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St Patricks Day Party

St Patricks Day Party

St Patricks Day Party
If you are planning to throw a St Patricks Day Party, the luck o' the Irish is on your side. Although our family isn't Irish, you would never know it when St. Patty's Day rolls around.

We go green! We're all about four leaf clovers, rainbows and little green men with funny hats on.

We bring you innovative ideas and creative suggestions that you can add to your own custom touches. Check out our festive decoration plans, tasty green food recipes, fun games and tasty cake section.

With our thrifty money saving tips, you will see you don't have to spend a lot of green to host this golden Gaelic St Patricks Day Party! Saving money AND having fun...now THAT'S some good Dublin!

So join us as guide you step by step through the planning and preparation all the way over the rainbow to the most magical St. Patty's Day Party ever!


First you will need to let the little leprechauns know about the St Patricks Day Party. Once you have decided on where and when the event will be, it's time to pick out invitations. If you want to take the express route, here are some cute and inexpensive ones that you just fill in the blanks.

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At Tiny Prints, you can design your own custom creations like this St. Patty's Day rainbow birthday invitation. You can add in a photo too and best of all, your guests can RSVP online!


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If you are feeling creative and have a little time to spare, you can make your own invitations. Simply cut shamrocks shapes out of green construction or card stock paper and print the St Patricks Day Party details on the back.

You can jazz them up a wee bit with green glitter and puff paints if you want. While you are making the invites, why not make some smaller ones to use for Thank-You notes later?

Once you have the invitations prepared, slip them in an envelope then sprinkle in some shamrock confettiSt Patricks Day Party and I always include a rub on St. Patty's day tatoo for good measure. Add a few St. Patrick's Day stickersSt Patricks Day Party to the envelope and you are ready to roll. Be sure to mail them out a week or so before the big day.

As far as decorating for the St Patricks Day Party you will want to go green! You can mix in some gold, white or yellow if you want but the main color is green as well all know.

Welcome your guests with a banner like this one. It is 5 feet long so your guests will no doubt notice it as they drive up.

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You can also purchase a personalized banner or picture this, a personalized photo banner. Check these out... The photo banner comes in your choice of three sizes and you can personalize the message too.

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At our last St Patricks Day Party, a trail of clovers led the path to the front door that was decorated with this great door cover. Nothing says "join the St Patricks Day Party" like a great door cover.

We chose this one from Birthday Express. It set a festive and fun mood for the little leprechauns the minute they walked through the door.

For the magical entry, we scattered balloons in the hallway. There were balloons everywhere, all in the colors of the rainbow. The children were mesmerized.

Check out this rainbow of balloons archway from Shindigz. In our family, we often skimp in some areas in order to be able to splurge in other areas. If you are going to do one over the top thing, this would be it. Whether your St Patricks Day Party is for the wee little ones, for tweens or even for adults, this archway is incredible. It is absolutely enchanting.



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Decorating the St Patricks Day Party area will set the atmosphere for the St Patricks Day Party so do it up in full Irish fashion. Hang whimsical dangles of clovers and rainbows from the ceiling. We hung little stuffed leprechauns from the ceiling too and even gave one to each child upon departure from the St Patricks Day Party.


Deck the walls! Add some green bling to the walls with a three leaf clover wreath, a St. Pat's Day glitter sign, and anything else you can round up.
Talk about decking the walls! At Shindigz you can get this poster personalized to say whatever you wish.

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Here's a really fun decoration that the children will love hanging out behind. It's a photo prop so not only does it add to the scenery, you can take pictures of the little leprechauns too.

We like taking a photo of each child during the St Patricks Day Party so we can send it along with their Thank-You Card.

This photo prop is sold by Birthday Express I could not believe how inexpensive it was.

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A pinata is a must have! A Leprechaun pinata will serve you well as a decoration and will make a great hit at game time.

He measures 19.5" long x 13" wide. Pinata fillers and pull-string pinata kit are available and are sold separately.

Be sure to provide a pinata stick or hitting device as well. We like using a plastic bat, especially when there are younger guests.

