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This year for St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fun to have a little luncheon for my girls and their little buddy and let them explore some Irish legends.
Our colors were green, white and brown with pops of orange – like the Irish flag. Stephanie of Executive Creations and Animal Crackers designed our printables. You can find them for free at Double the Fun Parties.
I love the brown because it let me introduce natural elements that make me think of Ireland. The stones remind me of the Blarney Stone and of course, we had to add rubber snakes to honor St. Patrick. Our flowers also included Bells of Ireland. The fruits and vegetables were displayed on a natural wood platter. And the green pottery is all from my collection.
At the children’s table, I used a $3.50 white throw from Ikea as a tablecloth. I dressed up the chairs with Double the Fun Parties’ exclusive chair cover pockets and an embroidered felt shamrock icon (available in my shop). I tied the napkins with green grosgrain ribbon and topped them with a felt shamrock sticker. (I also used the shamrock stickers to accent the Good Luck banner and the orange tub.)
Having lunch and not just desserts let me offer a more balanced menu. We had shamrock shaped PB&Js, green grapes, green apples, green bell peppers and green apple soda. Our sweets included mint M&Ms, green and orange rock candy (remind your guests to lick and not bite the rock candy), chocolate cupcakes, Martha Stewart Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake and rainbow lollipops.
We started the party by searching for the leprechaun’s spilled gold because the kids were too excited not to begin with an activity. After lunch and dessert, they colored leprechaun masks. We also made leprechaun houses in the hopes of catching a leprechaun. Finally, we broke out our green recorders and whistled the snakes out of room, sort of like St. Patrick driving the snakes into the sea. (What we lack in historical accuracy, we make up for in fun!)
Party styling: Double the Fun Parties
Photography: Viridian Images Photography
Printables: Executive Creations / Animal Crackers
Chair covers: Double the Fun Parties
Circle garland: Etsy > A Felt Affair
Shamrock plates and platters: Home Goods
Floral arrangement: Marie at my Kroger – love her!