Green-inspired fun for everyone!
The luck of the Irish is yours with this collection of St. Patrick’s Day celebration ideas that range from yummy to crafty, from cute to mischievous. A day full of leprechaun shenanigans and Irish (or at least green) inspired foods will delight everyone in your home and may be the beginning of a new family tradition.
Irish pot-of-gold potato pie
As Sommer from A Spicy Perspective points out, this is just the dish to “get your Irish eyes a’smiling.” A savory pie featuring potatoes and bacon is a perfect way to prepare Ireland’s most iconic food — potatoes.
60 St. Paddy printables
The wide assortment of free printables at Craftionary will make decorating for St. Paddy’s Day a cinch. Each one has a touch of blarney to charm all the little leprechauns in your home.
Lucky clover pendant necklace
If you have daughters old enough to roll their eyes at the suggestion of green tights and hair ribbons for St. Patrick’s Day, then you’re in luck. The blogger at RookNo17 has a fun-yet-sophisticated way for you to get your green on. Even mom will want a pendant necklace. So cute!
St. Patrick’s Day popsicle stick craft
The simple popsicle stick craft at CraftyMorning won’t strain your wallet, but it will strengthen fine motor skills and provide practice with sequencing and numbers. Older kids will have fun making this puzzle and younger ones, putting it together.
At the end of the fruit-rainbow
Somewhere over the rainbow is a lemon cheesecake dip that will have you happily eating your daily recommended servings of fruit. This rainbow from Julie's Eats and Treats is as darling as it is delicious. Cut up the fruit and delegate the arranging of the rainbow to your kids, who will be proud of their handiwork.
Irish beef stew
As winter ekes out its last days, cozy up to this classic Irish beef stew from Taste Food Blog. Have fun expanding your kid’s taste buds with root vegetables that include rutabagas and parsnips. For the less-adventurous palate, substitute potatoes.
Irish soda bread
Irish soda bread pleases any palate and is the perfect side to any St. Patrick’s Day meal. This hearty-yet-tender bread requires no kneading and no rising. Try this recipe from Eat Cake for Dinner and you’ll find yourself making it year-round.
Ombre veggie tray
Don’t just wear green — eat it too! The ombre green veggie tray on Land of Nod is a fetching way to serve up vegetables on St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone is likely to find at least one green they enjoy on this tray.
Mosaic paper shamrocks
Need to keep little hands occupied while you are busy painting your nails green? Here is just the thing — mosaic paper shamrocks from Happiness is Homemade. Make enough and you can put a lucky shamrock at each place setting for your St. Patrick’s feast.
Set the stage for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration and hint at the start of spring, only three days away, with the lovely centerpiece from Cottage at the Crossroads. If you have clear mason jars on hand and not the vintage green, just add a few drops of green food coloring to your water for a similarly charming effect.
St. Patrick’s shenanigans
These little green footprints might show up in your bathroom, but who knows — you might even discover them in your fridge or next to the gallon of milk that has mysteriously turned green. Check out Differentiated Kindergarten for all kinds of mischief that will have your kids squealing with delight when they discover it.
St. Paddy pasties
I first tried pasties in England and was immediately hooked. A pocket full of warm, savory yumminess in a flaky crust. Yum! This Irish version from Fav Family Recipes looks divine and kid-friendly, with some nice short cuts (like hash browns instead of potatoes made from scratch).
Irish dirt cakes
The layered Irish dirt cakes from Outnumbered 3-1 are the perfect way to wind down from all the malarkey and mayhem at the end of your St. Patrick’s celebration. Your little leprechauns will enjoy crushing up Oreos and layering this dessert.
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