A big part of the St. Patrick’s Day fun is diving completely into it with themed clothing, decor, food and drinks. Here’s a pot of creative gold to help you gear up for St. Patrick’s Day, whether you plan on hosting a party or simply enjoying the evening at home with your family or roommates.
Part of the fun of this happy holiday is wearing something green or Irish-inspired. Shamrocks or four-leaf clovers take center stage with this shamrock T-shirt project that’s easy – and fun – for all ages. Start with a plain white T-shirt, a printer, several shades of green craft paint and either a pencil with a clean, flat-ended eraser or a narrow dowel rod. (A brand new, unsharpened pencil will work as well.) Download and print a shamrock template from Enchanted Learning or one of the four-leaf clover templates from What Mommy Does. Cut the template out, tape it down on the front of the T-shirt using just a few piece of tape. Place a sheet of cardboard or wax paper inside the shirt to prevent paint bleed-through.
Pour several pools of the green paints on a paper plate, then dab the end of the eraser (or dowel) in one of the colors, randomly dotting all around the shape. Continue with the remaining colors until the shirt is full of confetti-style dots. Remove the tape and template and you’ve got your own one-of-a-kind shirt.
For even more fun, use the same technique to decorate tea towels, place mats or even an inexpensive throw pillow.
Here’s yet another use for empty picture frames, and this one is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party or get-together with a few close friends. Print out a few St. Patrick’s day messages, pop them into picture frames, then display them around the house. Another option includes a handful of special March 17 sayings, all on one printable link.
Use one of the phrase-filled frames as the central decor piece on a mantel or console table, then surround the piece with white or green vases or knick knacks and a pair of potted green plants (ideally, clover).
Don’t wait until March 17 to display your creations; these framed festive sayings can add some fun to your home decor all month long.
A Banner Day
Banners make every party or celebration that much more memorable. Make a St. Patrick’s Day banner – or several – by printing out at least five of these shamrock banner template pages. Use card stock for durability. Little ones will enjoy coloring the flag pieces, since the template is designed like a coloring book page. You could also cut one flag piece out and trace it on scrapbook paper to make a colorful St. Patrick’s day banner in various shades of green, or even in rainbow colors, complete with “pots of gold” at either end, made from black plastic pots filled with gold-foiled chocolate coins. Assemble the banner by punching two holes at either end of the top of each flag piece, then threading thin green or gold ribbon through, hanging the banner wherever you like.
Super Easy Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage are a must when it comes to a great St. Patrick’s day meal. Even if you aren’t much of a cook, you can handle this slow-cooker classic recipe. Start by placing onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots in a crock pot along with three cups of water, three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a few other spices. Add a corned beef brisket and a small head of cabbage, cut into wedges. Cooking on low heat, your recipe will be ready in 8 or 9 hours. (The full recipe is available here.)
Glorious Green Marshmallow Pops
This treat is especially for the kiddos, since they’ll have as much fun making them as they will eating them. Grasshopper marshmallow pops are part marshmallow, part mint, part chocolate, and 100 percent St. Patrick’s-Day approved. Press each shamrock-studded straw into the base of a large marshmallow so the straw serves as a stick. (Shamrock straws are available at some craft or party-supply stores.) Melt mint-chocolate Andes baking chips in a glass bowl in the microwave, dip the top half of each marshmallow in the melted goodness, then allow the marshmallows to cool on wax paper. Melt green baking chips, re-dip the marshmallows, leaving some of the brown color showing beneath the green on each marshmallow. Immediately add green and white sprinkles (with extra points for shamrock-shaped sprinkles) and allow the marshmallows to cool on wax paper once again. Enjoy!
Children and donut fans will also enjoy making these oh-so-cute, easy-to-make rainbow treats. To make the rainbows, cut glazed or plain donuts in half, so each half is one rainbow arc. Spread vanilla frosting on the top of each arc. Carefully apply sprinkles, one color at a time, along the top of the frosting, making each color arc along the shape of the donut. When complete, it should resemble a rainbow. For added fun, sprinkle shredded coconut to make “clouds” at both ends of every rainbow. These Pinterest-worthy treats are so adorable, you’ll be tempted not to eat them.
Lucky Leprechaun and Other Adult Cocktails
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for the kids– adults get to have a little green fun too! Forget the green beer served at your local bar – make your own St. Patrick’s Day cocktails instead. To make a Lucky Leprechaun, pour one ounce each of Midori melon liquor and Malibu rum into a tall glass. Add ice and six ounces of pineapple juice, stir, and top with fresh mint sprigs. Enjoy!
To make a Shamrocker, pour one shot of your favorite Irish whiskey and 1/2 ounce of creme de menthe into a blender. Add two scoops of vanilla ice cream and blend it up like a milkshake. Serve in martini glasses and top each drink with a fresh mint sprig.
The kids – and anyone else who doesn’t imbibe – deserve a special St. Patty’s Day drink, too. Make a Leprechaun Limeade by mixing a packet of unsweetened lemon-lime drink mix with 1/2 cup sugar, 4 cups water and 1.5 liters of your favorite lemon-lime soda. For a somewhat healthier version, mix an organic limeade with half as much sparkling water. Make a St. Patrick’s Day punch by pouring one 48-ounce container of pineapple juice into a punch bowl, along with two liters of ginger ale. Add two quarts of lime sherbet, scoop by scoop, so party guests can each get a scoop of sherbet in their glass. Serve with green-striped straws and green plastic spoons.