Plan a fun St. Patrick’s Day party for your classroom using these simple decorating tips, easy to make treat ideas, and fun party activity suggestions. Children will love getting in a festive St. Patrick’s Day mood by decorating the classroom and whipping up tasty snacks.
St. Patrick’s Day Party Decorating Tips
- Decorate the class in streamers in shades of green and gold. Twist the streamers and hang them in long strips as well. When hanging streamers vertically, attach shamrocks to the end of each one. Blow up green and gold balloons and hang them around the classroom. As an alternative, inflate balloons with helium and allow them to hang from the ceiling. Decorate the tables and windows with leprechaun cutouts, pots of gold, rainbows and clovers. Set the table using green and gold paper plates, cups, and plastic ware underneath a green table cloth.
- Arrange the St. Patrick’s Day crafts that students have created around the classroom and /or use them as table center pieces. Additionally, design a creative and colorful banner that reads “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and decorate the bulletin board with the assistance of the students.
St. Patrick’s Day Party Snacks
- Keep the St. Patrick’s Day party fare simple by offering a selection of light sweet and savory snacks. Here are some St. Patrick’s Day party snack suggestions:
- Make a delicious green St. Patrick’s Day drink: Combine 6 ounces lime flavored gelatin mix dissolved in 1 quart hot water and then cooled. Then, add 46 ounces pineapple juice, 14 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), 2 cups white sugar, 4-1/2 cups cold water and 2 liters ginger ale.
- Build sandwiches with your choice of fillings and use shamrock cookie cutters to cut them into festive shapes.
- Serve green Rice Krispies treats by adding green food coloring to the melted marshmallows.
- Bake green cupcakes and embellish them with St. Patrick’s Day decorations: leprechauns, shamrocks, gold coins, and pots of gold.
St. Patrick's Day Party Activities
- Who’s got the Gold? Game: Ask the children to sit in a circle. One child will be the Leprechaun. The Leprechaun covers his eyes as a gold coin is given to one child to hide in his lap or behind his back. All the other children will put their hands in their laps or behind the backs, pretending to have at coin. The Leprechaun then has three chances to guess which child has their gold coin. Children will take turns being the Leprechaun and hiding the coin.
- Leprechaun Piñata: Purchase a piñata shaped like a leprechaun. Fill the piñata with fun non-food treats like St Patrick’s Day stickers, crayons, colored pencils, St. Patrick’s Day tattoos, bouncy balls, bubbles and coupons. Hang the piñata and let children take turns hitting it until it busts open and spills the treats.
- Set up a St. Patrick’s Day craft station where kids can make St Patrick’s t-shirts. Set out puffy paint, fabric stamps, green and gold fabric scraps, green fabric paint, buttons, ribbon, etc. Be sure to supply cardboard to put in between the shirt’s layers so that colors don’t bleed through.