Children’s Activities Crafts, Activities, Recipes & Kids’ Parties on St Patrick’s Day
You don’t have to be Irish to kick up your heels and have some fun on St. Patrick’s Day! Gather the wee lads and lasses and celebrate with these Irish-inspired party ideas.
St. Patrick’s Day Party Games
Are you planning a St. Pat’s Party and need some games to bring extra luck to your guests. Party411 has St. Patrick’s Day party games that are sure to get everyone excited like a leprechaun dancing in a pot of gold.
- Pin the shamrock on the leprechaun.
- Pin the tail on the donkey has been updated for St. Patrick’s Day equipped with a Leprechaun and a shamrock.
- Leprechaun cut out
- Bright Green Paper
- Sticky Tack
- Green Beverage
- Beer or Whiskey
- Cut out shamrocks out of the green paper and stick sticky tack to the back of the shamrocks.
- Hang the Leprechaun cut out on the wall.
- Blindfold each person and have him or her tack on the shamrock to the leprechaun’s pot of gold.
- Each person that misses has to take a shot of beer or whiskey or some other green beverage, those that get it on the spot win a prize.
Irish Coffee Milkshake
- 1 cup coffee ice cream (or vanilla)
- 1 cup almond milk or skim milk
- 3 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Chocolate syrup, mini chocolate chips and whipped topping, for garnish
Place ice cream, milk, and Irish cream in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Top with chocolate syrup, mini chocolate chips, and whipped topping if desired.
Makes: 2 servings
Parades / Parties
Friday, March 11, 2016Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 & Thursday, March 17, 2016Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 & Thursday, March 17, 2016Tracy’s Block Party 11 a.m. – ’til
Saturday, March 12, 2016Irish Channel Parade – 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, 2016St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd. – 12 Noon
Thursday, March 17, 2016Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2016Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 2016Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – 12 Noon
Saturday, April 16, 2016St.Bernard Irish-Italian Islenos Parade – 11 a.m.
It doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to plan a festive St. Patrick’s Day party. All you need is St. Patrick’s Day themed decoration ideas, an inspired St. Patrick’s Day menu, and some St. Patrick’s Day games for the kids. Incorporate other traditional St. Patrick’s Day icons like the four-leafed clover, leprechauns, and the pot of gold.
Modern-day celebrations and themes continued to take shape during the rest of the 1700s. In 1762, the first New York City parade took place. It wasn’t until 1798, the year of the Irish Rebellion, that the color green became officially associated with the day, Casey says. Up until the rebellion, the color associated with St. Patrick was blue, as it was featured both in the royal court and on ancient Irish flags. But as the British wore red, the Irish chose to wear green, and they sang the song “The Wearing of the Green” during the rebellion, cementing the color’s relevance in Irish history.
As for the green beer, that’s an even later addition. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that Ireland repealed a law that initially kept everything—pubs included—shut down for the day. Since then, thanks to a marketing push from Budweiser in the 1980s, downing beer has become a common way to celebrate, regardless of how closely it’s tied to the actually meaning of St. Patrick himself.
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