Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and it falls on a weekend, making it a great day to spend with the family. All over the country, people will be celebrating their Irish, whether they have Irish ancestry or are Irish by association. Some people celebrate the day with activities and crafts, creating fun and memorable occasions for the whole family. Need some ideas?
Choose Your Green
One of the most prominent ways to show your Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day is to wear green. Choosing green clothes for Saint Patrick Day can be turned into a fun game for the whole family. Take things a step further with a leprechaun fashion show, where every member of the family can show off the outfits they picked. Make it into a scrapbook or online blog for memories that will last long after the day is over!
Go to a Parade
Many cities and towns begin their festivals of all things Irish with a parade in honor of the island nation. Some of the big ones might feature step dancers, bagpipers, and traditional Irish music, while smaller parades bring out the Irish in the community. Major cities might also broadcast their parade on television or the Internet. Whether you go out or watch it at home, a parade can set the mood for a cheerful day!
There are a lot of great classic and contemporary movies that feature Ireland prominently. From kid-friendly fare like Darby O’Gill and the Little People to golden era classics such as The Quiet Man, there are numerous films that can make even a rainy Saint Patrick’s Day fun. Gather your green treats and drinks around the television for a Saint Patrick’s movie or two!
Traditional Irish folk songs have been celebrated my many music groups, such as the Irish Rovers or the Clancy Brothers. A few modern artists, such as Enya or Clannad, also draw upon Celtic themes in their original work. Some artists are independent forces that just happen to be Irish, like U2 or Van Morrison. All of them are Irish enough for your Saint Patrick’s Day soundtrack!
Whether you make lots of green treats or traditional Irish recipes, Saint Patrick’s Day is a great time to play around in the kitchen. Traditional Saint Patrick’s Day fare, like corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread, is easy to make, and fun for the whole family to learn together.
Families can celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by showing off their creative genius. Whether coming up with a Saint Patrick’s craft for young children, or getting older kids involved in the fun, there is sure to be something the whole family can enjoy. Having kids in the house isn’t a requirement to get crafty, either: parents of “fur babies” or adult households can join the festivities with homemade decorations!
- Great for offices or teachers’ desks, this pot of gold craft is sure to enrich everyone who sees it!
- Put Ireland in a jar to give everyone who sees it a taste of the Emerald Isle.
- Take out the construction paper and glitter for these leprechaun hats, a great craft for kids!
- Gather some green snacks and candies for a lucky favor for friends or neighbors!
- Decorate for your Saint Patrick’s Day gathering by making these customized balloons!
- Make shamrocks with balloons and craft materials…
- …or have the kids use paints to make shamrocks with fingers and hands for memories of a lifetime!
Almost any party game can be adapted to Saint Patrick’s Day, but games specifically for the day give it that special Irish flavor! Here are some suggestions:
- Make some little lucky coin bags to hide around the house or be awarded as prizes in leprechaun games!
- Set up leprechaun traps and other clues for a Saint Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt!
- Younger children might enjoy the hot potato game, a party game with a Saint Patricks’ theme.
Make this Saint Patrick’s Day memorable by making it a great day for the whole family! Whether you stay in, go out, or even party down, Saint Patrick’s Day creates an opportunity to bring everyone together and do something fun!