Everyone loves a party! St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate by hosting a cute kid’s party and play date with friends! I love hosting friends especially when it allows my kids to play with their friends too. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge holiday, but we like to enjoy some yummy kid-friendly treats and delicious limeade, and let the mommies catch up and the kiddos play! Here are some yummy snack and treat ideas for a Shamrock kids’ play group (or any kids’ party)!
Avocado Pita Shamrocks are easy to make and a no-sugar healthy snack too. To make these, cut pita bread shapes using a cookie cutter and spread on a layer of hummus. Top your pita Shamrocks with a piece of avocado. A fun snack for moms and kids!
Simple Kid-Friendly Cupcakes are easy to make and your kids can help mix the batter and fill the cupcake papers. My daughter loves helping with baking any chance she gets. I generally use a boxed cake mix to make cupcakes, but you could easily whip up your own cake mix too. I would imagine it would take me a few rounds of practice to achieve the same universal results offered by a boxed cake mix, but practice makes perfect! Cupcakes are fun to decorate any way you’d like with colored icing and sprinkles that match your party theme. I chose white frosting with green sprinkles for our kids’ St. Patrick’s Day party, simple and classic.
DIY Rainbow Jell-O Cubes
These jiggly cubes of color are a project in itself, but if made the day before they are a breeze to serve at your kids’ party and kids will think colorful Jell-O squares are so much fun! All you need to make these Jell-O cubes is several colors of Jell-O, plain gelatin, sweetened condensed milk, and several hours of patience.
- 4 packages of flavored Jell-O
- 6 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 5 3/4 cups boiling water
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup cold water
Spray a 9×13 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together one package flavored Jell-O and one envelope unflavored gelatin. Stir in 1 cup boiling water until dissolved. Allow to cool slightly for 3-5 minutes. Pour mixture into the baking dish and refrigerate about 25 minutes until set but not firm.
In small bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup boiling water. In another bowl, sprinkle two envelopes unflavored gelatin over cold water and allow it to sit for 1 minute. Stir in 3/4 cup boiling water and add this mixture to the sweetened condensed milk mixture.
Spoon 1 cup of the creamy gelatin mixture over the first flavored gelatin layer. Refrigerate about 25 minutes until set but not firm.
Repeat all these steps for each color of flavored Jell-O, alternating with creamy gelatin layers. Don’t pour on the layers, or the pressure from pouring may puncture the previous layer below. Allow each layer to set before adding the next layer, about 25 minutes.
Rainbow Jell-O Tips
Make sure to let the dissolved gelatin sit for a few minutes before spooning over the previous layer. This will keep the layers “pure”. If you go too fast, the new color of Jell-O will bleed into previous layers, ruining the layered effect.
Chill each layer until set but not firm before spooning the next layer on top. Use exact measurements for each layer to keep the colored and creamy Jell-O layers even, which creates the cool rainbow cube look.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours after adding the last layer of Jell-O, and then cut the rainbow cubes into small squares.
Serve and enjoy! Original recipe from tasteofhome.com.
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Easy & Healthy Fruit Skewers
Fruit skewers are another easy and cute party food that encourages kids to enjoy healthy snacks. Simply gather a quantity of fruit pieces and arrange them on bamboo skewers. I cut pieces of cantaloupe into flowers with a small metal cookie cutter. My kids love fruit because we try to give them at least a portion of fruit every meal. It’s a sweet treat with natural sugar! Fruit skewers add pretty color to any party buffet.
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Other Shamrock Party Treats
You can round out your kids’ party food spread with a variety of yummy and healthy snacks. My kids love variety, which is why they love having a preschool taste test for lunch. This party food spread is like a taste test in itself, with snacks that are sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.
Pretzels are an easy kids’ snack that are pleasantly salty, fun to eat, and mess-free for little ones to enjoy. These baked pretzel crips are a fun variation of regular pretzels, with the same great taste!
Sour candies such as Sour Patch Kids and sour Skittles are a fun kids snack at any party. Just don’t eat too many or your tongue will get tingly!
Olives & pickles are salty and sour, easy finger food, and add a pop of green to a buffet table party spread.
Broccoli & Ranch dressing are healthy and easy to eat; my kids will eat anything with Ranch.
Mixed Nuts & Pistachios are salty, tangy and protein-packed snacks to balance out the sugar and sweet treats at your party.
Shamrock Kids’ Drinks
Tart Limeade and ice water is a refreshing option to offset some of your Shamrock Party sugary kids’ treats. Moms will also love a cup of peppermint tea served hot or over ice! I like keeping drink options at a party simple and easy to wipe up if a child happens to spill their cup.
It’s easy to host a fun party to treat your friends! How do you like celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? We hope you enjoy our fun snack ideas that are prefect for any kids’ party!
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.