass,
    With poise, talent, and class
    Though her [REDACTED] was exceedingly [REDACTED]

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