St. Patrick’s Day Party

Duration: 2+ hours

Number of kids: 17

Ages: 5 through 11

Food: green stuff (grapes, limeade, mint ice cream); Irish stuff (Irish soda bread made with an out-of-this-world Old World recipe by A.M.–thanks!); leprechaun stuff (mini ice cream cones, mini cupcakes, mini corn dogs)

minicupcakes

irishsodabread

balloongame

Games and activities:

1. Dancing Irish jigs and whatnot until everyone arrives. (We played An DochasFirefly–if you get a chance to see these guys perform live, they’re fabulous.)

2. Reverse Irish hot potato: The kids sit in a circle and pass a hot baked potato while someone mans the music; when the music stops, whoever has the potato wins that round. Extra squeals when the potato bursts open, which happened twice.

3. Meal and a movie: The Secret of Roan Inish.

4. More dancing (this time to The Chieftains), keep the balloons in the air, etc.

5. Blarney stone circular story: Again sitting in a circle, the kids pass the stone and make up a bit of the story before giving it over to the next child. Biggest laughs: “and the leprechauns showed up holding a bag of lemons” and “then stuff happened.”

6. On the way out: grab a party favor bag from the pot of gold.

rainbow

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3 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Party

  1. Wow!! Parents of the Year! I would love the recipe to the bread, if you are willing to share! 🙂 (Sounds like you really liked it.)

  2. Hi Kari! (*Blushing*) Why thank you. I don’t have the recipe, but I’ll ask my friend for it. She told me the ingredients–very simple: flour, sugar, eggs, butter, baking powder (not soda!) salt, vanilla, milk, raisins. It’s like a cake, actually. I’ve had Irish soda bread before that was lighter and more of a savory bread, but I liked this one a lot. As my FB status will attest.

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