There is nothing like St. Patty’s Day in Chicago…except when EVERYTHING gets cancelled. So, what are you and your little leprechauns to do? Throw a party at home! I promise that it’s easy, fun, and you can order just about everything from Target’s Drive Up or Delivery service so you can use the luck of the Irish to avoid all the germs that are currently floating around. Here’s How to Throw St. Patrick’s Day Party at Home.
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Throw a Parade
We Chicagoans LOVE a parade, especially when it involves dying the Chicago River green. So make your own parade—it’s the perfect excuse to get outside for fresh air, stretch your legs, and show your Irish pride. All you need is an Ireland flag (you can snag a great quality one from Target for only $5!), some St. Patrick’s Day decorations (I’m talking headbands, hats, beads, silly glasses—not JUST cute, green outfits) and some bikes or musical instruments. I’m sure your neighbors will love seeing your DIY parade walking by, spreading some Irish spirit.
Take a Bath in a “Green River”
To be clear—I’m not talking about the “Green River” you can buy at most grocery stores (although it is delicious if you ask me). Instead, I’m talking about adding colored bath drops or a few drops of green food coloring to your child’s bath. Not only is it fun, but it is a great way to wash off any and all lingering germs during this turbulent time.
Do a Science Experiment, Irish Style
I have written before about fun St. Patrick’s Day science experiments and setting some up is the perfect way to entertain kiddos during your St. Patrick’s Day Party at Home. Just be sure to have some skittles, food coloring, and paper towels at home. That’s it! The cleanup is easy and kids won’t be sharing supplies with one another so it is perfect for staying busy, healthy and having a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Home.
Eat Like an Irishman (or Irishwoman)
I’ve already shared one of my favorite ways to feed my kids healthy snacks as part of my “Eat the Rainbow Fruit Platter,” but that doesn’t mean that we don’t treat ourselves occasionally—especially to help numb the pain of cancelled fun.
For a main meal, I love making a pot roast for my family (corned bread is too smelly and NOT popular with my kids so we pass on that traditional dish). With minimal prep work and a yummy dish that gets the whole house smelling great, I highly recommend making Slow Cooker Pot Roast when you throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Home.
- Pot Roast, seasoned with Garlic Salt and Black Pepper
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 2 Chopped Sweet Onions
- 4 Chopped Carrots
- 3 Chopped Stalks of Celery
- 1 Cup Baby Potatoes
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- ¼ Cup Worchester Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Siracha
- 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tablespoon Dried Herbs (Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary all taste great!)
- 2 cups Chicken Broth
Chop vegetables in similar sizes and place on bottom of slow cooker. Brown the seasoned meat in a pan on the stovetop, cooking at least five minutes on each side. While the meat is browning, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce. Once browned, place the meat on top of the vegetables and cover with sauce. Finally, pour the broth on top of the vegetables (trying to avoid the meat so that the flavorful sauce doesn’t wash off) and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread.
For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a St. Patty’s Day themed treat platter. Simply scoop up whatever looks good at the store, and don’t forget to add gold coins, rainbow-colored candies like Skittles, and everything else green and gold that you can find.
Longing for a Shamrock Shake? Make one at home! Simply mix together four scoops of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (we love Hudsonville or Turkey Hill Dairy) with ¼ cup of milk. Mix together in a blender and pour into a glass rimmed with melted chocolate and sprinkles. So pretty and so delicious, without having to leave home.
Make a Rainbow
There are so many fun rainbow-themed crafts and activities on Pinterest, but my old standby is a favorite not just with kids, but with moms because it uses pantry ingredients and doesn’t take much time at all! Just be sure to put a blanket or newspaper under where you will create and play with the pasta to minimize messes. It is a great, hands-on way to throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Home. Here’s how to make rainbow pasta:
Separate pasta into six sealable, plastic bags (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).
Add a different color to each bag (the more drops you add, the more vibrant the color becomes—I recommend AT LEAST TEN DROPS per bag).
Seal the bag and mix until all pasta is coated. Let soak for at least 30 minutes.
Spread out the pasta on a flat surface (an aluminum tray works great) to dry.
Once the pasta is completely dry, PLAY!
Hunt for Shamrocks (and Leprechauns)
As I shared in my fun post about Easy Prep Leprechaun Tricks, you can get your kiddos excited about searching for shamrocks and hunting leprechauns. Check out my tips here.
Hope these ideas gave you some great tips on having a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Home. Here’s to hoping that next year we will all be at the river dyeing and the other fun events scheduled around Chicagoland!
Happy St. Patty’s Day!
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