My son’s birthday is the day before St. Patrick’s Day, so naturally a “green” party theme comes to mind. If you have ever been in a party store around this time of year, you know that you could spend a fortune on party decorations and other green items, but since I have not yet found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I need to be a little more creative and save money in the process.
- Make a shamrock wreath for your door out of paper hearts. Simply cut out three hearts and glue the tips together to make one shamrock. Repeat this step until you have enough to cover a wreath, which I cut out of the back of an old cereal box.
- Make a shamrock garland using the same method as you used for the wreath.
- Make a rainbow from streamers, balloons or pool noodles. Whether you wrap rainbow colored streamers around your porch, have a few rainbow clusters made out of balloons pop up around the house, or stick leftover pool noodles in rainbow colors into your doorway. It is really easy to have a rainbow aspect at your party. (If you’re anything like me, you probably stocked up on pool noodles when they went on sale for $0.25 at the end of the summer last year.)
- Pot of Gold: Anything works for this: a planter or bucket wrapped in a black garbage back, you could even do this to a toy box that you borrow for this occasion. And for the gold? Depending on how big your pot is, fill the bottom with crumbled up newspapers and then add your gold or other treats on the top. (We had a pirate party a few years ago and I still have a bunch of gold coins left over from that. Or you can buy edible gold coins for about $1 at the dollar store.
- Green Jell-O cups are a must-have at your kids St. Patrick’s Day party.
- Green lemonade. Simply add green food coloring.
- Rainbow cupcakes or cake. Divide the batter into small batches and add different food coloring to each batch, the layer the batter in the order of the rainbow, bake and voila!
- Again, edible gold coins that you can lay around the table or drop a few here and there to help the kids find the pot of gold.
Make a rainbow handprint card to send out your invitations. Have fun!
Instructions for the shamrock wreath can be found here.