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St. Patrick’s Day Party

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A St. Patrick's Day Party has never been at the top of my to-do list. St Patrick's Day has always been a fun day for my girls though. They usually set a trap before bed and try to catch a leprechaun but they end up just catching a couple of gold coins instead. The girls also wake up in the morning to Lucky Charms with green milk.

This year my daughters decided that they wanted to host a St. Patrick’s Day party for their neighborhood friends. We just moved to the area about six months ago so I thought it would be a perfect way to get some of the little girls and their moms. I really needed the party to be easy and not time consuming. We don’t usually do anything for St. Patrick’s Day so we were starting from scratch. We decided to just do a little lunch with the girls.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Decorations

Fireplace

As a working mom, I needed to keep things simple. I decided to only decorate two areas of the house: the family room fireplace area and the eat-in kitchen (which are adjoining) to keep it easy and inexpensive.

For the fireplace area I got a clover garland at a local craft store. I layered some family photos and a candle with shamrock tinsel. It looked very plain to me so I sat down with one of our art totes. I decided to make a banner (of sorts) out of different shades of green scrapbook paper and some ribbon that we had in the box.

St. Patrick's Day Party Fireplace

I made my own template for the flags and the shamrocks are just 3 little hearts cut out of contrasting green paper. I hot glued everything together, and in 30 minutes I had this cute flag banner.

St Patrick's Day Party

Kitchen Table

For the kitchen table, I set 6 places for my girls and their guests. I started with a white tablecloth. Then I layered on green shamrock place-mats that we also from a local craft store (for less than $1 each!). I used green and white plates, cutlery, and napkins.

St. Patricks Day Party

Next, I added some polka-dot napkins so the decor didn't look too traditional. I wanted it to be fun for the girls. I sprinkled felt shamrocks all over the table for a touch of green. Next to each setting, I added a tiny bowl of rainbow treats, and a tiny matching plate with an angel food muffin and berries on the top. In each bowl of treats and in the muffin I put a St. Patrick’s Day pick.

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Behind the table I placed some helium filled balloons at different heights. Finally, from the light fixture I hung shamrocks at different heights over the table.

St. Patricks Day Party

Menu Ideas

For their meal, we served assorted  small sandwiches cut out with a shamrock cookie cutter. The girls loved the little bites. We also served a rainbow fruit platter. The girls had a treasure hunt and found a Pot o’ Gold for the table.

St. Patricks Day Party

Just an hour of setup, and hour of party, and 2 minutes of cleanup and I had 6 happy girls and 4 happy moms! We might just have to make this an annual party!

How do you like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

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Kendra Frampton

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