St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be limited to Guinness and leprechaun gold. The holiday is a sign that warm weather is just around the corner. It’s time to decorate and delight in new ways for this spring holiday.
Anyone can decorate with shamrocks. Here we take a look at a few unique St. Patty’s Day crafts and recipes to make your home entertaining memorable, tasty, and festive:
Light It Up. As winter slowly (Very slowly here in Raleigh!) comes to an end, what can you do with your dried beans for winter soups now collecting dust in your pantry? Fill hurricane vases, mason jars or other glass luminary pieces with split peas and/or lima beans, then place a cream pillar candle in the center. Your crafty ways just saved you money and added a simple and unique green centerpiece to your dinner table or accents around your home for St. Patrick’s Day.
Shamrock Pepper Prints. Your kitchen is the source again for this craft project! Slice the bottom of a bell pepper off and use the bottom as a shamrock stamp. Dip into paint and stamp cards, invitations, or home decorations. (Keep the rest of the pepper for a salad and keep the green theme going.)
Leprechaun Lemonade. Since we’re hoping for warm spring weather, what better way to refresh than with some lemonade? To stay festive, add a few drops of green food coloring until you reach the desired shade. This is fun for all ages. Entertaining adults? Create a spiked Leprechaun lemonade and serve in martini glasses.
Potato Leprechauns. Ireland is known for its potatoes. Instead of dressing up a classic Mr. Potato Head, have kids make their own potato person. Fold construction paper to make a leprechaun hat and belt buckle. Draw a face with markers, or if you have the time, take out the hot glue gun and attach felt for a beard. Offer kids a bag of chocolate gold coins once they finish their new spud bud.
Rainbow Cupcakes. Cupcakes are versatile and it’s easy to modify parts of the batch to create dessert options for all palates. Airhead Extreme Sour Belts make great rainbow arches for St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes, and adding green food dye to vanilla frosting is instantly festive. For those who are not a fan of sour candy, hide the rainbow inside the cupcake. You’ll need a few bowls of cake batter to create the different colors before pouring into each cup. If you’re not a fan of blending food dyes into frosting or batter, add a few drops to shredded coconut and dip frosted cupcakes into the coconut. Instant “grass” on top – then insert a chocolate gold coin and the dessert gold is literally a piece of (cup)cake. (Try crushed pistachios or lime zest for those who are not nutty about coconut.)