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A Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day: Recipes, Decorations, and More

Though St. Patrick’s Day can be associated with partying and drinking for adults, it is a cultural and religious holiday named after Saint Patrick, commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Nowadays it has become more of a secular celebration of Irish culture. In the U.S., we celebrate St. Patty’s Day with feasting, drinking, extreme amounts of the color green, religious observances, and parades. Enjoy a wholesome celebration with good food, charming decorations, and fun party ideas for the whole family.

Food Recipes


colcannon recipe

A St. Patrick’s day favorite, this dish is a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. See this easy colcannon recipe and make your very own.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage

There’s nothing more Irish than a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal. Here’s a recipe featuring corned beef and cabbage with horseradish cream.

Snack Recipes

Lucky Charms Treats

Lucky Charms Treats

Not really an Irish recipe, but they’re magically delicious! Try these Lucky Charms treats for something new and fun.

Chocolate-Topped Pretzels with M&Ms

Chocolate Topped Pretzels with M&Ms

Use green M&Ms to top baked pretzels in this super easy pretzel snack recipe.

Drink Recipes

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat

McDonald's Shamrock Shake Copycat

It’s always exciting when McDonald’s sells their limited-time Shamrock Shakes, but with this copycat shamrock shake recipe, now you don’t have to wait for March to settle your cravings.

St. Patty’s Day Punch

St. Patty's Day Punch

With some Kool-Aid powder, lemon-lime soda, and pineapple juice, try out this tasty green punch for the kids this year.

Decoration Ideas

Green Glass Display

Green Glass Display st.patrick decoration

Gather a collection of green glass for an easy St. Patrick’s Day inspired centerpiece.

Split Pea Candle Vases

Split Pea Candle Vases st.pattys

A little glue and some split peas sure go a long way when you end up with centerpiece results like this!

Party Ideas

Table Talk Tray Party Dishes Plate Green Leaf

Table Talk Party Dishes

These letter dishes spell fun anywhere. Fill each letter with your favorite snack for the ultimate party serving tray. Perfect for St. Patty’s Day because they’re green!

Paper Decor and Dessert Table


Go all out with paper decor and set out a snack table sticking to your holiday theme.

Irish Music

Put on a compilation CD of traditional Celtic music, like Marc Gunn’s Irish Celtic Music collection…

Irish Celtic Music

or listen to free internet radio and tune in to the top Celtic stations online. Live365 has a great selection of broadcasts.

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

3 comments on “A Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day: Recipes, Decorations, and More

  1. Sharon
    March 12, 2013

    that Lucky Charms recipe is AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!


  2. karen millen
    March 13, 2013

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  3. segmation
    March 15, 2013

    How colorful! Have a Fun Saint Patrick’s Day!


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