Pub crawls and green beer might be your first thought for St. Patty’s Day activities. For-go the bustling crowds and spend some time with the entire family doing some of these fun St. Patrick’s Day inspired activities and crafts. No matter what you decide to do, be sure to wear green on the luckiest day of the year, or else you’ll get pinched!
Whether there is a pot of gold at the end or just something to brighten up your day, creating fun rainbows are a great way to bring color and fun to St. Patrick’s Day.
- Macramé Rainbow – This new trend has blown up social media with its fun macramé rainbow creations. Not only is it a fun activity for St. Patty’s its perfect for adding wall décor to your home.
- Rainbow Collage – Gather up some cardboard and cut into a “U” shape. Get colorful pom-poms, tissue paper, or other fun items kids can glue to create their own unique 3D rainbow.
- Healthy Rainbow – Layout a variety of healthy fruits for kids to snack on. Add delicious dips or whip cream as fluffy clouds.
Catch A Leprechaun
Right after the Easter Bunny and Santa’s Elves, Leprechauns are one of the more elusive magical creatures. Legend has it, that the night before St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns love to cause trouble, mischief and snatch up all your gold! This year don’t let those pesky troublesome folks sneak around, set up the perfect trap so you’re ready for them.
- Make the Trap – Find an old box, food container or even blankets
- Lure Them In – Make a sign that says “Free Gold”, make a ladder to the top of the trap that topples once their inside, make a rainbow with the treasure at the end.
- The Bait - Put something shiny in the trap that will catch the Leprechaun’s attention, gold earring, money, or faux chocolate coins that look like the real thing, I’m sure the leprechaun will be fooled.
- More Tips! Martha Stewart has some great ideas for trapping Leprechauns, and Check Out these 10 Leprechaun Trap Ideas.
St. Patty’s Day Inspired Movies
Gather up some friends or family and watch some of these films sure to bring you a bit of luck.
- Darby O’Gill and the Little People – A 1950’s classic film, a tale of wits between an Irishman and leprechauns. Great for both adults and children and the best part, its available on Disney+.
- A Very Unlucky Leprechaun – Featuring Warwick Davis as Lucky the Leprechaun, goes on an adventure full of fantasy and laughter.
Making Irish-Inspired Food
Yes, you could just dye everything green and call it good, but why not go more gourmet and with these classic Irish recipes.
- Corned Beef & Cabbage – Easy to make, usually requiring only one large pot, corned beef and cabbage is a great way to feed a large number of people and a yummy Irish dish.
- Shepard’s Pie – A classic meat and vegetable dish, both comforting and filling.
- Irish Soda Bread – Combining orange zest and currants, this bread recipe is simple, requires no yeast and is perfect for stew or with some butter and jam.
- Irish Coffee – Combine coffee, whiskey and Irish cream for the perfect warm beverage. Top it off with whipped cream or some chocolate shavings, but maybe keep this one for just the adults.
- Irish Butter Pudding – For something sweet, this Irish Butter Pudding is the perfect dessert to finish off St. Patrick’s Day.