I also like handing out sacks or bags before the game so the children can have a place to put their goodies once the pinata is broken.

We used yellow gift sacks and placed a three leaf clover sticker on each one for good luck.

Another great idea to dress your St Patricks Day Party room for success is to gather up all the St. Patty's Day items you can round up and scatter them about. If you have plushes or toys, you can make a little play area for the wee ones.

TABLE DECORATIONS

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First, cover the tables with a tablecover like this one or even a solid green one. Tables are so fun and festive to decorate, if you are like us, you will want to bring in as many as you can comfortably fit in the area.

I always use one for the cake, one for beverages, one for food and snacks and if I have room, one for gifts.

Once the tablecovers are on, you can go around the edges with twisted steamers or even Shamrock lights.



You can make centerpieces too. Simply turn a Leprechaun hat upside down, add some helium balloons inside. You can use solid latex balloons like shades of greens and possibly a few yellow, white or orange ones sprinkled in. St. Patrick's Day mylars are awesome as well. Use a weight to keep the ballons in tact.

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Now to fill the tables. Of course the cake, beverages and so on go on the tables and then will want to set out the St Patricks Day Partyware like plates, cups and napkins.

I like scattering small theme and color coordinating items around on the rest of the table space to fill in a bit. For this St Patricks Day Party I used Shamrock confetti on some tables and green coin candieson the others.

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Use your imagination when setting the food and beverages out. Display is everything! We used a black pot O goldSt Patricks Day Party to put our Green Mac and Cheese in.
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A theme bucket is fantastic for our Green Pistachio Pudding and a Shamrock serving dish makes a fun green fruit and veggie tray.

The wee ones, and the adults, will be working up quite an appetite with the fun they will be having at your St Patricks Day Party so be sure to fill them up with lots of great food. If your St Patricks Day Party falls at or around mealtime, be sure you serve hearty foods along with snacks.

We have included some great ideas and recipes too but the sky's the limit so you most likely have some fun foods of your own to add in. Don't forget rainbow theme foods go with the St. Patrick's Day theme too!


GREEN MAC AND CHEESE

Make up a batch of your favorite Mac and Cheese and add a bit of green food coloring as shown in the photo.

GREEN EGGS AND HAM

Would you believe that these are great? Would you like some on your plate? Join the fun and serve up some yummy green eggs and ham! Simply scramble up some eggs and squirt in a bit of green dye, add sliced ham to the mix and you have a fantastic dish.

GREEN EGGS AND HAM WRAP

Ingredients:

12 eggs

few drops of green food coloring

1/3 cup milk

3 slices cooked ham, diced

salt and pepper to taste

4 ounces Cheddar cheese OR Jack cheese, shredded

4 (10 inch) green tortilla wrap

1/2 cup salsa (optional)

Beat together eggs and milk and a little green food coloring. Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium high heat and cook egg mixture, stirring occasionally, until firm. When almost done, stir in ham, green onions, salt and pepper.

Spoon 1/4 of the egg mixture on top of each tortilla.

Sprinkle the eggs with cheese, fold over the tortilla to make a roll and top with salsa if desired.

IRISH POTATOE BAR

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The kids will love this Irish feast! Mash a hefty amount of potatoes. We prefer the gold ones as they are so tender. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper the dip the taters in green plastic wine dishes and set out bowls of crumbled bacon, shredded cheeses, butter, sour cream and any other potatoe friendly side you can think of. Let the children create and enjoy!



PEA SALAD

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You can't get much greener or much yummier than pea salad. It's one of our family favorites. Even kids that bawlk at peas will love this one.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (optional)

1/4 cup real mayonnaise

1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

In a bowl, combine the peas, cheese and onion and then stir in the mayonnaise and mustard. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

ALL GREEN FRUIT AND VEGGIE TRAY

Arrange a fruit and veggie tray using only green produce. Green grapes, Granny Smith apples, kiwi, honey dew and pears are great fruit ideas. Celery, green bell pepper strips, broccoli, avacado, snow peas, pickles, cucumbers and green olives are fun ideas for the veggie tray. Children love to dip! Serve ranch dip tinted green with the veggies and a kiwi or lime yogurt dip with the fruit to make it even more delicious.

