It’s March and in March one thing I love to think about is Leprechauns and magic. Each year for as long as I can remember on St. Patricks Day I have made sure the Leprechauns stop by our house for a visit.
In the morning I will create green footprints around the house with washable paint. I will put gold coins out for the kids to find all over the house and I will write notes from those mischievous leprechauns. I put green food coloring in the toilets (leprechaun pee) and I get them little gifts just to start their day off with extra fun.
St Patricks Day Party Ideas for Kids
Kids love parties. You could start off with some Shamrock Shaped party invitations for the kids to hand out to their friends or something like this would be pretty cute and fun.
Next pick out some festive party snacks.
3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3⁄4 cup hot water
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 2⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 1⁄4 teaspoons baking powder
3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup buttermilk
1⁄4 cup miniature chocolate chip
1 (1 lb) package confectioners’ sugar
1⁄4 cup irish cream, such as Bailey’s (or heavy cream)
1⁄8 teaspoon leaves green concentrated food coloring, plus additional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 18 muffin cups with liners. In bowl, mix cocoa and hot water until dissolved; reserve .Melt 6 T butter; reserve. In bowl, mix flour with next five ingredients. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and cocoa mixture. Stir in chips. Divide among liners.
Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Transfer from pan to racks; cool.
On medium-high speed, beat remaining butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until blended. Add liqueur; beat until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in 1/8 t food coloring until blended.
Place bag in glass; fill with frosting.
Pipe, or with spoon, spread frosting over cupcakes.
If desired, decorate with shamrocks.
You need some St Patricks Day Drinks
For the kids – St Patricks Day Punch
- KOOL-AID Lemon-Lime Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
- Pineapple juice
- Simple syrup (recipe below)Simple Syrup
Making simple syrup could not be easier. In a saucepan, boil sugar and water over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using
The kids are sure to love this one!
For the grown ups – St Patricks Day Martini – from Mix That Drink
Go ahead and get out the Martini glasses and mix up this one
2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Midori
1/2 ounce Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
1/2 ounce lemon juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Pour in all the ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
I mean if green beer is your thing, go for that too – but Martini glasses are fun to drink out of!
St Patricks Day party Decorations
Make your party extra special by either buying or making some fun party decorations. There’s nothing better than balloons and you can find an assortment online at Amazon or even go ahead and take a look at Party City or some other party store where you can buy these items.
Why do people drink a lot on St. Patrick’s Day?
The tradition actually began as a feast day held in honor of St. Patrick on the anniversary of the day he died. During March and up until Easter Christians are often participating in Lent. Christians are permitted to put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption on this day. This is where excessive drinking became linked to the celebration (slightly contradictory no???)
The St. Patrick’s Day tradition began as a feast day held in honor of St. Patrick on the anniversary of the day he died. Christians are allowed to put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption on this day, which is why excessive drinking has become so permanently linked to the celebration.
What about the Shamrock?
There are so many symbols associated with many of the celebrations people participate in. The Shamrock is the symbol most seen for St. Patrick’s Day. Some say that St. Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to explain the Holy trinity to the Irish people. The shamrock was a sign of Irish-Christian pride.
Now you know
Well now that you know a little bit about St. Patricks Day and have tons of ideas to help you celebrate I hope you’re well on your way to planning your next fun event.
Does your family have a St. Patricks Day tradition? If so, I would love to hear about it. Write to me in the comment section below!
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