15 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day This Year
Cook a Traditional Irish Dinner
Make Leprechaun Traps
Whether you're leading at-home lessons or just in search of a fun Saturday activity, making DIY leprechaun traps is one of our favorite St. Patrick's day activities for kids. Pick up a copy of How to Catch a Leprechaun ($10, Barnes & Noble) and then set the kids loose with scissors, paper, markers, and other craft supplies so they can create their own traps.
Enjoy a Beer-Based Drink
Whether you love beer on its own or mixed into a special cocktail, St. Patrick's Day marks a popular time to celebrate Irish-made Guinness and other beer-based drinks. This year, try making a homemade batch of green beer rather than going out.
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
Get your wee lads and lassies in the St. Patrick's spirit with a simple scavenger hunt. Hide clover stickers throughout the house and have the kids compete to see who can find the most. Reward the winner with a pot of gold—or chocolate gold coins ($10, Party City). When the game is over, serve shamrock cookies so everyone wins!
Make a St. Patrick's Day Shake
Mint-flavor shakes are a St. Patrick's Day staple, so make your own at home to celebrate the holiday. Mint ice cream adds the recognizable flavor to the treat—switch it for the vanilla in our ice cream shake recipe. A mini shamrock cookie cutter ($3, Party City) can help you create the festive topping.
Catch a Leprechaun
According to the National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin, Ireland, if you can catch a leprechaun, he is obliged to tell you where his gold is stashed. But keep a close eye on him—legend has it he's liable to disappear if you look away. Try making chocolate leprechaun bark this year!
Related: Make a Homemade Leprechaun Trap!
Make a Clover Craft with the Kids
Create your own luck with a fun and kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day craft. This easy-to-make four-leaf shamrock hat comes together with just a paper plate, scissors, and colored markers: Simply trace a shamrock shape in the middle of the plate, then cut around the shape (be sure to keep the base attached) and around the rim of the plate to make the hat.
Serve a Green Snack
Give your kids a color-appropriate St. Patrick's Day snack this year. Looking for a great idea? Try sliced cucumbers or avocados on rye toast.
Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day tradition holds that if you're not wearing green on March 17, you'll get pinched. Simply add a touch of green to your wardrobe this year as an easy way to show your Irish spirit—even as you work from home.
Enjoy a Green Cocktail (or Mocktail)
Be prepared to have a green smile on St. Patrick's Day. Beverages at restaurants, street festivals, and bars are often dyed green in honor of the day—and since we'll be staying home this year, it's the perfect time to try making your own. Try making a green drink at home.
Create Cute Leprechaun Hats
Celebrate St. Pat's with a crunchy cucumber treat designed to look like a leprechaun hat. Cut 1-inch sections of an English cucumber, and lay the pieces flat on a plate, as shown. Trim a cucumber brim for each hat and set it in place. Finish with a sliced cheese band and buckle, attached with dots of hummus or dip.
Make a St. Patrick's Day Dessert
Looking for a quick and fun St. Patrick's Day idea? Whip up some St. Patrick's Day desserts to drop off with friends, share with the kids, or for yourself.
Wear a Four-Leaf Clover
Legend has it that Saint Patrick used three-leaf clovers to illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). Four-leaf clovers are rare and are therefore considered lucky. Paint a clover on your face or dress in a clover-print garment to make your day a lucky one.
Related: Must-Know Facts About Shamrocks
Decorate Your Home with Irish-Inspired Decor
Show off your love for St. Patrick's Day decor by filling your house with all things green. We especially love this shamrock table decoration: Not only is it quick to make, but it's an easy way to bring the luck of the Irish into your home.