How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a fun holiday enjoyed by children, teens, adults, and seniors. So this year, have a party that includes everyone. Send out invitations, buy decorations, plan activities, and prepare a menu of Irish foods. After invitations have been sent out, good preparation will make your St. Patrick's Day party an event that no one will forget.

Invitations

Send out invitations at least two weeks before the big event. Decorate a green piece of construction paper, that has been folded in half, with four leaf clovers, leprechauns, rainbows, and gold coins. In the invitation, be sure to let everyone know the agenda of the party. Things to include in the invitation:
  • List of activities
  • Let them know the main menu
  • What they need to wear
  • Time the party will begin and end
By making your invitation very detailed, no one will have questions about what to expect at your St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Decorations

Decorating for St. Patrick's day should not be a difficult task. There are numerous items associated with St. Patrick's Day that are easy to create.
  • Shamrocks - Shamrocks can be cut out by hand using green construction paper. After preparing an abundance of shamrocks, cut a small hole in the top of each shamrock and run a long string through them all. Run the string from one side of the room to the other. Do this as many times as you wish.
  • Leprechauns - Cardboard cut outs of these mysterious creatures can liven up the party. Provide crayons for the kids to color these leprechauns, so they can have a decorative touch on the party.
  • Pots of gold - Pots of gold can easily be created with black and yellow construction paper..

Activities

  • Dress Up - As soon as everyone comes through the door have them dress as leprechauns. Give them a little satchel with gold coins.
  • Snake Round Up - Since St. Patrick is credited with having driven the snakes out of Ireland, have a snake round up. Place rubber snakes all around the house and have the kids search for them.
  • Face painting - Set up a station where everyone (adults included) can have shamrocks or anything green they would like painted on their face.
  • Trap A Leprechaun - When the kids are not watching, place one of the leprechauns used as decoration in the yard. Try to hide him as best as possible. Give them a flashlight and a time limit. Whoever can find the leprechaun first, wins a prize! When the kids have found the leprechaun and the prizes have been handed out, switch roles. Let the kids hide him and then you search.
  • St. Patrick's Trivia - Prepare trivia questions about the holiday on index cards. Include questions for all ages, so no one feels left out. Keep a running tally of who can answer the most questions correctly. Whoever gets the most questions right will win a special prize.

Menu


Main Dishes:
» Corned-Beef Dinner, Irish Style
» Irish Dumpling Stew
» Irish Roast Pork with Potato Stuffing
» Irish Lamb Stew
» Sausage and Potato Coddle                
» Reuben Casserole

Side Dishes:
» Irish Apple Marsh
» Baked Parsnips Irish Style
» Irish Style Boiled Ham and Cabbage
» Boxty - Irish Potato Cakes Recipe
» Irish Red Cabbage and Orchard Apples Recipe

Desserts:
» Lemon-Irish Whiskey Cake Recipe
» Conemarra Tart
» Irish Flag Cookies

Also include as many green foods that you can think of for snacks. Green M&Ms, celery, grapes, green chips, green dip, and green juice are a couple ideas.

However you decide to plan out your St. Patrick's Day party, make sure to include everyone and have fun!

Check out the video below for more tips on how to throw the best St. Patrick's Day party around!

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