St. Patrick’s day will be here soon. Here are some fun ways to keep the kids busy at home and keep everyone’s belly full of delicious, traditional Irish food (and some less-traditional but fun and festive green food!).
St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Send your kids around your home to look for green items. From clothes to wall art to books on shelves, see if they can find something green in every room! If the sun is shining, send them outside and see how many green signs of spring they can find in the yard and garden.
Search for St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold
Hide gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins around the house, with clues leading your kids to find a “pot of gold” (like a stash of chocolate coins!) somewhere in your home or yard.
Paint the Snow Green
Fill squirt bottles or spray bottles with water and food coloring. If you’re using liquid food coloring, you’ll need quite a lot for each container. Gel food coloring will provide more of an intense color. Shake up the bottles and let the kids paint what’s left of the snow into a green haven for St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns. Go green, or let them get creative with all the colors of the rainbow!
Food for the Whole Family
Make green St. Patrick’s day food fun for kids with these easy combos:
- Green fruit skewers with green apples, kiwi, green grapes, and honeydew,
- Green veggie platter with snap peas, cucumbers, green peppers, broccoli, and celery,
- Chips (bonus points if you can find green chips) and guacamole,
- Pasta with green alfredo (add a couple drops of food coloring) and peas.
For more exciting adult fare, start St. Patrick’s day off with a full Irish breakfast, which should include fried eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, Irish bread (soda or potato bread), or boxty (a traditional Irish potato pancake). A full Irish breakfast like this was designed to fill you up and give you enough energy to power through an entire day of hard labor—that includes searching for leprechauns!
For dinner, the American St. Patrick’s day tradition is usually to eat corned beef and cabbage, which is great, but there’s also other delicious Irish options, like classic Irish stew, with lamb, potatoes, onions, leeks, and carrots. Don’t forget about shepherd’s pie, or beef and Guinness pie. Or mix up the traditional colcannon, kale, and sautéed onions mixed into mashed potatoes.
Wash your St. Patrick’s day dinner down with a pint of Guinness, and then enjoy a homemade shamrock shake (boozy or not) or a shamrock sour for dessert.
Shamrock Shakes (kid or adult-friendly)
Makes 1 serving
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3-4 drops green food coloring
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- whipped cream
Blend the ice cream, milk, food coloring, and peppermint in a blender. Pour into a glass, and top with whipped cream. Add a chocolate coin or some green sprinkles for even more St. Patrick’s Day flair.
Add in a shot or two of vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, or crème de menthe to turn it into a cocktail. Reduce the amount of milk a little when adding alcohol.
Makes 1 serving
- Juice of one lime
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 1 drop of green food coloring
Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice, then strain and garnish with a lime wedge.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Ted Lare, may the luck o’ the Irish be with you through 2021!