In 2010, my wedding reception was held at an Irish pub and had a Celtic meets rock ‘n’ roll theme.
But back then, Pinterest was just a fledgling website I had never heard of. I had to rely on wedding websites and magazines for ideas on how to incorporate Ireland into a budget-friendly party.
Now, not all of these following ideas are necessarily appropriate for a wedding, but I do love them as fun ways to bring a little bit of Ireland into your life for Irish-American Heritage Month (even if you’re not Irish).
Fun cakes are awesome. This one looks like a hill with a little pile of gold waiting in the middle. But inside, there’s a surprise of colors!
Simply make a standard white cake batter, then separate the batter into as many portions as you want colors. Add food coloring, mix and put into piping bags or sandwich bags with the corner snipped off.
Put the batter into a bundt cake pan layer by layer. (For a real rainbow effect, try having the layers not only cover the bottom, but up the sides.) Bake as directed.
To decorate, use green icing for grass effect. (Or even buy a grass icing tip at your local craft store.) You can either completely fill the hole with chocolate coins, or use pretzel rods to create a little platform over the hole for the coins to sit on.
Honestly, these would be fantastic any time of year. Plus, most of the items need can be found at the dollar store.
Put a large votive candle into a hurricane jar. Make sure there is some space around the sides. Pour split peas around the candle to your desired height.
This would be a cute and easy craft to do with the kids. (Again, find most of the items at the dollar store.) Paint a small terra cotta pot green. Turn it upside down and wrap a black ribbon around it. The original post uses a small fashion buckle, which I found online at a craft store for $2.99. Make sure to use a coupon for that! (You could easily also just paint both the ribbon and the buckle.)
Bonus idea: If you really want to get into the St. Patrick’s Day holiday with your kids, have them leave a leprechaun treat under the hat (maybe Lucky Charms?). While they are asleep, swap the cereal for some gold coins.
These candies are one of my most favorite things in the whole world. Growing up outside Philadelphia, it was common to see boxes of Oh Ryan’s Irish Potatoes in grocery stores in March. I do still see them sometimes in Central Pennsylvania, but I usually balk at the price when it’s so easy to make them.
Follow the provided link for the full recipe, but it’s basically a mixture of butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and coconut rolled into little balls. Coat them in cinnamon to make them look like little potatoes. Chill for a few hours, then enjoy the sweet, sweet deliciousness.
Green food coloring is your friend around St. Patrick’s Day. But don’t feel the need to buy the expensive four-packs at the grocery store — you should be able to find some at the dollar store. Add it to pretty much anything to give it a fun, festive hue. Some ideas: Milk and other light-colored drinks, pancakes, scrambled eggs or cookies.