Sunday, 9 March 2014

St Patrick's Day Party Ideas by Sophie Miller

March 17 has been a day I have been looking forward to for over a  month now.  Perhaps it’s partly because January and February are some of the toughest months to get through as a mother.  Cold and messy weather, sick kids, and not a ton of sun where we live contribute to this.  That’s why when St. Patty’s Day hits it’s always a happy event!  Beyond the return of warm weather, the kids absolutely love it too.  Decorating the house with leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and pots of gold is something the whole family can get involved in and enjoy.  But this year, try out a little something different – throw a little get-together for your kids and their friends!  You’ll be the best mom or dad ever, at least for a few hours.

St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday this year.  Organizing a party on the Friday before might be a better idea but to each his or her own.  Send out your invitation cards a week or so before the big event and have your child give it out to friends at school (or send the cards directly to parents if you have second thoughts of the card actually reaching its destination!) Since the party will have snacks and drinks, stock up on your disposable table cloths and disposable party supplies, no one wants to make a store run with a party already in progress.


Find The Pot Of Gold

While Easter is coming up in about a month and Easter egg hunts are a must, try a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt!  This is best done at the onset of a party because kids will be full of energy and ready to run around like crazed little leprechauns as they search for me gold.  Now you can do this either hiding individual chocolate or plastic coins around the house (or outdoors dependent on weather). Give each child a small plastic pot/basket for storing their coins in and a leprechaun hat of which you can probably find at your local $1 store or Target.  Have the kids start searching at the same time so nobody gets an unfair advantage.  The child that brings in the most coins gets a special prize!


Shamrock Snack Time

After the kids start huffing and puffing after all that running around and searching for gold coins, offering a little snack and some punch (green Tampico anyone?) will recharge their little engines. Pillsbury makes some tasty and ready-to-bake sugar cookies that you place directly onto a cookie sheet and into the oven.  If you’ve got the time and want to make some cookies yourself, that can be a great idea too!  Another idea may be to bake plain non-decorated cookies and then have the kids decorate the cookies themselves with green glitter, green icing, and sprinkle on tiny shamrock sugar pieces!

Create-A-Shirt


Following snack time, holding another little activity before the kids’ parents pick them up can serve both as something fun to do and a way they can create their own party favors!  This can be done many different ways, but something I’m going to try this year is to hold a shirt creation workshop. Buy some packages of plain white tee-shirts, green and gold paints, colored markers, and some St. Patrick’s Day- themed stencils.  Let the kids experiment and help them out with some of your own artistic abilities.

Don’t forget to let the shirts dry.  Nothing is more disappointing to see a child having paint or marker all over their hands, face, and clothes when the problem could have been avoided. Allow the shirts15-20 minutes to dry and while the children are waiting settle them down with an episode or two of Spongebob.  When the parents arrive, send each child home with their special shirt, pot full of gold plastic hat, and a happy face.  Your kids and their friends will absolutely love it and it’s just the thing to get St. Patrick’s Day weekend started off right!

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22 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I usually don't do anything on St. Patrick's day but this sounds like fun! I babysit and I'm always up for new ideas to entertain the kids and a party is always a good idea!

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  2. Sophie Miller3/10/2014 8:05 am

    Thanks Sheila! You should post some of your ideas here too :)

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    1. I agree with you Sophie. I would love to see everyones ideas!

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  3. The Pilsbury sugar cookies are always a go-to around my house!

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    1. They're great to keep on hand so you always have something in case you get the baking itch... Which happens here a lot.

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  4. I love the create-a-shirt idea. My kids always want new t-shirts to symbolize every holiday. They will love making their own!

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    1. It's a great idea! Not one of those crafts that just get thrown out or just shoved in the back of a drawer.

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  5. They have a green Tampico??? Cool. I love St. Patty's Day because green is my favorite color.

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    1. Although it never used to be my sons eyes are green so I'm starting to love it.

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  6. The kiddos will love Shamrock Snack Time! I have to do this :) Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Kids love fun foods don't they? I plan on making shamrock pancakes St Patrick's day morning

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  7. sorry - i don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day...but the stuff is cute..... :D

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    1. I usually don't either.. but I think it might be fun this year!

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  8. Some great ideas for the St. Patrick's Day. I am sure the kids will enjoy it. The other day my kids got to go to a youth meeting and they watched a short movie about the history of St. Patrick's Day and it was interesting. But we don't really celebrate it though, but I am glad my son enjoys the celebration at school.

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    1. I can honestly say that I have never seen that one :) but I agree it is great that the schools recognize it as a special occasion and teach the kids more about it.

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  9. I love the pot of gold idea for a kids party! That cross stitch is adorable too. I used to love to cross stitch when I was younger :)

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday linky 10. Hope you stop by and add 3 more posts, this weeks linky starts tonight! #SmallVictoriesSunday

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    1. Hmm... I can't say that I've ever cross stitched before. Is it hard?

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  10. Doing crafts with the kids help them to develop and expand their imaginations

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  11. I love craft time with the grandkids,its amazing what they can make with a few items

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  12. CREATING YOUR OWN t SHIRT WOULD BE LOTS OF FUN BUT TOO MESSY FOR MY GRANDKIDS UNLESS WE USED MARKERS

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