Olivia turned three in September and this St. Patrick’s Day was the first year we were able to really get into it with stories of leprechauns and their mischievous ways. I love parties and I love St. Patrick’s day. Not just because it’s my Grandmothers birthday but I’ve always loved the celebrations and green beer. Being from Chicago where the river is dyed green each year and being more than 50% Irish also helps.

I wanted Olivia to enjoy celebrating her Irish roots and since she enjoys hosting parties as much as her parents, we decided to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party at the house. 

If you are lucky enough to be Irish…..then you are lucky enough– Irish Saying

The Party Supplies

The Dollar Tree is our favorite place to shop for all our party supplies as well as Wal-Mart since you can get really cute party supplies for a really good price.

I purchased crafts for the kids to work on. Our menu consisted of 10 pounds of corn beef from Costco with carrots and cabbage. I used one IPA beer and water and then just the seasoning packet and cooked both batches for over 10 hours. The house smelled amazing.

I created this event to be pot luck style and asked everyone to bring something green or Irish themed. My Mother In Law brought the best Irish Soda Bread!

We had about 30 guests including children. The oldest kids were 4 years old. To entertain them and keep them all in our basement we moved all of Olivia’s toys to the basement. I asked one of our friends to bring a safety gate so we could corral the little ones off the stairs.

We also decided to play our Irish music in the background at the party.

Leprechaun Tips

Amazon sells these funny green footprints that I was able to affix to the toilet, bathroom mirrors and our wood floors and bathroom floor tiles.

I also bought green food dye to pour in our toilet tanks to make it seem like the leprechaun didn’t flush after consuming his green beers.

I used green yarn to tie to the dish towel racks and faucets but I probably won’t do that again next year. Olivia ended up getting hurt on the yarn. I will probably either tie it up higher than her reach or just using toilet paper so that an excited toddler can’t injure herself.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our family to yours!

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