With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I have some fun activities and treats planned to celebrate the holiday with my kids. I recently shared these ideas on King 5’s New Day Northwest but wanted to re-share with those of you who aren’t in the Seattle area!
We’ll start our day with a bowl of Lucky Charms or Rainbow Pancakes. If you are up for the rainbow pancake idea, you should check out my recipe for The Best Pancakes Ever. Seriously, they really are the best. To make them rainbow colored, simply divide your batter and color using food coloring.
Since my kids will have lunch at school on Tuesday, I’ll pack them a Leprechaun Lunch with all things green. Green juice boxes (I attached a clover printed paper straw with washi tape and added a leprechaun moustache for fun).
There are so many green treats you can find at the grocery store. I found green Sour Cream & Onion chips, green Fruit by the Foot, and of course, green apples! An apple a day…
For their “sandwich” I picked up spinach tortillas and cut them out using a shamrock cookie cutter. This would also be cute in a bento box with sides of cheese and meats or perhaps cooked into a quesadilla!
After school I’ll send them both on a leprechaun hunt for a pot of gold! I’ll have a set of clues for each child to hunt for the next card throughout the house, from looking in the refrigerator to the washer and dryer and under the bed, at the end of the hunt their pot of gold treasure will be waiting! I picked up inexpensive tin pails at Target and filled them with gold chocolate coins, rainbow crayons, themed pencils and little green gumball machines.
For a fun afternoon snack or something to bring into school, I made rainbow cupcakes with miniature pots of gold treasure. These are so simple to make using rainbow sour strips, rolo candies, and gold sprinkles.
For another sweet surprise for classmates, teachers and friends, pick up a package of rainbow twizzlers (I found them at Target), rolo candies and/or gold chocolate coins, clear cello bags and download these cute bag toppers also made by Harper Gray here: St Pattys Tags
It will make your life easier to have these tags printed on label stock (sticker paper). If that isn’t a possibility though, no worries, just print on cardstock and use a stapler to attach the bag toppers. My kids loved putting these together for their friends.
And what’s a holiday without a sugar cookie?! I love making themed cookies for holidays and was excited to try out my new leprechaun cookie cutter…until I realized I had no idea how to decorate it. I just winged it and drew a leprechaun holding a pot of gold. They are by no means perfect but they turned out pretty cute! For the sugar cookie and icing recipe check out my book Eat More Dessert. It’s filled with simple cookie recipes and decorating techniques so you can make these for your kids, friends and family!
And if you’re pressed for time, just pick up a box of vanilla or white cake mix, add a few drops of green food coloring, swirl on some icing and pop a themed topper on. You’ll have a darling treat to share with friends.
See my St Patricks Day segment on New Day Northwest here!
For even more St Patricks Day treat ideas, check out my edible Pots of Gold Cake Truffle video and recipe here.
Would love to hear how you celebrate St Patrick’s Day!
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