Ireland for All Ages!
March 07, 2011
St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas
O’, ‘tis nary a day as pleasant as one spent celebrating the cheer of the Emerald Isle. Even at a young age this is a holiday which can be fun for kids. It involves a little bit of dressing up (be sure to wear green!) and can make everyone feel like they’ve got the Luck of the Irish! If you want to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a more adult (21+) theme, follow this link.
St. Patrick’s Day Invitations
Before you can begin pinching your friends who aren’t wearing green, you’ll need them to come over to your place. To entice all the wee folk who your son or daughter is friends with try sending these invites their way. There is a wide variety featuring leprechauns, pots of gold, four-leaf clovers and plenty of green.
Of course an invitation wouldn’t be special if it didn’t pour out a pile of shamrock confetti for young ones to play with. You can also make simple and cheap invites all on your own, with a little help from your kids! Sit everyone down for a neat arts & crafts time and lay out some construction paper (preferable green, gold, black, or white). Use any markers or crayons you have lying around and put a personal touch of green to your envelopes. And remember, there is no such thing as, ‘too much green’ when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day Decorations
Unless your house is painted green (and just how fun would that be?) you’ll probably need to put up some St. Pat’s décor to get the Irish feeling flowing. Balloons are always a fun sight for children. Start by tying some green balloons to your mail box or even to your car (windshield wipers, antenna, etc.). There is a big selection so feel free to mix-n-match.
As your guests approach your door, have this waiting for them. This door cover will let them know they truly have arrived at the right place and that shenanigans are afoot. And who says wreathes are only for Christmas? Shamrock Wreath!
Children have wonderful imaginations. The more your space is filled with the wonder of a holiday, the more they will embrace it and be willing to engage in activities.
Hang fun shamrock ceiling decorations and whirls with beer mugs on the end. You’ve got a few choices when it comes to lining your walls: garland and tinsel, more garland and tinsel, or shamrock party tape. Any are a good choice to compliment your St. Patrick’s Day pennant banner.
If you have a patio or are hosting your party in an outdoor setting, get the kids moving around outside (March could always be surprisingly warm!). Try hanging St. Patrick’s Day light up lanterns. Both stylish and green, you can’t go wrong stringing these up. And hang some Irish Flag bunting along your fence or patio railing.
For added indoor lighting look no further than our 8’ strands of shamrock electric lights. Just link a couple together to surround a room with Irish spirit.
Another fun source of light can be found in the amazing Lumi-Loon. With multiple fun designs to choose from, the St. Patrick’s Day Lumi-Loon will let your spirit shine. Kids will marvel at Lumi-Loon’s light up abilities!
If you want to make your party decorating quick and easy, check out these fully equipped kits: complete kit one & complete kit two.
St. Patrick’s Day Food
Traditional Irish food may be a bit much for your young party-goers. So let’s keep things simple. Start with a table cover of your choosing: vinyl shamrocks, lucky wishes plastic, Irish flag plastic, or really green plastic. And yes, the ‘really green’ table cover is aptly named.
Stack up some plates and napkins and let everyone dig in. Load up your Shamrock serving bowl with snacks and cover a green tray or two. Mix up some green Kool-Aid or another fun green colored party punch. Or you can always turn most juices green if you just add a little food coloring. If you want to serve the kids a little ‘cola by the cup’, you can at least have a green pitcher. Between flashing green ice cubes and green sticky bottoms, kids will have fun drinking their drinks (maybe even milk!).
If you are entertaining children you trust to have free access to soda, try placing an Inflatable Irish Mug Shaped Cooler around your party. Inflatables are always fun and it is extra nice when they can be useful too!
For the food itself, you can always set out modern party snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc.). For a healthy alternative (less sugar energy too) try a veggie tray featuring some green dip. For additional healthy snack ideas, check out this article at Parents.com.
If you have older children visiting and want to take a chance they’ll eat something more serious, go with a classic: Corned Beef and Cabbage. Not a snack at all, but you could always get creative and slice up the beef into small pieces and do the same with the cabbage. Now serve that with a selection of crackers and people can make snack sized corned beef and cabbage sandwiches.
This website has an excellent list of traditional Irish recipes and can help you get some ideas for foods you can turn into snacks using your own creativity!
St. Patrick’s Day Necessities
If your guests haven’t arrived wearing any green (Pinch Them!), you can help them out by providing some party supplies.
Most necessary would be a hat, shamrock beads, and some green glowing bracelets. But there are many items to choose from. If you want to make things simple, just pick up either of these party packs (pack one & pack two) and put together little sets of items to make sure that everyone gets a fair share.
There’s even something for the dog! Hope they don’t mind wearing this . . .
St. Patrick’s Day Games & Prizes
There aren’t many well known activities for St. Patrick’s Day. But kids are sure to enjoy a piñata. Especially one shaped like a Leprechaun.
You can always try taking typical party games and giving them an Irish twist. Pin the Tail on the Donkey can become: Pin the Tail on the Leprechaun. Just get a big picture of a Leprechaun and take the standard donkey tail and let the kids go at it.
I’m from Chicago-land and everyone up here loves a good bucket-toss (Bozo the Clown!). Turn this into a: Pot O’ Gold toss. Just get some yellow plastic buckets, like a sandbox pail, and give the kids gold coins to toss in!
Keeping with our Pot O’ Gold, you can take your mini- sandbox pails, fill them with fake gold coins and hide them about your space in an Easter-egg like fashion. Everyone enjoys searching for a Pot O’ Gold. You can even write up a series of clues to make the game more engaging.
If you need any little prizes or want to throw together a Loot Bag for each of your guests, these fun little items are just right for girls and boys.