14 Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day This Year
Cook a Traditional Irish Dinner
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.
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.
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; the kiddo who finds the most gets the pot of gold (chocolate coins!). Serve shamrock cookies so all the kids win!
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 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 sweet—switch it for the vanilla in our ice cream shake recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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 share at the office, with the kids, or at a festive get-together.
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!
Enjoy a Green Beverage
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. Try making a green drink at home. Green beer, in particular, is a fan favorite on this Irish-inspired holiday.
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
Give a St. Patrick's Day Treat
Mint chocolate candies make the perfect St. Patrick's Day gift when wrapped with ribbon and topped with a shamrock sticker. Stack in groups of three for a more hearty snack.