OPEN FACE RAINBOW PBJs

Separate apple jelly into five sections. Add blue food coloring to one batch, green, red, blue and orange to the others. Spread on slices of bread like a rainbow. Spread peanut butter on the matching bread slices and let the children put their own sandwiches together.



SWEET STUFF

If it's green or rainbow and sweet, it can go on your Sweet Stuff table! We have only touched the surface with these suggestions. The a so you are sure to have some ideas of your own. The kids are in luck when they dig into these delectable desserts.

SHAMROCK HAT COOKIES

Talk about cute, these cookies are adorable and easy too!

1 batch of homemade or 1 package of refrigerated sugar cookies

vanilla or cream cheese frosting 1/4 teaspoon Betty Crocker® green food color

24 large marshmallows

24 strip candies in rainbow colors such as Twizzlers

12 green gumdrop candies

For the fast track method, simply bake your favorite homemade or slice and bake cookies. Once the cookies are done, immediately place one marshmallow on each cookie. Cool cookies completely.

Microwave frosting on about 30 seconds then stir. Stir food color into frosting. Spoon warm frosting over each cookie, coating the marshmallows completely and allowing excess to drip off. Let stand 20 minutes until set. Place a strip of a rainbow colored candy around the bottom of each marshmallow like a hat band. Dot a green gumdrop candy with frosting and place one on each hat band.

Show off your cookies on a green platter and scatter Wilton Shamrock SprinklesSt Patricks Day Party around them.

RAINBOW FRUIT PIZZA

Sugar cookie dough Sm. bowl Cool Whip 1 (3 1/2 oz.) box cream cheese strawberries, blueberries, purple grapes, orange slices, pineapple chunks Prepare sugar cookie dough, flatten on pizza pan. Bake according to directions until lightly browned. Cool. Mix Cool Whip and softened cream cheese with mixer until smooth. Spread over cool crust. Neatly arrange fruit mixture on top to resemble a rainbow circle.

NOTE: You can do this in all green colored fruit instead.

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PISTACHIO PUDDING

Whip up some Jello Pistachio Pudding and serve in a Pot O Gold bowlSt Patricks Day Party. Top it off with some shamrock or rainbow sprinkles if you want to! Or better yet, let the little lads and lasses add their own sprinkles.





SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW JELLO

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This colorful dish is too fun to pass up! You will need a small box of each: blue, green, yellow, orange and purple Jello or whatever rainbow colors you like.

You will also need Cool whip, sour cream or plain yogurt.

Spray a clear baking pan or large clear bowl with a non-stick spray and let chill in the refrigerator. Add one packet of Jello to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir 2 to 3 minutes to dissolve completely.

Pour 2/3 cup of the Jello into the prepared pan, and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, add enough Cool Whip to the remaining Jello to make 2/3 cup. Stir to completely melt the Cool Whip.

When first layer has set for 15 minutes, carefully pour Jello/Cool Whip mixture over it, and chill for 15 minutes. Repeat with each of the remaining colors.

Once all layers have been poured, allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Unmold onto a serving platter and cut into squares or you can even leave it in the clear container.

SHAMROCK COOKIES

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Shape shortbread cookies with a Shamrock Cookie CutterSt Patricks Day Party then frost them green and add Shamrock SprinklesSt Patricks Day Party on top. Shortbread cookies hold their shape quite well is why they are a favorite of ours and here is our best recipe:

Ingredients

2 cups butter, softened

1 cup white or raw sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla; add flour and mix well. Put through cookie press and form cookies onto baking sheets. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes

For the glaze, stir together 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 2 tablespoons water and 10 drops green food coloring (or less if using WiltonSt Patricks Day Party.

Frost with green tinted glaze and add sprinkles while glaze is still warm.

