Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patricks Day with kids!

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that can be celebrated by everyone; they say “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s day!”  The holidays we celebrate with the kids are infused with crafts, foods and many decorations so they can feel the culture behind the holiday as well as having fun!

The kids love to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. This year we had a great time during our craft day.  We threw Corned Beef with potatoes and carrots in the crock pot and served with Shamrock Shaped Crescent Rolls.  Back by popular demand, we made the Green Punch we made last year.  For dessert last year we made rainbow cupcakes that turned out to be a hit!  This year we attempted to make chocolate cupcakes with a rainbow made from Twislers but we didn’t have much luck getting the rainbows to stand up straight.  Of  course St. Patty's wouldn't be complete with out our Irish Potato Candy tradition!  These super sweet candies are so easy to make and Lauren loves to roll them in her hands.
Irish Potato Candy

Lauren's Salt Dough Shamrocks
Corned Beef with Shamrock Rolls

Green Punch
The table setting was created using a gold table cloth, bright green charges, and lime green plates with black dessert plates.  For the napkins we used green ribbon and gold scrapbooking paper to create a faux gold belt – these were too cute and so simple to make!!!

Lauren created shamrocks on sticks using Salt Dough.  She loves this craft.  She rolled out the dough and used a Shamrock shape cookie cutter to cut out the shamrocks.  She then skewered each one onto a wooden skewer.  After baking them she then painted them sparkling green paint.  Lauren then went around and placed them in a few of our house plants.  She had a great time making these and it was a fun project that she is proud of.  

We also had several funny hats and other props that the kids had fun wearing and having their pictures taken.  

Watch this 3 minute video we found on the History Channel that explains the history of St. Patrick's Day:


St. Patrick's Day!

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