St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. For some it’s not a big deal, but for my family it has always been celebrated. Not because we’re Irish, but because it’s my father’s birthday and he prides himself on being “half-Irish.” I’m also a March baby and green happens to be my favorite color, so you can sort of say I have an affinity for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a fun holiday to celebrate with the kids (when your green beer days are over). Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family.
St. Patty’s Wreath.
You might, like me, have a Valentine’s Day wreath and a Spring wreath, but somehow you don’t have a St. Patrick’s Day wreath. Here is an idea for a simple and cute St. Patrick’s Day wreath to make your front door look more festive.
- 12″ Foam wreath form
- Frilly Fringe Garland in Lime Green from Polka Dot Market.
- Set of Glitter Shamrock Cutouts from Party City.
- Glue gun
- Gold ribbon to hang it with
- Roll of green crepe paper
Wrap the wreath form with your green crepe paper as tightly as you can. After you’ve covered the entire thing tear the last piece and glue it down with a dot of glue from your glue gun. Then wrap your garland around the wreath to cover the form. Gluing in place with your glue gun. Use your shamrock cutouts to decorate however you like, using your glue gun to glue them in place. Loop the ribbon around the top of your wreath and hang it from your front door or over your mantle. Making the St. Patrick’s Day version of this wreath.
Get your Green on!
Sending your kids to school without an inch of green on can be embarrassing for your kids, so don’t forget to put some green on them. Check out this great tutorial for a girly headband and a green mustache for your little leprechauns from Fiskars. This way they will have a little green with them at all times and they won’t get pinched!
For dinner I’m going to make a Green Bean Casserole. Not Irish, but very green! A bonus is you top it with a sliced green pepper and the slices look like shamrocks! The recipe for a very green and delicious dinner is simple and yummy:
Preheat oven to 425
- 2 ½ pounds fresh green beans or 2 bags 1 pound each of frozen French cut green beans
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt, pepper to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon cumin
- 1 12oz can tomato sauce
- Red pepper paste
- 1 cup water
- Shredded jack cheese
- Green bell peppers
Saute onion, beef, garlic until browned. Add tomato sauce and pepper paste.
Sauté beans in Crisco on the side. Not necessary if using frozen beans.
Put it all together with 1 cup of water. Put it in a casserole dish, cover with jack cheese. Slice bell peppers and layer over cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with rice. My family loves this (my son included) because it’s a cheesy perfection.
Rainbow Cake Pops in a Pot of Gold.
Find the gold at the end of the rainbow with delicious rainbow cake pops. Try out these rainbow cake pops from Beki Cook’s Cake Blog. Your kids will have a blast making them and eating them! Fill a vase or jar with gold chocolate coins and arrange the cake pops in the jar. Serve them up with a glass of green milk!
I hope you enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day with your family. I think with all these green ideas you’ll start feeling like a leprechaun soon enough! Remember to get your kids involved in your crafts and treats. When they are helping you make everything, they’ll appreciate it even more!