SHAMROCK CANDY MELTS

Melt green Wilton candy meltsSt Patricks Day Party making sure not to overheat them. Pour into candy molds, tap the bottom to release any bubbles and let set. I like to put them in the freezer for a few minutes to expedite the process. Turn the candies over on a cloth covered with a clean dishcloth to avoid any breakage. Enjoy!!!

LIME SHERBET WITH SPRINKLES

Serve Lime Sherbet ice cream cones and let the children add their own Shamrock SprinklesSt Patricks Day Party!

OLD FASHIONED IRISH CANDY STORE

For a fun treat the children will remember for years to come, set up an old fashioned Irish candy store with lots of green candies of all varieties. Arrange the candies in jars and let the children scoop them out.

Green M&Ms, gummy bears, jelly bellies and gumballs are favorites as well as apple sour laffy taffy. Don't forget rainbow candies too like mini spiral rainbow lollypops.

We added some themed candies to the green mix like St Patrick's Day Candy GelsSt Patricks Day Party and of course the Lucky Chocolate CoinsSt Patricks Day Party and other festive yummies seen below.

CAKE POPS

Cake pops are hot so be sure to include them in your St Patricks Day Party! Just use a cake pop moldSt Patricks Day Party using your favorite brownie or cake recipe. Follow the directions then let cool and dip in Wilton candy meltsSt Patricks Day Party.

The fun thing about making cake pops is that you can use your imagination! You can use white candy melts and roll in green Shamrock confetti sprinklesSt Patricks Day Party. Or, use white and green melts and roll the white ones in green sprinkles and visa versa. And yet another fun option is to make rainbow cake pops in primary rainbow colors or, get really creative and make each cake pop a rainbow with all the colors on each pop.

NOTE: You can serve your cake pops by sticking them in a styrofoam filled green basket or bucket or even place each one in a Shamrock baking cupsSt Patricks Day Party and serve with the stick side up.

RAINBOW PUSH POPS

Push Pops are the rage these days! This is another fun dessert where you can let your imagination run wild. First, purchase Push Pop ContainersSt Patricks Day Party and then the fun part, filling them.

What we did was to mix up two batches of our favorite yellow cake mix. We then divided the batter into five equal amounts that we put in different bowls. Then we added food coloring to each bowl of batter in the colors of the rainbow and baked in small separate pans. Once the cakes had cooled, we used a cake pop to cut pieces of cake to fit inside. We placed one color of cake and then a layer of cream cheese frosting and then another colored circle of cake and more frosting and so on.

You can also layer candies that are the colors of the rainbow. Smaller candies work best!

RAINBOW CRISPIE TREATS

Serve our Rainbow Crispie Treats in a Pot O' Gold bucket.

3 tablespoonsbutter or margarine

4 cups mini marshmallows

6 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat then add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal and stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.


The cake is everyone's favorite part of the St Patricks Day Party. Don't let your little lads and lasses down...bake sure yours is awesome!

SHAMROCK CAKE

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Try your luck at this Shamrock cake! Simply follow the directions that come with the cake pan and when it's time to frost the cake, we recommend Wilton Leaf Green Icing ColorSt Patricks Day Party as Wilton is great for bold colors.


YOU'RE IN LUCK CAKE

Make it your lucky day when you bake your St. Paddy's Day cake from this lucky horseshoe. Follow the instructions that come with the cake pan and then frost using Wilton Icing ColorsSt Patricks Day Party. Why not spruce the cake up with bite size Shamrock candy meltsSt Patricks Day Party!

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RAINBOW CAKE

Somewhere over the rainbow, a cake awaits! To make this cake, mix up a boxed cake mix and divide into 5 or even six bowls. Add Wilton icing colorsSt Patricks Day Party making each a different color of the rainbow. Swirl or layer the colors in two round pans. There are no rules to this cake, just use your imagination.

Bake the cake as directed and frost white and top with rainbow colored sprinkles!

EASY SHAMROCK CAKE TOPPER

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You can't beat this cake for easy! If you are pressed for time, this is the perfect option for you. Simply bake and frost a round cake and place the glitter cake topper on the top.

