St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of Saint Patrick's death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On this day, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle, and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.
Today, people from all over the world and of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Festivities have evolved to wearing 'green,' watching parades, and eating traditional foods such as corned beef and cabbage, and Irish soda bread.
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this holiday. Here are 10+ fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your family!
Start your day with a Special St. Patrick's Day Breakfast
Celebrate the luck o' the Irish this St. Patrick's Day with these easy and yummy breakfast and brunch ideas. From eggs, quiche, waffles, cinnamon rolls to green smoothies, and more, your family will love these recipes to start this special day! More
Grow Shamrocks at Home
Make this a fun project for the kids. Decorate a terra cotta pot with St. Patrick Day themes: clovers, Leprechauns, or a rainbow. Fill the pot with soil and add shamrock (clover) seeds. Place the pot in a sunny place and watch your shamrocks grow. You'll find clover seeds at your local hardware store, nursery or any other retail store where you find 'seed' packets.
Teach your Kids to be Green
Use this "green-themed" month to teach your children to live a greener life and show them how their efforts can help the environment. Conserve water by taking shorter showers, recycle, avoid the use of plastics, save energy by shutting off electronics and lights when not in use, and walk or bike instead of driving when possible.
Make Some St. Patrick’s Themed Treats
Get ready for all things green! This round up is filled with yummy St. Patrick’s Day Desserts from cookies to floats, pudding, popcorn, brownies, cupcakes and more delicious treats! More
Organize a St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
A themed scavenger hunt is a fantastic way to get everyone active and moving, while having fun. Plus it encourages teamwork! Here's how to create one with the help of Love Grows Wild.
Watch Irish Movies Together
Make St. Patrick's Day Popcorn for Movie Night
St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn is a yummy sweet and salty popcorn treat that is so easy to make. Surprise your family with this fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert. Get the recipe from Two Sisters Crafting.
Make St. Patrick’s Day Arts & Craft Projects
Get your kids in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with these festive crafts. There's something here for everyone! More
Read St. Patrick's Day Books Together
Read fun and entertaining stories about St. Patrick's Day that encourage kids to dream, play, and try their luck. Discover a long list of St. Patrick’s Day themed books for kids that are perfect for learning all about St. Patrick’s Day from Chapters-Indigo.
More St. Patrick's Day Fun
Everyone feels a wee bit Irish around St. Patrick’s Day! If you want to celebrate 'til you're green around the gills, there are plenty of truly kid-friendly ways to mark St. Patrick's Day. Here are 10 more ideas to celebrate! More
Take a Green Bath!
End your St. Patrick’s Day on a fun note with a green bath! Your kids will be amazed when they walk in and see the surprise. Dye the bath water green using non-toxic bath dyes for kids, buy a bath bomb, or make your own. Here's a recipe to make your own St. Patrick's Day Bath Bomb from the Beauty Crafter.
Decorate the house with cut out clovers or green streamers.
Have the entire family dress in green.
Put on some Irish music and introduce the kids to a new form of dance: river dancing. Look for how-to videos on YouTube like this one.
Leprechauns are mischievous! Plan some playful pranks. Get some ideas here.
Some families leave little traces of green feet to show that leprechauns dropped in for a visit. Have fun leaving a little trail of footprints here and there throughout the house. Here's how to do it.
For some fun in the kitchen, get a small clover leaf cookie cutter and use it to make clover leaf shaped foods. Cut out cheese slices for crackers, cut pepperoni for a cute pizza topping, or cut fresh lasagna noodles to add to soups.
Find your Leprechaun Name! There are many sites that will help you generate your name including this one.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!