Guest post by Kacey Mya
Why does St. Patrick’s Day always sneak up on everyone? Blame it on the leprechauns.
St. Patty’s for many is a combination dressing up in green to avoid being pinched, brewery tours and a large helping of Shepard’s pie. For parents, it’s often a rush to find a suitable craft for the kids and hang shamrock decorations before a gathering of family and friends.
Why not take inspiration from the leprechauns and do things a little differently this St. Patty’s? Keep it green, quick as pinch and easy as pie with crafts, foods and games for all to enjoy
1 – Make Irish Colcannon
Let your kids help you make a traditional Irish dinner for St. Patty’s Day. Colcannon is an easy side dish recipe to make with kids who may be anti-greens and pro mashed potatoes. The traditional recipe for colcannon is cabbage and mashed white potatoes, but you could also substitute spinach or kale with mashed cauliflower or instant potatoes, depending on your time and dietary restrictions.
Chop the cabbage, while the kiddos roll a vegetable peeler over the potatoes. Kids can also help with the simple jobs, such as washing, stirring and mashing vegetables. Here’s what you’ll need for a more traditional colcannon recipe:
- three cups shredded or chopped cabbage
- six to seven cooked and mashed potatoes
- one finely chopped onion
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup butter
- salt and pepper to taste
With enough water to cover, bring chopped cabbage and onion in a saucepan to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until the cabbage is tender. Once potatoes are cooked, mash them, and you may also add warm milk and water to help with the mashing process. Mix the cabbage and mashed potatoes together, and add a bit more butter if you like. Add salt and pepper to taste. That’s it!
2 – Leprechaun Hat Decoration
A fun craft activity for kids and adults, leprechaun hats made from ceramic gardening pots are all the rage this St. Patty’s. Purchase as many as you want to decorate in any size, but the smaller ones are cuter. Line your work area with newspaper and paint supplies.
Paint the gardening pots a green clover or shamrock color, and don’t forget the bottom, which will be the top of the hat. It’ll take a few coats to get a bold color. As the paint is drying, construct a belt band from thick black ribbon, and add a silver belt buckle, found online or at craft stores. Once the paint is dry, the finished belt will be glued around the center of the pot.
These leprechaun hats make wonderful porch decorations or place holders at the dinner table — with construction paper four leaf clovers listing each person’s name, stuck into the belt.
3 – St. Patty’s Adult Games
With a few DIY additions, reinvent adult-friendly games with a St. Patty’s twist for all to enjoy! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the kids or twenty-somethings drinking barrels of beer. Adults of all ages, be prepared to let out your silly side with these St. Patty’s game ideas:
- St. Patty’s Poker: Instead of chips, use plastic gold coins or chocolate gold coins in a pot. If you go the chocolate route, try not to eat the money.
- Lucky Charms Bingo: Use Lucky Charms cereal to play a game of bingo, and spell “Patty” instead.
- St. Patty’s Charades: Play Charades, but with a St. Patty’s theme. Drinks may make this more interesting, but be safe!
- Leprechaun Basketball: Everyone must wear a green top hat and spell “Patty” instead of “horse.” Dress up as leprechauns, and different teams decide on their specific leprechaun colors or unique gear.
4 – Make Your Own Blarney Stone
For nearly two centuries, many have journeyed to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone, reputed to give you the gift of gab and linguistic eloquence. So, why not make your own Blarney Stone?
To DIY your own blarney stone, all you need are craft stones, non-toxic green paint and gold glitter, with a few paint supplies and a newspaper-covered work area. Kids and adults will get messy coating the stones with green paint and sprinkling gobs of gold glitter all over the stone before it dries. Do one side and let it dry, before finishing the other side.
Adults may work together to paint a larger stone or round object to place at the entrance of the home. Guests must follow the rules: Blow kisses to the stone, write their names on it in permanent metallic marker, or place stickers on it before entry to your St. Patty’s party.
From leprechaun hat garden pot decorations to basketball players dressed like leprechauns, the lore and wisdom of St. Patrick’s Day inspires a return to a simple kind of fun. Put a little newspaper down, spread out the crafts and the delicious food everyone helped make, and enjoy your St. Patty’s Day.
For all this St. Patty’s Day, this blessing: “May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home.”
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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