MINI SHAMROCK CAKES
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Adorable! These little mini cupcakes will indeed be a tasty treat at your St Patricks Day Party. And...you can double the silicone pan to make decorative ice in once you are through with baking the mini cakes.



ST. PATRICK'S FAVORITE CUP CAKES

Sweet! These cute cake rings can be used to decorate your cup cakes and then given to the guests as a St Patricks Day Party favor to take home.

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Are ye going for a swalley? If you're Irish and you're thirsty...you will! Even if you are only Irish for a day, you will enjoy these refreshing St. Patrick's Day drinks.

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You can always set out bottles of green Gatorade if you are pressed for time. Add a cool touch by making green Shamrock ice cubes that are a shade or two darker than the Gatorade. Talk about economical...you can use this silicone pan to bake up mini cakes and for fun ice later!

NOTE: If you use Wilton cake coloring, you will get the darker effect without having to add so much dye.

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What about this inflatable cooler to place ice and drinks in? Pretty cool! A rainbow assortment of small plastic bottled drinks or boxed juice works well in this great addition to your beverage table.







GREEN HOT COCOA

This kids will be amazed! Just add hot water, stir, and watch in awe as the cocoa magically turns green! Comes in a reusable tin pot too!

Check out our smoothie and punch recipes below.


LUCKY GREEN PUNCH

1 1/2 - 2 c. sugar (can use raw sugar)

2 pkg. lime Kool-Aid

2 qt. water

1 (46 oz.) pineapple juice

1 qt. ginger ale

Dissolve sugar and water. Add Kool-Aid and pineapple juice. Add ginger ale. Float ice ring on top if desired or Shamrock ice cubes.

POT O' GOLD PUNCH

This is a great punch to float a rainbow punch ring in!

1 (1 qt. 14 oz.) can apricot nectar, chilled

1 (1 qt. 14 oz.) can pineapple juice, chilled

1 (6 oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

3 c. cold water

1 qt. lemon-lime soda, chilled

Combine nectar, pineapple juice, limeade concentrate and water. Stir well; chill. Just before serving, pour into punch bowl. Add soda. Float Rainbow Ice Ring atop and serve immediately.

RAINBOW ICE RING

Fill 5 1 cup containers with food colorings in the colors of the rainbow. In 6 to 6 1/2 cup ring mold, add one of the colored waters and freeze until set then add then next color and so on until the ring is totally frozen. Just before using the ring, set in lukewarm water to loosen. Float in the punch!

SHAMROCK SMOOTHIES

2 pkg. (4-serving size) Lime Gelatin

1 cup boiling water

Ice cubes

1 cup cold water

3 cups thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping

Place gelatin in blender container. Add boiling water and cover then blend on low speed for one minute or until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 3 cups. Add to blender container along with the whipped topping; cover. Blend on medium speed until thickened and well blended. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings

Here are some fun and festive St. Patrick's Day beverage cups to serve your yummy drinks in!


TOP O' THE MORNING BREAKFAST

Our family has a tradition of celebration breakfasts. Whether it's a holiday or birthday, we like to get the day started together with a smile and a full tummy.

Of course, we all wear green to the table and partake of the green food but our traditions our heart felt as well. On each family member's napkin is a clover. If I cannot round up clovers, I purchase whole Fenugreeks which is an herb found at the local grocery store.

We go around the table, each taking a turn saying something we are thankful for and the "dunking the clover" as the Irish tradition goes.

After the dunking we go over the story of St. Patrick and how although he was enslaved for 6 years, once free, he went back to be a missionary to the very people who were mean to him. Then we each talk about what we can learn from St. Patrick.

A coin hunt is then in order. The children hunt for pennies and chocolate gold coins that mysteriously have been hidden around the house, most likely by Leprechauns (or Mom).

Green Eggs and Ham is a must have! Dab a little green food coloring in the eggs and scramble them up.

A drop or two of green food coloring in the batter makes Irish pancakes.

For an authentic Irish Soda Bread, follow the recipe below. We like to add green food coloring to give it a little Shamrock flair!

