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All the Ideas You Need to Throw a St. Patrick's Day Party for Kids

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A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food

St. Patrick's Day isn't just all about booze and green food — there are a ton of fun themed activities for the holiday that your kids will love.

Check out these ideas.

St. Patrick's Day party crafts

Shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold — so many fun things can be part of your kids' craft projects during a St. Patrick's Day party.

More: How to Make a Leprechaun Trap With Your Kids for a Fun St. Patrick's Day

You can use this shamrock printable to trace shamrocks on green construction paper. Then, all you'll need are glue, glitter, stickers and paint to let the kids personalize their own special shamrocks to take home. Also consider these other easy St. Patrick's Day party crafts:

Shamrock tee: Provide each child with a plain white T-shirt to decorate. Using green acrylic or spray paint and stencils, each child can make their own St. Patrick's Day tee. Learn more about how to make a shamrock T-shirt.

A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food


Pot o' gold: Have each kid draw a pot on construction paper. Then provide mini gold pom-poms, gold sequins and other shiny gold embellishments for the children to glue onto the paper to fill up their pot

Luck o' the Irish: Even young preschoolers can make adorable crafts for St. Patty's Day. From Blarney stones to cool mobiles to Shamrock ornaments, you'll love all these St. Patrick's Day crafts for preschoolers.

A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food

St. Patrick's Day party games

Plan some age-appropriate party games for your little guests on St. Patrick's Day. Some classic party games can be adjusted for your St. Patty's Day theme:

Gold coin hunt: Hide plastic or chocolate gold coins around the house and have the kids hunt for them. The child that collects the most coins will win a special prize.

A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food

Blindfold fun: Blindfold the kids and play this St. Patrick's Day version of pin the tail on the donkey — pin the shamrock on the leprechaun.

Dance a jig: Get a CD of Irish music and (try to) teach the children how to dance a jig. Bonus points for adding some hip-hop moves for a modern-day twist.

St. Patrick's Day party food

A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food

Serve fun green foods for your St. Patrick's Day get-together. Practically any food can be dyed green with a little food coloring. If you are serving a meal, consider mini meatloaves made in cupcake tins. Add food coloring and chopped green onions to the meat to give it a festive look.

For a great St. Patrick's Day dip, try Irish cheddar fondue served with apples and Irish soda bread for dipping. You can also serve foods that are naturally green — guacamole, pistachios or kiwis.

Green Jell-O or mint chocolate chip ice cream makes a simple green dessert. You can also try one of these St. Patrick's Day desserts or a St. Patrick's Day cocktail for the parents.

St. Patrick's Day entertainment

When it's time for the party to wind down, kids can enjoy St. Patrick's Day books and movies. For little ones, read That's What Leprechauns Do, The Night Before St. Patrick's Day or The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever. If you want to rent a DVD, consider A Very Unlucky Leprechaun (1998) or even Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959).

More: St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food
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A St. Patrick's Day party for children can be about more than just green food
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Originally published March 2013. Updated March 2017.

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