St. Patrick’s Day is a big day at our house- First, we are very, very Irish around here. Lots of red hair and freckles and green eyes around these parts. We enjoy our green beer and our corned beef and cabbage, and we wear lots of flair.
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, my due date was March 6th. I will never forget when, on March 7th, with still no sign of baby, my husband said to me, jokingly, “Maybe she’ll be born on St. Patrick’s Day!” At this point, heavily pregnant and uncomfortable (I go down in history as the most miserable pregnant woman ever- I don’t ever glow.) I glared at him and growled “That isn’t even funny. Don’t even say that.”
Well, despite my spicy food eating, and walking, and all the other old wives tales that never seem to work for me, Daphne arrived, 11 days overdue, in all her red headed glory, looking exactly like a little elf, on March 17th. That, my friends, is how Irish we we are.
And so, without further adieu, here are some of the fun things we do to celebrate St. Patties Day here in the house of the Irish.
First off, we wear green, even if we are celebrating our princess birthday party on that same day. We don’t want to get pinched.
We have corned beef and cabbage for dinner. We use this recipe, and we love it.
The day before, we build a leprechaun trap. We just use whatever we’ve got, an old shoe box or whatever, and we decorate it it make it more appealing to the leprechaun- you know, shiny things, gold coins, green- things leprechaun’s like. We put it out the night before and wait.
Unfortunately, we haven’t caught one yet, but we know he’s been here, because he leaves little green footprints (made out of fingerpaint) all over the table, and he hides chocolate gold coins all over the living room. He even forgot his boots, which look suspiciously like those owned by our Tinkerbell barbie doll, but the kids didn’t notice…
I was so nervous the first time I put green food coloring in my toilet that it would stain the bowl, but alas, it never has! Just put in a few drops. I use Crayola washable green fingerpaint for my footprints.
And window markers to leave cheeky little notes for the kids….
And then I just make a generally big mess with clover confetti, chocolate gold coins, and some “real” plastic gold.
My 7 year old daughter’s trap was too cute this year.
We also tried to entice him by making some Leprechaun Catching Cookies- a simple oatmeal peanut butter cookie, but green. Recipe is here.
These cookies are fun too.
We go outside and look for Four Leaf Clovers- because everybody knows that is where Leprechauns hang out.
We read some fun books. Our favorites are:
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day (a nice, easy read for parents, kids love it, and it is three bucks on Amazon.com)
And also, Clever Tom and the Leprechaun, which we got at Half Priced books, but is also available at the library, and on Amazon.
And, lets not forget to watch Darby O’Gill and The Little People
What do you do to make St. Patrick’s Day special for your kids? Comment below and give me ideas. 🙂