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13 St. Patrick's Day Celebration Ideas

Capture the luck of the Irish with these ideas for food, crafts and other St. Paddy's Day themed fun

jenny johnson

Published on: March 09, 2015

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.

Photo Credit: A Spicy Perspective

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.

Photo Credit: Craftionary

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.

Photo Credit: RookNo17 

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!

Photo Credit: Crafty Morning

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.

Photo Credit: Julie's Eats and Treats

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.

Photo Credit: Taste Food Blog

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.

Photo Credit: Eat Cake for Dinner 

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.

Photo Credit: Land of Nod

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.

Photo Credit: Happiness is Homemade 

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.

Photo Credit: Cottage at the Crossroads

Easy centerpiece

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.

Photo Credit: Differentiated Kindergarten

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.

Photo Credit: Fav Family Recipes

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).

Photo Credit: Outnumbered 3-1

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.

Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess featured in 10 Fun St. Patrick's Day Snacks

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