There ae many Saint Patrick's Day Party ideas for kids. While many parents have birthday parties for their children or Halloween parties, another festive holiday is Saint Patrick's Day. It is said that everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, so why not use these party ideas for your kid's next get together?
Saint Patrick's Party Ideas for Kids-The Invitations
For a Saint Patrick's Day invitation, the simplest thing is to download a shamrock template. You can run it off on green cardstock or just print one and trace it onto green construction paper.
Another idea is to use some downloadable Saint Patrick's Day clip art and cut and paste them onto a word processing document. You will find leprechauns, pots of gold, an Irish flag and many other symbols online at free clip art sites.
After you have selected the kind of Saint Patrick's Day party invitations you wish to send, fill in the party information and mail them! You can
decorate the envelope with stickers or draw a four leaf clover on the front.
Saint Patrick's Day Party Ideas for Kids-What to Wear
It goes without saying that the dress theme for your Saint Patrick's Day Party should be green and white! There are many choices for people to wear, from shamrock stocking to hats with fake braids.
Saint Patrick's Day Party Ideas for Kids-The Paper Goods and Decorations
67There is no need to go out an buy overpriced paper goods to keep the theme of your Saint Patrick's Day party. Supermarkets have sales on white paper plates and white utensils all of the time. Buy some green napkins, green plastic tablecloths and paper cups at the Dollar Store to tie in the theme.
You can also buy white Styrofoam cups and decorate them with green Sharpie markers. Draw some four leaf clovers and the child's name on the cup. You can also put on some stickers.
While you are in the Dollar Store, check out the great table decorations that are, of course, a dollar! You can also buy green and white streamers and a few green and white latex balloons to add a more festive touch.
Saint Patrick's Day Party Ideas for Kids-The Menu
This is the really fun part about having a Saint Patrick's Day party for kids. Green food should be on the menu! I strongly suggest you keep this a balance between healthy and not-so healthy foods.
Healthy Snack Choices
For the healthy portion of your Saint Patrick's Day kiddie menu, I would make veggie platters with only green vegetables. Cut up green peppers, celery stalks, snap peas, green beans, and broccoli tops, served on a bed of mixed green lettuce, make an attractive and delicious edible treat.
For the dip, you can color some ranch or blue cheese dressing with green food color. Before doing this, I strongly advise that you consider the age group that you are inviting. Very young children will probably not eat green dip, while elementary school kids will think this is cool.
You can also slice up green apples dipped in lemon lime soda so they will not turn brown. A bowl of green grapes is also a favorite sweet fruit for kids, as is a platter of green kiwis.
For a healthy crunchy snack, you can buy a Snap Pea Snack at and most produce departments of major supermarkets.
Veggie chips and veggie sticks are a healthy crunchy snack. They come tri-colored, and green is one of the colors.
You can bake or buy some traditional Irish soda bread for the kids to snack on, too.
Not Quite So Healthy Snacks
Yes, it's a Saint Patrick's Day party for kids for kids, so there has to be some classic sweet and salty junk food.
Any potato snack would be appropriate for a Saint Patrick's Day party.
You can bake cupcakes and as a craft, decorate them with green icing. Use white frosting and put in some green food coloring. Top with green and white sprinkles.Another sweet treat for the kids to make their own is to decorate big shamrock cookies, which also doubles as a craft center. Bake the cookies ahead of time so they are ready for the party.
Not in the mood to bake big cookies? Go to the supermarket and buy a box or two of shamrock cookies already made and decorated.
Jello makes a pistachio pudding that is quite good. You can also serve mint chocolate chip ice cream sundaes. Kids love a make-your-own-sundae bar (and the adult guests will, too!) If the kids do not like mint, let them have vanilla ice cream and then place a few drops of food coloring in the bowl to make green ice cream!
For a beverage, you can serve green Kool-aide or a Kool-aide Jammer that is green. Or make your own shamrock shakes in a blender by putting in milk and lime sherbert. Another beverage recipe is to pour emon lime soda into a punch bowl and add lime sherbert. The "punch" will turn green! Do this in front of the kids-they will think that it is very cool!
You can make a green parfait by alternating lime Jello with Cool Whip. Or make green Jello Jigglers for a slimy and sweet finger food.
Saint Patrick's Day Party Ideas for Kids-Crafts
Kids love to make crafts, and there are many that you can do that are quite simple. It is always a good idea to have the craft already made so the children have something to refer to, especially if they are younger.
Make a Picture Frame
Crafts stores sell inexpensive foam picture frames. Take a picture of the children together and print copies while they are completing this craft. Have green foam shapes to glue round the frame. Cut and paste the picture to the frame and add a magnet strip for a great party favor and craft activity!
There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow-or so the legend says! Have different colors of tissue paper cut up into squares. The children can glue these squares into a rainbow template. If they prefer, they can crumple the tissue paper and then glue it on.
Make a Leprechaun
There are many leprechaun templates available online for you to download and use as a Saint Patrick's Day party craft for kids. Choose which one is best for the age group of your guests!
Saint Patrick's Day Party Ideas for Kids-Games to Play
Playing a game or two can liven up any party. Here are some simple ones that will fit into the Saint Patrick's Day theme.
Hunt for Gold
Scatter chocolate gold coins around the house or backyard (if you live in a climate that permits this) and give the kids bags for the gold. Be sure to have some extra bags of coins for those kids who do not find many.
Hot Potato-With a Twist
This classic children's game can be played two different ways.
First, play the way we all did and play music as the potato gets passed around. If you do not want to use a real potato, use Mr. Potato Head instead!
The other way you can use it is to have a pile of Mr. Potato Head pieces in the center of the circle. When the music stops, the person who has the potato sticks in one piece. When there are no pieces left, see what your Mr. Potato Head looks like! Then take the pieces out and start again.
Saint Patrick's Day parties for kids can be a lot of fun and bring some joy to the end of the long winter season.