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St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and many families are still attempting to make plans to celebrate. I like to do something special that my kids and I can enjoy for the special occasion. We play fun games, have a themed dinner and watch themed cartoon movies to keep their attention focused on the fun of the holiday. When there is no sitter available, families can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home and still have a great time.
Decorate the House
When the kids come home from school, they will see a bright St. Patrick’s Day door cover, knowing something special is awaiting them inside. Greet the family with invitations to a night of family fun. Without spending too much money, I picked up some green balloons, streamers, and shamrocks to dress up the walls with.
A Green Meal
If you have picky eaters, stray from classic meals like corned beef and cabbage. Use parsley blended with olive oil to make green mashed potatoes. You can also make a fresh herb oil to marinate chicken with that will leave it looking a little “green” for the occasion. Ending the meal with St. Patrick’s Day fortune cookies makes dessert time fun for the kids and is an easy clean-up for me.
Themed Matching Wearable Accessories
Get everyone matching accessories to wear for the day. Matching hats and beads can be stored away for use in the coming years and are affordably replaced if broken or damaged. Matching t-shirts for the parents and separate matching shirts for the kids will have the whole family ready to play games, have a great meal and enjoy a fun evening.
Themed St. Patrick’s Day Games
Easter is right around the corner, so get the kids ready for the Easter egg hunt with a few changes. Hide a treasure chest somewhere in the house with a special prize under it. If you have more than one child, hide a treasure chest for each child so that no one feels left out.
Have a best dressed Leprechaun contest. Fun kits give each family member an opportunity to have bushy eyebrows and fluffy red beards, with a few twists of their own for individuality. Make sure each family member gets a prize, with the winner getting something a little extra special.
Leprechaun Movie Night
Start the night with fun cartoon movies themed around the luck of the Irish and leprechauns. Make green colored popcorn treats with marshmallow fluff and green food coloring for a movie time snack. After the kids go to bed, mom and dad can sit back with a green adult beverage and the Leprechaun movie series.
You can have a great family-friendly and fun-packed evening with a little creativity on St. Patrick’s Day. When you are picking out prizes for the treasure chest hunt and best-dressed leprechaun, keep the prizes themed to the occasion. If you are able to keep the entire evening interactive, the family may ask for some of the same activities year after year, creating new traditions.
How does your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?