Saturday, March 17, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

It's double the fun for a dear one who celebrates their Birthday’s on St. Patrick's Day. Planning a Birthday party on March 17th, would be a great idea for kids with party games, crafts, treats and a leprechaun movie with everyone going a li’l Irish!!

St. Patrick's Day Party Invitations

Cut Shamrock shapes with green cardstock paper. On one side of the shamrock write your message:
" Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!"
Add your party details on the other side. Attach a gold
foil- wrapped chocolate coin on the front of the shamrock invitation.
Tip: Use a shamrock cookie cutter to race your invitations.
Remind your guests to dress in green!

St. Patrick's Day Party Decorations

Of course the color scheme for this party will be green and white. But, you may also want add a rainbow or two. Decorate the room with green and white balloons, streamers etc. Hang paper shamrocks from the walls and ceilings. Enlist your kids help to make the shamrocks. They’ll enjoy participating in the preparations.
Dress up the table with a white table cloth. Scatter any of these items to make a festive table; paper shamrock's that the kids have created green sequins or curling ribbon, gold wrapped chocolate coins or kisses.

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An Irish Welcome

Upon arrival, magically transform each guest into a leprechaun
with a hat and a face painted shamrock or rainbow.
Tip: Enlist a friend or teenager for the face painting.
You'll need to be with the children.

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St. Patrick's Day Party Games and Activities for Kids

You can make crafts play games or watch a move. Consider the age
of the children, your party time and space while planning your party.

End of the Rainbow Treasure Hunt

Before the party make a rainbow using markers and poster paper.
Hide a pile of chocolate or plastic gold coins with the rainbow.
Create fun Irish clues that the children will use to find the rainbow.

Or even easier...hide the coins around the party area
and send the kids on a hunt.

Use a permanent marker to write a number on each coin. The number will correspond to a prize that the child can collect after the hunt is complete.
Prizes can be small such as candy bars, a box of Lucky Charms cereal, green bubble bath or nail polish from your local dollar store.

Pot Of Gold Coin Toss

Use a cast Iron or any black pot. Establish a reasonable distance from
the pot and tape a paper shamrock to the floor. The children will take
turns trying to toss the coins into the pot. A small prize such as a sticker,
or small candy, can be awarded each time.

Luck Leprechaun Game

Divide the children into pairs. Provide each pair with one gold plastic coin.
They will use their Leprechaun hats that you gave them at the beginning of the party, to toss the coin back and forth to each other. Play some Irish music while they are playing to liven things up.

Hot Potato
A traditional game of hot potato using a real potato. Play a CD of Irish music while the children pass the potato around the circle. The player holding the potato when the music stops, will be in charge of the CD player for the next round.

Play the same game using a "Blarney Stone" ( a regular old rock).

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St. Patrick's Day Movies

If you want to play a movie instead of playing games here is a list of our favorite St. Patrick's Day Movies:

Fininan’s Rainbow
Luck of the Irish(2001)
Magical Legends of Leprechauns
The Secret of Roan Inish

Feeding Your Little Leprechauns

Obviously anything green is in order for a St. Patrick's day party.
You can choose to serve a large Irish meal of Corned beef, potatoes and soda bread. However, we recommend lighter fare for a kid’s party.

  • Potato skins with melted cheese.
  • Green fruit such as grapes, kiwi, green apple, and honey dew melon, served with yogurt dip
  • Raw green vegetables such as green beans, celery and cucumber, served with dip.
  • Cheese sandwiches or quesadillas cut with a shamrock cookie cutter.
  • Green Jell-O Jigglers or green gelatin, topped with marshmallows.
  • Pour the gelatin into clear plastic cups before chilling.

Drinks and Treats

Lucky Lime Drinks
Put one or two small scoops of lime sherbet in a clear glass ice-cream
cup or beer mug. Pour 7Up over the sherbet. Add a dollop of whipped cream, green sugar sprinkles and a green maraschino cherry!

Irish Mint Floats
Drop two scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream into a glass beer mug. Pour milk over the top add a drop or two of green food coloring.
Top with whipped cream and green sugar sprinkles.
Peppermint Candy Shake
You'll Need:
2 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Peppermint Pattie bars, or Junior Mints cut into pieces

Place candy pieces and place into the freezer for 15 minutes.
Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds. Stir with a spoon and blend for 30 more seconds. Repeat until desired consistency is reached.
For a thicker shake, place blended milkshake into freezer for a few minutes.
Top with whipped cream and more mint candy pieces on top.

Shamrock Cupcakes
These cupcakes are so easy; the kids can decorate the entire
batch with minimal assistance. Your party guests will enjoy making
these as an additional activity.

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Pot of Gold Craft and Party Favor

They say at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold.
Make these little pots for a party favor or place settings.

You'll need:
small terracotta pots
gold acrylic paint
gold wire ribbon or Chenille stem
hot glue gun
green "Easter grass"
gold foil wrapped chocolate coins

A Good Luck Party Favor

Send each guest home with a lucky green carnation. Use your computer
to generate Irish Blessing notes, that you'll tie to each carnation.
Your children can make the green carnations a day or two before the party. Simply place white carnations in water with several drops of green food color added. Like magic, the next day the flowers will be green!

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