When my son was younger, St. Patrick’s Day meant setting up a leprechaun trap. In some households, the Leprechaun causes trouble like knocking over chairs. I also always left a trail of shamrocks and gold coins that let to a pot filled with a few green colored gifts (usually candy and a swimsuit since its almost pool season here in Arizona). Even if you’re not Irish it’s still fun to be festive. Everything on my list is pretty simple and inexpensive.
Showing your family they’re special to you
Teaching and learning, focus on the cultural aspects of the holiday
Another reason I’ll add to this list is teaching about cultures. Based on media and what stores are selling for the holiday, my son started to get the impression St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrating beer. This started a conversation where we talked about the cultural traditions behind the holiday and a chance to research the culture. One of the things I like to do on St. Patrick’s Day is enjoy an Irish meal at an Irish restaurant for the full experience. Because St. Patrick’s Day can turn into a drinking and party holiday out at my Irish restaurants/pubs we try to go earlier in the day or the day before the crowd gets crazier. Same goes for Mardis Gras and Cinco de Mayo.
8 ways to celebrate St. Patricks Day with tweens and teens
- Eat all things green – make all green foods for a meal.
- Irish dinner – Cook up (or go out for) a traditional Irish meal. Corned beef and cabbage is one my favorite Irish meals.
- Gift your teens fun green socks to wear on St. Patty’s Day. Something fun, simple and festive.
- Give them a pack of St. Patricks’s Day pins or stickers that they can hand out to friends.
- Decorate the house for St. Patrick’s Day. This isn’t a holiday to go overboard with but you can add a wreath or welcome sign on your patio or a decoration or two in your home. I updated my mantel for the holiday this year.
- St. Patrick’s Day themed bento lunch – this one is more for the tweens than teens. The older ones you could add a holiday chocolate to their lunch.
- Dye the toilet water green. I don’t think boys will ever outgrow the amusement they get from this.
- Lucky Charms cereal for breakfast. Serve it with green milk.