I wish I could say that we go big with decorations and activities for St. Patrick’s Day. The reality is that it was a big deal just to get Valentine’s Day decorations up…and that’s still what we have displayed. But
Typically, we celebrate our Irish heritage (the one heritage that everyone in our house has in common) by starting the day off with a bowl of Lucky Charms and calling it good. If we’re lucky, we also get to go over and enjoy Irish Soda Bread and Corned Beef and Cabbage prepared by my Irish mother-in-law. (Someday I hope she’ll share her recipes with me!)
But this year I think I’m ready to change things up a bit. And as much as I’d like to say we’ll do something outrageous, let’s be realistic. St. Patrick’s Day is on a Thursday this year. That means that we’ll be rushing out the door to get T to school. And since it will be so close to the end of the week we’ll all be tired and ready to relax by the end of the day.
So I looked around and found a few other fun and easy ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
I don’t make pancakes often, but the kids would definitely love these rainbow pancakes from Made to Be a Momma. Making them in advance could actually turn this into a great grab and go breakfast.
All the layers in this Saint Patrick’s Day Lucky Pudding would make for a fun after-school treat. Tip: To avoid messing up the green sugar rim, add the pudding by piping it in using a ziplock bag with a wide cut in the corner.
Who are we kidding? Bloom Designs Online’s rainbow bars would be fun any time of year!
This “Lucky” shadow box from Houseful of Handmade is so simple, but so fun too. Another fun twist would be to use a picture of a rainbow and then fill the bottom of the shadow box with fluffed up cotton balls – an easy craft that the 3-year-old could help with too!
Marshmallows make great stamps for shamrocks…who knew? Well, apparently The Pinterested Parent did. If we try this, I might have to use food coloring, because there’s no telling L not to eat a marshmallow if it’s in her hand.
I know cereal necklaces aren’t anything new, but the shamrock adds such an adorable little touch. If I let the kids practice writing their names on the shamrocks, can I call it educational too?
Okay, so this isn’t much of a departure from our normal tradition. But Thoughtfully Simple’s addition of green milk in mini-bottles is just too fun.
This one’s for the adults. These Baby Guinness Jello Shots look like a tiny serving of beer but combine the traditional stout with coffee liquor, chocolate liquor, and Bailey’s Irish cream. Forget St. Patrick’s Day, I need to find a party to serve these, because they’re just so cute!
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done for the holiday?
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