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup corn oil

1 cup raisins

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and corn oil. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Add the raisins, and stir a few times, just until the ingredients come together into a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and with floured hands shape dough into a ball. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet, and cut a large cross in the top with a sharp knife. Place the bread on a middle rack of the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

While the adults sip on virgin Irish coffee, the children enjoy Kiwi Smoothies made of 1 container of vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup of milk, 3 ice cubes, honey to taste and two peeled kiwis. Blend in a blender until smooth and serve right away.

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We like to start our parties with Ice Breakers. Ice Breakers are games and activities designed to help the children warm up to the St Patricks Day Party and get to know each other so it is a good idea to play at least one at the beginning.

GREEN HAIR DAY

Gather the children around in a circle and let each child take a turn. He or she will put on a fun green wig, tell his or her name and something he or she likes that is green such as green beans, money, and so on.

MATCH UP

Before the St Patricks Day Party, make some Shamrocks out of green construction paper or, if you are pressed for time, purchase a package of cut outs. Cut out pictures of matching things like 2 cows, 2 babies, etc. Glue on the Shamrocks.

Give each child a Shamrock and have them go around looking for their match. If the group is uneven, you can play too. For older children, you can put a twist on the game. No one can talk or show their Shamrocks. They can only make the sound of the picture they have like "moo-ing".

Once each player finds his or her match, the two can get aquainted.

TOSS ACROSS

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Have the children form a circle and let them throw or roll a St. Paddy's Day beach ball to each other. Any child who catches the ball must then say his or her name. You can add a little more for older children like having the child who catches the ball say the name of the person who threw the ball as well as his or her name.



MY WISH

Tell the children about the story of the three leaf clover and how it is said to be good luck. Ask the children if they found a four leaf clover, what their good luck wish would be.



GAMES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

IRISH RUBBER DUCKIES

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Fill a baby bath tub or container with water. Float St. Patrick's Day Mini Shamrock Rubber DucksSt Patricks Day Party on top. Before the St Patricks Day Party, use a sharpie pen to mark a number on the bottom of each duck.

Let the players take turns picking a duck. The number on the bottom of each duck will correspond to a prize in the Lucky Prize Pond.

LUCKY PRIZE STATION- Prior to the St Patricks Day Party, set up an area with fun St. Patrick's Day trinkets and toys and number them, one to match up with each numbered duck. Sprinkle Shamrocks about for good luck!

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I SPY

This is the old favorite game of "I Spy" but with a festive twist! In this game, players must choose something green as the object he or she spies. Be sure to set about plenty of green items before hand.

One person starts by choosing an object that is green and says "I spy something green". If no one guesses right off, the player will add another clue like, "I spy something green and fuzzy".

The other players look around and suggest things it might be until the item is guessed correctly. Then player who guessed correctly often gets to choose the next object.


PIN THE SHAMROCK ON THE LEPRECHAUN

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This game is a take off of the old school "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" and you guessed it, you simply pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun instead.

Simply draw or download and print out a good size picture of a Leprechaun. We used Shamrock for the players to use.

Each player is then blindfolded with a Shamrock bandana, given a Shamrock cutout (with two way tape and their name of the back) and asked to place it next to the buckle on the Leprechaun's hat. The player that gets the closest wins!

NOTE: Another great idea is to draw a rainbow and have the children pin the pot o' gold on it. The closest to the "end" of the rainbow wins!



GAMES FOR OLDER CHILDREN

LUCKY SHOE RELAY

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Divide the players in two equal teams. Designate a "start" line with a piece of green tape. Place two green "lucky" shoes at the finish line.

On the count of three, the first player on each team will race to the shoe on their side, pick it up and race back to hand it off to the next player in line. The first team to complete the race wins!

NOTE: For a festive flair, you can actually wear these shoes during the St Patricks Day Party and take them off for the game.

SCAVENGER HUNT

Divide the group into two teams. Give each a list that you have compiled before the St Patricks Day Party to hunt for St. Patrick's Day related items that you have hid before the St Patricks Day Party. The first team to collect all the items wins!

