A few years back, two friends and I met on St. Patrick’s Day for a green beer at a local Irish pub. I’ve known these ladies since our kids were in kindergarten together (they’re in 8th grade now). Our conversation quickly turned to how we were celebrating the holiday on that particular Saturday.

One of my friends, who was decked out in green, told us about all of her family’s traditions. She’d brought her three kids’ kindergarten “leprechaun traps” up from the storage room, they’d had a full-on Irish breakfast and cards with money and decorations around the house. That evening, they were having corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

The second friend sipped her beer and explained that she’d put a couple of drops of green food coloring in her kids’ oatmeal that morning.

Then, they turned to me.

“My kids don’t even know it’s St. Patrick’s Day,” I said and we all burst into laughter.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

Above? Every word of that story is true. The other moms can verify. My point in telling it is that everyone celebrates holidays differently, if at all. And that’s ok. But… it is a jolly, fun day to celebrate – great music, fun traditions, and the people watching is top notch!

Interested in learning a bit more about the history of this March holiday? Check out these articles by The History Channel.

Whether you like invite the neighborhood over for kegs of green beer, ride in a St. Paddy’s Day parade with your child’s scout troop or celebrate in some lower-key way, you’ll find some great ideas from other moms below!

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Albuquerque Moms has a great post all about how to do St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way! It’s sprinkled with Irish history and fun tidbits:

St. Patrick’s Day the Irish Way


A writer from Collin County Moms is 100 percent Irish and she has all the tips for shenanigans on this fun day!

An Irish Mama’s Tips for St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

Providence Mom Collective takes it a step further with ideas on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the lesser-known St. Joseph’s Day with kiddos!

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day With Children


Magic shrinking leprechaun hats. Shamrock rootbeer floats. Terrific ideas from Houston Moms on how to celebrate the big day with our littlest people.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Little Wee Ones


A writer from Duluth Mom was lucky enough to live in Ireland during St. Paddy’s Day and gives us all the local details.

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland


Looking for more ideas for the greenest day of the year? Here’s a search that includes lots more ideas written by moms from across City Mom Collective’s vast network.