If you’ve been around for a little bit, you know I look forward to every holiday. I love being able to celebrate and gather together, especially if there is a theme. If there isn’t a holiday to base my gatherings on, I create a fun theme. In the past, I’ve done “Under the Sea” and served seafood. I’ve been described as “extra” but I like to think of it as adding a fun flair. The themed dinners are always a big hit. Lucky for me, St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and I can coordinate my recipes, decor, and kid’s crafts around the holiday.
If you are looking for inspiration, you’re in luck and reached your pot of gold. I am sharing a few ways my family is celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day and we’d love to see how you’re celebrating.
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Create an Irish-themed Menu
Food is the most important part of any celebration. Food can make or break an event so the menu becomes my main priority, especially on holidays. I think about the menu all day and night in the days leading up to the event. Even if I am just celebrating at home with my everyday dinner crew, I want to make sure that they have a special day filled with holiday-themed foods.
This year for St. Patrick’s Day I created a menu with Irish classics and Irish-inspired dishes. I usually keep my menu a surprise until the day of, but I am so excited this year that I must share it with you early. So what am I making this year for St. Patrick’s Day? I’m glad you asked…
I am starting the day with green pancakes! Pancakes are an easy go-to breakfast in my house. To make this breakfast festive, I add green food coloring to the pancake mix. I add whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles to my green pancakes. This small addition elevates the dish and brings it from plain, green pancakes to a magical rainbow This breakfast is delicious and simple to make. It is a great start to the day.
The snack of the day is none other than Irish Soda Bread. I am cooking this Irish Soda Bread recipe from Woman’s Day in the Sharp Stainless Steel European Convection Built-In Single Wall Oven. I usually make 2 loaves – one to snack on throughout the day and one to enjoy with dinner!
The last item on the menu is Irish Stew. This dish is simmered to perfection on my Sharp Induction Cooktop. Irish Stew is the national dish of Ireland and is a must-have every St. Patrick’s Day. The stew is perfect by itself and tastes even better when it is soaked in Irish Soda Bread!
Make Shamrock Shaped Crayons in the Microwave
Get the kids involved to make their holiday a little more magical! When I was a kid, my mom used to go all out for holidays. Every inch of the house was decorated and we even had visits from leprechauns. The experience was memorable and I wanted to bring the same energy into my adulthood. The process is simple and here are a few ways to get little ones involved and excited about the day!
If you or your little ones love to color, you may find yourself with an abundance of crayons, some may even be broken. Don’t throw your broken crayons away! This is a great opportunity to give them a second chance. If you enjoyed making the Heart-Shaped Crayons from Valentine’s Day, make Shamrock crayons for St. Paddy’s Day!
Take broken pieces of crayons that may be sitting in the crayon bin and placed them into Shamrock microwave-safe silicone molds. For ultimate festiveness, try using green, yellow, and white crayons to fit the theme. Place the silicone molds into the microwave and microwave for 5 minutes. If you are using a Sharp Smart Microwave, say “Alexa, microwave for 5 minutes”. The crayons should have fully melted. Carefully remove the mold from the microwave and place it in the freezer. The Sharp French 4 Door Counter Depth Refrigerator (SJG2351FS) features an upper-level Freezer-Drawer for quick access. Freeze for 20 minutes, or until completely solid.
Once your crayons have cooled completely, it’s time to get creative and create St. Patrick’s Day to hang around your home and on the refrigerator. Incorporate the theme from start to finish for the ultimate celebration.
Decorate your Home
Our St. Patrick’s Day preparation begins weeks before March 17th. After Valentine’s Day, we switch all of our decorations. It’s like we blink and our home decorated with red hearts is transformed into a green wonderland. In addition to the drawings on our refrigerator, we create decorations for our entire home! We recently created this garland from Love Our Real Life. The homemade decorations are perfect for keeping little hands busy. The garland hangs beautifully in our dining room. To tie all of my decorations together, I also add a small bouquet of fresh green, white, and yellow flowers into each of my living spaces. Flowers are one of my favorite ways to freshen a space and subtly add a theme to a space.
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