NOTE: Ideas for items on the list include: extra St Patricks Day Party favors, shampoo in a green bottle, a green apple, salad mix in a bag, a pair of green socks, and ...well, you get the idea!

GAMES FOR ALL AGES

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COIN TOSS

This is a fun and easy game that can be made more difficult for older children (see notes below). Set out a Pot O' Gold in a designated spot. Give each player 5 gold coins and let him or her attempt to toss the coin in the pot. The player who gets the most coins in, wins. If there is a tie, the players can do a tie breaker round.

NOTES: This game can be made more difficult by having the children stand further away from the pot or even by having them stand on one leg or playing while blind folded.


PINATA

No St Patricks Day Party is complete without a pinata. Check out these Paddy's Day favorites!

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IRISH HOT POTATOE

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We all know the Irish are fond of the potatoe so why not play the classic game of Hot PotatoSt Patricks Day Party? This is a really fun tater-tossing game! Just squeeze the Hot Potatoe and the and let the players toss the tater back and forth! But...the object is no to get caught holding the potatoe when the music stops! If you are caught, you have to collect a potato chip. Once you have 3 chips, you are out! The lasst player standing, wins!

St Patricks Day Party Crafts

Let the lads and lassies create magic with these St. Patrick's Day crafts.

RAINBOW DOUGH

With a little Crayola Air Dry ClaySt Patricks Day Party and some tempura paints, the wee ones can make rainbows that they can take home with them as tokens of the great time they had at your St Patricks Day Party.

Eli made this rainbow when he was just three! Since patience is often not a virtue of youngsters, you can speed up the drying process by sticking the rainbow in the oven for a bit prior to painting.

STUCK ON STICKERS

Children love stickers so let them stick. Leprechaun Riches StickersSt Patricks Day Party will keep them occupied for quite some time as we learned at our St Patricks Day Party.

Still at a loss for fun projects for the kids to do? Take a look at this book! You're going to love the clever ideas.

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LEPRECHAUN SLIME

The Leprechauns have stopped by long enough to leave some green slime. Those naughty Leprechauns! This is a really fascinating craft but is

recommended only for children old enough

to not put it in their mouth.

You will need:

1 teaspoon of borax powder

water

1/2 cup of Elmers white glue (not school glue)

green food coloring

Pour the glue into a jar. Add about 1/2 cup of water and stir, adding the green food coloring as you stir.

In a separate, mix one cup of water into the bowl and add 1 teaspoon of borax powder. Slowly stir the glue mixture into the bowl of borax solution.

Place the slime that forms into your hands and knead until it feels dry. As the slime is played with it will get firmer and less sticky. Break off pieces so each child can play with some and then provide a ziplock baggie or container so each can take some home with them. We had saved up some plastic baby food containers which worked out perfectly.

There are two kinds of Irish...those who are Irish and those who are Irish for a day! Celebrate your day of being Irish by wearing of the green.

We have lined up some charming costume ideas from full outfits to accessories the entire family can dawn for the occasion.

Here are some of our pics in lad and lass costumes.

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Here's the green light for the adults to join in the fun!

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Don't leave the family pooch out of the festivities. Check out this grrrreat outfits, available in small, medium, large and extra large.

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Talk about accessories! It's your lucky day...we've got all the bling you need to officially "go green".

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Send your guests home with an Irish smile! First you will want to decide what to put the St Patricks Day Party favors in so you will know how many will fit.

Get creative! You can turn a St. Patrick's Day hat upside down and put treats in it or fill a Pot O' Gold with goodies.

Now for the fun part...filling the containers! Find our picks below.

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Wrapping up our St. Patrick's Day St Patricks Day Party ideas, we might mention that Birthday Express is a fantastic online store to have your St Patricks Day Party supplies delivered right to you and at bargain prices.

AmazonSt Patricks Day Party has a nice selection too and many items ship free once you order twenty-five dollars worth of qualifying items.


Don't go seeing red when you should be seeing green! Lettuce (pun intended...it's green!) blaze the clover trail for you so you seize the day and enjoy the ride over the rainbow to your St Patricks Day Party o' gold!

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